Personal Trainer Learning Anatomy


Hey, I am currently studying to get personal training certification through ACE.

I do not plan to pay thousands of dollars in getting a bachelors or associates.

I was wondering what is the best way to continue my knowledge of the human anatomy?

Is NPTI or any online colleges the best alternative?

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Mike Behnken, MS, CSCS ANswers the Fitness Question


Please bookmark the Functional anatomy guide located at:

The best option to learn more about anatomy without going to college is to get the CPT certification from the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM).

Even though the certification will cost more (around $600) at the outset it is far more valuable than other certifications in the knowledge you will gain and the acceptance from all gyms the NASM-CPT will receive.

NASM Teaches Functional Anatomy

As a personal trainer simple anatomy does not cut it. Functional anatomy explains how all the muscles contract and relax throughout all planes of motion and phases of movement.

For example, knowing that your biceps flexes your elbow means absolutely nothing during the bench press movement.

Another advantage with the NASM-CPT is you will be able to add on NASM advanced specializations which will not only count towards the pesky continuing education, but will give you more certifications which do not expire and require no continuing education.

You will also gain tremendous knowledge through the thorough courses which will help you retain and get more clients as well as provide the best service.

I know I sound like I'm working for NASM but I truly believe they are the best for the present and future if you expect to have a long career in personal training.

You can view all the information about the NASM on their official site.

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