Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES)

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Corrective Exercise: What Is It and Why Is It Important

What Is Corrective Exercise?

Corrective Exercise is a technique that leverages an understanding of anatomy, kinesiology, and biomechanics to address and fix movement compensations and imbalances to improve the overall quality of movement during workouts and in everyday life.

Corrective Exercise is used to help assess and determine the root cause of imbalances and faulty movement patterns that lead to issues with posture, balance, and total body coordination.

Once the issue or issues are identified, a Corrective Exercise Specialist can then develop an exercise routine that addresses the problem through foam rolling, stretching, and total body exercises.

By addressing a client’s functional movement and the issues impeding it, especially at their feet, knees, and hips, it helps reduce the stress put on their body. By properly aligning the body, corrective exercises help it to handle the load that everyday movement puts on it and helps reduce the risk of future injury.

Thanks to these strategies, clients will be able to move better, which will open up a variety of new exercises they will be able to do. It will also give them the ability to take part in a plethora of different activities and sports that they enjoy and may not have been able to do otherwise.

Why Is Corrective Exercise Important?

Movement is a reality of everyday life regardless of if you work in an office building or are a professional athlete. Corrective Exercise is imperative in identifying and addressing imbalances that cause posture, stability, and mobility issues. Having a rich understanding of Corrective Exercise allows fitness professionals to identify problems and potential limitations in a client’s movements.

One of the most important elements of Corrective Exercise is a proper assessment. Using NASM’s Corrective Exercise Continuum (CEx), professionals can effectively assess their clients and develop personalized solutions to improve the way their clients move, feel, and recover from a workout. Studies show proper Corrective Exercise intervention can improve neuromuscular control, which can reduce risk of future injuries.

Benefits of Corrective Exercise

  • Increases flexibility

  • Increases muscle activation

  • Increases joint stability

  • Improves neuromuscular efficiency (coordination)

  • Reduces risk of injury

  • Improves movement patterns

  • Increases ability to recover

  • Prepares the body for higher intensity exercise

  • Prepares the body for optimal performance

  • Corrects muscle imbalances

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.

Who Should Become a Corrective Exercise Specialist (NASM-CES)?

Become an expert in human movement with NASM’s Corrective Exercise Specialization. Expand your expertise, better help your clients and start increasing your income today!

What You’ll Learn

Specializing in Corrective Exercise with NASM can stretch your earning potential along with your clients’ abilities to reduce the risk of injury—helping them move, feel and live better.

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.



Our CES program is powered by our world-renowned Corrective Exercise Continuum (CEx). With it, you’ll learn a simple yet highly effective four-step process to help your clients improve, and ultimately, correct frequent movement compensations both pre- and post-workout. You’ll also become an expert at outlining and creating an individualized strategy for each client to help them more effectively accomplish fitness goals, have a more efficient workout, and recover from workouts faster.

We’ve taken the latest and most prominent research in functional movement and corrective exercise and developed a system that helps you, the trainer, apply it practically with a wide array of clients.

Specializing in Corrective Exercise with NASM won’t just benefit your clients. It can stretch your earning potential too. And it’s not just for Personal Trainers either. This program is vital for every person in the fitness and wellness field – from massage therapists to coaches, chiropractors, and more. If the NASM OPT™ Model is the way you build an effective and efficient workout program, the Corrective Exercise Continuum (CEx) is the foundation upon which you build it.

Why Become a Corrective Exercise Specialist?

  • Help clients move better in every facet of their life

  • Reach a wider group of potential clients and keep your current clients

  • Program more efficient and effective workouts

  • Help clients recover from workouts faster

  • Help clients meet their fitness and movement goals more efficiently

  • Expand your expertise while earning enough Continuing Education Units (CEUs) to recertify your Trainer Certification

Why Choose NASM

For more than a decade and a half, NASM’s Corrective Exercise Specialization has been the gold standard in teaching trainers how to help their clients prepare for their workouts and feel great. How long have we been preparing trainers in the field? Since the beginning. We even coined the term “Corrective Exercise”!

Not all Corrective Exercise Specialist programs are created equal. Unlike other functional and human movement programs on the market, an NASM-CES doesn’t just help you assess clients’ movement patterns and identify dysfunctions. It enables you to create more effective workouts, as well.




Candidates must have at least one of the following credentials:

  • NASM-CPT certification
  • Certified Massage Therapist
  • NCCA, NBFE or DETC Accredited Health/Fitness Certification
  • 4-Year College Degree
  • REPs Level 3 or higher (int’l)

Section 1: Introduction to Corrective Exercise Training

Chapter 1: Rationale for Corrective Exercise
The student will understand the rationale and importance of delivering corrective exercise training to clients.

Chapter 2: Human Movement Science and Corrective Exercise
Discover the relationship between functional anatomy, the human movement system, and optimal movement and how this applies to the overall corrective exercise strategy.

