National Academy of Sports Medicine Launches Group Personal Training Specialization

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The National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), the nation’s leading certifying body and education authority for Certified Personal Trainers (CPTs) and fitness professionals, launched a new specialization focused on the education and skills necessary to successfully develop and implement group training programs.

“Interest in group personal training is on the rise. It gives individuals direct access to a Certified Personal Trainer at a more affordable cost, while providing a motivational group setting most participants need. This Group Personal Training specialization teaches fitness professionals how to harness those positive psychological benefits and use that group dynamic to help clients achieve long-term fitness success,” said Andrew Wyant, president of NASM.

The Group Personal Trainer (GPT) specialization allows CPTs to gain the knowledge, skills and abilities in order to capitalize on one of the top exercise trends today – group training. The curriculum delves deep into the following:

·         Scientific and psychological benefits associated with exercising in a group setting.

·         Differentiating between group sizes and implementation strategies for each.

·         Detailed instruction on how to design and provide individualized programming and personalized service within a group setting.

·         Marketing, prospecting and sales techniques to develop and maintain group training clientele.

The demand for more group personal training options has skyrocketed in the last several years. The launch of the NASM’s GPT specialization coincides with recently data that polled NASM CPTs. More than 90 percent of trainers reported that a group personal training specialization would be beneficial, according to the data.

The GPT specialization was created to complement existing CPT training programs, and is available to purchase for $499 and counts for 1.9 CEUs. The course, which is application oriented, will take the average CPT about 90 days to complete. For more information, visit

About NASM

Since 1987, the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) has been a global leader in providing evidence-based certifications and advanced credentials to health and fitness professionals. In addition to its NCCA-accredited fitness Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) certification, NASM offers a progressive career track with access to Advanced Specializations including the Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES), Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES), Continuing Education courses, and accredited Bachelor and Master Degree programs. The NASM educational continuum is designed to help today’s health and fitness professional enhance their career while empowering their clients to live healthier lives.

To learn more about NASM certifications, visit or call 1.800.460.NASM. For news, industry insight and promotions, subscribe to the latest issue of The Training Edge and follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

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