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National Academy of Sports Medicine® (NASM) Launches New Physique & Bodybuilding Coach Program

October 18, 2022

GILBERT, Ariz.National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), an Ascend Learning brand and the global leader in fitness and wellness education and certifications, is pleased to announce the launch of its new Physique and Bodybuilding Coach Program (NASM-PBC), a course designed to provide science-backed nutrition, training and coaching strategies to aid individuals in achieving their aesthetic-based goals.

The development for the program has been a multi-year process during which NASM brought together over 30 leading experts, including Dr. Guillermo Escalante who holds a Doctor of Science in Athletic Training and is a former bodybuilding competitor, and Dr. Sunny Andrews, MD who in addition to being a medical doctor, also competes as an International Federation of Fitness and Bodybuilding (IFBB) Pro.

Millions of people train to achieve aesthetic goals, and the primary audiences for this program include aspiring and active bodybuilders and physique competitors, as well as fitness professionals who want to include physique coaching as part of their practice. The 100% online course provides evidence-based coaching, training, and nutrition strategies along with the opportunity to learn the most current and proven methods of physique building.

“We are thrilled to broaden our offerings to the physique and bodybuilding community,” said Laurie McCartney, President of Ascend Learning’s Fitness & Wellness segment, which includes NASM. “Whether you are a fitness professional or anyone who wants to incorporate physique transformation into your life, this state-of-the-art program provides actionable and real-world strategies to achieve your goals.”

“Many well-known diet and fitness programs, especially those on social media, fail to offer a comprehensive and evidence-based approach to coaching and training for competitive fitness and bodybuilding,” said Mike Fantigrassi, senior director of product development for NASM. “In order to attain aesthetic goals in a fun and engaging online environment, it is critical to provide people with the scientifically sound information on recommended practices that we provide inside our program.”

The PBC program is available exclusively through NASM’s state-of-the-art, interactive and immersive online platform that is accessible from any location and any device. For more information, visit nasm.org/PBC.

About NASM

National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) is a global leader in fitness and wellness certifications. Building on over 35 years of expertise, NASM programs create a roadmap for fitness and wellness professionals to help their clients achieve better physical and mental performance in athletics and everyday life. NASM provides an industry-first training system, with the Optimum Performance Training (OPT™) model, creating robust courses and content based solely on science-backed research. NASM has educated over 1.4 million fitness professionals in over 100 countries, creating a global space for optimal wellbeing and fitness. Learn more at www.nasm.org.

About Ascend Learning

Ascend Learning is a leading provider of online educational content, simulation, software and analytics serving students, educational institutions and employers. With products that span the learning continuum, Ascend Learning focuses on high-growth careers in a range of industries, with a special focus on healthcare and other high-growth, licensure-driven professions. Ascend Learning products, from testing to certification, are used by frontline healthcare workers, physicians, emergency medical professionals, nurses, certified personal trainers, financial advisors, skilled trades professionals and insurance brokers.