What Does a Corrective Exercise Specialist Do?


A Corrective Exercise Specialist is an expert in human movement assessment. They accurately analyze a client's movement patterns, identify overactive and underactive muscle groups and compensations. Once the assessment process is over, they create programs that optimize clients' ability to move, perform exercises correctly, and reduce tissue tension caused by the load put on the body via training. Corrective Exercise is a terrific complement, if not a necessity, to anyone that works in the fitness or health field.

By becoming a Corrective Exercise Specialist, you’ll take your fitness career and ability to help your clients to new levels. You’ll learn how to assess clients in a whole new way. It will help you better identify their movement compensations, where they are weak or strong, and hone your ability to use that knowledge to design effective and efficient programs. You’ll take your ability to assess clients from generalized to specific, breaking assessments down into smaller, more in-depth pieces so you can identify different parts of the body in need of attention. From clients who spend all day at a desk to professional athletes and everyone in between, NASM’s Corrective Exercise Specialist program will help you make them move and feel better.

The Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES) Self-Study program includes everything you need to successfully achieve the NASM-CES credential. It is an online-based program that includes:

  • Lecture videos

  • Self-Care and Recovery chapters

  • Exercise technique & cueing videos

  • Interactive learning modules & quizzes

  • Client scenarios and sample programming

  • Digital delivery system that allows you to study on any device, anywhere

  • Latest and most up-to-date science

  • Updated Corrective Exercise techniques

  • Additional Training Programs

  • Online practice exam

  • Online CES exam

CES Premium Self-Study Program Outline:

  • Module 1: Rationale for Corrective Exercise

  • Module 2: Human Movement Science and Corrective Exercise

  • Module 3: Inhibitory Techniques

  • Module 4: Lengthening Techniques

  • Module 5: Activation Techniques

  • Module 6: Integration Techniques

  • Module 7: Client Intake and Assessment

  • Module 8: Static Assessments

  • Module 9: Movement Assessments

  • Module 10: Mobility Assessments

  • Module 11: Corrective Strategies for the Foot and Ankle

  • Module 12: Corrective Strategies for the Knee

  • Module 13: Corrective Strategies for the LPHC

  • Module 14: Corrective Strategies for the Thoracic Spine and Shoulder

  • Module 15: Corrective Strategies for the Wrist and Elbow

  • Module 16: Corrective Strategies for the Cervical Spine

  • Module 17: Self-Care and Recovery

  • Module 18: Real-World Application of Corrective Exercise Strategies