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

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The comprehensive resource for personal fitness trainers.

The Fitness Instructor's Handbook meets the needs of the wide audience of fitness professionals, aspiring trainers and individuals with a keen interest in fitness and sport. Morc Coulson discovered the sparsity of comprehensive references promoting industry professionalism. They had little practical information on designing gym-based cardiovascular and resistance exercise programs for ...

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Overview

The comprehensive resource for personal fitness trainers.

The Fitness Instructor's Handbook meets the needs of the wide audience of fitness professionals, aspiring trainers and individuals with a keen interest in fitness and sport. Morc Coulson discovered the sparsity of comprehensive references promoting industry professionalism. They had little practical information on designing gym-based cardiovascular and resistance exercise programs for clients.

This second edition is updated and revised to address the needs of the "special populations" that trainers are seeing in greater numbers. This group includes children, older adults, those recovering from a stroke or heart attack, and sedentary, overweight, obese, pregnant or handicapped clients. There is also new information on diet and nutrition as well as safety and injury prevention, customer service, client screening, program design and exercise evaluation. All the references and recommended readings have been updated.

The book is presented in two parts:

Part One, "Theoretical Knowledge for Health and Fitness" examines the Skeletal System, Joints, the Muscular System; Cartilage, Ligaments and Tendons; the Nervous and Endocrine Systems, the body's Energy Systems, the Heart and Circulatory Systems, the Respiratory System, Core Stability, and the Components and Principles of Fitness.
Part Two, "Practical Application of Health and Fitness" covers Screening for Exercise and Safety Issues, Behavioral Change and Goal Setting, the Components and Induction of an Exercise Session, and Monitoring Exercise Intensity (exercise, cardiovascular and resistance) along with program designs for Free-weight and Resistance Machine Exercises.

Addressing the requirements common to most fitness professional certifications in the U.S. and
Canada, The Fitness Instructor's Handbook is filled with case studies, checklists, need-to-know reminders, mini tests and sample programs. Tables and anatomy drawings support the authoritative text. All in all this book is an ideal reference for both new and established instructors as well as individuals in search of a sound, structured fitness program for personal use.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781770853058
  • Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 2/21/2014
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 931,292
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (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 and has written several other books including The Advanced Fitness Instructor's Handbook, Teaching Exercise to Children, Teaching Exercise to Special Populations and Training the Over 50s.

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Table of Contents

CONTENTS

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction

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

Introduction
Common anatomical terms
Bone
The effects of exercise on bone
The skeleton
Example questions
Further reading
2 Joints
Introduction
Basic types of joint
The effects of exercise on joints
The effects of pregnancy 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
The effects of exercise on muscle
Example questions
Further reading
4 Cartilage, Ligaments and Tendons
Introduction
Cartilage
Ligaments
Tendons
The effects of exercise on cartilage, ligaments and tendons
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
Key cardiovascular differences between special population groups
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
Key respiratory differences between special population groups
Example questions
Further reading
9 Core Stability
Introduction
Core stability
Mechanisms of stabilization
Neutral position or zone
Contraction of the transversus abdominis (TA)
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
Health risks of inactivity
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
Child protection
Example questions
Further reading
12 Behavioral Change and Goal Setting
Introduction
Exercise psychology
Behavioral change
Motivation
Goal setting
Healthy eating
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 Revision
Appendices
Index
Fitness

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Preface

Preface

This book has been written for a wide audience, such as those who have an interest in health, fitness and sports, or as a reference guide for individuals who, both now and in the future, may be involved in prescribing gym-based cardiovascular and resistance exercise to clients who are referred to as "apparently healthy." The main objective of this book is to address the underpinning knowledge requirement related to gym qualifications in the health and fitness industry, and 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 in order to provide a comprehensive textbook that could help to 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" and "Instructing
Physical Activity and Exercise" 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 revision questions relating only to that particular chapter. Answers to these can be found at the back of the book, with space for revision notes. Each chapter also contains a list of further reading for those who would like to pursue the topic in more depth.

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