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Advanced Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription Print CE Course-8th Edition

Advanced Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription Print CE Course-8th Edition

$189.00 USD

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    Course components are delivered as printed products:
    • Advanced Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription, Eighth Edition, text
    • Online video
    • Study guide
    • Continuing education exam
    Advanced Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription, Eighth Edition CE Course, provides instruction in performing appropriate and reliable assessments of your clients, followed by guidelines for designing customized exercise programs to improve their fitness. The course and text synthesize research and practice with concepts and theories from exercise physiology, kinesiology, measurement, psychology, and nutrition to clearly convey how assessments of physical fitness inform the design of individualized exercise programs.

    The course text reflects current exercise testing and prescription guidelines from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) as well as physical activity recommendations from the U.S. government and American Heart Association. It also takes into account ACSM guidelines for medical exams and exercise testing to consider before beginning exercise programs.

    This course is structured around five physical fitness components: cardiorespiratory endurance, muscular fitness (strength, endurance, and power), body composition, flexibility, and balance. It begins with an overview of physical activity, health, and chronic disease, including a discussion of preliminary health screening and risk classification. It then leads into field and laboratory assessment and testing protocols, followed by prescription guidelines for designing exercise programs to improve each fitness component.

    Advanced Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription truly bridges the gap between research and practice. Its unique scope, depth of coverage, and clearly outlined approach make it an invaluable resource for certified professionals who want to increase their knowledge, skill, and competence in assessing clients' fitness and designing individualized exercise programs.

    Learning Objectives
    After completing this course, you will be able to do the following:
    • Explain the benefits of regular physical activity related to disease prevention and healthy aging.
    • Complete the major components of a health evaluation and use the information from screened clients for exercise testing and participation.
    • Implement the principles of physical fitness assessment, prescription, and exercise program adherence.
    • Assess cardiorespiratory fitness through the use of a graded exercise test and field test data.
    • Design an aerobic exercise prescription individualized to meet each client’s goals and interests.
    • Determine which test protocol to use for assessing a client’s muscular fitness.
    • Modify resistance training programs to optimize the development of strength, muscle endurance, muscle power, or muscle size.
    • Explain the differences between the methods of body composition analysis and indicate the guidelines and limitations for each method.
    • Design a weight management program.
    • Apply the factors that affect flexibility to the design of a stretching and low back care program.


    A continuing education course for health and fitness instructors, exercise physiologists, personal trainers, and strength and conditioning coaches.
    Ann L. Gibson, PhD, FACSM, is an associate professor and researcher in exercise science at the University of New Mexico, with research interests in body composition and physiological responses to exercise. She developed the ancillary materials for the sixth edition of Advanced Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription in addition to coauthoring the seventh edition.

    Gibson has presented internationally in the area of obesity research and has published original research in journals such as Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, International Journal of Sport Nutrition & Exercise Metabolism, Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, and Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. She is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine, National Strength and Conditioning Association, and the Clinical Exercise Physiology Association.

    Gibson resides in New Mexico, where she enjoys spending time outdoors hiking, biking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and gardening.

    Dale R. Wagner, PhD, EPC, ACSM-CEP, CSCS, is a professor of exercise physiology at Utah State University (USU). His research interests include body composition assessment and exercise physiology at high altitude. He has been an active researcher for 20 years and has authored over 60 peer-reviewed research publications. He is a coauthor of Applied Body Composition Assessment (Human Kinetics, 2004) with Vivian Heyward.

    Wagner is a past president of the Southwest Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine (SWACSM) and of the American Society of Exercise Physiologists. He is a research council member of the Wilderness Medical Society and a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association, the International Society for Mountain Medicine, and the International Society for Body Composition Research.

    In his spare time, Wagner enjoys mountaineering, cycling (both road and mountain), and international travel.

    Vivian H. Heyward, PhD, is a regents’ professor emerita at the University of New Mexico, where she taught physical fitness assessment and exercise prescription courses for 26 years. In addition to the previous editions of this book, she has authored two editions of Applied Body Composition Assessment (Human Kinetics, 1996, 2004) as well as numerous articles in research and professional journals dealing with various aspects of physical fitness assessment and exercise prescription. Heyward has received many professional awards, including the SWACSM Recognition Award for distinguished professional achievement and the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Illinois and the State University of New York at Cortland.

    In her free time, she enjoys hiking, nature photography, golfing, and snowshoeing. Heyward resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico.