Get Your Clients Training Safely, Quickly, And Effectively With The Only Assessment Designed Specifically For Personal Trainers

Are you a personal trainer that’s learned all the movement assessments out there but feel like none of them work well for your clients?

Do you struggle to know exactly which exercises are best for your new clients to get them started safely and without pain?

Have you been looking for the perfect way to create client programs that improve their movement and get results without spending half the workout doing corrective exercises or warm-up drills?

If so, it’s not your fault and help is on the way.

The initial assessment is one of the most important factors when starting a new client or re-starting an old one. It sets the tone for your working relationship, reveals any pain or movement inabilities, and tells you exactly which exercises should make up the client’s first program.

But there’s one big problem, most assessments out there right now don’t do a good job accomplishing all 3 of these outcomes. They fall short on at least one of the three and fail to serve trainers in a way that makes their job easier, not harder.

Some get you hunting for all the things that are “wrong” with a client and encourage you to fix these with rehab exercises before training them hard, but this leaves clients bored and paranoid about being “broken.”

Others might focus on identifying what exercises or movements clients can do but offer no clear direction on exactly which variation is best for their abilities or body type. You’ll have a place to start, but it won’t always be the best one.

While we’ve come a long way in creating assessments to identify how clients move, we’ve yet to design one for trainers that’s simple to perform, quick to understand, and easy to use for designing initial client programs. At least until now.

If you’re tired of piecing together multiple assessments, using too many drills and exercises to fix deficiencies, or not knowing exactly which exercises to use with clients right from the get-go, then the Movement Performance Assessment is designed specifically for you.

The Movement Performance Assessment Includes:

7 Movement Tests That Resemble Actual Exercise

Simple And Fast Testing Procedures

Immediate Feedback On Ideal Exercises For Clients

16 Hours Of Continuing Education Credits 

Your Training and Assessment Specialist: Nick Tumminello

Coach Nick Tumminello has become known as the “Trainer of Trainers” for his innovative, hybrid fitness training concepts and for his ability to provide simple, honest, and immediately applicable solutions to common problems fitness professionals face.

He’s an internationally recognized presenter and mentors thousands of trainers through live workshops, mentorship programs, and home-study programs.

Nick is the author of four books (Strength Training For Fat LossBuilding Muscle and Performance, Your Workout Perfected, and Strength Zone Training). Nick has worked with a variety of clients from the NFL and NBA to professional bodybuilders & figure models to exercise enthusiasts of all fitness levels. He was the NSCA’s 2016 Personal Trainer of the Year and was a 2015 Personal Trainer Hall of Fame inductee. Nick is the co-author of the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s (NSCA) Program Design Essentials and Foundations of Fitness Programming guide, is the Editor-in-Chief of the NSCA’s Personal Training Quarterly journal, has produced over 20 courses, is a regular contributor to several major fitness magazines and websites, and is a regular presenter at conferences all over the world.

You’ve likely seen Nick’s work in Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, Oxygen, Fitness RX, Muscle & Fitness and Personal Fitness Professional. Coach Nick is also a featured contributor to several popular fitness training websites including,,, and

In short, when the best coaches and organizations in the fitness industry want proven, research-backed information, Nick is their trusted resource.

The Best Assessment Produces The Most Relevant Data

Most new client assessments focus on what a client can’t do instead of what they can do. That’s an issue, because it establishes a situation where you’re pre-disposed to believing there are things that “need to be fixed” and you feel compelled to address those first.

You want to do the right thing and address the deficiency, but often that leads you to designing a training program that feels more like therapy than exercise. Not to mention, your client is now made to feel that they’re broken or not ready for real exercise, which reduces their confidence and undermines their motivation.

Do you think they’re going to be excited about following that program? Of course not.

The Movement Performance Assessment (MPA) flips the script on the traditional assessment process. It’s designed to identify exactly what your clients can do right now and gives you immediate direction on which exercises their first program should include and how they should be performed.

Instead of conducting tests to locate “dysfunction,” the MPA has your clients perform exercises that actually produce data relevant to exercise performance. That means you can get them moving safely and training with a purpose from day 1.

Sure, you’ll also be able to identify if clients have pain or issues that prevent them from performing movements to your standard, but the MPA provides multiple options to address these situations quickly and easily. Consider it a fresh new lens through which to determine how to address solutions.

It’s not as simple as just choosing to fix an issue or not to because there’s no one way. Instead, you’ll learn how to determine which route to go while still giving your clients a training effect. And that’s the real magic – your clients can improve their movement quality and train hard at the same time with the right solution.

Assessments Should Offer More Clarity and Less Confusion

Have you ever wondered why corrective exercises or drills work for some clients and not others? That’s because corrective exercise can be a solution, but it’s not the only solution. And, it’s usually not the best solution.

The Movement Performance Assessment is simpler and more effective than traditional assessments because it prioritizes finding the perfect exercise variation or modification of a given movement pattern before investigating corrective exercises. Additionally, it’s based on the movements you already know. So, you won’t have to learn a whole new system of exercises or complicated tests.

