Corrective Exercise Continuum

Corrective Exercise Continuum

The NASM Corrective Exercise Specialization (NASM-CES) is a proven program that can be applied to reduce muscular dysfunction and help your clients move, feel and live better. 

The NASM-CES teaches you how to use a variety of static and dynamic assessments to identify imbalances and use the results to design effective programs for your clients with the Corrective Exercise Continuum (CEx).

The CEx is a simple yet highly effective four-step process fitness professionals can use with their clients and athletes to improve, and ultimately, correct common movement compensations.

corrective exercise continuum


Inhibit tension in areas identified as being overactive or shortened through assessments.

Self-myofascial Release Techniques:

  • Reduce muscular tension

  • Relieve muscle soreness

  • Improve circulation


Lengthen the muscles with static stretching or neuromuscular stretching techniques.

Stretching Techniques:

  • Reduce stiffness

  • Increase range of motion

  • Improve posture


Activate the muscles identified as underactive or weak.

Strengthening Techniques:

  • Activate individual muscles

  • Improve muscular endurance

  • Increase strength


Integrate uses dynamic total body exercises that are progressed to solidify and coordinate the changes made.

Integrated Strength Techniques:

  • Improve total-body coordination

  • Improve movement patterns

  • Enhance performance

By applying NASM-CES programming, a fitness professional can quickly improve, and with time, correct a client’s movement compensation(s), leading to clients feeling better, moving better, and performing at higher levels!


Hear from NASM Master Instructor Kyle Stull as he talks about the benefits of the NASM-CES.


NASM Master Instructor Rick Richey talks about applying the NASM-CES to one of his clients.
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