NASM: The Athletic Advantage

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I want to work with female athletes. What is the best certification?

NASM: The Athletic Advantage

Do you like sports? Are you interested in training other women to develop their athletic skills and prevent athletic training through specialized fitness programs? Would you like to be considered the expert on the best workout for any given sport? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then NASM is the right certification for you.

Keep in mind that certification by the National Academy of Sports Medicine is definitely not for anyone who wishes to work at a typical women's fitness center such as Curves, where the exercise routines are predictable. In fact, that sort of training is the antithesis of what NASM is about. An athletic woman needs to be prepared for the unexpected. By providing fitness trainers with the skills they need to assess postural alignment, muscular imbalances and faulty movement patterns, the trainer can then keep her athletic clients in a perpetual, "athletic ready" state.

There are three NASM certifications. The Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) is the most basic. The Performance Enhancement Specialist concentrates on sport-specific skills, and the Corrective Exercise Specialist (CEC) is excellent for anyone who is interested in post rehab fitness.



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