NASM Essentials of Personal Fitness Training / Edition 4

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This text is a recommended resource for the NASM Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) certification. The NASM CPT certification is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).

Since 1987, the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) has been a global leader in providing evidence-based certifications and advanced credentials to health and fitness professionals. NASM Essentials of Personal Fitness Training, Fourth Edition Revised, continues to lead the way by providing the most comprehensive resource for aspiring personal trainers and other health and fitness professionals.

Based on NASM’s proprietary Optimum Performance Training™ (OPT™) model, you will learn a systematic approach to program design with exercise program guidelines and variables; protocols for building stabilization, strength, and power programs; guidance on how to build a clientele through professional development; and more! By following the techniques in this book, you will gain the information, insight, and inspiration you need to change the world as a health and fitness professional.

Key Features:

• Two new chapters: Exercise Metabolism and Bioenergetics and Introduction to Exercise Modalities.
• Definitions of Key Terms in the margins, with key terms bolded within the text.
• Stretch Your Knowledge boxes emphasize key concepts and findings from current research.
• Memory Joggers call out core concepts and program design instructions.
• Exercise sections discuss the purpose and procedures of various techniques that can be used with clients. Technique and Safety Tips are also provided.
• Summaries that wrap up each chapter to remind you of pertinent material.
• Appendices provide 100 additional exercises; OPT workout programs; one repetition maximum conversion charts; and muscle origins, insertions, and functions.
• Extensive full-color art and photographs illustrate numerous exercise techniques and anatomy and physiology.

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Editorial Reviews

From The Critics
Reviewer:John M Kaltenborn, MS, ATC, PES(James Madison University)
Description:This is the third edition of a book that covers the concepts of personal fitness training as well as the design and implementation of individualized training programs based on the guidelines of the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). The second edition was published in July 2004.
Purpose:The purpose is to provide a basis and guidelines for NASM certified personal trainers to design individualized, goal oriented, and very specific fitness programs for their clients. The programs designed by the fitness trainer will enable clients to obtain fitness goals while addressing any physical ailments/issues the clients may have, as well as not creating new ones. The book is used as the text for certification of all personal trainers by the NASM.
Audience:Those interested in beginning a career in the fitness industry, those who have been working in the fitness industry for years, and those who have some understanding of personal fitness training are the intended audience. The authors have assumed that readers will have some basic knowledge of anatomy and physiology, exercise physiology, and strength training.
Features:The book covers all aspects of the NASM personal fitness training program. The authors discuss in detail the foundations of their program, specifically Optimum Performance Training (OPT), and how it is of benefit to a personal training client. The book has excellent pictures, graphs, glossary, and diagrams. New to this edition are the "Memory Jogger" and "Stretch Your Knowledge" sections in each chapter. These new features allowreaders to delve further into the topics and help to reinforce key concepts. Due to the nature of the information, some areas lack detail and gloss over information in an attempt to provide just enough background. Examples of this can be seen in the explanation of the ATP-CP cycle and in the anatomy section. The program design section could have been more detailed since this is one of the most important components of the certification. Manipulation of a program to meet various goals, including time constraints, needs to be better addressed. Some of these shortcomings are inherent in this type of book, which is designed for a multitude of readers.
Assessment:This book does an excellent job of explaining the concepts of the NASM personal fitness training regimen. It is similar to others used by accrediting organizations in the way it presents information in the way the organization wants it presented. The new edition greatly simplifies the OPT model, a huge step toward making this information more digestible for those not immersed in the fitness industry. Overall, this is a welcome and well written update.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781284036800
  • Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning
  • Publication date: 6/13/2013
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 704
  • Sales rank: 55,570
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Code of Ethics

Preface: Letter from the President of NASM


User's Guide

Figure Credits List

  • Chapter 1:The Scientific Rationale for Integrated Training
  • Chapter 2:Basic Exercise Science
  • Chapter 3: The Cardiorespiratory System
  • Chapter 4:Human Movement Science

  • Chapter 5:Fitness Assessment
  • Chapter 6:Flexibility Training Concepts
  • Chapter 7:Cardiorespiratory Training Concepts
  • Chapter 8:Core-Training Concepts
  • Chapter 9:Balance-Training Concepts
  • Chapter 10:Reactive (Power) Training Concepts
  • Chapter 11:Speed, Agility, and Quickness
  • Chapter 12:Resistance-Training Concepts
  • Chapter 13:Program Design Concepts
  • Chapter 14:Special Populations

  • Chapter 15:Nutrition
  • Chapter 16:Supplementation

  • Chapter 17:Behavior Modification
  • Chapter 18:Professional Development
  • Glossary


    Answer Key


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