Welcome to the ultimate FREE NASM study guide 6th edition for 2021. Here are some things that you will learn in this guide:

Client Relations and Behavioral Coaching
Basic and Applied Sciences and Nutritional Concepts
Assessments
Program Design
Exercise Technique and Training Instruction
Professional Development and Responsibility

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Domain 1: Client Relations and Behavioral Coaching

Section 1. Communication Components

Section 2. SMART Goals

Section 3. Goal Expectation Management 

Section 4. Behavior Change Strategies

Section 5. Psychological Response to Exercise

Section 6. Barriers to Behavior Change

Section 7. Client Expectation Management

Domain 2: Basic and Applied Sciences and Nutritional Concepts

Section 1. The Nervous System

Section 2. The Muscular System

Section 3. The Skeletal System

Section 4. The Endocrine System

Section 5. The Cardio-respiratory System

Section 6. Bioenergetics and Exercise Metabolism

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Section 7. Fundamentals of Biomechanics

Section 8. Anatomic locations 

PlaneDescriptionExample
FrontalAdduction/abduction, Lateral flexion, Eversion/inversionLateral raise, lateral lunge, lateral shuffle
SagittalFlexion and extensionBicep curl, hamstring curl
TransverseRotation, Horizontal adduction/abductionThrowing motion

Section 9. Joint Motions

Section 10. Principles of Human Movement Science

Section 11. The OPT Model

Section 12. Principles of Motor Development

Section 13. Macronutrients

Section 14. Micronutrients

Section 15. Hydration

Section 16. Recommendations and Guidelines for Caloric Intake and Expenditure

Section 17. Dietary Reference Intakes

Section 18.  Portion Sizes, Meal Timing, and Frequency

Weight LossHypertrophy/Lean MassGeneral Health
No more than 10% fatEat 4 to 6 meals per dayIncorporate low GI carbs
Distribute all macronutrients through the daySpread protein intake through the day
Consume four to 6 meals per day to control hunger and cravingsConsume carbs and protein within 90 minutes of physical activity for optimal protein synthesis
Avoid calorically-dense processed foodsMaintain healthy ratios of carbs and fats
Hydrate with approx 9 to 13 cups of water/day
Measure food portions
Seek professional supervision for diets under 1200 kcal

Section 19. Common Nutritional Supplements

Domain 3: Assessment

Section 1. The PAR-Q 

Section 2. Elements of Personal, Occupational, and Family Medical History

Section 3. Cardiorespiratory Assessments