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Group Personal Training Specialization

Combine the best of one-on-one personal training with the multiplied impact of group fitness so you can help more people and grow your income—all in the same time slot—with the NASM Group Personal Training Specialization.

  • Grow your impact and your income by learning to provide personal training for multiple clients at the same time

  • Gain the skills and methods you need to design and deliver a successful group personal training experience

  • 120 ready-to-use Group Personal Training Program Templates make it easy to quickly design effective sessions

  • Learn business essentials to help you market your services and grow your client base

  • Expand your business to reach a new type of clientele with high retention

  • Self-paced online program makes it easy and convenient to launch your new career from home in just 2-4 weeks

  • CEU Value: 1.9 NASM


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If you can change someone’s life in a one-on-one personal training session, just think what you can do when you’re able to train an entire group of clients in the same time slot! The NASM Group Personal Training Specialization arms you with the skills you need to conduct effective group personal training sessions, with topics such as group exercise selection, designing group personal training programs, coaching and cueing your clients, and much more.

When you choose NASM to receive your a Group Personal Training Specialization, you’ll get access to:

  • • World-class fitness & nutrition experts

  • • Peer-reviewed content from the brightest minds in the industry

  • • State-of-the-art digital learning platform designed to meet multiple learning styles

  • • A curriculum that is consistently reviewed and updated with the most up-to-date material available

See the full Group Personal Training Specialization curriculum here.

NASM’s online program makes achieving your Group Personal Training Specialization as easy and convenient as can be. By completing the self-guided study materials at your own pace, you can begin running group personal training sessions in as little as 2-4 weeks.

To achieve your Group Personal Training Specialization, you simply have to:

  1. 1) Register in the NASM GPTS program.

  2. 2) Complete the self-guided online study materials in your own time from the comfort of home.

  3. 3) Pass the certification exam.

After completing the study materials, you’ll take an online exam to earn your Group Personal Training Specialization. This exam features:

  • • 100 multiple-choice questions

  • • 90 minutes to complete

  • • 70% or higher required to pass

  • • 3 exam attempts

NASM has over 35 years of experience training the world’s top fitness professionals, and we do it better than anyone else. NASM credentials stand out to employers and distinguish you as a highly trained fitness professional.

Since our formation, we’ve trained over 1.5 million fitness professionals in 100+ countries. In that time we’ve developed extensive partnerships with over 12,000 gyms and health clubs. That means we have the connections necessary to help you get in the door and gain employment from the fitness company of your dreams.

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There are no prerequisites for this course.

Chapter 1: Introduction to Group Personal Training
Understand the different types of group training based on volume, identify uses of the OPT™ Model within group personal training, and describe instructor and client benefits.

Chapter 2: Basic and Applied Sciences
Define the components of the kinetic chain and learn to use strategies that maximize its functions in a group training setting.

Chapter 3: Group Exercise Selection and Technique
Determine exercise selection using client group size, understand common mistakes that group instructors overlook, and compare exercises used in groups with minimal equipment to exercises with common training modalities.

Chapter 4: Designing Group Personal Training Programs
Identify best practices in setting up group training programs based on volume, learn to use assessment protocols, and create group programs.

Chapter 5: Coaching and Cueing
Learn to determine and implement coaching techniques for various group sizes, and discover communication strategies and methodologies to increase participation.

Chapter 6: Building Your Business
Determine marketing strategies to create and retain group training clientele, develop pricing packages, and choose appropriate target markets.

After the completion of the course, you will take an online final exam from the comfort of your own home, or wherever you prefer to take tests, that consists of 100 questions. Each question will be multiple-choice. The exam is timed and cannot exceed 90 minutes. To pass, you need a score of 70% or higher. Don’t fret though, if you score below that, you have up to 3 attempts to pass.


Group Personal Training Specialization FAQs

As one of the most trusted sources of fitness training certifications in the world, NASM is a distinguished name that will stand out to fitness employers. When you choose NASM for your Group Personal Trainer Specialization, you’ll get access to world-class fitness experts, your top choice of gyms to work for, and much more:

  • • Peer-Reviewed Content from the Brightest Minds in the Industry

  • • State-of-the-Art Digital Learning Platform

  • • Programs Designed to Meet Multiple Learning Styles

  • • 35+ Years Of Experience Training Fitness Professionals

  • • 1.5M+ Fitness Professionals Trained

  • • 100+ Countries with NASM Fitness and Coach Professionals

  • • 12K+ Gym & Health Club Partnerships

In the Group Fitness Instructor Certification program, you’ll learn how to lead groups of up to 40-50 participants in a more predefined workout like yoga, Zumba®, indoor cycling, and so on.

In the Group Personal Trainer Specialization, you’ll learn to lead smaller groups of up to 10 people through more individualized workouts.

Group Personal Trainer sessions are typically more expensive than Group Fitness sessions.

Group classes like these can help scale your business by reaching clients and participants who might not have been able to afford a personal trainer on their own.

In addition, group personal training clients and participants often have greater retention due to the team-like atmosphere during the sessions.

There are no prerequisites for this course, although a personal trainer certification or a fitness specialization is recommended.

You can complete the NASM GPTS Certification program in 2-4 weeks.

Absolutely! You can complete the Group Personal Trainer Specialization while also working full-time. The study material is 100% online and self-paced, and can be accessed on a computer, or a mobile device such as a phone or tablet.

The Group Personal Trainer Specialization exam is taken online inside your student portal. You'll have 365 days from the date of purchase to take the exam. This exam features:

  • • 100 multiple-choice questions

  • • 90 minutes to complete

  • • 70% or higher required to pass

  • • 3 exam attempts

There is no need to recertify this specialization.