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Passed NASM this morning-some tips

by Emily
(New York,NY)

Hi all,

Just want to say that the tips on this site from other people were the biggest help for me, so I thought I would share my own. I took the test this morning and passed. I did freak out a little based on some other comments about the test being so hard. But, no need to freak! It's totally doable. I have a full-time job and still found time to study. But that's the key. You must study. Here are some tips.

- Definitely know under/overactive muscles

- Know what muscle are responsible for concentrically accelerating and eccentrically decelerating certain movements

- I had 2 questions about the percent of communication (what perent is physiological, verbal and actualy words). Know the exact percent

- How many calories per gram for fat, protein and carbs

- Which vitamin is not fat-soluble (A, C, E, K)

- How much protein per day should an endurance athlete have

- know what exercises for each phase of training and focus on the acute variables for each. I had a question about the temp for a core strength exercise, for example

- READ and FITTE and what the stand for/mean

- what parts of the heart is responsible for pumping blood throughout the body

- know ave heart rate for women

- how to measure BMI and Body fat

- how many essential amino acids are there

- what are the proper questions to ask during an assessment (directive, non directive, subjective and objective)

- what do beta blockers do to the heart rate, etc. and why would someone take beta blockers

Get up and actually do the movement, it helps! Think about the questions and don't answer so quickly. If you have taken the practice exams, know why each answer was what it was. Don't just memorize. Most questions on the exam are application, so it's important to understand the "why" in everything.

I promise you it is not THAT hard though. You will be fine if you relax and have confidence in yourself :)

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just took the 4th edition exam 4/2014
by: Anonymous

I just passed the exam this morning. I took the online course which costs $1,000, but it was worth it. I called NASM to speak to the instructors several times. I even went as far as to ask them which chapters were the most important. In the new edition, Ch 6 and 14 and 7 are the important ones.

The table on the 3rd edition to study for is on page 169 - in the new 4th edition it's on page 196. I have to say that I memorized it, but only saw about 5 questions on it. Remember, if a muscle is overactive it's also the same muscle to be foam rolled and stretched.

The test wasn't as bad as I was expecting. I'm 55 years old, and I haven't been in school since I graduated high school in 1977. I will admit that when I opened the book and looked through it that I called NASM to ask for a refund! Appendix D with all of the muscles listed scared the hell out of me. I never took anatomy and didn't understand anything in the book. The person I spoke too told me to relax and just read and hour or two a day and I'd be fine.

She was right. Don't let the book overwhelm you. As you read through it everything comes together. Especially if you go back and skim through the book a 2nd time (which I highly recommend). Don't worry about memorizing any definitions. Not one question asked what does this mean. The questions are geared toward application. In other words they want you to start a job knowing what to do with a client.

Study the resistance column on tables 14.7 - 14.11. Also know all of the exercises that go in each phase of the OPT model and you'll be good. There are a couple of questions from each chapter, but if you read the book you'll know them.

I flagged 12 questions out of 120 and then went back to them and probably got 2 or 3 right. The others were research questions because I know I didn't see them in the book.

I studied about 2 hours a day - 3 times a week and took the exam after 9 weeks and passed. Just read the book and you'll be fine. I barely passed high school with a D average 37 years ago, and I passed on my 1st try. Put the work in and you'll be good to go..!!

Good luck and God Bless.

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NASM Exam is easy if you study

I just passed the NASM Exam 1 hour ago.Out of the 120 questions I may have dropped 5 if that. I found it very easy, evidenced by the fact that it only took me 44 minutes to complete.I only had to defer 10 questions until the end,since I could not answer them instantly. That meant that I was very confident of my answers for 110 questions first time through.

I had studied hard over the last few weeks using all the preparation material. I went through the book maybe 4 times. After the 3rd reading, things really started to click.On each reading I found new information and deeper understanding.

It's all a function of how much you study. If you really know your stuff the correct answer is obvious and the other 3 selections are clearly wrong. The questions were mostly one or two lines, straightforward and only a few required re-reading just to make sure of the meaning.They don't seem to be out to catch you, just know the material.I always prefer to overprepare and all the tests I have taken have been a formality.Good Luck.

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by: Anonymous

I will be taking my test in a few weeks and am nervous about the assessment part.. Any suggestions? Also about putting together a program. Congrats on passing!

Don't be nervous
by: Anonymous

Don't be nervous. Confidence comes with learning. Keep at it until you know it really well.Remember, these are multiple choice questions aned they are giving you the answer. By repeated readings of the text you stand a good chance of recognising the answer immediately. It worked for me.Just know your stuff.As far as the Assessment is concerned try to learn the names of the overactive and underactive muscles. A good trick is to visualize the muscles on your own body in the various assessment positions.While there are some questions on assessment there are not that many.Overprepare for the exam if you can.Good Luck

Congrats on passing
by: Anonymous

I am curious as to how the questions are worded because many people on this site state that the practice test is nothing like the real one. Can you give an example please?

not that easy
by: Anonymous

Now for those of you who were just like me last week, who found this very helpful website and were scanning and searching for tips on this test, thats is absolutely understandable. But dont get carried away with looking for what you wanna hear "it was a breeze, you dont even need to study" is not the reality. I'm not gonna sit and go into my life and talk about a whole lot of things that has any to no use to you but instead tell you the fact of the matter is the time your sitting here looking for hints and maybe even cheat codes just know you can deff. getting some studies in.
I'm not saying dont take the info on here and keep it in mind I'm saying there so much we can tell you.

....something that I hope will help versus me preaching to you like your 5 maybe would be my study technique.
Now I ordered the full package, everything
dvds,workbook,audio etc.
-I started off watching the dvd of the chapter
(I recommend after you 1st get the material, you just watch all the dvds before you begin just to see the whole picture of what this book is actually about)
-Write down flashcards of the vocabulary in the beggining of the chapter
-Read the chapters, gradually going over the tables until concept is understood
-Review flashcards,should'nt take long just keep skimming through them til you pretty much understand them all
-watch the dvd again
-and the do the workbook.
do that with every chapt if your going crazy onto designing a routine.
I find that the test when I took it generally had 1-3 questions in every chap.
hope this helped.
p.s. Just pray......Trust me it deff. worked for me

NASM is easy
by: Anonymous

Maybe I'm a genius or something but i found this test to be pretty easy. Normally i am a bad test taker and did ok in college but it doesn't make sense to me that people have failed this test more than once. They obviously didn't study.

I used the videos and read the textbook once. I am more of a visual person but i referenced the book for terms i didn't quite understand. I started study in the beginning of sept. for probably 5 days a week, maybe an hour or 2 a day and it took me a month and a half until i felt ready. after taking the test, i feel i could have taken it 2-3 weeks earlier.

The user tips provided on this site has helped. some people even provided the exact questions and when i saw these questions on the test, i was thankful for reviewing these.

The only way you will fail is if you don't study...

