The Fitness Instructor's Handbook: A Professional's Complete Guide to Health and Fitness


The comprehensive resource for personal fitness trainers.

The fitness industry is one of the fastest-growing sectors in today's economy. Collectively, personal trainers and fitness instructors and coaches have millions of clients — personal, and in clubs, schools and local gyms.

The Fitness Instructor's Handbook is the essential guidebook for professionals working in or interested in entering the booming fitness industry. Filled cover-to-cover ...

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The comprehensive resource for personal fitness trainers.

The fitness industry is one of the fastest-growing sectors in today's economy. Collectively, personal trainers and fitness instructors and coaches have millions of clients — personal, and in clubs, schools and local gyms.

The Fitness Instructor's Handbook is the essential guidebook for professionals working in or interested in entering the booming fitness industry. Filled cover-to-cover with case studies, checklists and sample programs, this book is the perfect reference for beginning trainers as well as established ones looking for a quick refresher on the basics.

The Fitness Instructor's Handbook covers key topics such as:

  • The skeletal system
  • Muscles and tendons
  • The body's energy system
  • Circulation and respiration
  • Components of fitness
  • Safety and injuries
  • Customer service
  • Screening clients
  • Planning and program design
  • Exercise evaluation.

The Fitness Instructor's Handbook is a dynamic resource that combines theory and practice for every aspect of health and fitness programs. Throughout the fitness industry, trainers will welcome this comprehensive reference book.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554073306
  • Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 6/12/2013
  • Pages: 292
  • Sales rank: 646,765
  • Product dimensions: 7.37 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Morc Coulson is the program leader for sport and exercise science at the University of Sunderland in England. He designs and implements fitness-training courses.

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Table of Contents


PART ONE Theoretical Knowledge for Health and Fitness 1 The Skeletal System

  • Introduction
  • Common anatomic terms
  • Bone
  • The effects of exercise on bones
  • The skeleton Example questions
  • Further reading
2 Joints
  • Introduction
  • Basic types of joint
  • The effects of exercise on joints
  • Example questions
  • Further reading
3 The Muscular System
  • Introduction
  • Types of muscle
  • Skeletal muscles
  • Muscle contraction
  • Types of muscle fiber
  • Types of muscle contraction
  • The roles of muscle in the body
  • Planes of movement
  • Muscle and movement
  • Major muscles: their location and available movement
  • Effects of exercise on muscle
  • Example questions
  • Further reading
4 Cartilage, Ligaments and Tendons
  • Introduction
  • Cartilage
  • Ligaments
  • Tendons
  • The effects of exercise on cartilage, ligament and tendon
  • Example questions
  • Further reading
5 The Nervous and Endocrine Systems
  • Introduction
  • Overview of the nervous and endocrine systems
  • The nervous system
  • The endocrine system
  • Example questions
  • Further reading
6 Energy Systems
  • Introduction
  • Energy systems for muscular contraction
  • Interaction of energy systems
  • Example questions
  • Further reading
7 The Heart and the Circulatory System
  • Introduction
  • The cardiopulmonary system
  • Blood
  • The circulatory system
  • Blood pressure and exercise
  • The effects of exercise on the heart
  • The effects of exercise on the circulatory system
  • Example questions
  • Further reading
8 The Respiratory System
  • Introduction
  • The respiratory system
  • The effects of smoking on the respiratory system
  • The effects of exercise on the respiratory system
  • Example questions
  • Further reading
9 Core Stability
  • Introduction
  • Core stability
  • Mechanisms of stabilization
  • Neutral position or zone
  • Contraction of the transversus abdominis
  • Typical core stability exercises
  • Exercise guidelines
  • Example questions
  • Further reading

10 Components and Principles of Fitness
  • Introduction
  • Definitions of fitness
  • Components of physical fitness
  • Factors influencing physical fitness
  • Principles of fitness
  • Example questions
  • Further reading
PART TWO Practical Application of Health and Fitness 11 Screening for Exercise and Safety Issues
  • Introduction
  • Screening for exercise
  • Risk stratification
  • Health and safety issues
  • Example questions
  • Further reading
12 Behavioral Change and Goal Setting
  • Introduction
  • Exercise psychology
  • Behavioral change
  • Motivation
  • Goal setting
  • Example questions
  • Further reading
13 Components and Induction of an Exercise Session
  • Introduction
  • Components of an exercise session
  • Warm-up Conditioning phase
  • Cardiovascular training
  • Resistance training
  • Flexibility training
  • Periodization
  • Recording exercise programs
  • Induction sessions
  • Example questions
  • Further reading
14 Monitoring Exercise Intensity
  • Introduction
  • Exercise intensity
  • Monitoring cardiovascular intensity
  • Monitoring resistance intensity
  • Example questions
  • Further reading
15 Free-weight and Resistance Machine Exercises
  • Introduction
  • Free-weight and resistance exercises

Example Questions: Answers for Review

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This book has been written as a reference guide for a wide audience, such as those who have an interest in health and fitness and sports, and for individuals who, both now and in the future, are involved in prescribing gym-based cardiovascular and resistance exercise to clients who are apparently healthy, or referred to as "apparently healthy." The main objective of this book is to address the underpinning knowledge related to qualifications in the health and fitness industry and to show how that knowledge can be applied in a practical environment. It was a conscious decision to closely relate the book to health and fitness qualification requirements and learning objectives in order to provide a comprehensive reference guide that would promote the professionalism of the industry.

The chapter topics have been selected to provide complete coverage of the standard required knowledge content for "Instructing
Exercise and Fitness Knowledge" and "Instructing Physical Activity and Exercise Knowledge" qualifications. At the start of each chapter are standard criteria related to these fundamental qualifications and the objectives to be addressed. At the end of the chapter you will find review questions relating only to that particular chapter. Answers to these can be found at the back of the book. Each chapter also contains space for review notes and a list of further reading for those who would like to pursue the topic in more depth.

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