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ACSM’s Resources for the Personal Trainer, 5th Edition
Published by the American College of Sports Medicine, this Fifth Edition of ACSM’s Resources for the Personal Trainer is the critical content for those seeking to gain ACSM’s Certified Personal Trainer certification, and those currently practicing. This title is now fully aligned to the tenth edition of ACSM’s Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription, and includes the new pre-participation guidelines, which will be critical for those in the personal trainer field.
This title continues to recognize the Personal Trainer as a professional in the continuum of creating healthy lifestyles and provides the Personal Trainer with both the tools and scientific evidence to build safe and effective exercise programs for a variety of clients. ACSM’s Resources for the Personal Trainer is the official preparation book for the ACSM Certified Personal TrainerSM examination.
Divided into six distinctly different parts, ranging from an introduction to the profession of personal training to how to run a personal training business, ACSM’s Resources for the Personal Trainer provides coverage of anatomy, exercise physiology, biomechanics, behavior modification, and nutrition as well as assessment of strength and flexibility and the development of resistance and cardiorespiratory training programs. The science- and evidence-based approach allows the Personal Trainer to transfer knowledge to their clients effectively.
This fifth edition of ACSM’s Resources for the Personal Trainer represents another step forward from the previous edition and is based on ACSM’s Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription, 10th edition. In this fifth edition, the editors and contributors have continued to respond to the needs of practicing Personal Trainers. This edition has expanded upon the fourth edition in that content was updated with the
latest scientific evidence, preparticipation screening recommendations were revised to reflect new guidelines for participating in physical activity, and a new chapter on functional movement was added.
ACSM’s Resources for the Personal Trainer, 5th edition, continues to recognize the Personal Trainer as a professional in the continuum of creating healthy lifestyles. This text provides the Personal Trainer with both the tools and scientific evidence to help build safe and effective exercise programs for a variety of clients. The book is divided into six distinctly different parts, ranging from an introduction to the profession of personal training to considerations of how to run your own business. In between are chapters dedicated to the foundations of exercise science which include anatomy, exercise physiology, biomechanics, behavior modification, and nutrition. The science and evidence-based approach provides a way for the transfer of knowledge from the Personal Trainer to the client, allowing for the opportunity for success from a business standpoint, as well as for the individual clients. The middle chapters include establishing goals and objectives for clients and a “how-to” manual for preparticipation screening guidelines as well as assessing body composition, cardiovascular fitness, muscular fitness, and flexibility. The last sections of chapters are dedicated to developing various training programs, addressing special populations
and advanced training program options and providing the basics on business and legal concerns facing Personal Trainers.
The chapters are divided into six parts designed for ease of navigation throughout the text. Using this approach, usefulness will be maximized for every Personal Trainer.
Part I: Introduction to the Field and Profession of Personal Training. Two introductory chapters are designed to introduce the new and aspiring Personal Trainer to the profession. Chapter 1 provides insight into why the health and fitness professions are some of the fastest growing industries in the world and how the Personal Trainer can capitalize on this growth. Chapter 2 provides a career track for the Personal Trainer, helping prospective Personal Trainers to examine their own interest in personal training and how to make personal training a viable career.
Part II: The Science of Personal Training. In Part II, Chapters 3–6 provide the scientific foundations for personal training. Every Personal Trainer, regardless of experience, will find these chapters helpful. For the Personal Trainer just starting out, these chapters introduce the scientific basis for physical activity. For the advanced Personal Trainer, these chapters serve as a foundational resource for specific lifestyle
modification programs. These four chapters include anatomy and kinesiology, applied biomechanics, exercise physiology, and nutrition.
Part III: Behavior Modification. The next section of this book is dedicated to learning how and why people are either willing or unwilling to change their behavior. One of the most frustrating aspects of personal training is when a client refuses to change a deleterious habit or even “cheats” between training sessions. Chapters 7–9 include discussions of the concept of “coaching”—a new way of looking at and
creating your relationship with a client. These chapters will forever change your approach to personal training.
Part IV: Initial Client Screening. Part IV comprises Chapters 10, 11, and 12 and walks the Personal Trainer through the first client meeting to a comprehensive health related physical fitness assessment. Capitalizing on the learning objectives of Part III, this section establishes a framework for developing client-centered goals and objectives. Though certainly not an exhaustive list of physical fitness assessments,
Chapter 12 provides critical techniques to evaluate a client both in the field and in the laboratory. This section includes many tables, figures, and case studies that will assist with placing clients into various fitness categories.
Part V: Developing the Exercise Program. Chapter 13 introduces the concept of developing a comprehensive exercise program. On the basis of the goals established by the client and the Personal Trainer, Chapters 14–16 (resistance training, cardiorespiratory, and flexibility programs, respectively) are specific “how-to” manuals. New to this book, Chapter 17 presents information regarding functional movement assessments and programming. Chapter 18 is dedicated to the proper sequencing of exercises within a given personal training session, whereas Chapter 19 has been written for the Personal Trainer who works with individuals who desire more advanced training options. Finally, Chapter 20 provides expanded coverage about working with clients with special health or medical conditions. As more people decide
that being active is a good thing, Personal Trainers will encounter these special populations. This chapter also discusses the scope of a Personal Trainer’s knowledge, skills, and abilities when it comes to working with these “special populations.”
Part VI: The Business of Personal Training. Although seeing clients improve is rewarding, one goal of a successful business is to be profitable financially. Chapters 21 and 22 introduce the professional Personal Trainer to common business practices and provide information about how to avoid some of the common mistakes beginners typically make in the development of their practices. Chapter 22 deals specifically
with legal issues. Written by a practicing attorney with years of experience litigating court cases, this chapter encourages each Personal Trainer to take their responsibility seriously by getting the necessary training and experience.