The National Academy of Sports Medicine Launches a Revolutionary Personal Training Program that Makes It Quick, Easy and Affordable to Start a Successful Career

GILBERT, Ariz.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), the world leader in fitness education has developed a 100% online program that prepares Personal Trainers to begin their careers in fitness with confidence.

“The NASM-CPT course has increased my confidence in my ability to provide excellent service to clients as well as approach potential employers with belief in myself”Tweet this

“With over 30 years as the gold standard in fitness education, we are thrilled to introduce this revolutionary new program that will transform the industry with a smart, science-based approach that is affordable, efficient and highly-effective for any trainer to hit the ground running with a successful career,” said Laurie McCartney, President of NASM.

From exam preparation to practical application, the NASM Certified Personal Training program empowers today’s fitness professionals with an evidence-based roadmap to assess clients and guide them to healthier and happier lives.

The seventh edition of NASM-CPT features:

  • Seamless Access: The state-of-the-art technology allows you to study on any preferred device, whether it be a desktop, laptop, tablet or phone. If someone switches from one device to another, they can seamlessly pick up where they left off.
  • Learning Made Easy: Students can highlight important content, take notes, create bookmarks, use ready-made flashcards, and more.
  • Multimedia Content: Hundreds of videos bring the course lectures and related exercises to life, providing a valuable resource before and beyond certification.
  • Updated OPT™ model: Using the latest research, this proven and proprietary training model incorporates popular training modalities to allow fitness professionals to create personalized programs for any client goal.
  • Career-Boosting Tools: The course was designed with a holistic approach to personal training, including nutrition and supplementation content, behavioral coaching, and business and professional development resources.
  • Flexible Payment Plans: Choose between 4 or 12 easy monthly payments. All options are interest-free.
  • Job Guarantee: With the All-Inclusive program, NASM guarantees you will be employed as a trainer within 90 days or the cost of the job guarantee will be refunded.

“The NASM-CPT course has increased my confidence in my ability to provide excellent service to clients as well as approach potential employers with belief in myself,” said Ryan R., an NASM-CPT from Shrewsbury, MA. “I am qualified to meet and exceed their requirements.”

NASM’s Personal Training course is NCCA-accredited, which is the industry leader for ensuring a certification program is designed to meet rigorous standards for all the required knowledge, skills and abilities.

For more details and to access NASM’s Certified Personal Training program, visit

About NASM: Now in its 33rd year, the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) has remained the international standard in fitness education due to the high quality of fitness professionals they produce and their programs’ scientific rigor. NASM offers a best in class Certified Personal Training program along with major bundles including, NASM EliteCareer KickstarterOnline Health Coach and more. For more information, visit

Fostering Connection in a Remote Environment

Connection. It’s what binds your people, your work and your values together, moving us towards your shared corporate purpose. And while we live in the most technologically connected era, for some, the prolonged shift to remote work has led to feelings of isolation and exclusion. Often hidden and rarely discussed, isolation and exclusion can afflict remote teams.

A 2020 “State of Remote Work” study, found that the second biggest drawback to remote work was loneliness[1]. What’s more, isolation and social exclusion most often happen in unintentional micro-moments that over time, can compound in the minds of your team members. While these scenarios may be inadvertent and perhaps even unmemorable for you as remote leaders, they can have profound physiological impacts on your team.

In fact, a study from the UBC Sauder School of Business revealed that the feeling of being ignored at work is actually worse for physical and mental well-being than workplace bullying[2]. Thus, while remote work is in many ways a collective experience, it is also a deeply individual one.

So, what do your people need from you to remain happy, productive and feeling successful in a remote context? The simple answer is: to feel connected and included in your organization, while also being confident about their place in it. To address these needs, your leaders can foster an inclusive environment by mindfully making inclusion and connection a daily practice on their teams.

3 Ways to Foster Inclusion Daily

  1. Mind the Micro-behaviors: Exclusion breeds in the subtleties. Seemingly minor acts, such as ignoring a team member’s morning greeting message, noticeably reading a chat message while on a 1:1 video conference or consistently showing up to a call ‘in a mood,’ can have observable negative impacts on your people. In a remote context, minor actions become amplified by the lack of informal interactions to offset these exclusionary behaviors. Combat these micro-behaviors by being:
    • Conscious of how you are being experienced by your employees.
    • Intentional about inclusively inviting team members to meetings, focusing your attention on the discussion and quieting distractions.
    • Mindful that the best leaders manage how they show up in the small moments, not just the big ones.
  2. Out of Sight, Top of Mind: Technology has created the ultimate illusion – that 24/7 reachability equates to increased human-to-human connectivity. Just because you have the ability to reach out, doesn’t mean you actually are – the ‘out of sight, out of mind’ syndrome is very much a real thing. And corporate relationships in particular put a lot of emphasis on the visible and impromptu connection points. As leaders though, you must make extra effort to be cognizant of your own exclusionary contributions to your team – no matter how unintentional they are. Here are some ways to keep your people top of mind:
    • Take 5: Take 5 minutes in your schedule every Friday to video call a team member not on your calendar this week. Think you don’t have time? Tie this habit to another habit, such as while waiting for your coffee to brew or before checking the mail.
    • Connect: Setup your high-potential employee(s) with an informal mentor or thought partner across the business. While you might not have time to connect with your hi-po regularly, someone else might be able to.
    • Amplify: Pay attention to who is quiet on your team calls and actively bring them into the dialogue. Return the conversation to someone who has been talked over or interrupted.
  3. Intentionally Inclusify: Strengthen resolve and connection by proactively ‘inclusifying’ your management practices. Inclusive leaders know that a culture of inclusion is the outcome of the consistent actions you do to create connection and a sense of belonging. Not sure where to start? Try one of these techniques:
    • Ensure Fairness Through Equity: Reorganize your schedule if your calendar or call logs consistently show the same people each week. Ensure you give team members equal time to connect with you and share their progress. Police team meetings to equalize the talking time of your quieter team members.
    • Be Aware of Halos and Horns: Challenge your natural tendency to see certain individuals as being able to ‘do no wrong,’ while other team members can ‘do nothing right.’ If you are always putting a ‘halo’ around your star performer and giving that person all of your attention – you are actively excluding everyone else from your purview. Remember to catch everyone in the act of doing something good and recognize their work.

Author: Carolyn Vasquez

Carolyn Vasquez is a talent development manager at Ascend Learning. She is responsible for the design, management and implementation of ongoing and new leadership and development initiatives across the Ascend organization. Carolyn holds a Master’s degree in Organizational Psychology from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, a Bachelor of Arts in Classical Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, and is a certified Brain-Based professional coach.