I am a recently certified CPT and am thinking in getting my next cert in NASM corrective exercise or Gray Institute’s 3DMAPS but was wondering if I could get more information on them. What they entail, their structure, usefulness/practicality with use on clients, ease of implantation similarities/differences, pros/cons. How regimented (cookie cutter) the exercises, etc are
I have the CES certification and am familiar with the Gray Institute and looked at their 2 minute video on their website.
It’s difficult to compare the two because the assessment approaches are quite different. They both have merit.
It may depend also on the population you will be working with. The 3D assessment is great for a more active population where those movements can actually be done with a modicum of success. When you have, in contrast, a very sedentary person who has a lot of issues then the 3D analysis gives you so many ‘fails’ that it will be hard to know where to start.
The NASM CES is easier to apply in that case. It also dovetails with their personal trainer certification in that they apply their OPT model. From what I saw on your profile, though, you do not have the NASM CPT certification, and thus you do not have that advantage.
The NASM CES certainly has the ‘if this, then that’ application. It seems that there is something in the 3DMAPS as well. However, whether or not is becomes ‘cookie cutter’ really depends on your skills as a trainer. I usually start with the CES recommendations when I have a new client but often draw on other modalities and sometimes even just gut instinct in my exercise programming. (Easy for me to say; I have been doing this for more than 20 years.)
Hope you will find what works for you.