The National Academy of Sports Medicine has been around for 30 years and is generally considered the “gold standard” for personal training programs. This was probably the primary reason I chose NASM. In this industry if you mention NASM people will most likely know what you’re talking about. They are also recognized by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies, an organization that ensures a program measures up to national and international credentialing industry standards. This basically means NASM keeps up with the necessary scientific, educational, and evidence-based standards to make certain those of us getting our certifications through them will be fully prepared to do our job and do it well.
Initially, I was going to get my Sports Nutrition Certification through the American College of Sports Medicine but stumbled across NASM’s FNS program that was roughly the same cost and decided that it would be easiest to do both programs through the same organization. With most certifications, continuing education is required so it made sense to keep it all within one organization.
NASM also offers 4 routes for becoming a CPT – Self-Study, Premium Self-Study, Guided-Study, and All Inclusive. These vary in cost from $700-$2,000 respectively. I know, that is a massive amount of money for a certification program, but you do get what you pay for. NASM is the “gold standard” for a reason:
NASM courses were developed using our proprietary Optimum Performance Training™ (OPT™) model, a system based on scientific, evidence-based research. These courses maximize your skills and ability to help your clients excel beyond ordinary expectations, while improving your career opportunities. https://www.nasm.org/about-nasm
NASM does offer discounts on their courses or you can find discounts using apps like Honey (https://www.joinhoney.com/) or Groupon (https://www.groupon.com/). I used Honey and got 30% off the total cost. Wooh, saving money!
Other smaller reasons for choosing NASM include that the website was easy to navigate which lead me to believe the online program would also be easy to navigate and so far it has been. On top of that, I have been contacted by a representative from NASM to see if I had any questions or needed help with anything. Speaking honestly here, I kind of got tired of looking for programs and knew that NASM was a great one, probably not the best reason but it has worked out so far!
Anyway, those are pretty much all the reasons why I chose NASM. So far I am very happy with the decision to use them and I am hopeful that will continue throughout the whole process. I hope this was insightful and helpful in some way and that you had fun reading this! Have a great week and have a happy Thanksgiving!