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Group Personal Training Specialization (NASM-GPTS)

The Best of Group Fitness Meets the Best of Personal Training

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Course Highlights

  • 1.9 NASM CEUs; 2.0 ACE
  • 12 In-Depth Chapters
  • 20 Downloadable Resources; Exercise Library
  • 11 Narrated Presentations
  • 1 Year to Complete the Final Exam
  • Typically Completed in 10 Weeks
  • 100% Online; Access on All Devices
  • Specialization Certificate Upon Completion

$30 /month

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$30 /month

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What You’ll Learn

With the NASM Group Personal Training Specialization, you can take your fitness career further. With this one-of-a-kind course, you’ll learn how to design, develop, and deliver successful training programs that combine the best of one-on-one training with the tenets of group fitness.

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By mastering the strategies and tools necessary for group personal training, you’ll maximize your time and revenue by training more people, more efficiently.

You’ll accomplish this by learning how to develop a strategic business plan and workout plans rooted in the proven exercise science, as well as understanding the coaching and communication skills needed in a group setting and knowing how to teach, train and motivate participants.

We’ll teach you the skills and methods needed to design and deliver a successful group personal training experience, whether that’s just two clients or more than 10 in a single time slot!

Why Become a Group Personal Training Specialist?

  • Gain powerful coaching skills specifically designed for groups
  • Reach a wider group of potential clients
  • Create exciting programs rooted in proven exercise science
  • Learn the business skills to excel as a group personal trainer
  • Successfully train all participants during every session
  • Expand your expertise while earning enough Continuing Education Units (CEUs) to recertify your Trainer Certification

Why Choose NASM

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As the gold standard in the fitness certification and specializations, NASM knows how to build successful fitness professionals. That's because we create our certifications and specializations on the latest methods and evidence-based research from leading experts.

The Group Personal Training Specialization is no different. By combining the power of our exclusive Optimum Performance Training Model® with the vast knowledge of our sister company AFAA, the Group Fitness Leader, we have developed a program unmatched in the industry. It will give you the necessary skills to train small groups while increasing your client roster and paycheck.

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It's not just our courses that are industry-leading. Our delivery system is too. That means you'll get a 100% online experience that brings the benefits of traditional in-person learning and combines it with the flexibility of an all-digital platform so you can work anywhere anytime. Keep your flexibility and your schedule while expanding your fitness career.

As part of the NASM family, we'll help you fuel your passion for fitness while helping you build an even stronger career. Start changing more lives all at once with the Group Personal Trainer Specialization.

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Boost your client base and increase your earning potential.

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Design exercise programs that help clients successfully achieve long term weight loss goals.

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Chapter 1: The Obesity Epidemic
Understand the difference between being overweight and obese, as well as the reasons why this has become a globally increasing concern.

Chapter 2: Health Effects of Obesity and Exercise Guidelines for Comorbidities
Define the comorbidities that are linked to obesity, the effects of common medications on exercise, and exercise guidelines for working with clients who have health problems.

Chapter 3: The Physiology of Weight Control
Understand the physiological components of weight loss and weight gain, and provide education about the rationale for weight control.

Chapter 4: The Psychology of Weight Control
Learn psychological obstacles that individuals face, strategies to handle them, and goal-setting techniques.

Chapter 5: Fitness Assessment
Find out how to implement assessments and use the findings to create a program for your client's needs.

Chapter 6: Nutrition Strategies for Weight Loss
Understand evidence-based guidelines for weight loss and nutritional recommendations.

Chapter 7: Basic Training Methodologies for Weight Loss
Learn how cardiorespiratory and resistance training, as well as other training methodologies can assist with accomplishing weight loss goals.

Chapter 8: Avoiding and Breaking Plateaus
Find out the scientific rationale behind weight loss plateaus and how to suggest appropriate goals.

Chapter 9: Weight Management Myths
Understand weight management myths and how to educate clients on the truths behind them.

Chapter 10: Weight Loss Programming Application
Learn how to implement a long-term weight loss plan, and prepare for client compliance challenges and strategies for resolution.

Chapter 11: Legal and Ethical Responsibilities
Understand a Weight Loss Specialist's scope of practice for providing nutritional advice and how to provide proper documentation.

Chapter 12: Marketing Your Services.
Learn the basics of marketing and how to develop an effective plan to market your weight management services.

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.

5 stars

"I've been a trainer specializing in weight loss and quick, efficient workouts for busy people who want to be healthier since 2006. The Weight Loss Specialization course simplified the information I like to pass along to help people reach their goals. The programming part of the course showed many modifications (which I love and use often for my clients). The bonus materials provided helped me streamline my 12 week signature plan and gave me a few new ideas to help people with shorter term (less than 6 months) goals. Overall, I recommend NASM for all certifications and the Weight Loss Specialist course is fantastic for any trainer who wants to help people lose weight and/or find ways to make consistently great choices for a healthier body and improved life."


Sabrina P., WA

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"The NASM WLS was very intriguing and allowed me to diversify my portfolio. I originally took the course to help my overweight clients, but in taking the course, I have became empowered, and want to play a role in the fight against obesity. As a person from the Southeastern United States, obesity is something I see everyday. It is something I grew up around. I want to help educate as many people as I can about healthy eating and strategies for weight control. As a fitness professional, I feel it is my duty. I am very glad I took this course and got the certification. It is worth the money!"


Melissa H., NC

5 stars

"This course really builds upon the weight loss education that certified personal trainers already learn. I feel much better prepared now to dive in to helping my clients lose weight. I also feel more confident in helping overweight and obese clients now."


Amy S., TX

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You will have 1 year (365 days) from the day of enrollment to take your final exam.

No, you do not need to renew your NASM Weight Loss Specialization.

You will have 3 attempts to pass the final exam.
No, is it not required to take the Weight Loss Specialization program.
You can earn 1.9 NASM CEUs upon successfully passing the final exam.
The final exam is administered online within your student portal. It consists of 100 multiple-choice questions and 90 minutes for completion.


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