Corrective Exercise Specialist
(NASM-CES)

Become an expert in human movement with NASM’s Corrective Exercise Specialization. Expand your expertise, better help your clients and start increasing your income today!

What You'll Learn

Specializing in Corrective Exercise with NASM can stretch your earning potential along with your clients’ abilities to reduce the risk of injury—helping them move, feel and live better.

Corrective exercise specialist performing resistance band workout.
By becoming a Corrective Exercise Specialist, you’ll take your fitness career and ability to help your clients to new levels. You’ll learn how to assess clients in a whole new way. It will help you better identify their movement compensations, where they are weak or strong, and hone your ability to use that knowledge to design effective and efficient programs.

You’ll take your ability to assess clients from generalized to specific, breaking assessments down into smaller, more in-depth pieces so you can identify different parts of the body in need of attention.

From clients who spend all day at a desk to professional athletes and everyone in between, NASM’s Corrective Exercise Specialist program will help you make them move and feel better.

Corrective exercise specialization with a yoga ball
Our CES program is powered by our world-renowned Corrective Exercise Continuum (CEx). With it, you’ll learn a simple yet highly effective four-step process to help your clients improve, and ultimately, correct frequent movement compensations both pre- and post-workout. You’ll also become an expert at outlining and creating an individualized strategy for each client to help them more effectively accomplish fitness goals, have a more efficient workout, and recover from workouts faster.

We’ve taken the latest and most prominent research in functional movement and corrective exercise and developed a system that helps you, the trainer, apply it practically with a wide array of clients.

Specializing in Corrective Exercise with NASM won’t just benefit your clients. It can stretch your earning potential too. And it’s not just for Personal Trainers either. This program is vital for every person in the fitness and wellness field – from massage therapists to coaches, chiropractors, and more. If the NASM OPT™ Model is the way you build an effective and efficient workout program, the Corrective Exercise Continuum (CEx) is the foundation upon which you build it.

From clients who spend all day at a desk to professional athletes and everyone in between, NASM’s Corrective Exercise Specialist program will help you make them move and feel better.

Corrective exercise specialization with a yoga ball
Our CES program is powered by our world-renowned Corrective Exercise Continuum (CEx). With it, you’ll learn a simple yet highly effective four-step process to help your clients improve, and ultimately, correct frequent movement compensations both pre- and post-workout. You’ll also become an expert at outlining and creating an individualized strategy for each client to help them more effectively accomplish fitness goals, have a more efficient workout, and recover from workouts faster.

We’ve taken the latest and most prominent research in functional movement and corrective exercise and developed a system that helps you, the trainer, apply it practically with a wide array of clients.

Specializing in Corrective Exercise with NASM won’t just benefit your clients. It can stretch your earning potential too. And it’s not just for Personal Trainers either. This program is vital for every person in the fitness and wellness field – from massage therapists to coaches, chiropractors, and more. If the NASM OPT™ Model is the way you build an effective and efficient workout program, the Corrective Exercise Continuum (CEx) is the foundation upon which you build it.

NASM-CPTs who have an NASM-CES earn 26% more than other personal trainers.1

80% of professional basketball teams have an NASM-CES on their staff. (Source: NBATA)

Curriculum

Although it is not required, it is recommended that candidates have at least one of the following credentials:

  • Cert 3 or 4 in Fitness
  • Certified Massage Therapist
  • NCCA, NBFE or DETC Accredited Health/Fitness Certification
  • 4-Year College Degree
  • REPs Level 3 or higher (int’l)
 

Chapter 1: Rationale for Corrective Exercise
The student will understand the rationale and importance of delivering corrective exercise training to clients.

Chapter 2: Human Movement Science and Corrective Exercise
Discover the relationship between functional anatomy, the human movement system, and optimal movement and how this applies to the overall corrective exercise strategy.

Chapter 3: Inhibitory Techniques
Choose and implement the appropriate inhibitory strategies based on the current evidence gained from the assessments you’ve conducted.

Chapter 4: Lengthening Techniques
Learn the rationale and proper implementation of various flexibility modalities.

Chapter 5: Activation Techniques
Understand the guidelines, precautions, and contraindications for implementing isolated strengthening exercises.

Chapter 6: Integration Techniques
Understand the importance of integrated dynamic movement and how to progress these movements to reach your client’s performance goals.

