I am officially a Certified Personal Trainer. It feels like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders. I want to pay it forward for anyone else who might be studying for the NASM CPT. Below are the six things that I focused on while prepping for the exam. I also made a YouTube video, its linked below for you to watch.
- Study Guide: While I read the textbook I made an outline of each chapter. This really helped me retain the information because I was able to paraphrase it in my own words.
- Vocabulary Cards: This by far I think is a must. I have a business background so a lot of the terminology was new to me. Making flash cards and reviewing them often really helped.
- Domains (3 & 4): Towards the end of my guided study course. I was about to download six different study guides of the entire textbook, called “domains”. Each study guide was weighted for what would be on the exam. I studied all of the domains. However, I made sure to focus on domains 3 and 4 because they weighed more than the others.
- Diagrams: Throughout the textbook there tables and diagrams that emphasize the main points in the chapters. I made sure to go back through the textbook and tag certain pages to go back and review.
- Assessments: Make sure you are familiar with all of the assessments from Chapter 9. I encountered multiple questions on the exam related to the different assessments.
- Overactive/ Underactive Muscles: These will definitely be on the exam. Make sure to note the difference between over/under and shortened/lengthened. They used both terms interchangeable on the exam.
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I hope you enjoyed reading this blog post. If you have any questions please comment below. Interested in seeing what life after NASM looks like? Then read this.