Performance Enhancement Specialization

Performance Enhancement Specialization

Help your clients be first to the finish line by improving their flexibility, speed, agility and performance

With NASM’s Performance Enhancement Specialization (NASM-PES), you’ll learn how to provide cutting-edge strength and conditioning training for your clients.

You’ll gain the advanced knowledge, insight, and skills needed to help clients of all levels reach their


Although it is not required, it is recommended that candidates have at least one of the following credentials:

  • NASM-CPT certification
  • Certified Sports Nutrition Coach
  • Certified Massage Therapist
  • NCCA, NBFE or DETC Accredited Health/Fitness Certification
  • 4-Year College Degree
  • REPs Level 3 or higher (int'l) 
Section 1: Anatomy and Physiology for Sport
  • Chapter 1: Integrated Training Essentials

The student will be able to identify the principles of integrated training and explain the components, scientific rationale, and evidence.

  • Chapter 2: Science of Human Movement

Identify key biomechanical terminology and topics, and explain functional anatomy as it relates to integrated sports performance training.


  • 6 Videos 
Section 2: Sport Performance Testing, Integrated Training, and Programming
  • Chapter 3: Testing in Sports Performance

Describe the components and function of an integrated sports performance assessment, and identify methods for determining athlete readiness to perform.

  • Chapter 4: Flexibility Training Concepts

Explain the scientific rationale for the use of an integrated flexibility-training program.

  • Chapter 5: Metabolic Energy System Training

Differentiate between aerobic and anaerobic energy systems and describe the importance of the role of the metabolic energy system training in improving sports performance.

  • Chapter 6: Core Training Concept

Explain the importance of the core musculature and its relationship to performance enhancement.

  • Chapter 7: Balance Training Concepts

Describe the role of balance training in improving sports performance and injury prevention.

  • Chapter 8: Plyometric Training Concepts

Describe plyometric techniques and their purpose in performance enhancement and injury prevention.

  • Chapter 9: Speed, Agility, and Quickness Training

Understand speed, agility, and quickness (SAQ) techniques and their purpose in performance enhancement and injury prevention.

  • Chapter 10: Resistance Training Concepts

Describe the role of resistance training in improving sports performance and identify the stages of the General Adaptation Syndrome.

  • Chapter 12: The Science of Periodization of the OPT™ Model

Identify the acute training variables within the Optimum Performance Training® (OPT™) model.


  • 18 Videos 
Section 3: Olympic Lifting & Injury Prevention
  • Chapter 11: Olympic Lifting for Performance Enhancement

Explain the rationale for the use of the Olympic lifts in improving performance.

  • Chapter 13: Injury Prevention for the Athlete

Identify strategies for injury prevention and common injuries related to physical activity.


  • 12 Videos 
Section 4: Sport Nutrition & Psychology
  • Chapter 14: Performance Nutrition

Explain the limits of nutritional advice under the scope of practice, and describe pre- and post-exercise nutrition strategies.

  • Chapter 15: Ergogenic Aids

Identify common substances used to enhance performance, ergogenic foods, and analyze ethical and legal issues related to the use of ergogenic aids.

  • Chapter 16: Psychology in Sports Performance

Explain performance psychology and its role in achieving athletic excellence.


  • 8 Videos 
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.


How long will I have to complete the course?

You will have 1 year (365 days) days from the date of enrollment. 

Does the NASM Performance Enhancement Specialization expire?

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

Do I need a Personal Trainer Certification before obtaining a Performance Enhancement Specialization?

While a Personal Training Certification is suggested, it is not required to take the NASM-PES 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 NASM-PES exam is not available for a la carte purchase 

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. 

How many CEUs is the course worth and which organizations accept them?

NASM-PES is approved for Continuing Education Units (CEUs) by the following organizations:

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1.9 CEUs

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2.0 CECs

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10 CIMSPA Endorsed CPD Points

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