The Cooper Institute

Founded in 1970 by the "Father of Aerobics"
Kenneth H. Cooper MD, MPH


Certified Personal Trainer Sample Exam Questions

Core Knowledge

Which of the following is an example of a passive static stretch for the hamstrings?

  1. standing with the hip flexed, knee extended and leg propped on a bench
  2. standing with the knee flexed, holding the heel next to the glute
  3. standing bent over toe touch
  4. partner assisted knee flexion

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Health and Medical Review; and Fitness Assessment

You have measured your client's BP using a cuff, stethoscope, and sphygmomanometer. The results are: Trial 1 SBP (mmHg) = 110 & DBP (mmHg) = 68. Trial 2 SBP (mmHg) 114 & DBP (mmHg) = 66.

Which of the following is the BP that should be used in medical screening?

  1. 110/68
  2. 114/66
  3. 112/67
  4. BP must be measured again (Trial 3) to determine final BP value.

Fitness Training: Design, Implementation, and Evaluation

Your client is new to resistance training. Using the chart below, what is her 1RM for the bench press if she can perform 7 reps using a 60 pound weight?

Repetitions and Load
%1RM 100 93.5 91 88.5 86 83.5 81 78.5 76 73.5
Reps 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
  1. 81 pounds
  2. 78 pounds
  3. 74 pounds
  4. 70 pounds

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Professional Responsibilities

Which of the following is true regarding the use of current clients to provide referrals for future clients?

  1. It is never a good idea to ask current clients for names of potential new clients.
  2. Choose from those clients that you believe have benefited from your services to provide referrals.
  3. You should always provide a financial incentive for client referrals .
  4. None of the above are true.

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The sample exam questions are provided to give you an idea of the types of questions you will see on the CI-CPT exam. The sample questions do not appear on the CI-CPT exam.