Section 2: Corrective Exercise Techniques

  • Chapter 3: Inhibitory Techniques
    Choose and implement the appropriate inhibitory strategies based on the current evidence gained from the assessments you’ve conducted.
  • Chapter 4: Lengthening Techniques
    Learn the rationale and proper implementation of various flexibility modalities.
  • Chapter 5: Activation Techniques
    Understand the guidelines, precautions, and contraindications for implementing isolated strengthening exercises.
  • Chapter 6: Integration Techniques
    Understand the importance of integrated dynamic movement and how to progress these movements to reach your client’s performance goals.

Section 3: Assessment

  • Chapter 7: Client Intake and Assessment
    Learn best practices for client intake and assessment to create the most targeted training program that addresses their specific needs.
  • Chapter 8: Static Assessments
    Unlock the vital first step in the corrective exercise assessment process, which gives insight into the overall body alignment of the client.
  • Chapter 9: Movement Assessments
    Movement assessments are the cornerstone of the assessment process. Work through the assessment flowchart, selecting the most relevant and targeted assessments.

Section 4: Programming Strategies

  • Chapter 11: Corrective Strategies for the Foot and Ankle
    Learn corrective exercise strategies for the foot and ankle.
  • Chapter 12: Corrective Strategies for the Knee.
    Learn corrective exercise strategies for the knee
  • Chapter 13: Corrective Strategies for the Lumbo-Pelvic-Hip Complex
    Learn corrective exercise strategies for the LPHC.
  • Chapter 14: Corrective Strategies for the Thoracic Spine and Shoulder
    Learn corrective exercise strategies for the thoracic spine and shoulder.
  • Chapter 15: Corrective Strategies for the Wrist and Elbow
    Learn corrective exercise strategies for the wrist and elbow.
  • Chapter 16: Corrective Strategies for the Cervical Spine
    Learn corrective exercise strategies for the cervical spine.

Final Exam

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.

“I’m very passionate about the Corrective Exercise Specialist because it’s something that helped propel my career. In 2006 that’s when I was exposed to the NASM corrective exercise specialization. I went through the course and it really transformed my business as a trainer. I became a lot busier because I knew I could work with a wider variety of clients. But on a personal level it helped me. I wasn’t moving that great. I was in my early 30s, and I had some pain in my hip and also my shoulders from lifting heavy. And by following the protocols in the program I felt better. I became very passionate about corrective exercise, and I help teach other people how to get this as well. “

Mike Fantagrassi, Sr. Director Product Development, NASM

What is Corrective Exercise?

Corrective Exercise is a technique that addresses and fixes movement compensations. The goal is to improve the overall quality of movement during workouts and in everyday life.

Does the NASM-CES certification expire?

Once you pass your final exam, your NASM-CES specialization certificate never expires and does not require you to renew.

Do I need a Personal Training Certification before obtaining a Corrective Exercise Specialization?

While a Personal Training Certification is suggested, it is not required to take the NASM-CES course. To participate, it is recommended you hold a CPT, accredited health or fitness certification, a 4-year college degree in a similar field, or be a current Certified Massage Therapist.

Can I purchase just the final exam?

Unfortunately, no. The CES exam is not available for a la carte purchase.

How long will I have access to the course content and exam?

Once enrolled, you will have access to the course study material for 5 years or the life of the product; whichever expires first. The course exam is available for 365 days from the date of enrollment.

How is the final exam administered?

The final exam is administered online within your student portal. It consists of 100 multiple-choice questions and 90 minutes for completion.

What is NASM’s Corrective Exercise Continuum (CEx)?

The NASM Corrective Exercise Continuum (CEx) is a 4-step process that helps fitness professionals identify movement dysfunctions and design a program to improve and, with time, correct a client’s movement compensations.

Why is Corrective Exercise important?

Corrective Exercise is imperative in addressing movement imbalances that cause posture, stability, and mobility issues. It allows fitness professionals to identify problems and potential limitations in a client’s movements.

What Does a Corrective Exercise Specialist Do?

A Corrective Exercise Specialist is an expert in human movement. They accurately analyze a client’s movement patterns, identify overactive and underactive muscle groups and compensations.

Where can a Corrective Exercise Specialist work?

People who hold a Corrective Exercise Specialization can work at a wide range of fitness facilities including gyms, health clubs, sports performance centers, recovery centers, healthcare offices and fitness studios.

Course Highlights

  • 1.9 NASM CEUs; 2.0 ACE
  • 21 Lecture Videos: 23 Demo Videos
  • 7 downloadable resources
  • 4 Sections; 18 in-depth Chapters
  • 1 Year to Complete the Final Exam
  • Typically Completed in 10 Weeks
  • 100% Online; Access on all Devices
  • Specialization Certificate upon completion

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