SOCHi partners with NASM because the NASM-CPT program is a proven, evidence-based training model that prepares you for real-world situations. Practical and application-focused content is presented in an easy-to-understand format. NASM’s tools plus your instructor’s experience and expertise means you will master complex scientific principles and be prepared to challenge the certification exam in order to enter the industry with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to change lives—including your own!
*For three decades, NASM has been renowned for the quality of its trainers and the scientific rigor of its program. In fact, all of NASM’s programs are developed from comprehensive scientific research that’s supported by the NASM Research Institute at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. The industry’s most accomplished experts oversee its programs and partnerships.
NASM’s exclusive Optimum Performance Training™ (OPT™) model is the industry’s first comprehensive training system based on scientific, evidence-based research. It takes the guesswork out of program design and helps you produce consistent and remarkable results for your clients. This systematic and integrated (total body) training, reconditioning and rehabilitation program incorporates six components:
The OPT model focuses on integrated solutions for every fitness level. It’s proven successful in training, reconditioning and rehabilitating elite, college, and recreational athletes alike. It’s also been extremely successful in helping people decrease body fat, increase lean muscle mass, improve performance and overall health. In other words, it’s good for everybody.
Dr. Michael A. Clark, DPT, MS, CES, PES, is the founder of national academy of sports medicine (NASM), and the creator of NASM’s exclusive Optimum Performance Training™ (OPT) model used by thousands of health and fitness professionals worldwide. The Personal Fitness Trainer/Health and Wellness Professional program was designed by NASM to prepare the student for an entry level position as a fitness trainer.
*Information courtesy of nasm.org
That being said, the certifications you earn here at SOCHi will take you a long way. The employment opportunities for personal fitness trainers upon graduation are very diverse. Here are some examples of places that may employ personal trainers:
- Day Spas
- Corporate Wellness Programs
- Fitness Centers
- Athletic Teams
- Resort Hotels
- Cruise Ships
- Sports Medicine Facilities
- Weight Loss Centers
- Physical Therapy Offices
Many of our graduates also go on to take the business and leadership skills they’ve adopted in their curriculum and take it into their own self-run businesses. Our graduates go on to work from their homes or travel for work all while having the ability to build their own client base. It is possible to be your own boss right out of the gates and be successful at it!