Just passed !!!!!!
by: Anonymous

Just passed my Nasm CPT today and it is very true that you must study. I studied for 3 mos. There is no way to wing it. I took 3 different practice tests over and over again along with studying from the printable flash cards that they provide. I also read the the text book and went back to it numerous times to review the tables. I knew a lot but there were some things I was uncertain about. I'm sure those were the research questions they add. Anyone can pass as long as they study and really understand what they're studying. Good Luck!!

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Just took and passed the NASM CPT Exam.

by M
(Bay Area, California)

2/20/10 I just took the exam an hour ago and passed! Yay! I thought that since I made use of the comments from others on this site, that I too would pay it forward to those who are prepping to take it.
Please keep in mind that there are many, many versions of the exam so don't assume that yours will have the same questions that mine did. With that being said, here are some of the questions that I was asked as well as some study advice:

1. What is the average resting heart rate for a woman?
2. When taking a client's blood pressure, diastolic pressure will be:
a. The loudest sound you hear
b. A fading sound
c. The fastest
d. I can't remember the last option. Sorry.
(So know your diastolic and systolic blood pressure ranges and sounds) these questions are easy if you read up on them. Nothing tricky there.

3. Like another person that posted on here, I too was asked the question:
If a person's belt rides higher in the back and lower in the front what might this be indicative of?
a. anterior pelvic tilt
b. posterior pelvic tilt
c. lateral flexion
d. external rotation

4. which is the innermost layer of a muscle fiber?
(then it gives you 4 options to choose from)

Many people on here stated that they found the actual exam to be nothing like the pre-test, but in my experience it was. True, the questions aren't the same questions you'll see on the pre-test (though I counted 12 from the pre-test on my actual exam), as on the exam they are intentionally wordier, but the outline is the nearly the same.
Take your time, read each one through and if you don't know the answer DON'T panic. Just flag the question and go back to it. I flagged 7 and came back to them at the end. At my testing site, they gave me scratch paper to use so I hurriedly jotted down all the over/under active muscles from the assessments section as well as all the acute variable tables. I had them put to memory but it was much easier to actually just refer to my scratch paper notes than go through them in my head. I still ended up actually getting out of my chair and putting my body in position for one of the questions. It may have looked funny but I had no shame!
My last bits of advice to you are to study EVERYTHING as it is ALL fair game on this exam and you need to know it regardless as you'll be training clients.

The following are the areas in which I had the most questions come up and felt were the most pertinent;
1. As others have said on here and I am about to mirror, KNOW the compensations, muscle imbalances and corrective strategies! Put to memory the chart on page 169 of the book! I can't stress that one enough!
2. KNOW your acute variables for ALL 5 phases of the OPT continuum.
3. KNOW the exercises for all 5 phases of the OPT continuum.
4. Know your nutrition chapter as though it may only count for 10 questions on the exam, that's 10 questions you don't want to get wrong!
5. I did get questions on the effects of medications so I would suggest being familiar with those as well.
6. Read the Candidate Handbook as well as chapter 18.

Lastly, like I mentioned earlier, truly study the entire book and know your information.
The exam isn't unbelievably hard, but it is also far from easy. Some of the questions are basic and some feel like they were thrown at you from out of left field.
Take a deep breath, flag what you don't know and come back to it at the end. Don't let one question throw you off, just keep trudging ahead.

The test is 120 questions and you are given 2 hours. I finished up in a little over an hour and I had flagged 7 questions that I went back to. So don't worry about your time. Just read each question completely and then re-read it as the wording is tricky on some of them. One time they will ask you for the overactive muscle and then the next time it will be for the underactive. Or they will ask you to pick the BEST answer out of 4 possibilities so you will question yourself. Like I said, just read them through a couple of times and many of those times you will be able to eliminate all the wrong one's to where you are only left with the correct answer.
OK, now that I have written a novel, I am going to close it out by wishing you the best of luck on your exams! I hope this helps you out! Now, it's time for some celebration sushi!

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Study hard and you will pass the first time!
by: Cindy

I just took the NASM exam and passed the first time. Actually I heard that it was going to be a very hard test. For this reason I studied very hard and read the book two times. It paid off. I basically flew through the test and knew most of the answers. Know the book and study guide! Take notes as you are reading and take the practice exam a few times. It's NOT the same questions as the test but it gives you a good idea of how the questions are worded and what they are looking for. It helped me alot. The test can be wordy and tricky so you have to KNOW your stuff!

Lumbo-Pelvic-Hip Postural Distortion
by: Anonymous

For those who where asked the question about Lumbo-Pelvic-Hip Postural Distortion..belt being higher in back and lower in front... This information can be found..Not in the text book..BUT found in the NASM CPT Premier package course Intro to Personal Fitness Training Course or can get seperate for $149.

Help with 1 Question on the Exam
by: Anonymous

Sorry, to ask, but what is the answer to this one? This information is not provided on NASM textbook, but they definitely ask the question. I send them an email to answer the question and they refuse. I don't get that! This is definietly one of the questions that I failed on my first exam, so I want to study what I missed so I don't make the same mistake.

I do know that Anterior is the front and Posterior is the back. I assume its either A or B.

Thank you all in advance for your help!

If a person's belt rides higher in the back and lower in the front what might this be indicative of?
a. anterior pelvic tilt
b. posterior pelvic tilt
c. lateral flexion
d. external rotation

by: Anonymous

The answer is anterior pelvic tilt

Anteriror Pelvic Tilt
by: Anonymous

Thank you for your help!!

Tips for the Nasm exam
by: Steven

I just turned 19 a week ago and i decided to bring in the new age with a bang with my NASM test. I got all of my materials July 1st and have been off and on studying for a month. I am currently pursuing a degree in execs science but am only a sophomore. The last three days I have been studying about three hours a day.

I passed with flying colors today, maybe got about 4 questions wrong. If you have ever been in a gym before, and have read the book at least once, you will easily do well. The program design chapter is the most important and you should essentially memorize all the words written in it.

The biggest thing I had an issue with was the nerves. I was so scared on the first question, I assume it was a research question because of its difficulty, that I had to sit back and just take a minute. The reason this test challenges you is so they can separate who really wants to do it, and if you really want to do it, you will do well.

Note: I seemed to get a lot of question, maybe 15 or so, on Nutrition. I was making a mental note of how many question per subject and noticed I had almost none on exercise technique. Just wanna know if anyone else had the same

Bottom line: Know the concepts, and think to yourself what you would do with a client. For example, one day before my exam, i took my whole workout that day and made it into a make believe first meeting with a client, where i would explain training systems and acute variables and so forth. As I was working out, I would talk to myself (out loud) as if i was talking to a client. I think this really really helped me and I'm glad I did it.

Dont freak out, be patient, and know that all the answers are right there in front of you

Good luck and god bless

by: Anonymous

I just took my exam today and passed, this was my second attempt. For those new to NASM study, study and study. I would enroll in the eTeach if you haven't that has a 96% passer rating. I wish you all the best. God bless

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NASM CPT Exam PASSED! – April 2010

by Jack
(Manhattan, NY)

Alright, I just passed the exam, considering I failed the 1st one with a 60% score. My biggest failure was in Program Design (Chapter 13!) and that was truly my fault since I took that information for granted and didn’t study the Tables provided by NASM on their website to tips. Make sure you Memorize the Resistance Acute Variables in all 5 OPT Models.

