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Performance Enhancement Specialization  

Master the art of performance enhancement for athletes from weekend warriors to professionals. Start helping clients reach their peak performance goals today!

What you will learn

Specializing in sports performance training with NASM will help enhance not only your clients' performance but also your earning potential. 

With NASM’s Performance Enhancement Specialization (NASM-PES), you’ll learn how to provide cutting-edge strength and conditioning training for your clients. You’ll gain the advanced knowledge, insight, and skills needed to help clients of all levels reach their peak performance potential. 


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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


The 16 modules in this program will also help you meet the demands necessary of a Sports Performance Professional at all levels of sport by providing you the tools you need to improve your clients' speed, agility, quickness, lifting, and more.

Who Should Become a NASM PES?

           Nutrition Coaches

Keep clients on the right track when it comes to nutrition programming and help clients look at food as fuel in a new way. 

           Sports Coaches

Sports coaches at all levels can benefit from a deep understanding of nutrition coaching to help get the most out of their athletes.


          Strength & Conditioning           Coaches

Strength and conditioning coaches can gain valuable insight and a systematic approach to getting even more out of athletes.


          Weekend Warriors

This course helps weekend warriors understand the keys to performance and how to use them to unlock their potential. 

          Fitness Enthusiasts

Even the casual gym goer can benefit from nutrition instruction, finding new ways to maximize their overall health. 

          Personal Trainers


Sports performance tactics can help any personal training client perform better in every aspect of their workout and physical activity.



Although it is not required, it is recommended that candidates have at least one of the following credentials: Section 1: Anatomy and Physiology for Sport NASM-CPT certification Certified Sports Nutrition Coach Certified Massage Therapist NCCA, NBFE or DETC Accredited Health/Fitness Certification 4-Year College Degree REPs Level 3 or higher (int'l) Chapter 1: Integrated Training Essentials The student will be able to identify the principles of integrated training and explain the components, scientific rationale, and evidence. Chapter 2: Science of Human Movement Identify key biomechanical terminology and topics, and explain functional anatomy as it relates to integrated sports performance training. Section 2: Sport Performance Testing, Integrated Training, and Programming Chapter 3: Testing in Sports Performance Describe the components and function of an integrated sports performance assessment, and identify methods for determining athlete readiness to perform. Chapter 4: Flexibility Training Concepts Explain the scientific rationale for the use of an integrated flexibility-training program. Chapter 5: Metabolic Energy System Training Differentiate between aerobic and anaerobic energy systems and describe the importance of the role of the metabolic energy system training in improving sports performance. Chapter 6: Core Training Concept Explain the importance of the core musculature and its relationship to performance enhancement. Chapter 7: Balance Training Concepts Describe the role of balance training in improving sports performance and injury prevention. Chapter 8: Plyometric Training Concepts Describe plyometric techniques and their purpose in performance enhancement and injury prevention. Chapter 9: Speed, Agility, and Quickness Training Understand speed, agility, and quickness (SAQ) techniques and their purpose in performance enhancement and injury prevention. Chapter 10: Resistance Training Concepts Describe the role of resistance training in improving sports performance and identify the stages of the General Adaptation Syndrome. Chapter 12: The Science of Periodization of the OPT™ Model Identify the acute training variables within the Optimum Performance Training® (OPT™) model. Section 3: Olympic Lifting & Injury Prevention Chapter 11: Olympic Lifting for Performance Enhancement Explain the rationale for the use of the Olympic lifts in improving performance. Chapter 13: Injury Prevention for the Athlete Identify strategies for injury prevention and common injuries related to physical activity. Section 4: Sport Nutrition & Psychology Chapter 14: Performance Nutrition Explain the limits of nutritional advice under the scope of practice, and describe pre- and post-exercise nutrition strategies. Chapter 15: Ergogenic Aids Identify common substances used to enhance performance, ergogenic foods, and analyze ethical and legal issues related to the use of ergogenic aids. Chapter 16: Psychology in Sports Performance Explain performance psychology and its role in achieving athletic excellence. Final Exam 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.

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