Think of it this way – you already know the foundational movement patterns your clients need to train, the MPA just tells you which exercises to start with. This allows you to spend more time focusing on doing what you do best – coaching effective exercises.

You’ll be able to get your clients moving towards their goals faster and without any pain in a way that will make them feel accomplished.

The Movement Performance Assessment Will Teach You How To:

Choose which exercises are right (and wrong) for each person


Determine the best lifting movements to use as a starting point


Find a safer and more individualized training direction


Fix faulty movements with a smarter movement prescription system


Assess on the fly in one-on-one or group settings


12 Practical and Comprehensive Learning Modules

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Module #1 - MPA Essentials
1.1 Assessments vs. Screens: Do we have it backwards?

1.2 It’s not about getting more data. It’s about getting more relevant data.

1.3 What should we be looking for, really?

1.4 If you’re assessing these things, you’re still guessing

1.5 How to assess the movements that matter.

1.6 The Hierarchy of exercise

1.7 How trainers lose their way with assessments

1.8 Try this before corrective exercises… because it takes care of most movement deficiencies better and faster.

Module #2 - MPA Rules
2.1 Your clients aren’t broken!

2.2 Fitting exercises to clients, not fitting clients to exercises

2.3 Assessing unloaded and loaded movement

2.4 How to assess your client while giving them a great first session

2.5 What to (not) tell your client about and during the assessment

2.6 Every movement assessment has a reason you and your client understand.

2.7 Awareness vs. Ability

2.8 Pain vs. Performance

2.9 The missing exercises for pain

2.10 M.O.S.T Exercises: Mobility + Strength and Stability

2.10 The Mandatory Movement Assessments

Module #3 - Squat Assessment
3.1 Should we assess the Overhead Squat?

3.2 The fastest way to find their deepest squat

3.3 Why floor hip mobility assessments fail

3.4 Hip over-coverage vs. Under-coverage: The research on hip anatomy, mobility and pain.

3.5 What about butt wink?

3.6 Loaded assessment

3.7 How to quickly find their optimal loaded squat depth

3.8 How (Not) to Go Heavy: Quickly know the best high-load squat variation for them

3.9 Should the squat be a main movement?

3.10 Knee Pain: The instant movement fixes for zero pain.

3.11 Back Pain: The instant movement fixes for zero pain.

3.12 Hip Pain: The instant movement fixes for zero pain.

3.13: Heal Raised Squats: Good or Bad?

3.14 M.O.S.T Exercises for Ankle Mobility

Module #4 - Split-Squat Assessment
4.1 Unloaded assessment

4.2 The fastest fix for knee alignment.

4.3 The missing assessment for optimal tibia position and foot turnout

4.4 What to do if it’s easy for them

4.5 What to do if it’s difficult for them

4.6. Loaded Assessment

4.7 If they have knee pain, this will immediately make them pain-free.

4.8 If they have Hip pain, do this for zero pain.

4.9 The problem with the Bulgarian Split Squat

4.10 A more functional assessment of hip flexor tightness

4.11 M.O.S.T. Exercises for Tight Hip Flexors

Module #5 - RDL Assessment
5.1 Unloaded assessment

5.2 The fastest form fix

5.3 The problem with holding a dowel on their spine

5.4 How to quickly find their optimal depth for spinal health.

5.5 The common hip hinging mistake that can cause back overuse.

5.6 When NOT to do hip hinging, and what to do instead.

5.7 Loaded assessment

5.8 Do this to eliminate back pain from hip hinging fast

5.9 Research shows this part of the hamstrings gets tight, and the simple prevention strategy.

Module #6 - Row Assessment
6.1 Loaded assessment

6.2 The best coaching cue to improve their alignment immediately!

6.3 How the row can help improve the hip hinge.

6.4 What to do if they’re still not able to maintain proper positioning

6.5 How to quickly and easily  teach proper scapular movement for the clients who just can’t seem to get it.

6.6 M.O.S.T exercises for rounded shoulders

Module #7 - Plank Assessment
7.1 Straight-arm or bent arm plank?

7.2 Advanced plank assessment

7.3 What does it mean for programming if they can achieve a good plank position?

7.4 What does it mean for programming if they can’t achieve good spinal alignment even with coaching.

7.5 The best (and worst) core exercises for people with a large lordodic curve.

7.6 What the research really says about pelvic tilt, core strength and back pain.

7.7 Should you actively contract your abs while doing a plank?

7.8 How to immediately use this for your “Workout of the day” and in Group Training.

Module #8 - Overhead Press Assessment
8.1 Unloaded Assessment

8.2 Loaded Assessment

8.3 The safest way to press overhead

8.4 Do this to eliminate shoulder pain

8.5 This exercise is more joint friendly than landmine presses

8.6 What the research really says about scapula position, posture and pain.

8.7 M.O.S.T exercises for improving overhead shoulder mobility faster

Module #9 - Dumbbell Bench Press Assessment
9.1 The problem with assessing the Push-up

9.2 Unloaded Assessment

9.3 Loaded Assessment

9.4 What the best depth?

9.5 What does it mean when barbell bench press hurts their shoulders, but dumbbells and push-ups don’t?

9.6  If the barbell, dumbbells and push-ups hurt their shoulders, this will get them pressing without pain immediately.

9.7 Why floor presses suck, and how to make them great.

9.8 Should you avoid pushing exercises if they have rounded shoulders?

Module #10 - Mobility Assessments
10.1 How to easily individualize your mobility warm-ups, even with group training.