The 2nd exam seemed so easy than the first since that’s when I realized that studying the NASM Practice Test Questions, including the extra one purchased from NASM, was not good. I think that maybe 10 to 12 out of the 120 on the exam where copies of practice exam.

Know, even though I passed the exam, it took me almost the full 2 hours to finish. Basically, with 4 answers per question, usually 1 answer was “stupid” and mostly I needed to read very carefully with 2 answers to hopefully answer the correct one.

My recommendation to those of you that are studying for the exam, read the NASM Textbook and DO use the practice test a lot, but ask yourself different questions on each practice exam. For example, on my first exam, I was asked, “The heart rate and the stroke volume are collectively termed?” and I only knew Heart Rate (70-80) and Stroke Volume (120/80) separately. Now I know the answer is Cardiac Output!

Finally, I spent some time providing study guides, tips and lots of actual exam questions that I took to help you pass your exam. This is my way to say THANK YOU to all of you and how you provided your info on this Discussion website and helped me passed! Passing the exam is just step one into becoming a great personal trainer.

Assessment – Chapters 1-5

STUDY ALL - Page 169 (expect 6-8 questions) page 169

Superior, Inferior, Proximal, Distal, Anterior,
Posterior, Medial, Lateral, Contralateral, and Ipsilateral

Frontal, Sagittal and Transverse
Frontal has exercises involving
ABDuction and ADDuction
What is the plane of motion for a squat? = Sagittal page 61

STUDY MUSCLES AS MOVERS (specifically squat exercise) page 35
On my exam, “The gluteus maximus is an agonist for a hip extension.”

(mostly Eccentric & Concentric)

What is the most innermost layer of tissue? = EPIMYSIUM page 30

Muscles as Movers –
Gluteus Maximus is an agonist for HIP EXTENSION page 35

LEFT ATRIUM – pumps blood out to the entire part of the body
page 42

The heart rate AND the stroke volume are collectively termed? CARDIAC OUTPUT page 43

The smallest blood vessels, which connect page 46
venules with arterioles? CAPILLARIES

What is not a respiratory muscle? page 47

Shark Skill Test – Assesses overall Athletic Ability page 129
Beta-Blockers are prescribed as = page 107
Anti-Hypertensive Medication

When using a Radial Pulse the touch should be gentle for pressure page 109

Diastolic blood pressure is determined when the Pulse Fades Away page 110

At the ankle, extension is Plantarflexion page 61

What part of the heart pumps blood to the rest of the body? = Arteries page 45

Subjective and Objective Info page 101

Circumference Measurements can be used to calculate – Body Fat % page 114

Average Heart Rate for FEMALE = 75 bps page 109
(Note Male = 70% and average is 70 – 80%)

Calculating Body Fat % on the RIGHT page 112

Pulling Assessment has a tempo of 2/0/2 page 127

Bench Press after warm-up increase weight by (10-20 lbs) during Assessment page 131

Self-Myofascial Release -
You might have a photo on the exam that you need to provide the

STUDY all 5 photos on page 152-153 and prepare if on the exam (I had Adductors)

SMR – Phase 2 = Active Stretching

Exercise Technique – Chapter 6 – 12

Create a flashcard/sheet with ALL exercises and MEMORIZE (see website above):
Core Stabilization = Marching, Floor Bridge,
Floor Prone Cobra, Prone Iso-Ab
Core Strength = Ball Crunch, Back Extension,
Reverse Crunch, Cable Rotation
Core Power = Rotation Chest Pass, Medicine Ball(MB)
Pullover Throw, Front MB Oblique Throw,
Woodchop Throw
(had no questions pertaining to SAQ, Biceps, Triceps)

STUDY both Progression and Regression

If a person’s belt rides higher in the back and lower in the front what might this be indicative of? = ANTERIOR PELVIC TILT (not in text book, but on exam!)

All of the following are certain guidelines for Cardiorespiratory page 179

Heart Rate % Training Zone 3 = 86-90% page 184

Autogenic Inhibition – the neuromuscular phenomenon that occurs when the Neural impulse sensing tension are great that the impulses causing muscle Contraction. GTO

Training, FITTE = F (frequency) I (intensity) T (time) T(type) E(enjoyment) (On Exam!)

STUDY Muscles of the Core page 199
Stabilization System vs. Movement System
Question like, What muscles are part of the Core Movement System?

Law of Thermodynamics = Body fat reduction can only take place
when there is more energy being burned than consumed page 199

STUDY both INTRAmuscular and INTERmuscular control page 203
INTERmuscular coordination allows all muscles to work together
with proper activation and timing between them (my exam)

Sarcomere is the part of the muscle which is the most functional useful to us.One sacromere begins at a Z line and ends at a Z line.

Spend 5-10 minutes of cardio workout before strength training

Plyometric (reactive) exercises are quick, powerful movements with repetitivecontraction of muscles (both eccentric and concentric)
page 242

Quickness – All planes of motion page 261
(study definitions of Speed, Agility & Quickness)

How long of a rest interval replenishes 100% of ATP/CP? = 3 Minutes page 332

Program Design – Chapter 13

STUDY Table 13.1, 13.6, 13.7, 13.9
STUDY RESISTANCE Acute Variables category of the following OPT
Table 13.14, 13.17, 13.20, 13.22, 13.24
What is the # of repetitions for Stabilization? = 12 – 25
What is the # of repetitions for Hypertrophy? = 8 – 12
What is the stabilization per each leg?
What is the minimum rest for Maximum Strength? = 3 Minutes

For youth level client, what is the most important aspect = Dynamic Postural Control

Nutrition – Chapter 15

Protein Recommendations – Endurance Athlete = 1.4g/kg
page 426
Water – Consume water 96 ounces (3 quarts) of water per day
page 440
Monosaccharides includes = Glucose, Fructose and Galactose page 429
Amino Acids = Total number = 20 page 421
Amino Acids = NON-ESSENTIAL = manufactured in the body page 421
1 Gram of Protein or Carbs yields 4 Calories page 428
1 Gram of Fat yields 9 Calories page 439
Average Carbohydrate intake = 50-70% page 434
Daily diet should include 25g of Fiber page 435
Fat-Soluble vitamins = A, D, E & K page 437
DO NOT eat High Protein / Low Carbs page 434

Professional Development – Chapter 17-18

Root Cause Analysis – A method of asking questions on a step-by-step basis to discover the initial cause of a fault.
page 467
7% Words
38% Tone of Voice page 482
55% Physiological

READ – Rapport, Empathy, Assessment, Development page 482

What does Rapport stand for? Similarity, Agreement, or Congruity page 482

Empathy – involves understanding of a client of page 483
their thoughts,emotions and experiences.

Assessment is defined as, A process of determining the importance, size, or value of something. page 485

NON-Directive Questions – cannot answer a question page 485
with a “yes” or “no”

NASM recertification = 2.0 CEU’s every 2 Years

Code of Ethics – read pages 20-21 on NASM Certification Candidate Handbook

NASM Guidelines

What is the Primary Responsibility = Employer or Public?

