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Program Design Essentials

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This system is designed to make it easier for you to develop effective and periodized exercise programs for your athletes and clients. From pre-formatted Excel spreadsheets with drop down options, to Quick Tip exercise videos with coaching cues, Program Design Essentials is your partner for professional-level training and coaching. Be sure to watch the video tutorial below and consult NSCA’s Foundations of Fitness Programming before beginning the process.

Training Program Considerations for Endurance Runners

May 1, 2017

Article

This article contains examples of how to periodize training programs to help aerobic endurance athletes reach their peak condition at the appropriate time of the year.

Coaches Exercise Science Program design Training for running exercise program design training for endurance sports how to train for a 5k how to train for a marathon how to train for a 10k race

The Men, the Mission, and (Then) Me

April 24, 2017

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Learn to design programs that prioritize a soldier’s needs above all else. In this session from the NSCA’s 2017 TSAC Annual Training, Nate Palin explains how to develop an athlete assessment and training continuum that reduces bias.

TSAC Facilitators Program design Organization and Administration Professional Development TSAC tactical athlete athlete assessment solider readiness

Assessing Agility Using the T Test, 5-10-5 Shuttle, and Illinois Test

May 1, 2017

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Before implementing an agility training program, baseline measures of change of direction ability should be assessed. This article presents norms for three tests that can be used to assess change of direction ability.

Coaches Program design Testing and Evaluation agility exercise testing assessment T test 5-10-5 Shuttle Illinois Test

Hybrid Bodyweight Training

March 25, 2013

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Nick Tumminello spoke at the NSCA's 2013 Personal Trainer Conference on how to develop a bodyweight training program.

Personal trainers Exercise Technique Program design Personal Trainer Bodyweight Training Bodyweight Programs

Needs Analysis for Injury Prevention

May 1, 2017

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By understanding the means by which athletes encounter risk, strength and conditioning professionals can integrate exercise programs that may offset one of the steps toward injuries.

Coaches Program design injury prevention needs analysis

The Experience of Programming: The Why, the How, and the Now

September 23, 2019

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Former Lead Strength and Conditioning Coach for Edinburgh Rugby, Ashley Jones, discusses ways to simplify a complex world of programming. Jones lays a foundation of how to construct training programs that relate to the current training environment and how to develop a taxonomy of exercise variations and training methods to assist coaches with the “why,” “when,” and “how” of programming.

Coaches Program design Program Design Order of Exercise Methods Exercise Selection Split Routines

The Science and Application of High-Intensity Interval Training

October 11, 2019

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In this session from 2019 Coaches Conference, Paul Laursen, co-author of the book “Science and Application of High-Intensity Interval Training: Solutions to the Programming Puzzle,” explains the physiological targets of high-intensity interval training and how to design and manipulate variables for a variety of applications.

Coaches Exercise Science Program design High-Intensity Interval Training HIIT Physiological Targets Work to Rest Ratio

Considerations for Transitioning to Online Personal Training

August 13, 2021

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The purpose of this article is to provide the reader some direction and suggestions for how to make the transition to online personal training smooth and successful.

Personal trainers Program design Professional Development Online Personal Training Clients Schedule SAID Principle

Design and Planning for Endurance Training

February 11, 2019

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This section from the book, Developing Endurance, gives an overview of how to plan and develop a program for endurance athletes by following four steps.

Personal trainers TSAC Facilitators Coaches Program design Endurance Training Endurance Athlete Programming Developing Endurance

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