I’m in the process of studying for the CES exam and, for those who have already taken it, I would like some suggestions of what to focus on with my studies. Right now, I’m focusing on making sure I understand the compensations and rational for what to inhibit/activate. Any other suggestions? Should I be working on memorizing muscle actions, origins, insertions, etc?
Hello Eileen Bochsler,
I studied through ACE, not NASM; but, I am sure my technique will work for you. I made sure to know everything inside and out. Knowing the muscle actions and insertions is what our job is about; yes, know that. Questions are asked in many forms so you need to know everything to be able to put it to proper use: test taking and working with clients. Study what you do not know. Then study some more. This way you go in prepared and confident; after starting the test, you should find yourself relaxing and going with the flow.
Good luck to you.
Natalie aka NAPS 2 B Fit.
I have this certification. From the best of my recollection, your focus on understanding compensations and the rationales for it are more important than to memorize which muscle attaches to which part of the bone. You should have internalized, though, that muscles can operate in different ways, depending on the action.
Good luck with your exam.
Here is an interview I did with someone who passed the NASM test. Some of her insights may help you.
Here is a study guide created specifically for the NASM CES for anyone else looking for really great study resources: