Exercise Technique Manual for Resistance Training-2nd Edition / Edition 2

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Beefed up from 38 to 57 exercises, this new edition of Exercise Technique Manual for Resistance Training is a must for any professional library. It will help readers prepare for the NSCA's Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist exam or its Certified Personal Trainer exam. It will also serve as a valuable reference for personal trainers and fitness instructors. Also, college and university faculty who teach courses in resistance training can use the manual and DVDs to complement hands-on instruction and demonstration or to teach exercise technique without going to a weight room.

This resource provides clear descriptions for those performing resistance training exercises or for those who instruct others. The manual gives detailed explanations on technique for each free-weight and machine exercise, and the accompanying DVDs show the movements for each exercise in action. Readers using this manual to study for the CSCS or NSCA-CPT exams will find this resource particularly helpful as they prepare for exam questions relating to anatomy, biomechanics, program design, and exercise technique.

Exercise Technique Manual for Resistance Training, Second Edition, contains the following features:

-Extremely thorough checklists for 57 resistance training exercises, helping readers safely perform the exercises or oversee the safe and correct performance of them

-Instruction from experts who were selected and approved by the NSCA

-Over 140 photos that demonstrate proper execution of the exercises

-Accurate exercise technique for each exercise on the DVDs, which also highlights some of the most common incorrect techniques

The manual and DVDs supply 5 total-body, 14 lower-body, 36 upper-body, and 2 abdominal exercises. For each exercise, the manual details the type of exercise (e.g., whether it is a single-joint or multi-joint exercise), the predominant muscle groups and muscles involved, and technique guidelines from beginning to end, including starting position, downward movements, and upward movements. When appropriate, the manual also covers transitions, catches, and other phases. It offers spotting guidelines, safety suggestions, weight belt recommendations, and breathing guidelines.

The result is a complete manual with expert guidance in safely performing common resistance training exercises—something that both professionals and students can use to further their careers.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Terry L Grindstaff, DPT, ATC, SCS, CSCS (University of Virginia Health System)
Description: This second edition of an introduction to exercise technique for 57 resistance training exercises also includes two DVDs that provide audiovisual demonstrations of each exercise. The book was first published in 1997.
Purpose: This is intended to provide an introduction to resistance training exercise technique. It also serves as a study guide for portions of the NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist or Certified Personal Trainer examinations.
Audience: The book is specifically written as a study guide for NSCA examinations, but would also serve as an excellent resource for physical therapists, athletic trainers, or other individuals interested in exercise technique. The materials presented have been written and reviewed by respected professionals in the field of strength and conditioning.
Features: Three sections covering the total body, lower body, and upper body make up the book. Sections involving the lower and upper body are further subdivided into sections for multijoint and single joint exercises. Each section has a table listing all exercises presented in the section. Information includes specific exercise name, description of action, predominant muscles involved, and reference to the DVD (1 or 2) where video of each exercise can be found. Each exercise is broken down into components with a checklist that specifically describes body position and joint movement during each component. Relevant safety and spotting suggestions are also made. Each exercise uses a sequence of black-and-white photographs to further clarify written concepts.
Assessment: Fitness professionals will appreciate this comprehensive overview of resistance training technique. It is a well written exercise manual with components that are very similar to chapters in Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning 3rd edition, Baechle and Earle (Human Kinetics, 2008).
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736071277
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/31/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 184
  • Sales rank: 84,254
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), a nonprofit educational group, was established in 1978 to generate and disseminate information about strength training and conditioning to its members and the general public. Evolving from a membership of 76 in 1978, it now has more than 30,000 members in over 63 countries, including international chapters in Japan, China, and the United Kingdom. The NSCA is widely recognized as an international clearinghouse for strength training and conditioning research, theories, and practices.

Central to the NSCA's mission is providing a link between the scientist in the laboratory and the practitioner in the field. By working to find practical applications for new findings in strength training and conditioning research, the organization has fostered the development of strength training and conditioning as a discipline and as a profession.

The NSCA offers two distinctive credentialing programs. The Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) credential is the certification of choice for professionals who design and implement strength and conditioning programs for athletes, and the NSCA-Certified Personal Trainer (NSCA-CPT) credential is an ideal certification program for those who train active and sedentary clients in one-on-one situations.

The NSCA's prestigious CSCS and NSCA-CPT certifications are the only programs in the fitness industry that have been nationally accredited since 1993 by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies, a non-governmental, nonprofit agency in Washington, DC, that sets national standards for certifying agencies. To earn one of these internationally recognized certifications, candidates must pass a rigorous exam administered by an independent exam service. To date, more than 35,000 professionals residing in 59 countries hold one or both of the NSCA's credentials.

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Table of Contents


Total Body
Power and Explosive Exercises
Power Clean
Hang Clean
Push Press (and Push Jerk)

Lower Body
Hip and Thigh (Multijoint) Exercises
Front Squat
Back Squat
Hack Squat (Machine)
Hip Sled (Machine)
Horizontal Leg Press (Machine)
Forward Step Lunge

Hip and Thigh (Single-Joint) Exercises
Stiff-Leg Deadlift
Leg (Knee) Extension (Machine)
Lying Leg (Knee) Curl (Machine)
Seated Leg (Knee) Curl (Machine)

Calf (Single-Joint) Exercises
Seated Calf (Heel) Raise (Machine)
Standing Calf (Heel) Raise (Machine)

Upper Body
Chest (Multijoint) Exercises
Flat Barbell Bench Press
Incline Barbell Bench Press
Flat Dumbbell Bench Press
Incline Dumbbell Bench Press
Flat Bench Press (Smith Machine)
Vertical Chest Press (Machine)
Assisted Dip (Machine)

Chest (Single-Joint) Exercises
Pec Deck (Machine)
Flat Dumbbell Fly
Incline Dumbbell Fly

Back (Multijoint) Exercises
Lat Pulldown (Machine)
Bent-Over Row
One-Arm Dumbbell Row
Low-Pulley Seated Row (Machine)
Seated Row (Machine)

Back (Single-Joint) Exercises
Barbell Pullover
Good Morning

Shoulder (Multijoint) Exercises
Shoulder Press (Machine)
Seated Barbell Shoulder Press
Seated Dumbbell Shoulder Press
Upright Row

Shoulder (Single-Joint) Exercises
Front Shoulder Raise
Lateral Shoulder Raise
Lateral Shoulder Raise (Machine)
Bent-Over Shoulder Raise
Barbell Shoulder Shrug

Biceps (Single-Joint) Exercises
Barbell Biceps Curl
Dumbbell Biceps Curl
Hammer Curl
Low-Pulley Biceps Curl (Machine)
Biceps Curl (Machine)

Triceps (Single-Joint) Exercises
Lying Barbell Triceps Extension
Seated Overhead Barbell Triceps Extension
Triceps Pushdown (Machine)

Forearm (Single-Joint) Exercises
Wrist Curl
Wrist Extension

Abdominal Exercises
Bent-Knee Sit-Up
Abdominal Crunch

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