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NASM Certification Governing Board

The NASM Certification Governing Board (NASM-CGB) operates independently to set policies for governance of the Certified Personal Trainer certification and the AFAA Certified Group Fitness Instructor. They have the responsibility of oversight over all certification and recertification decisions, including governance, eligibility standards and the development, administration and scoring of assessment instruments.

The NASM-CGB is responsible for the following:

  • Adopting certification program policies and procedures
  • Adopting its own rules of procedure
  • Approving the certification exam content outline (also known as blueprint)
  • Approving the Code of Professional Conduct
  • Approving appointments to exam review committees and acting on their recommendations
  • Appointing a Disciplinary and Appeals Committee
  • Electing successors to the Board
  • Appointing ad hoc committees as necessary

There are occasional vacancies on the NASM-CGB due to resignation and expiration of elected terms of members. If you have an interest in serving as a member of the NASM-CGB we invite your review of the Overview of NASM Certification Governing Board Responsibilities which includes application information.

NASM Certification Governing Board Members

The NASM-CGB is comprised of seven members. The Board includes three personal trainers, two group fitness instructors, one representative of the industry, and one public member. With respect to both personal trainer and group fitness instructor membership, effort is made to have at least one person represent the practitioner and at least one person to represent employers of practitioners. The members serve three-year terms and may serve consecutive terms. The end of the current term is noted below.

Adam Wharton – Chair—Corporate Representative (2018)
Sports Performance Coach
Regional Vice President-Personal Training
US Fitness Holdings LLC
Washington, DC

Robert Blackstone—Public Member (2020)
2013 INBA Natural Fitness World Champion 
Former, 71 Delta U.S. Army 
Former, Chief Financial Officer
Current, Calabasas Commissioner for Joint Powers Authority 
Current, Financial Advisor
Calabasas, California

Angel Fidler – Member – Personal Fitness Representative (2019)
Veteran, U.S. Army
Certified Body Code/ Emotion Code Practitioner
Precision Nutrition Certified Coach Level 1
Wholistic Health and Wellness Mentor
Entrepreneur, Angel's Heavenly Bodies
Garland/Fielding, Utah

Brett Grossman—Member—Personal Trainer Representative (2020)
TRX Regional Manager 
Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Regina Ierardi—Member—Personal Trainer Representative (2020)
Credentials: NASM-CPT, AFAA-Group Ex, AFAA-Personal Trainer; Les Mills Certified in Combat, Jam, Flow, Step, and Sh’Bam; Jillian Michaels BODYSHRED; R.I.P.P.E.D. Certified; Thomas the Promise Kickboxing Certification 
Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor, One Life Fitness
Stafford, Virginia

Teri Bothwell—Member—Group Fitness Representative (2019)
Credentials: ACE Primary Group Fitness Certification, BOSU Master Trainer, Les Mills BodyPump, Les Mills Bodyflow, Les Mills CXWORX, Metabolic Effect
Regional Group Fitness Director
San Diego, California

Cindy Eagar—Member—Group Fitness Representative (2018)
Credentials: Les Mills Bodypump, Bodycombat, Bodyflow, Bodyattack, Bodyjam, RPM and Bodystep Group Fitness Instructor
Desert Fitness
Queen Creek, Arizona

Amy Davis—Member—Group Fitness Representative (2019)
Credentials: Registered Yoga Training; Stott Pilates Trained; Freemotion Master Coach
Group Fitness Director/Group Fitness Instructor
Sports Academy and Racquet Club;
Master Trainer, Yoga Assets; Fitness Expert, Yes! Fitness Music;
Fitness Expert, Icon Health and Fitness;
Providence, Utah