10.2 Test, Retests that get instant improvements in range of motion (and wow your clients).

10.3 Thoracic Spine Mobility: Test, Retest

10.4 Shoulder Mobility: Test, Retest

10.5 How hip anatomy should change your hip mobility drills

10.6 These quick, research-based tests will show you who mobility work is a waste of time for.

Module #11 - Rotational Assessments for Athletic Performance
11.1 The problem with anti-rotation training

11.2 The two movement prerequisites for optimal rotational power in sports

11.3 The two mandatory Rotational movement assessments

11.4 The missing exercises for improved rotational power and spine health

11.5 The misunderstood research on lumbar spine rotation, spinal mechanics and back health.

Module #12 - Using the MPA Results In Your Programs
12.1 Using your MPA results is simple, easy and fast.

12.2 How to use your MPA results for in-person and Online Personal Training.

12.3 How to use your MPA for your Workout of the Day and Group Training.

12.4 Joint friendly exercise database for long-term programming.

Nick Tumminello’s expertise in exercise science is second to none. I’ve trained all over the country and found no one better. His methodology in regard to building a bigger, faster, stronger body is a formula for success.
Steve Weatherford

Former Punter For The NY Giants (2011-2014)

Nick Tumminello is an innovator in the fitness field. His combination of scientific knowledge and practical experience make him a go-to guy for getting results from a fitness program.
Brad Schoenfeld, PhD

Author of The M.A.X. Muscle Plan and Science and Development of Muscle Hypertrophy

Now Available As A Digital Course

Since Covid-19, things have been crazy.

Travel costs and daily items have skyrocketed and it’s not always feasible to attend seminars to learn the best info. That’s why the Movement Performance Assessment Certification is available completely online.

Featuring 12 learning modules, over 40 lessons, and countless videos, you’ll be able to learn directly from Coach Nick from anywhere in the world that has an internet connection.

And, with no expiration, you can learn at your own pace and revisit the lessons for years to come.


Learn And Earn CEUs At The Same Time

The Movement Performance Assessment Certification is a 16-hour course that has been approved for 1.6 CEUs through the National Academy of Sports Medicine and the American Council on Exercise.

Upon completion of the course, you will also receive a certificate indicating that you are now a Certified MPA trainer.

**Other organizations may also accept these CEUs upon petitioning.


Working with Nick Tumminello allowed me to see training in a whole new light. The way he was able to combine functional movement, flexibility, and strength training was like nothing I’d ever done before. Not only was I completely gassed at the end, but I found myself wanting more!
Quinn Sypniewski

Former Tight End for the Baltimore Ravens (2006-2009)

If you’re looking for accurate and scientifically backed information, quality workouts that are interesting and fun, and programs that are designed by someone who walks the walk and trains real people, you need not look any further than Nick Tumminello. He’s the real deal.
Cassandra Forsythe, PhD, RD, CSCS

Professor of Exercise Science, Author, and Mom

Purchase Today For Just $397 And Get Lifetime Access

If you’re tired of struggling to identify the best exercises for your clients right away or finding ways to deliver results without defaulting to corrective exercises, then the Movement Performance Assessment is perfect for you.

Upon completion of this course, you’ll know how to quickly understand each client’s unique needs and be able to create workouts that improve movement while avoiding exercises that they hate or cause pain.

For a fraction of the standard cost of most specialty certifications, you’ll learn how to assess any personal training client in any setting quickly and easily. We know that most trainers will recognize the immense value of this service and enroll right away. It’s not everyday that you get a chance to have one of the best fitness professionals in the world be your coach.

Want To Try The MPA Before You Buy? Get Access To My MPA Mini-Course!

Hey, Coach Nick here.

I designed the MPA because I couldn’t find an assessment that I thought helped trainers like me look at the things that matter most. I needed a way of finding exactly what my clients could do right away so I could build their first program without exercises that were too easy or ones that could cause pain.

No complicated tests that didn’t resemble actual exercises.

No telling clients that they’re broken in 5 different ways.

Just simple and effective ways to find the perfect exercise fit for each and every client quickly and easily.

If you’ve been looking for the same thing, then you’ll want to get access to my MPA mini-course where you can see a couple of the lessons before buying the complete course.

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