Chapter 7: Client Intake and Assessment
Learn best practices for client intake and assessment to create the most targeted training program that addresses their specific needs.

Chapter 8: Static Assessments
Unlock the vital first step in the corrective exercise assessment process, which gives insight into the overall body alignment of the client.

Chapter 9: Movement Assessments
Movement assessments are the cornerstone of the assessment process. Work through the assessment flowchart, selecting the most relevant and targeted assessments.

Chapter 10: Mobility Assessments
Gain an understanding of how to further refine the assessment process with targeted mobility assessments.

Chapter 11: Corrective Strategies for the Foot and Ankle
Human movement is a complex balance of sensory stimulation, neuromuscular control, and biomechanical stabilization. At the root of human movement is the relationship between the foot and ankle. This chapter will review and explain the vital function of this aspect of the kinetic chain.

Chapter 12: Corrective Strategies for the Knee
Because the knee is so commonly injured, it is essential to know the kinetic function of this area of the body. You will learn the basic anatomy of the knee, strategies for treating it with corrective exercises, and how to identify abnormal muscle activation patterns.

Chapter 13: Corrective Strategies for the Lumbo-Pelvic-Hip Complex
The lumbo-pelvic-hip complex (LPHC) is a region of the body that has a massive influence on the structures above and below it. Because of this influence on neighboring muscles and joints, it’s an incredibly important region to understand. The Corrective Exercise Specialist will learn how to ensure clients’ LPHC are moving efficiently and safely.

Chapter 14: Corrective Strategies for the Thoracic Spine and Shoulder
This chapter will delve into the anatomy of the thoracic spine and shoulder, the mechanisms for common injuries in this region, the influence of altered thoracic spine movements on the kinetic chain, and more.

Chapter 15: Corrective Strategies for the Wrist and Elbow
The elbow joint functions as a link between the shoulder and wrist, providing a large amount of stability and motion. Given the complexity and necessity of the wrist and elbow, dysfunction can often be debilitating to normal activities of daily living. Within this chapter of the course, you will learn how to navigate this complex interplay between the wrist and elbow.

Chapter 16: Corrective Strategies for the Cervical Spine
This chapter will show you anatomy of the cervical spine, how to determine appropriate systematic assessment strategies for the cervical spine, how to select the appropriate strategies, and common injuries found in this region of the body.

Chapter 17: Self-Care and Recovery
Intense training and life stress can place unfamiliar demands on the body. Learn recovery strategies to mitigate the effects of these stressors on the body so that your clients can perform at an optimal level.

Chapter 18: Real-World Application of Corrective Exercise Strategies
Learn how to implement corrective exercise in a variety of scenarios and environments for clients with varying goals.

After the completion of the course, you will take an online final exam from the comfort of your own home, or wherever you prefer to take tests, that consists of 100 questions. Each question will be multiple-choice. The exam is timed and cannot exceed 90 minutes. To pass, you need a score of 70% or higher. Don’t fret though, if you score below that, you have up to 3 attempts to pass.

FAQs

Corrective Exercise is a technique that addresses and fixes movement compensations. The goal is to improve the overall quality of movement during workouts and in everyday life.

Once you pass your final exam, your NASM-CES specialization certificate never expires and does not require you to renew.

While a Personal Training Certification is suggested, it is not required to take the NASM-CES course. To participate, it is recommended you hold a CPT, accredited health or fitness certification, a 4-year college degree in a similar field, or be a current Certified Massage Therapist.

Once enrolled, you will have access to the course study material for 5 years or the life of the product; whichever expires first. The course exam is available for 365 days from the date of enrollment.

The final exam is administered online within your student portal. It consists of 100 multiple-choice questions and 90 minutes for completion.

The NASM Corrective Exercise Continuum (CEx) is a 4-step process that helps fitness professionals identify movement dysfunctions and design a program to improve and, with time, correct a client’s movement compensations.

Corrective Exercise is imperative in addressing movement imbalances that cause posture, stability, and mobility issues. It allows fitness professionals to identify problems and potential limitations in a client’s movements.

Corrective Exercise is imperative in addressing movement imbalances that cause posture, stability, and mobility issues. It allows fitness professionals to identify problems and potential limitations in a client’s movements.

People who hold a Corrective Exercise Specialization can work at a wide range of fitness facilities including gyms, health clubs, sports performance centers, recovery centers, healthcare offices and fitness studios.

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