The Fitness Instructor's Handbook: A Professional's Complete Guide to Health and Fitness
The Fitness Instructor's Handbook: A Professional's Complete Guide to Health and Fitness

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Publisher: Firefly Books

Edition Notes: Second Edition
Author Statement: Morc Coulson
Audience: Trade
Specs: illustrations throughout, test samples, training programs
Pages: 304
Trim Size: 7 1/4" X 9 3/4" X 3/4"
Language code 1: eng
Publication Date: 20140123
Copyright Year: 2014
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The Fitness Instructor's Handbook: A Professional's Complete Guide to Health and Fitness

The comprehensive resource for personal fitness trainers.

The comprehensive resource for personal fitness trainers.

The Fitness Instructor's Handbook meets the needs of the wide audience of fitness professionals, aspiring trainers and individuals with a keen interest in fitness and sport. Morc Coulson discovered the sparsity of comprehensive references promoting industry professionalism. They had little practical information on designing gym-based cardiovascular and resistance exercise programs for clients.

This second edition is updated and revised to address the needs of the "special populations" that trainers are seeing in greater numbers. This group includes children, older adults, those recovering from a stroke or heart attack, and sedentary, overweight, obese, pregnant or handicapped clients. There is also new information on diet and nutrition as well as safety and injury prevention, customer service, client screening, program design and exercise evaluation. All the references and recommended readings have been updated.

The book is presented in two parts:

    Part One, "Theoretical Knowledge for Health and Fitness" examines the Skeletal System, Joints, the Muscular System; Cartilage, Ligaments and Tendons; the Nervous and Endocrine Systems, the body's Energy Systems, the Heart and Circulatory Systems, the Respiratory System, Core Stability, and the Components and Principles of Fitness.
    Part Two, "Practical Application of Health and Fitness" covers Screening for Exercise and Safety Issues, Behavioral Change and Goal Setting, the Components and Induction of an Exercise Session, and Monitoring Exercise Intensity (exercise, cardiovascular and resistance) along with program designs for Free-weight and Resistance Machine Exercises.

Addressing the requirements common to most fitness professional certifications in the U.S. and Canada, The Fitness Instructor's Handbook is filled with case studies, checklists, need-to-know reminders, mini tests and sample programs. Tables and anatomy drawings support the authoritative text. All in all this book is an ideal reference for both new and established instructors as well as individuals in search of a sound, structured fitness program for personal use.


Morc Coulson is the program leader for sport and exercise science at the University of Sunderland in England. He designs and implements fitness-training courses and has written several other books including The Advanced Fitness Instructor's Handbook, Teaching Exercise to Children, Teaching Exercise to Special Populations and Training the Over 50s.



This book has been written for a wide audience, such as those who have an interest in health, fitness and sports, or as a reference guide for individuals who, both now and in the future, may be involved in prescribing gym-based cardiovascular and resistance exercise to clients who are referred to as "apparently healthy." The main objective of this book is to address the underpinning knowledge requirement related to gym qualifications in the health and fitness industry, and show how that knowledge can be applied in a practical environment. It was a conscious decision to closely relate the book to health and fitness qualification requirements in order to provide a comprehensive textbook that could help to promote the professionalism of the industry.

The chapter topics have been selected to provide complete coverage of the standard required knowledge content for "Instructing Exercise and Fitness" and "Instructing Physical Activity and Exercise" qualifications. At the start of each chapter are standard criteria related to these fundamental qualifications and the objectives to be addressed. At the end of the chapter you will find revision questions relating only to that particular chapter. Answers to these can be found at the back of the book, with space for revision notes. Each chapter also contains a list of further reading for those who would like to pursue the topic in more depth.




PART ONE Theoretical Knowledge for Health and Fitness
1 The Skeletal System

    Common anatomical terms
    The effects of exercise on bone
    The skeleton
    Example questions
    Further reading
2 Joints
    Basic types of joint
    The effects of exercise on joints
    The effects of pregnancy on joints
    Example questions
    Further reading
3 The Muscular System
    Types of muscle
    Skeletal muscles
    Muscle contraction
    Types of muscle fiber
    Types of muscle contraction
    The roles of muscle in the body
    Planes of movement
    Muscle and movement
    Major muscles: their location and available movement
    The effects of exercise on muscle
    Example questions
    Further reading
4 Cartilage, Ligaments and Tendons
    The effects of exercise on cartilage, ligaments and tendons
    Example questions
    Further reading
5 The Nervous and Endocrine Systems
    Overview of the nervous and endocrine systems
    The nervous system
    The endocrine system
    Example questions
    Further reading
6 Energy Systems
    Energy systems for muscular contraction
    Interaction of energy systems
    Example questions
    Further reading
7 The Heart and the Circulatory System
    The cardiopulmonary system
    The circulatory system
    Blood pressure and exercise
    The effects of exercise on the heart
    The effects of exercise on the circulatory system
    Key cardiovascular differences between special population groups
    Example questions
    Further reading
8 The Respiratory System
    The respiratory system
    The effects of smoking on the respiratory system
    The effects of exercise on the respiratory system
    Key respiratory differences between special population groups
    Example questions
    Further reading
9 Core Stability
    Core stability
    Mechanisms of stabilization
    Neutral position or zone
    Contraction of the transversus abdominis (TA)
    Typical core stability exercises
    Exercise guidelines
    Example questions
    Further reading
10 Components and Principles of Fitness
    Definitions of fitness
    Components of physical fitness
    Factors influencing physical fitness
    Principles of fitness
    Health risks of inactivity
    Example questions
    Further reading
PART TWO Practical Application of Health and Fitness
11 Screening for Exercise and Safety Issues
    Screening for exercise
    Risk stratification
    Health and safety issues
    Child protection
    Example questions
    Further reading
12 Behavioral Change and Goal Setting
    Exercise psychology
    Behavioral change
    Goal setting
    Healthy eating
    Example questions
    Further reading
13 Components and Induction of an Exercise Session
    Components of an exercise session
    Conditioning phase
    Cardiovascular training
    Resistance training
    Flexibility training
    Recording exercise programs
    Induction sessions
    Example questions
    Further reading
14 Monitoring Exercise Intensity
    Exercise intensity
    Monitoring cardiovascular intensity
    Monitoring resistance intensity
    Example questions
    Further reading
15 Free-weight and Resistance Machine Exercises
    Free-weight and resistance exercises

Example Questions: Answers for Revision

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