Create and Keep a Customer

CPR – (some bullets) page 514
1st check the scene for hazard
ABC’s – open airway, breathing, circulation
Compression range of 1.5 – 2 inches

MEMORIZE Chapters 5, 13, 15, 17, 18
Read Chapter 6, (I missed lots of questions, especially for definition)
Lots of questions tend to be with in Stabilization
Don’t spend time reading the following (for the exam):
Functional Anatomy page 68 – 86
Chapter 11
Chapter 16

Eat healthy, follow the OPT Model, learn more about yourself and help your Clients!
Good Luck!

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I am astounded that the answers are posted
by: Christina

I just studied my butt off for the NASM exam, and thought I was well prepared to pass it - and fortunatly I did pass it - on the first try. However, this success did not go without it's fair share of the heart palpitations and panick that I experienced while in the computer lab taking the test. It was very challenging, indeed.

After I passed, I was bewildered at how difficult I actually found the exam to be, and henceforth, once I got home I did some internet research on the difficulty others experienced with the NASM CPT Exam.

I located this site and am disturbed to see that many people who have taken the exam and passed it have posted the answers...not just advise and study tips - BUT THE ANSWERS!!

That my friends, IS CHEATING!!

I am not perfect in anyway, however I do believe that the validity of the NASM Licence is the fact that YOU studied for the exam and YOU passed it...WITHOUT KNOWING THE ANSWERS PRIOR TO TAKING IT.


Just sayin'.

how to fine some questions on book
by: Anonymous

i bean struggling to fine this question i faild the test for the 4th time i really need some advices

1) when belt live of client starts higher in the back and comes down in the front this may be indicator of ?
2) which tempo needed during the pulling and pushing assessment

Questions Answered
by: Anonymous

Answer 1 - see above
If a person’s belt rides higher in the back and lower in the front what might this be indicative of? = ANTERIOR PELVIC TILT (not in text book, but on exam!)

Answer 2 - see above
Pulling Assessment has a tempo of 2/0/2 page 127

by: Anonymous

Whatever to the righteous whiner about "cheating". Puleeeze! The poster just gave some generalizations that will surely not make or break someone for the test. Bottom line is you need to "get the concepts" and study hard to pass the test. You are just annoyed b/c you didn't find the tips BEFORE your test.

Congratulations but...
by: NASM certified nigga

I just passed the NASM exam (on my first try thanks partly to this site), but I wanted to know how you found out your percentage? They dont tell you at Lasergrade and it doesnt show up online... all that it says is that you passed.

Your the man
by: Brett J

I would just like to say thank you to whomever wrote this study guide. I took and failed my test twice and was losing hope. This guide helped out tremendously. 85% of the information on here is on the test! Thanks again and let me know if I can send you a huge case of muscle milk!! GOOD LUCK!!

Failed by only 4 points
by: Anonymous

Thanks for your insight to passing the exam I am so glad that I found this website. I took the 1st exam and failed it 4 by questions and was freaking out about taking the 2nd. I had to study my butt off because I did not have any Personal Training skills under my belt. So thanks again. This gives people like me who studied their butts off a much better chance of passing.

by: NJD

I had to say HOW VERY MUCH I APPRECIATE EVERYONE'S SHARING OF THEIR INSIGHT AND EXPERIENCE ON THIS EXAM - Unfortunately,how well one does on a test is NOT actually indicative of how well they know the material... It is subject to HOW the question is asked nevertheless what points are focused upon - often, minor irrelevant points - rather than the true depth of the subject matter. I know that I have been RIGOROUSLY STUDYING for over two months - and that sitting down and studying is EXTREMELY hard for this HIGHLY ENERGETIC, MOTIVATIONAL A.D.D./A.D.H.D. diagnosed Trainer and Instructor. I am one who always tries to help others by sharing my experience and you all ROCK!!! I will share when I take the exam (in a couple days)... FYI - I took the worshop and have to say, I was not impressed, nor did I feel it helped me at all in preparing for the CPT exam - maybe good to take as additional info but not worth the $249 they charge. Thank you again and I will be sure to post any info I can to help others the way you have helped me!!!

by: Nancy needing insight

Has anyone bought the NASM CPT Exam Prep Package ($99) with the 4 Exam Prep Modules? Is it worth buying? I REALLY am financially challenged right now - and can't afford it... but I even more cannot afford not to pass this exam... Please post feedback ... THANK YOU

Passed Today -- July 31, 2010
by: Lynda

Okay, so I too study my tushy off for 120 days and knew this info backwards and forwards, by yesterday I was passing all four unit tests and the big "120" question test with 95-100 percent almost every time. I must admit that I did read this site before the test and your notes did help me with a few of the questions, but to those who are preparing for the test???? Just know that there are so many variables and ways that they ask these questions that you simply cannot study for this in any other way than to just KNOW what it all means and not just memorize answers. For example, one of the questions combined regressing an exercise with muscle imbalances as the client has a anterior pelvic tilt and so not only did you have to regress but regress to something that would also keep from placing more stress on the lower back. In fact, even after I finished the test, I still had no idea if I passed because every answer possible was not an answer I had seen on any practice test. There were probably 10 questions that were exactly the way that they were on the practice tests and maybe another ten that were the same but just spoken in a different way, other than that, it was all "new" to me. So don't assume by reading this person's notes that you have a "shoe-in" it was by far way harder than I ever thought it would be--but its doable if you know your stuff. I would also suggest that you actually start using the NASM protocol, if you don't already have clients, get some, just don't charge them, you'll be amazed at how many people want free training. I already have a different certification and started using the NASM protocol four months ago when I started studying. It really helps a lot to pass this test when you are actually assessing, designing programs, regressing/progressing exercises, watching postures, etc. Thanks to the writer for the "belt" question and for the "inner most layer of skin", they were both on mine--other than that? it was no picnic! Make sure you do the workshop, make sure you have all 4 tests that NASM offers now, make flashcards, DO NOT order the flashcards sold online, I bought them and they stink! Make your own, the writing it out process will help you in itself. Good luck! If I could pass this, anyone can--I was never a great student--but I worked my booty off to get there!

Some of your answers given are wrong
by: Anonymous

No, the LEFT ATRIUM receives oxygenated blood from the lungs. The LEFT VENTRICLE pumps the blood to the rest of the body.

nasm exam prep materials
by: Anonymous

i called nasm and asked about the additional study guides posted online recently. they include electronic flashcards, generalized practice test questions, ect. they are over priced and only moderately helpful. BUT they gave me all of them for free! might be worth it if you're interested.

