EuropeActve Essential Fit Instrcr

EuropeActve Essential Fit Instrcr

by EuropeActive (Editor)


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ISBN-13: 9781450423793
Publisher: Human Kinetics, Inc.
Publication date: 02/01/2015
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

About EuropeActive

The European Register of Exercise Professionals (EREPS) uses the EuropeActive standards to ensure that exercise professionals are qualified to offer safe and effective fitness programmes to their clients all across Europe. EREPS provides consumers, employers and partners in medical professions with confidence so that registered trainers are competent and work to support its Code of Ethical Practice, which defines the rights and principles of exercise professionals. Referencing the EuropeActive standards to each trainer and being registered mean that they have met the minimum standards of good practice and that they are committed to raising the standards of their skills and professional status through a process of lifelong learning.

EREPS is regulated by the EuropeActive Standards Council using the official European Qualifications Framework, which describes the knowledge, skills and competencies exercise professionals need to achieve for registration.

About the Editors

Rita Santos-Rocha, PhD is an associate professor at the Sport Sciences School of Rio Maior (ESDRM) Polytechnic Institute of Santarém, Portugal. Since 1998, she has been teaching courses in physical activity and public health, exercise testing and prescription and exercise biomechanics. Dr. Santos-Rocha is also a researcher at CIPER (Neuromechanics of Human Movement Group) of the Faculty of Human Kinetics, University of Lisbon. Her research projects are funded by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology and the European Union National Strategic Reference Framework in the fields of active pregnancy, active school, active ageing and biomechanics. She is a member of the scientific committee of the Gymnastics Federation of Portugal and vice chair of the standards council of EuropeActive. Dr. Santos-Rocha has a BSc in sport sciences, MSc in exercise and health and PhD in human movement and health and fitness. In the past, she was a fitness instructor, group gymnastics coach, and physical education teacher.

Thomas Rieger is the chairman of the standards council of EuropeActive. He holds a doctoral degree in social sciences with a specialization in sport science (German PhD equivalent) from the University of Tübingen and a master’s degree in public health. In 2007, he was appointed as a professor of sport management at the Business and Information Technology School (BiTS) in Iserlohn, Germany. At BiTS, he is the vice dean of the bachelor’s programme of sport and event management and the MSc programme of international sport and event management. Previously, Dr. Rieger served as the visiting professor at the Real Madrid Graduate School and the European University Cyprus in Nicosia. Before entering academia in 2006, he gained more than six years of experience in the fitness industry, especially in the fields of fitness marketing and quality management.

Alfonso Jiménez is a professor of exercise and health and the faculty dean of the health, exercise and sport sciences department at European University of Madrid (Spain) and a member of the scientific advisory board of UKActive Research Institute. Dr. Jiménez holds a visiting professorial appointment at Victoria University in Melbourne, Australia, as the international research associate. He is the chair of the Fitness Australia/ISEAL research programme and scienntific advisory committee at the University of Greenwich in London. During the time that he was head of school and deputy dean at Victoria University, Dr. Jimenez served as a professor and head of the Centre for Sports Sciences and Human Performance at the University of Greenwich. From 2009 to 2012, Professor Jiménez was the chairman of the standards council of EuropeActive, which at the time was called the European Health & Fitness Association. He was awarded honorary membership in recognition of his outstanding service. Dr. Jiménez’s background before entering academia centred on the fitness industry in management, research and sales.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Customer Service

Thomas Rieger

Principles of Customer Service

Communicating About the Characteristics of Fitness Services

Successful Customers Are Loyal Customers

Managing Conflicts and Unsatisfied Customers


Chapter 2. Communication: Giving and Gaining Feedback

Vera Simões and Rita Santos-Rocha

Role of Communication in Teaching

Importance of Communication in Teaching and Retaining Clients

Giving and Gaining Feedback During Fitness Sessions

Characteristics of Feedback During Fitness Sessions


Chapter 3. Cardiorespiratory Exercise

Paolo Benvenuti and Silvano Zanuso,

Cardiovascular Response to Exercise

Warm-Up and Cool-Down

Modifications to Allow for Individual Differences

Cardiorespiratory Training Methods

Dose–Response Relationship Based on Evidence


Chapter 4. Resistance Exercise

Fernando Naclerio and Jeremy Moody

Basic Movement Analysis for Exercise Performance and Technique

Safety and Risk of Injury in Resistance Training: Posture, Body Alignment and Range of Motion

Safe and Effective Spotting Techniques

Warming Up for Resistance Training

Training Status and Individual Differences in Resistance Training Practitioners

Dose–Response Relationship for Different Resistance Training Goals


Chapter 5. Safe Progressive Exercise Planning

Oscar Carballo Iglesias and Eliseo Iglesias-Soler

Assessing Clients and Modifying Exercise Programmes

Providing Proper Dose–Response Relationship for Individual Participants

Communicating Effectively During Training

Observing Physiological Changes

Applying the Principles of Training


Chapter 6. Preparing Fitness Programmes

Sonia García Merino and Susana Moral González

Gathering Information Prior to the Start of Class

Programme Exercise Goals and Benefits

Programme Suitability

Required Level of Fitness and Intensity and Impact Options


Chapter 7. Delivering a Group Fitness Class

Simona Pajaujiene

Helping Clients Choose Group Fitness Classes

Core Concepts in Class Design

Modifications to Planned Exercises

Incorporating Functional Exercise Progression

Intensity and Impact Options in Group Fitness Exercise

Responding to a Medical Emergency

Responsibilities of a Group Fitness Instructor


Chapter 8. Teaching Group Fitness to Music

Rita Santos-Rocha and Nuno Pimenta

Characteristics of Music Used in Fitness Classes

Moving to the Beat

Using Music to Motivate Participants

Structuring a Group Fitness to Music Class

Basic Moves for a Self-Designed Group Fitness to Music Class

Leading Movement and the Leading Leg

Verbally and Visually Cueing an Exercise Routine


Chapter 9. Music and Choreography

Lenka Velínská

Musical Structure

Musical Tempo

Use of Musical Structure



Chapter 10. Ending a Session

Jana Havrdová and Nuno Pimenta

The Instructor’s Role

The Club’s Role


Chapter 11. Safety Guidelines for Group Fitness to Music

Susana Moral González and Sonia García Merino

Legal and Insurance Responsibilities

Planning Class Activity


Chapter 12. Stress Management Techniques

João Moutão and Susana Franco

Stress and Distress

Implications of Distress for Health and Well-Being

Symptoms of Anxiety and Depression That May Require Professional Attention

Relaxation Techniques



For individuals working toward level 3 of the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) and fitness professionals striving to comply with the latest industry standards and best practices.

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