NASM study guide chapter 1

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    Chapter 1 NASM study guide

    General definitions you need to memorize

    Muscular imbalances: The alteration of a muscles length that surrounds a joint.

    How muscular imbalances are caused: Muscular imbalances are caused by a variety of different things including emotional duress, repetitive movements, bad training techniques, the lack of neuromuscular efficiency, poor core strength, cumulative trauma and stress caused by postural problems.

    The differences between obesity and overweight: Being overweight is considered having a BMI index between the ranges of 25 and 29.9 and between 25 and 30 pounds over the recommended height to weight ratio. Being obese is considered having a BMI of 30 or more with at least 30 pounds overweight for the height to weight ratio.

    Proprioception: Proprioception is the cumulative input into the central nervous system coming from the various Mechanoreceptors in the body that sense limb movement as well as body position. For example, while running your feet send proprioceptive feedback depending on the type of surface you are running on.

    Proprioceptively enriched environments: These are unstable environments that are controlled. These challenge one’s Internal balance and stabilization.

    The OPT training model: There will be a lot more chapters talking about the OPT training model. For now, all you should know is that it is a systematic training approach that builds on itself and the general phases of stabilization, strength, and power.

    Health facts

    57% of the deaths in the United States were caused by cancer and cardiovascular disease. Approximately 80% of these deaths could have been prevented if the individuals lived healthier lifestyles.

    Currently, 66% of people in the United States that are over 20 years old or overweight. 34% of this 66% are classified as obese.

    The NASM code of professional conduct

    Business practice

    Make sure to keep an accurate record of client records and financial transactions in order to pay all taxes that are due for four complete years. Never get sexually involved with a personal training client. Always practice the truth with how you advertise your services and make sure to have liability insurance at all times.

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    Ethical and legal

    Make sure to always stay within the law that is connected to the area where you are training. Make sure to keep records that are truthful and always be responsible for how accurate they are.


    Make sure to keep your client’s documents and personal information secure and respect their right to privacy.


    Whenever you are with the client you should always practice being as professional as you can. Effective communication with their clients is important to keep a safe environment. Make sure you are wearing appropriate clothing for training and maintain great hygiene standards. When you are an encounter a situation that is outside of your scope of knowledge, make sure to always refer your personal training client to a doctor.

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    NASM 6th Edition Chapter 1: The Scientific Rationale for Integrated Training 1
    NASM 6th Edition Chapter 1: The Scientific Rationale for Integrated Training 2

    Chapter 1 NASM Practice Quiz

    Chapter 1 NASM Practice Quiz Answer Key

    Quiz Answer Key

    Q1:  What are Muscular imbalances?
    A1:  The alteration of a muscles length that surrounds a joint

    Q2:  What are the four sections of NASM’s code of professional conduct?
    A2:  Professionalism, Confidentiality, Ethical/legal and Business practice

    Q3:  What is the BMI range for overweight individuals?
    A3:  25-29.9

    Q4:  A proprioceptively enriched environment challenges an individual’s..
    A4:  Internal balance and stabilization

    Q5:  The OPT model is broken into which three levels?
    A5:  Stabilization, strength, and power

    Q6: The power training level of the OPT model strives to MOST improve?
    A6: Rate of force production

    Q7:  Obesity refers to a person with a body mass index (BMI) of
    A7:  Greater than 30

    Q8:  Of the leading causes of death in the United States, _____ was caused by cardiovascular disease and cancer.
    A8:  57%

    Q9:  Presently _____% of Americans older than age 20 are overweight
    A9: 66%

    Chapter 1 NASM flashcards

    NASM 6th Edition Chapter 1: The Scientific Rationale for Integrated Training 2

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    28 thoughts on “NASM 6th Edition Chapter 1: The Scientific Rationale for Integrated Training”

    1. this is a great study guide but how do I know what answers I got right/wrong on the practice tests?

      1. Hey Dana,
        Currently on my website I do not have the answers available for the free practice tests. That is a good recommendation and I will look into putting up a cheat sheet that contain all of the answers on my website somewhere.

    2. What’s the difference between strength and power? If I’m understanding properly, phase 1 is stability, 2-4 is strength, and 5 is power. I’m not sure I understand the difference between the two.

      1. Hello Stuart,
        Strength has to do with maximal overall strength were power has to do with not only how strong you are but how fast you can move the weight that you are lifting. This is very important for being explosive and for athletic training

    3. I want to pass this test so bad but i am overwhelmed by the studying it takes to pass this. My test is on July 18. I know we have to study hard but i want to study smart and need some pointers and the best way to retain the information, learn the concepts and how to apply them so i can pass this dang thing. I know i can make a hell of trainer but the first step is getting certified. I am willing to do what it takes.

    4. I was wondering if the free study guide, practice test & flashcards was a lighter version of the paid $99 version.

      1. Hey Steve, This free study guide is much different than the paid study guide and study materials I used to sell on my website. Is this what you are referring to? If this is what you are referring to, they are significantly different.

    5. is this all I have to study to pass I have bought the self study program from nasm but its just an ebook and quizzes and summarize how do I study the self study program ?

      1. Hey Mark, this study guide for NASM is a good place to start. That being said, there are much better study guides and study materials out there that you can utilize. I recommend checking out Trainer Academy as they have helped hundreds of my students passed the national Academy of sports medicine exam. https://traineracademy.org/nasm/

      1. Hey Kevin,
        My free study materials will definitely help you pass the national Academy of sports medicine final exam. That being said, it is not the best study materials out there it is just a good place to start. If you want more in-depth study materials I suggest checking out Trainer Academy for Better practice tests, study guides, flashcards and additional study materials. Here is the link https://traineracademy.org/nasm/

    6. Kind of useless to take the practice tests if we cannot see the answers. Found on youtube and said the quizzes are free and one would assume the answers to that would be to.

    7. You’re awesome man, you made studying a lot easier. Rather than having to read all 765 pages. Thank you. I’m 6 weeks out for my exam, do you find sufficient enough time?

      1. Hey Luis,
        yes, six weeks should be enough time as long as you have put in some good hours of studying and feel like you have really cemented the material in your head. The exam for the National Academy of sports medicine is not very easy. But as long as you feel confident with the studying you have done, you will do just fine. Good luck.

    8. I have tried to study and memorizes everything from the book! Thanks to you for providing us with these study guides. I am understanding more, and I am actually reading and studying what’s important for the test!
      you rock!

      1. Hello Christina
        I’m glad that I could help you study for the National Academy of sports medicine exam. It’s definitely a difficult test to pass but with enough motivation and focused studying you should do just fine. Good luck on the exam.

    9. Hey
      thank you for your information, I used to be wrestling coach in my country and now I want to get my NASM certification but I am so confused when is the test and how it works… I went to their website there are 4 program and the cheapest one was around $600, all these question that you have all are the same? and if we do not buy their program we are still allowed to do the test?

    10. Tyler,
      Thank you for taking the time to share your knowledge! I have been so stressed about where to start in this field and you have answered almost every single question I had!

      I am confused as to what package to purchase from NASM. Is it smart to get the more expensive package or so your free study materials take place of theirs? If I got the cheapest package, are your study materials enough?

      Thanks for your time,


      1. Hey there, it can be confusing. For the National Academy of sports medicine, the cheapest self study package should be sufficient. Can you use their study materials in combination with mine. The biggest thing is that you are determined and set a good study schedule.

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