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NSCA's Essentials of Personal Training
Comprehensive and research based, the second edition of NSCA's Essentials of
Personal Training is the resource to rely
on for personal training information and guidance. With state-of-the-art
knowledge regarding applied aspects of personal training as well as clear
explanations of supporting scientific evidence, NSCAs Essentials of
Personal Training, Second Edition, is also the authoritative preparation text for those preparing
for the National Strength and Conditioning Associations Certified Personal
Trainer (NSCA-CPT) exam.
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, the text will assist both current and future
personal trainers in applying the most current research to the needs of their
- 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
- 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
- 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.
NSCAs 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
clients individual needs.
Personal trainers will appreciate the books presentation of detailed exercise
programming guidelines for specific populations. Modifications and
contraindications to exercise are given for prepubescent youth, older adults,
and athletes as well as for clients who are overweight or obese or have eating
disorders, diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, hyperlipedimia, spinal cord
injury, multiple sclerosis, and cerebral palsy. In addition, the book provides
clear, easy-to-understand guidelines for initial client consultation and health
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
The second edition of NSCAs Essentials of Personal Training is the most comprehensive
resource available for current and future personal trainers, exercise
instructors, fitness facility and wellness center mangers, and other fitness
professionals. Unmatched in scope, this text remains the leading source for
personal training preparation and professional development.