Cotton has worked in the health and fitness industry for nearly 30 years and holds ACSM Preventive and Rehabilitative Program Director and ACSM Exercise Specialist certifications.
As the national director of certification programs, Cotton will oversee ACSMs strategic development of certification programs and projects and will further ACSMs reputation as the Gold Standard in certification. Since 1975, ACSM has certified more than 25,000 health and fitness professionals. Cotton has previous experience with ACSMs certifications, having served as a regional certification director for the College since 1984.
Cotton is also a personal wellness coach, assessing individual health and fitness needs and helping his clients to develop goals and objectives for achieving optimum fitness. Prior to joining ACSM, Cotton served as chief exercise physiologist for MyExercisePlan.com, a Web site dedicated to improving fitness for individuals and corporations. For the American Council on Exercise, he was chief exercise physiologist and vice president for publications.
Cotton holds a masters degree in physical education/exercise physiology from
ACSM also recently hired Kathy Berlin certification coordinator and Shaina Loveless as education coordinator.
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