Rockport walk test
by: Charlie

Will I need to memorize the math sequence for the rockport walk test? Also, the anatomy pictures on pages 68-86 need to be memorized? Help!

rockport test and anatomy page
by: Anonymous

no you will not need to know the formula fro Rockport, just knot that the standarized cardio assessements are Rockport and 3 minute step, as far as all of the anatomy pages? 169, you need to know that forward, backward, upside down and inside out. Here's I practiced that page. I would take a blank piece of paper and write across the top underactive, overactive, stretch, strengthen and down the side id write: feet turned, knees turned in, eccessive forward leaning, spine arch, arms fall forward, shoulders elevate and head pertrudes and then just start filling it in. I did this every day before I studied. I also made this chart on the scrap piece of paper they give you when you take the test right before I started. I was able to make that chart in about 5 minutes I had gotten so good at it. As far as the other anatomy pages, the only part you need to know is for each muscle what is accelerating concentrically and what is decellerating essentrically. Some muscles do the same thing so its import to know that if it says "during hip extension which muscle concentrically accelerates hip flexon, extension and extenal rotation, you know its the periformis (the more it does the smaller the muscle), however if it only said "during hip flexion which muscle accelerates concentrically (meaning that is its primary function, you know its the bicep femoris). For this one, actually stand up and do the exercise (so you will want to know those pages that show flexon, extension, ab/aduction of each of the 5 points of the kinetic chain), when you do the exercise (lets say its hip flexon, feel that quad doing all the work). Hope that helps.

thanks for your reply-something else
by: Charlie

So when you say "for each muscle,know the concentric and essentric motions" do you mean every muscle on those anatomy pages, or just on pg169?

by: henry

I am having trouble with the anatomy.Like "during shoulder flexion what muscles stabilize outer rotation" I'm not getting it.Does anybody have anything to say on how much of this will be on the exam, or how I can learn it?

a few things
by: mike

i have been studying like crazy worried that I might not pass. The practice test is easy for me, but i heard its nothing campared to the test. I know about the chart on p169, took forever to learn that, yes writing the chart helps alot. I have gone to the point of even researching how to improve memory and supplements that help improve memory haha. Heres a tip that helped alot, do theings your not normally used to, to force your brain to fire nuerons and have to learn quickly, such as standing on one legs while brushing teeth, cooking, even studying!, brush your tetth with your other hand, while balancing with the othe leg, switch it up. it actually does work, now its like words are imprinted in my brain after just reading the material. also best times to study are first 30 minutes after waking up, and last 30 minutes before going to sleep. supposedly your learning process is improved by 33%.

Do you have to absolutely know the origin, insertion, isolated functions and intergrated functions for each muscle?

I also notice that some static stretches and active stretches are exactly the same. is the only difference the time stretching? I know static is atleast 20 seconds and atice is 1-2 seconds. But is that the only difference?

another thing
by: mike

also, if I happen to not pass my first test, can I take my second test right away or do I have to wait for the remainder of the 120 left? Thanks

thank you VERY much
by: Anonymous

I just passed my NASM exam partially because of the information on this page. I have been studying for 10 months(had the nesta pdf first) and just found this page 3 days ago. I had a ton of information just rattling around my head, and I appreciated a little focal direction.

To the "cheater" poster and anyone who agrees.. please do not underestimate the value of being able to memorize factes. The answers are in the book too. You did not do case studies and devote your life to researching the NASM OPT. The facts will change, as they always do, and we will all have new facts to memorize. Just relax, take your gold standard certification and HELP some people achieve a greater level of performance.

This is key to success
by: Bill - Cathedral City

I spent a fair amount of time on this site researching which CPT credential I wanted and then for the best postings for passing the test. This posting was the best and I printed it out to assist for my final weekend of studying.

I purchased my materials on July 19th and passed the test on the first time I took it on September 6th.

This is how I passed the test: I watched the 4 training DVD's first. I then did the textbook readings and completed the accompanying study guide as outlined in the study guide. During my reading, I did plenty of outlining and wrote notes in the margins for simplification.

After complettion of the reading, I watched the four DVD's again. I then spent about 5 hours on Sunday and Monday going through my book paying attention to my notes and highlighted materials in conjunction with this posting and the study guide for each chapter.

I took the test and passed it in one hour. Overall, I estimate I spent around 80 hours in exam preparation. If you don't read the book; don't expect to pass.

by: Monika

First of, Jack in NY and others that shared your input, may your kindness come back to you TEN fold!

Christina, the woman that complained about peoples' notes on this site, go get lost! Why did you come to this site at a first place? Nobody was posting the EXACT verbiage of questions asked here so get over it!!

That being said, I just passed 2hrs. ago and wanted to share with you how I got there because I am secured in myself and we can all learn from each other instead of competing and resenting!

Here's how I studied:

• watched all the videos twice
• "read" the book (without retaining much info cause English is my second language and i never studied Latin or Anatomy so it was like learning Chinese, hahaha)and went over the questions at the end of each chapter in the book
• went over questions and answers in the study guide, like 3 times so it becomes familiar more and more each time you read it
• Took the practice online test like 2x but saw that i didn't really grasp the concept
• So I "read" the book again but this time around highlighted all the definitions and circled all the tables that NASM says you should practice for the exam. (ask NASM to send you PDF of the NASM Essential Study Tips to see what tables to memorize).
• Then I kept coming back to those tables and read my highlights, kept answering questions after each chapter as well as questions from the Study Guide again like 3 times.
• I went through all of my highlights, and tables the last 3 days before exam and read Jack's notes (while comparing his answers to the book, to make sure they were correct because it's not left atrium but left VENTRICLE that distributes blood to the rest of the body).

Keep in mind, the questions are going to be phrased differently so if you do have spare time during the test, go through your answers again (there is no deductions for you going back to previous questions during the actual test. You can go back and forth as well as Tag questions to go back to them later.)

Bottom line, read the book, read the notes from Jack, HIGHLIGHT all the tables NASM recommends to study. I was not asked any questions about positions and functions of muscles on pgs 68-86 but you should know the names and where they are so you understand the rest of the stuff in the book. Trust me, it was f/ing hard for me to memorize it but you CAN do it. If I could, you CAN!!!

Beyond the study, CONFIDENCE is the key so chin up, show up in a good mood, take a deep breath and TRUST yourself. You studied too hard Not to pass! ;)

I wish you my so very best!!!!!!

Can anyone tell me who gave you the score??
by: Anonymous

I called NASM, Lasergrade, and asked the training center where I took the exam and they all say they are not able to ever see the scores...... :(

Thank you!

Thank you
by: Anonymous

I just took the NASM test and passed! ive taken it 3x in the past. Id like to say thank you to whoever posted that study guide up it really helped out!

by: Anonymous

Hey , I had exactly like your questions and I scored 67 . I just have a question were your two exams similar? Thanks a lot

Thanks to you!
by: Zach

Thank you Jack! Because of you I just passed my test about an hour ago the first time. I was quite stressed going into it (especially after studying very little) but it was not as difficult as I had expected. Thanks again man for helping me figure out what I really needed to know and the best of wishes to you!

Thank you
by: Janna

Jack if I could kiss you I would. I hope you are reading all these KUDOS to you because you deserve it!!!

Studying for the Exam
by: Willi

Congrats to everyone for passing the exam. Right now I am just reading the textbook. Is there anything else out there I should get? I know there is a study guide but are there practice exams somewhere?

Thank you
by: Anonymous

All of your keypoints helped so much and you are right no amount of breakdown is actually going to help you pass the exam unless you study and really try to get the concepts.

