Updated Version of Authoritative Text Helps Fitness Pros Prepare for Certification

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Comprehensive resource from the National Strength and Conditioning Association offers detailed personal training information and guidance

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This essential reference will assist both current and future personal trainers in applying the most current research to the needs of their clients.

Personal trainers, health and fitness instructors, and other fitness professionals can now prepare for certification with confidence thanks to the most comprehensive, science-based personal training resource available. The new second edition of "NSCA's Essentials of Personal Training" serves as the primary preparation source for those taking the National Strength and Conditioning Association's Certified Personal Trainer (NSCA-CPT) exam, and is filled with state-of-the-art knowledge regarding applied aspects of personal training and clear explanations of supporting scientific evidence.

This essential reference was developed by the NSCA to present the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for personal trainers. With contributions from leading authorities in the field, "NSCA's Essentials of Personal Training, Second Edition" will assist both current and future personal trainers in applying the most current research to the needs of their clients:

     •A discussion on nutrition outlines the role of the personal trainer in establishing nutrition guidelines, including the application of nutrition principles for clients with metabolic concerns.
     •The latest guidelines on client assessment from prominent organizations-such as the American Heart Association (AHA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-keep personal trainers up to speed on the latest assessment protocols.
     •New information is presented on flexibility training and cardiovascular exercise prescription as well as a discussion of research on the effectiveness of stability ball training.
     •Revised information on design of resistance training programs incorporates the latest information on the application of periodization of training.
     •New information addressing injuries and rehabilitation prepares personal trainers to work with clients with special concerns such as orthopedic conditions, low back pain, ankle sprains, and hip arthroscopy.
     •New guidelines for determining resistance training loads will assist those whose clientele includes athletes.
     •An variety of fitness testing protocols and norms allows readers to select from several options to evaluate each component of fitness.
     •A new instructor guide and image bank aid instructors in teaching the material to students.

"NSCA's Essentials of Personal Training, Second Edition" focuses on the complex process of designing safe, effective, and goal-specific resistance, aerobic, plyometric, and speed training programs. Featuring over 200 full-color photos with accompanying technique instructions, this resource offers readers a step-by-step approach to designing exercise programs with special attention to the application of principles based on age, fitness level, and health status. Using comprehensive guidelines and sample clients portrayed in the text, readers can learn appropriate ways to adjust exercise programs to work with a variety of clients while accommodating each client's individual needs.

For those preparing for the NSCA-CPT exam, this second edition features new and revised study questions at the end of each chapter. These questions are written in the same style and format as those found on the NSCA-CPT exam to fully prepare candidates for exam day. For efficient self-study, answers to study questions and suggested solutions for the applied knowledge questions are located in the back of the text. Chapter objectives and key points provide a framework for study and review of important information, while sidebars throughout the text present practical explanations and applications of scientific concepts and theory.

Unmatched in scope, "NSCA's Essentials of Personal Training, Second Edition" remains the leading source for personal training preparation and professional development. For more information on this or other personal training resources, visit http://www.HumanKinetics.com.


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