How to pass NASM CPT (Chapter 7): Show Up Fitness


The National Academy of Sports Medicine CPT is one of the most sought after personal training certifications. According to their website,


“NASM. The Most Respected Name in Fitness Certification.”

Not according the fitness managers I’ve interviewed at Equinox, Crunch, and 24-hour fitness. Come to think about it, the professors I’ve interviewed who teach bio-mechanics and exercise physiology seem to disagree as well. NASM is one of the best fitness corporations at getting new trainers to drink the certification punch. Their mill of certifications (CES,PES, FNS, WLS, etc) brainwash individuals into seeking and purchasing more certifications. To quote NASM,

Currently there are no government regulations that require personal trainer to earn a certification or college degree; however, most gyms and health clubs enforce certification as a minimum requirement. — Pg. 552 NASM Essentials of Personal Fitness Training 6th Edition

Not at Show Up Fitness. The majority of our trainers ARE NOT CERTIFIED and I don’t want them to be. Every trainer at Show Up Fitness has completed a detailed course in movement, anatomy, nutrition, proper form, and how to become a successful personal trainer, of which doesn’t include getting any certification. Ever trainer has Limited Liability Insurance (to cover our ass), but most importantly, have practiced their learned skills on clients via an internship. How can you expect to become a successful personal trainer if you have never trained another human body?

The average personal trainer understands how their body works; trainers at Show Up Fitness understand how the human body works.

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How you can pass the NASM-CPT : Chapter 7.

Chapter 7 161–200. KNOW AND MEMORIZE page 196/ table 7.6. Know the following vocab words: Relative Flexibility, Reciprocal Inhibition, Altered Reciprocal Inhibition, Synergistic Dominance, Arthrokinetic Dysfunction and Autogenic Inhibition. There’s no such thing as muscular adhessions (page 171.) I find it comical that they have a DRAWING, no imagery from a cadaver. It would be the equivalent of drawing an image of Bigfoot and saying, “Look everyone, I FOUND BIGFOOT!” When it comes to stretching, every phase of the OPT model requires 5–10 minutes of stretching and 20–seconds of *SMR (self-myofascial release.) *SMR should be properly called Self Myofascial Therapy as the connective tissues is not being released, it’s the nervous system calming down. There’ll be a lot of questions from chapter 7 such as:

Which of the following muscles is the antagonist during the squat? A- Gluteus Max, B- Gluteus Medius, C-Psoas Major D-Adductor Magnus. ANSWER C.