In my last week prior to the test, I started trying to remember key points (triggers) like for the different phases of excercises (stabilization- leg , strength - jump - power - throw - in general and the specifics, I just tried to pound into my head.

For the initial assessment chart I actually (after studying my muscle cards for months)finally had to write down the 1st letter of every muscle under each catagory and memorize - memorize.

The good news is... I passed and on the 1st time. So thank you all!!

My two cents!
by: Anonymous

Have to agree with many other that this page also helped me pass my exam on the first try!
But I also have to say that if you don't take the time to study you'll find it hard.
Also I not only read the book and memorize page 169(although never finished the workbook), I also purchased the NASM Ipod application!! I think is a great app that helped me understand a lot more of the concepts and terminology for only $8 I believe...
I also went to local public library and got two diferent books on Anatomy , but the one that really helped understand more of all the differnet movement of the muscles was "Anatomy of Strenght Training"

One of the questions that threw me off on the exam was a bout the pelvo-occular reflex, I was not prepared for that one, an also one about fat soluble aminoacids

by: Jon

I just passed my exam on the first try, and while this post was helpful in understanding the exam, it is not an excuse not to study. The NASM CPT exam is not easy. It is similiar to, but is not completely reflected in the practice exams. If you study the material for an appropriate amount of time... you will pass the exam. If you half-ass it you probably will not pass. Not trying to be a downer here.....just, really better to be well prepared and successful than hoping to pass with shortcuts and then disappointed.

Goof Luck!

Congratulations All!
by: Jack - NY

Hi everyone, I haven't read this NASM tip in a long time and I'm very happy that you all are working on studying, taking the exam and passing! While I did provide a big list of my exam questions, the summary was not A,B,C or D that gave you the answer. It was more of a way for you to see what type of questions (at a high %) in order to focus on understanding why those questions were important. Looks like one on my answers was incorrect, sorry :(

Sad in a way, but many of us who have passed the exam, say in 30 days, good look remembering all the info we memorized. The point was to learn the book and always have a copy to review. (Just like attorney's do!)

Remember, becoming a solid CPT is more than just passing an exam. 1 Year later, I'm still learning! Best of Luck to you All!

i thought i was ready..
by: Anonymous

I studied for months and months and months! And took the practice test a gazillion times and thought I was so ready--I FAILED by 1 point! I was never so upset! Tears i tell you!!

Anyways, this is all great advice, and now that i took it once i feel way more ready the 2nd time around (ill let you know how it goes).
I tried to memorize the muscles as well on pg 169 but it has come down to trying to see whats familiar or remembering anagrams in my head (SLB, HEL, AGE..etc) I want to know it flat but that part confuses me! I think on the test though i was suprised at the number of questions i hadn't seen before. there was one about a muscle and a lock position i dont even remember!
So yes, take advice from above posts and memorize! The rest is pretty logical. Though read carefully! The practice tests are a big help but they trick you up but asking the opposite questions here!!

Back to the books!

by: Anonymous

Just passed first attempt..great feeling. Thanks for all the helpful hints and tips..really helped out.

by: Emily

Jack your tips ROCK !!i AM SO HAPPY they are on here,and am confident I will pass my test the second time around.I remember struggling with some of the questions you put on here,so thank you.ONe question I remember from the test but was not quite sure on was ''what is a popular diet being used today?'' anyone know the answer to that?Thanks!!!

by: Anonymous

Thank you very much for this article. I passed yesterday on my first try, and that was with 10 days of studying. I saw this article the night before and it helped me a lot. I had a previous knowledge of the subject matter due to what i learned from my mentors in college football, and things i used research on my own (im talking about medical journals, not those bodybuilding forums).


when you think you've studied some more.

Study Guide info
by: Anonymous

This study guide is very in depth and seems to not follow the chapter and page number that are preaent in the 4th edition book that I have. I'm sure the info is the same, just more updated. Does anyone have insight on the newest of exams? Any help is most appreciated:)

by: J HAWK


Thank you for the tips
by: Anonymous

I started studying for this and panicked. I stopped and already missed my deadline but still can do it but have to pay the $199. I am freaking out because I have suffered with learning disabilities! People like me have to study twice as hard than the average person. My Braun takes a long to process things. It is also harder when doing this on my own and no one to talk about it with. I had done well with my undergrad because I had other students and professors.
So thank you for all the time you took to write out some tips. I do see the answered you post but I am one to understand it and not memorize it.

by: Anonymous

Has anyone taken the 2012 nasm test if so can you give me some pages that I need to study because after my friend studied so hard and failed im so nervous about taking this test.

Up to date?
by: John

When was this written? Wondering if Page 'study all page 169' is still relevant even with new editions of the NASM book..

Great info (I hope) I have 20 days to learn it..

muscle imbalances
by: Anonymous

they are referring to pg 196 in the fourth edition

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Passed on the 1st Attempt

by Ryan
(San Jose, CA)

I just got through taking the NASM exam a few hours ago and I passed on the first attempt. In all honesty, it wasn't nearly as hard as I thought it would be and I breezed through it in about 40 minutes. Now my situation may be slightly different because I have had years of knowledge/experience in fitness/exercise/nutrition leading up to this. I could have been training clients now if I wanted to, but the only thing preventing me was not having a certification. So I was already pretty knowledgeable going in. However, all you have to do is study hard, and have faith in yourself. It can be done.

In preparing for the test, there are three options. The first is to buy everything off the NASM website (book, DVD's, etc). The second is to take a class at a local junior college to use as an advanced study prep for the test. The third is to buy the book off another website like amazon, study on your own, and only purchase the test/practice test. I did option number three. In my honest opinion, you don't need to waste the money on buying everything through the NASM website. I saved money by purchasing the book off Amazon, and the only other money I spent was for the actual test/practice test. It is possible to pass only using the book and practice test. My final piece of advice, is use this site as a tool, but don't let it psyche you out either. While this site provides a great service, it also does people a dis-service in the sense that it psyches you out and discourages the use of the practice exam.

- Practice Test vs The Actual Test

. While the test isn't exactly like the practice exam, it is more similar than you would be lead to believe by people on this site. It is a good pre-cursor to the exam. It gives you an idea of what to study. Out of 120 questions I probably saw 20 or so straight off the practice test, and even more questions were similar but worded differently. Make sure you take the practice test at least 5 times or more, because there are at least 3-4 different versions of it that include different questions.

- Memorize the chart on 169

. This couldn't be more true. After reading that on this site, I read it over and over until I had it down. However, there aren't nearly as many overactive/underactive questions as you would think. People on here make it sound like a decent porition of the test is from stuff on the chart. It isn't. There is questions from it though, so make sure to know it.

- Really focus on all the stablization exercises/details

. While there were questions dealing with strength/power on the test, the majority of questions I saw dealt with stabilization exercises and all the details in that block of the OPT model.

- Read up on the duties/responsibilities of a trainer.

. There were way more questions than I expected dealing with the responsibilities of a trainer, and guidelines of being a trainer.

