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Corrective Exercise Specialization

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!

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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.

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.

Course Highlights:

  • 1.9 NASM CEUs (CEU approved)

  • Written and reviewed by 20 leading experts

  • Learn on any device (smartphone, tablet, computer)

  • Digital learning platform:

  • 24 in-depth chapters

  • Comprehensive practice exam

  • Downloadable PDF of Textbook

  • Five-year unlimited access to online content

  • One-year exam expiration date

Why Become a Corrective Exercise Specialist?

  • Help clients move better in every facet of their life

  • Reach a wider group of potential clients and keep your current clients

  • Program more efficient and effective workouts

  • Help clients recover from workouts faster

  • Help clients meet their fitness and movement goals more efficiently

  • Expand your expertise while earning enough Continuing Education Units (CEUs) to recertify your Trainer Certification


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


80% of professional basketball teams have an NASM-CES on their staff.


Prerequisites Although it is not required, it is recommended that candidates have at least one of the following credentials: NASM-CPT certification Certified Massage Therapist NCCA, NBFE or DETC Accredited Health/Fitness Certification 4-Year College Degree REPs Level 3 or higher (int'l) Section 1: Introduction to Corrective Exercise Training 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. Section 2: Corrective Exercise Techniques 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. Section 3: Assessment 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. Section 4: Programming Strategies 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. NEW BONUS CONTENT: Audio Lectures, Webinars & Study Guide The Premium Self-Study package includes 16 audio lectures, 6 webinars, a suggested study schedule, and exam study guide. Audio lectures: What is Regional Interdependence? Why Implement Corrective Exercise? What Does the Science Say? The Science Behind Flexibility and Self-Myofascial Techniques Motor Control, Motor Learning and Motor Development Optimal Length-Tension Relationships and Optimal Force Force-Couple Relationships Muscular/Movement Subsystems The Science of Inhibition Techniques The Science of Lengthening Techniques The Science of Activation Techniques The Science of Integration Techniques The Rationale for Dynamic Assessments Rest Refuel Regenerate Avoid Skipping Phases: Using all four phases of the Corrective Exercise Continuum Webinars: Corrective Strategies for the Shoulder and Thoracic Spine Corrective Strategies for the LPHC Corrective Strategies for the Foot and Ankle Corrective Strategies for the Knee Corrective Strategies for Elbow and Wrist Corrective Strategies for Cervical Spine

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