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Essentials of Strength Training, 4ed, w/Online Study Course Key Code

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CSCS Textbook with Online Study Course

KEY CODE LETTER ENCLOSED - Code is redeemable and course is accessed at A new key code must be purchased if the one included is misplaced. Not returnable if unwrapped or course accessed.

This textbook option is ideal for a candidate looking for a supplement to the textbook and/or a guided reading plan. You will be able to download and print a certificate upon completion. Other options are available for purchase at

  • © 2016
  • 752 pages
  • Hardback Book / Online course

The content of the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s (NSCA) Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) Online Study Course reflects the weighting and scope of the CSCS exam, which is widely recognized as an esteemed credential for strength and conditioning professionals. The NSCA and Human Kinetics jointly developed this online course to help people study for the CSCS exam. This online study course works in tandem with the materials presented in Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning, 4th Edition, to offer a practical and efficient method of studying the content assessed on the CSCS exam.

The CSCS Online Study Course has varying levels of recall, application, and analysis learning activities for each primary objective designed to reflect the weighting and scope of the CSCS exam. Featuring over 160 interactive learning activities, this online study course offers scientific knowledge and practical application and pinpoints the information required for preparing for the exam. The content covered relates directly to the on-the-job duties and responsibilities of a strength and conditioning professional, and an end-of-course test evaluates the learner’s content knowledge, mimicking the scope and difficulty of the actual certification exam. Current certified professionals who complete the course and pass the test can earn continuing education units (the number is determined by each organization).

The course is supplemented by content from Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning, 4th Edition, the primary textbook of the NSCA for preparing for the CSCS exam. This textbook also serves as a valuable professional reference after the course is completed. The course can be successfully completed using either the third or fourth edition of the textbook.

The information presented in the course assists exam candidates in the studying process. It should not be considered the only method of preparing for the CSCS exam. Ultimately, it will be each candidate’s academic, practical, and test-taking abilities that dictate the effectiveness of the preparation materials. The information in this study course should increase the likelihood of passing the CSCS exam, but it does not guarantee a successful performance.


Part 1: Exercise Sciences
Unit 1: Muscle and Neuromuscular Anatomy and Physiology
Understand muscle anatomy and physiology.
Understand neuromuscular anatomy and physiology.
Unit 2: Principles of Biomechanics
Understand the principles of biomechanics regarding exercise selection, execution, and sport performance.
Unit 3: Bioenergetics, Metabolism, and Cardiopulmonary Considerations
Understand bioenergetics and metabolism.
Understand cardiopulmonary anatomy and physiology.
Unit 4: Physiological Adaptations to Exercise
Understand physiological adaptations to exercise.
Unit 5: Athlete Differences: Anatomy, Physiology, Biomechanics, and Psychology
Understand the anatomical, physiological, and biomechanical differences of athletes.
Understand the psychological techniques used to enhance training and performance.

Part 2: Nutrition
Unit 6: Nutrition Factors
Explain nutritional factors affecting health and performance.
Unit 7: Nutrition and Performance
Explain the strategies and results of manipulating food choices and training methods to maximize performance.
Unit 8: Performance-Enhancing Substances and Methods
Explain the effects, risks, and alternatives of common performance-enhancing substances and methods.

Part 3: Exercise Technique
Unit 9: Resistance Training Exercise Technique
Describe, teach, and evaluate proper resistance training exercise technique.
Unit 10: Plyometric Exercise Technique
Describe, teach, and evaluate proper plyometric exercise technique.
Unit 11: Speed/Sprint Technique
Describe, teach, and evaluate proper speed/sprint technique (resisted and assisted sprinting, speed-strength).
Unit 12: Agility Technique
Describe, teach, and evaluate proper agility technique (forward, backward, and lateral movements; turn, transition, and stop-and-go maneuvers).
Unit 13: Aerobic Endurance Exercise Technique
Describe, teach, and evaluate proper aerobic endurance exercise technique.
Unit 14: Spotting Procedures and Techniques
Describe and teach effective spotting procedures and techniques.

Part 4: Testing and Evaluation
Unit 15: Test Selection and Administration
Evaluate the sport.
Unit 16: Testing and Evaluation
Assess the athlete, including training status, physical testing and evaluation, and primary training goal.

Part 5: Program Design
Unit 17: Program Selection
Determine type of exercise.
Complete a movement analysis of the sport, including sport-specific exercises and muscle balance.
Evaluate exercise technique experience.
Consider equipment and time availability.
Unit 18: Program Design
Consider training status to determine training frequency.
Consider the sport season to determine training frequency.
Consider training load and exercise type to determine training frequency.
Consider other training to determine training frequency.
Use appropriate terminology to quantify and qualify mechanical work.
Consider the relationship between load and repetitions.
Consider 1RM and multiple-RM testing options.
Assign load and repetitions based on the training goal.
Determine the variation of the training load.
Determine the progression of the training load.
Consider multiple versus single sets.
Consider training status.
Consider primary training goal.
Consider strength and power variables.
Consider the effects of hypertrophy.
Consider muscular endurance variables.

Part 6: Organization and Administration
Unit 19: Facility Design and Safety
Determine how to design, layout, and organize the strength and conditioning facility.
Create a safe training environment within the strength and conditioning facility.

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