- Nutrition is important

. More than a few questions on nutrition. Make sure to know all the different calorie counts, read up on amino acids/

- Read up on blood pressure

. There was also a decent amount asking about the specifics of blood pressure including sounds, etc.. Not just what good blood pressure is, where hypertension starts, etc.. Know everything about it, and study up on the heart as well.

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How to pass...
by: Anonymous

I just took the NASM certification test, for the first time, this past Saturday. Although it is a very difficult test, if you know what to study you will be fine! First and foremost, KNOW YOUR TABLES! The CPT Handbook (pdf under your NASM account) breaks down each chapter and tells you which tables/charts/diagrams to study.

Although my method of study probably wasn't the best, it worked for me. I read the book and took casual notes (i.e. vocab). After reading the book I went back and studied ALL muscles (origin, insertion, isolated function, and integrated function). When studying muscles it is most important to know the muscle's isolated function (concentric), as by knowing the concentric function, you in turn know the eccentric function as it is the opposite of the concentric (i.e. isolated/concentric function of the biceps is flexion of elbow, elevation of the radioulnar joint and shoulder--the integrated function is deceleration of extension of the elbow).

Once you're familiar with the function of each muscle, begin studying table 6.6 (assessment). You MUST know the table like the back of your hand.

Know tempos at each phase as well as balance, core, reactive, and resistance exercises for each level. Although you should know them all, focus on stabilization. You do not need to know how to do the exercise, just know the name.

There are only 10 nutrition questions, however I would take advantage of the should be "free-bee" questions such as nutrition.

I hope this helps!

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Just passed the NASM test March 2010, first try

by DAWG26

I just passed the NASM CPT exam. I thought it was pretty hard and I considered myself very prepared for it. I wanted to finish the readings and take the test before I go out of town for a week. I got my study material on February 22 and started that day. I knew i was going out of town a few weeks later so i wanted to study as much as I could and as fast as possible. I have no background in personal training or kinesiology. I have been working out daily for the past 3 years and with a trainer for the past year. I took the test March 15th and passed on my first attempt.

What I thought and what I did......

A lot of the material in the NASM book has to do with their "way" of training and exercising. They base their beliefs on the Optimum Performance Training model. You really have to know what NASM wants. You have to understand the OPT model and how each of the phases moves through a training program. I made sure this was something that I memorized. I studied this OPT model and its components over and over again. Keep in mind NASM wants their students to follow a 45 day learning program. I however, didnt have 45 days to take this course because i was going out of town. I finished everything including my final exam in about 3 weeks. It moved really fast for me considering most of this material was my first time ever seeing it. After the first 4 or 5 days I was ready to quit, or at least slow down, but i kept going. I did stop after chapter 5 and review intensely everything up to that point. I felt that almost my entire book was highlighted. I felt that there were so many major points and concepts that NASM wants you to know. When I got to around chapter 13 and things started to become more familiar i started to get more comfortable with the book and understand many of the terms and concepts that NASM was talking about. So, I took the practice test for the first time and scored a 64%. I was pretty happy with my score considering I still had about one-third of the book to read and the videos to watch. I gained a lot of confidence from that score. I quickly read and watched the remaining 5 chapters and thought I was ready for my test.

The practice test gives you a real good look at how the questions are phrased and what to expect when taking your final exam. I took the practice test over 20 times. Mostly every time I would increase my score a little. I went from the 64% my first time to everything between my highest score 98%. TAKE THE PRACTICE TEST AS MANY TIMES AS YOU CAN STOMACH IT!! I know it will get boring, but keep taking it. Also, do not memorize the answers when you are taking the practice test. I don't believe there was one of the same questions on the practice and the final. Please, memorizing the question and answer will not help you. What will help you, taking the practice over and over and over again. When you find the correct answer, KNOW why its correct, and KNOW what the other options are! This will help you on the final exam tremendously.

Main points that you should study are fitness assessments. You MUST know squat assessment like the back of your hand. You must know rest periods, sets, and all exercises and levels of the OPT model. The OPT model OPT OPT OPT OPT OPT OPT! It is a must, if you dont know that, consider new profession or hobby. Understand nutrition and how much of each food or supplement the average person should have. Know underactive/overactive muscles when performing certain exercises.

When I sat down to take my test I flew through the whole thing in about 40 minutes. I flagged questions that I was unsure of and questions I didnt know. I went back over all the flagged ones which was about 40. I either kept the same answer or changed it to what I thought was right. I finished with about 45 minutes of the 2 hour time limit left. I thought I passed, but I was still nervous. I anxiously awaited my result and a couple minutes later, I received a, "pass".

I hope this helps somebody. If you have any other questions feel free to ask. Good luck to all and congrats to those that have successfully completed the NASM CPT course.

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NASM test
by: Kathy


I took the practice testover and over again until I consistently scored 95% or above. I was still surprised by a few questions but passed on the first try!

Thank you! Congratulations!
by: Anonymous

Thank you for posting this info..I've been reading the material over and over and have been looking for clues on how to study...some people say the practice tests are nothing like the real test..thanks for sharing what you think is important to focus on..this helps alot! And congratulations to you..good luck with your new adventure!

by: DAWG26

Thanks for the comments! If i can help let me know.

by: Anonymous

Did you do most of your studying from notes you made or directly from the book. I feel I need to know the ENTIRE book which is of course impossible. I would read the chapters, watch the DVD's & take notes & then when I do the study guide questions, it makes me feel like what I took down as notes doesn't even have anything to do with the questions!!! Do you have study tips? or is it just memorization?

Ahh, i'm going crazy, it seems the more I read, the more I get confused.

Quick queston about taking exam...
by: Anonymous

I'm studying for the exam and will be taking it in about 3 weeks... can anyone tell me if they give you scrap paper to jot down notes during the test??

Passed NASM first try. 3/20/2011
by: Anonymous

The test was easy for me but I studied very hard so I don't know how helpful my perception of the test was. I ordered the full NASM package, the most expensive option. For me, the full package was critical. i could not have studied nearly as well without all the study tools the most expensive option supplies.

I watched the videos more than twice, went over the review book chapter by chapter several times, went to the 2 day seminar, did the flash cards NASM has online countless times, did the practice exams (there are at least 3 versions of it), and went through the PDF study guide. YIKES. Oh and I also
made flash cards of my own of any missed questions in addition to the squat assessment chart on p 169.

I spent about 45 days reading the book (right on their schedule in the study guide), took the seminar a week later, crammed for one week and then took the test.

I didn't mind learning all of it because it all made sense for a trainer to know. It's a very logical well thought out course. There was only one question out of 120 that I felt was unfair or unclear. I did not feel like they were trying to trick me.

I saw quite a few questions from the chapter study quides NASM provides with the full package, the flash cards (NASM online ones) and the sample tests.

There are some posts on this site with sample questions and I did see some of them on my test. They must have multiple versions of the tests out there because only a few were on my test. Still, it was nice to have a heads up for the few I had seen posted on this site.

