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CSPS Essential Package


This package contains all of the main exam prep material for the CSPS exam. The textbook will be shipped to you and the online practice questions and exam content description can be accessed by logging in at NSCA.com. Click on your username > My Account and then scroll down to Digital Content Access and Courses & Practice Questions.  ($165.00 value)

Product Code:  5-020


$136.80 USD - $157.50 USD


Becoming a Special Populations Personal Trainer

June 1, 2017


In this career series article, developing personal training skills to train special populations is discussed; it includes starting out as a novice through the expert level.

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Programming for Special Populations – A Practical Case Study

February 12, 2021

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This article reviews the recommended exercise prescription the author uses when training special populations.

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Essentials of Training Special Populations


NSCA’s Essentials of Training Special Populations is an ideal preparatory guide for those seeking CSPS certification. The book is also a practical reference for exercise professionals who work with clients with various conditions and disorders.

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Simplifying the Rules to Programming for Special Populations

April 30, 2018

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By reviewing this simplified process of obtaining a client’s health history and physician release, designing an exercise routine with modified exercises, and providing exercises for paid clients versus general members, NSCA-CPTs can be confident prescribing a routine for those who suffer from chronic or temporary health issues.

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CSPS Study Materials


The CSPS examination reflect the most current and accepted KSA standards within the health and fitness industries. Further, the examinations may be developed from references that may be in addition to resources listed below. NSCA materials survey important content area, but are not a comprehensive study of the Exercise not a comprehensive study of the Exercise Sciences.

Special Interest Groups


Make the most of your membership by engaging with others through one or more Special Interest Groups (SIGs).

What is a Special Population?


Introducing the National Strength and Conditioning Association's new Certified Special Population Specialist (CSPS) credential, established in 2012 to address the fitness needs of individuals afflicted by chronic or temporary health conditions.

The Interaction Between Metabolic Disorders and Personal Trainers

February 1, 2016

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With the current rise in overweight individuals, obesity, prediabetes, and diabetes, the role of qualified personal trainers is absolutely crucial for creating a more active and healthy society.

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Exercise Considerations for Persons with Metabolic Syndrome

June 28, 2014


In this lecture from the NSCA's 2014 National Conference, Peter Ronai examines methodologies for personal trainers who work with clients possessing metabolic syndrome and co-morbid medical conditions. Peter provides trainers with helpful resources and recommendations as they work with this special population.

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