How to pass NASM CPT (Chapter 6 breakdown)

How To Pass the NASM-CPT (Chapter 6-review)

The National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Training Certification (NASM-CPT) is EASY. As I say in the video, DO NOT get any more certs after you pass the NASM-CPT (NO CES, FNS, WLS, PES etc) -it’s a waste of your TIME & MONEY. NASM’s science is outdated: unstable surface training is inferior to stable i.e. a goblet squat is superior in activation and safer than a stability ball squat curl press, there’s no need to static stretch before a workout (chapter 7), perform the Durnin Womersley body fat caliper test (chapter 6), do a Shark Skill or Davies test on an athlete (chapter 14), hypertrophy is achieved via maximal tension & intensity NOT time under tension via a 2–0–2 tempo and their programming SUCKS. I really tried to use a better word than “SUCKS”, but putting an obese client on a stability ball for 20 reps with a 4–2–1 tempo is not appropriate. On page 551 & 552, NASM says it best:

“Currently there are no government regulations that require personal trainer to earn a certification or college degree; howeer, most gyms and health clubs enforce certification as a minimum requirement.”


YOU DO NOT NEED A CERTIFICATION TO TRAIN (Unless you want to train at a corporate gym like Equinox, 24-hour or Crunch.) Our suggestion is:

1- Learn the foundation of anatomy, movement and nutrition

2- Internship. Learn how to train people under the supervision of qualified trainers. 

3- Focus on career growth by learning from the likes of Tony Gentilcore, Bret Contreras, Eric Cressey, Dean Somerset, Chad Waterbury, Sohee Lee, Craig Liebenson, Dr. McGill, Dr. Mike Israetel, Holly Baxter, Ben Bruno and the ISSN. 

NOW that you understand that you DO NOT need to get NASM certified, if you WANT TO, here’s how to pass it with ease…

This video will help break down chapter 6 (if you’re looking for a chapter by chapter breakdown, with flashcards, test questions, and what you should read vs not read/study, purchase our STUDY GUIDE HERE.

For chapter 6, focus on the overactive and underactive muscles / tables (a complete breakdown can be seen on page 196 in chapter 7), cardio tests (Rockport & YMCA 3-minute step test), compensations for the 4-posture tests (Over head Squat, Single Leg Squat, Push & Pull), and the 5 performance tests (Bench Press, Squat, Push-Up, Davies & Shark Skill) performance test. Know BMI range for overweight and Obese, what is hypertension, subjective vs objective information, body comp and the 4-sites for the Durnin Womersley (bicep, tricep, subscapularis, and suprailiac).