May 2011 Just Passed !
by: Juan Ruiz, NASM-CPT

I just Passed my NASM CPT test 2 days ago. If you read the book and memorize the important tables(page 169 for example), You will be just fine. Remember the accute variables really well because the choices on my test were very close to the correct answer. Know ur essential and non-essential amino acids. If you read the text you will be fine. Make sure to read the entire questions and use elimination process of choice EVEN IF u know think u see the answer, They will try and trick u. The test for me at 1st was very hard because I became accustomed to the practice exam's wording. Only use the practice to see where you need to improve not as a barometer. The test will be worded completely different, but it is still the same material you read. Good luck and be sure to arrive early on test day and also make sure to ask if u will be able to stand and feel the muscles on urself, I was not allowed to stand and many people on NASM encouraged me to do so.

I never knew how much a personal trainer needs to learn, but with the NASM book and DVD's, it made it easier.

Again Good luck :)

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NASM: It's an easy exam if you study....Here are some things you must know

(Modesto, CA)

From the beginning, all I've heard about this test is how hard it is and how so many people don't pass NASM the first of course I freaked out. I just took it this morning and honestly it's not that bad at all. By about question #10, I knew I was gonna pass. It's a very general overview of the material. It helps when you think about it from the standpoint of studying to be a good trainer...not just studying to pass the test. Try to understand the underlying concepts of the OPT model and you'll be totally fine. I would say, give yourself about a month and you'll be ready. Don't try to cram it all in a week or 2 because because that's not enough time to understand it thoroughly, and you'll be taking a big risk when you go to take the exam. I'm a full-time nursing student, and I work at the gym as a group X instructor, but I just worked on it in the morning, and on the weekends and I was ready to take my test in about 6 weeks. I took my test this morning and there's no way I missed any more than 5 questions. Some things I did to help me prepare was make flashcards as well as practice writing down important terms, acute variables, and lists down on a white board (studies have shown that writing things down and saying things out loud help you learn better). Based on the questions that were on my test, here are some things that you should know:

1)Average heart rate (79-80)

2)Average men and women heart rate (75 for men, 70 for women)

3)Know table 6.6 on page 169 (Remember, overactive muscles need to be stretched and underactive muscles need to be strengthened). They will ask you something like, "a client demonstrates an excessive forward lean during a squat assessment. Which of the following would be an appropriate stretch." Also know what each assessment test is actually testing for (pg 129).

4)Know what exercises belong in which category (stabilization,strength, and power). For example, you might be asked, which of the following exercises is a stabilization exercise

3)Acute variables (memorize and understand table 13.14, 13.17,13.20,13.22,13.24). Know what the acute variables are and how they are changed in each phase of the OPT model.

5)Nutrition: Know the general recommendations for each macronutrient (protein, carbohydrates, fat, water). Know examples of monosaccharides and disaccharides. Know the minimum protein requirement for an endurance athlete. Know the affects of chronic excess protein intake.

6)Special Populations: Just know the main variations and what's going on with them. For example, older clients should begin exercises in the seated position, and pregnant women should not perform exercises supine or prone after the first trimester. Just pay attention to the "Special Considerations" in the tables for each population.

7)Know your definitions well for each chapter (neuromuscular efficiency, synergistic dominance, altered reciprocal inhibition, force-couple relationships, etc)

8)I also had several anatomy questions too, so don't ignore those sections in the beginning chapters of the book. Know how to correctly take a pulse (radial artery with light pressure)

9)Know the factors affecting communication (7% words, 38% tone of voice, 55% physiology)

10)Know what READ and SCAMPI stand for

11)Don't worry about memorizing all the different muscle actions for every single muscle, but you should know the main are going to be trainer after all! Know what an agonist, synergist, stabilizer, and antagonist are. There's a good chart of the main ones on page 35).

12)Know the different adaptations for each phase.

13)Know how to progess and regress exercises

14)Know how long it takes for the ATP-CP system to recover (at least 3 min)

15)Know the difference between directive and non-directive questions and examples

16)Root cause analysis

There are no short cuts. The biggest thing I can stress is to try to understand the material and not just memorize it for the test. Pay special attention to bullet points in the text and the tables. Over 90% of the questions will come from those things. Watch the DVDs and practice the exercises. If you're working out in the gym, watch people and analyze their kinetic chain checkpoints (as in what muscles are under/overactive and what you would do with them if they were your client). Take your flashcards with you and look over them during down time. Listen to the ipod clips in your car. When you go to take your test, read the questions and each answer carefully. I recommend reading them out loud if you can, cuz it will help you make sure you are understanding what the question is really asking you. Don't be nervous. You'll be fine. Good luck everyone!!!!

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Your outline about the exam
by: Anonymous

Thanks a lot for the outline, it really helped me focus and prepare and I did pass on the first try... thanks again.

NASM is easy
by: Anonymous

As long as you have passion for exercising and find one of the greatest job to do when it comes to a career is to help an individual than you will pass the exam, just remember to go though alot of the anatomy.

Go through page 169

Study the nervous system and cardiovasular system

Chapter 13 acute varibles is very hlpful

Chapter 15 protein intake chart

All exercising movements

Chapter 4&5 very important

Thanks for the tips
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NASM test
by: Anna learning

I took test first time after studying for 6 months and didnt do so well. Also, a lot older with no medical background so much of the terminology very unknown. Im able to do much the activities but, all the new terminology is difficult. Last time i studied as much wss over 40 yrs ago, so its been a challange. This is a complete different program in what Ive done most of my life.

Thanks for all the information. Read many of the difinitions many times and still do not fully get them since many so close. Not giving up though. Also, learning all the computer sites for info. Brain work :)

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Assessments! I took the NASM exam today.....

by Julie

I have been studying the NASM exam for months now. And took it today....I failed.

Now that doesn't sound good, but I have to say I'm happy!! I'm happy because first, "the beast" wasn't all that big, bad and ugly. And 2nd, I only failed by 2 or 3 questions and now I know what I REALLY need to focus on before I take it again. While its still fresh in my mind, I wanted to pay it forward to this site some of what I learned from taking the exam.

1st - this site helped me A LOT!! I studied the materials from this site and read thru all the postings and found the answers to what others pointed out that was on the exam. THAT WAS HUGE!! Everything the other posts point out, WAS on the exam. Most of which I hadn't yet memorized. So when I read the other posts, I found the answers and quickly learned that material.

2nd - while you have 2 hours, it took me just over an hour. And I went slow, and reread several questions and went back and checked on a few.

3rd - my test covered a lot of the assessment area and 'what exercise would you have your client perform if they are in the 2nd stages of the stabilization phase?" etc., etc.

So know the progressive stages of the exercises.

While I spent a lot of time learning all the different muscles and bones in the diagrams given in the study material, NONE of that was on my test. It may be on the next one....but not on today's.

I didn't have one question that asked about BMI or desired weight loss, etc.

Knowing how many calories is in a gram of protein, a gram of carbs, and a gram of fat was on the test. There were questions around proper business behavior and proper questionning of the client during the assessment.

All of the systems and their characteristics was on the test. Know your systems.

I'm pumped up now more then ever to study more and retest in a few weeks. I know I can do it....and I WILL do it.

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