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Foundations of Professional Personal Training 2nd Edition With Web Resource

Foundations of Professional Personal Training 2nd Edition With Web Resource

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    Foundations of Professional Personal Training, Second Edition With Web Resource, serves as a road map toward becoming a successful certified personal trainer. Developed and written by canfitpro, Canada’s foremost education and certification provider for fitness professionals, this full-color edition of Foundations of Professional Personal Training contains information for building skills, increasing confidence, and preparing for the Personal Training Specialist (PTS) certification with canfitpro.

    Reorganized, redesigned, and extensively updated to match the canfitpro certification standards, this second edition includes colorful new artwork and all of the information needed for preparing for the PTS certification process. The second edition includes the following elements:

    • A new web resource with online video to demonstrate exercise and assessment techniques

    • New chapters on foundational movement sequences and dynamic assessments

    • Color-coded “traffic light” elements that highlight key information for practical application by indicating when to exercise caution (red), think critically (yellow), or put a concept into practice (green)

    • Three client case studies that are developed throughout the book for practice and application of concepts

    • Details about canfitpro’s recommendations for optimal health, which integrates physical activity, nutrition, and mental well-being

    • Strategies for cultivating the personal trainer–client relationship

    • New information regarding exercise and back pain, myofascial slings and their relationship to flexibility, functional movement patterns, and postural assessment

    The book is divided into four easy-to-manage parts. Part I presents an overview of the fundamentals of personal training and the personal trainer–client relationship as well as recommendations for and components of optimal health. Part II explains the essentials of the human body, including chapters on bioenergetics, the cardiorespiratory system, skeletal and muscular anatomy, flexibility and mobility, and foundational movement. Part III provides thorough guidance on both passive and dynamic assessment of clients. Part IV offers direction on program design and delivery based on client assessment as well as strategies for recognition and prevention of injury. To aid learning and prepare readers for the certification exam, each chapter includes objectives, a summary, a list of key study terms, and review questions. Readers will also benefit from a glossary, illustrated appendixes organized by muscle group and filled with information on technique for a range of resistance and flexibility exercises, and an appendix of norms for fitness assessments.

    Additionally, a new web resource for Foundations of Professional Personal Training, Second Edition, provides readers with further practice opportunities before the PTS exam, featuring video clips, printable forms, and other supplemental materials. Thirty-six video clips demonstrate proper technique of various exercises as well as dynamic assessment techniques for identifying improper movement patterns or imbalance. The reproducible forms can be printed and used in assessing clients and documenting training sessions. The web resource includes answers to the in-text review questions found throughout the book, which will aid in comprehension and retention.

    Foundations of Professional Personal Training, Second Edition, prepares new and prospective personal trainers for all aspects of their exciting profession. Providing key concepts, guidelines, and considerations, this text is an essential resource for preparation for the PTS exam and for a successful career in personal training.


    The primary manual for preparing for the canfitpro Personal Training Specialist certification; also a reference for personal trainers and other fitness professionals as well as a text for students in upper-level personal training courses

    Table of Contents

    Part I. The Journey Begins

    Chapter 1. Understanding Yourself and Your Client

    Kim Lavender, FAHP

    Beginning the Personal Trainer–Client Journey

    Key Qualities of Effective Personal Training Specialists

    Understanding Behaviour Change

    Influencing Exercise Adherence

    Working With Clients

    Learning Aids

    Chapter 2. Principles for Optimal Health

    Rod Macdonald, BEd

    Kim Lavender, FAHP

    Components of Optimal Health

    Physical Activity for Optimal Health

    canfitpro’s Recommendations for Optimal Health

    canfitpro’s Training Principles

    Learning Aids

    Case Studies

    Part I Case Study Questions

    Part II. Understanding the Body

    Chapter 3. Bioenergetics

    Brian Justin, M.Kin

    Gregory S. Anderson, PhD

    Bioenergetics Terminology

    Introduction to the Energy Systems

    Interaction of the Energy Systems

    Oxygen Deficit

    Developing the Energy Systems

    Learning Aids

    Chapter 4. Cardiorespiratory Concepts

    Gregory S. Anderson, PhD

    Brian Justin, M.Kin

    Cardiovascular System

    Respiratory System

    Cardiorespiratory Response to Exercise

    Benefits of Cardiorespiratory Training

    Program Design for Cardiorespiratory Training

    Learning Aids

    Chapter 5. Skeletal Anatomy

    Gregory S. Anderson, PhD


    Parts of the Skeleton


    Describing Movement

    Program Design for Bone Health

    Learning Aids

    Chapter 6. Muscular Anatomy

    Gregory S. Anderson, PhD

    Structure and Function of Skeletal Muscle

    Muscles and Muscle Groups

    Benefits of Resistance Training

    Program Design for Resistance Training

    Learning Aids

    Chapter 7. Flexibility and Mobility Concepts

    Chris Frederick, B.PT

    Definition of Flexibility

    Relationship of Flexibility to Overall Fitness

    Mobility and Fascia

    Range of Motion and Joint Mechanics

    Movement, Mobilization, and Flexibility Training

    Program Design for Flexibility Training

    Learning Aids

    Chapter 8. Foundational Movement Sequences

    Mark Stone, BSc

    Rod Macdonald, BEd

    What Is Functional Training?

    Postural Stability and Balance

    Open Chain and Closed Chain Movement

    Biomotor Abilities

    Foundational Movement Sequences

    Learning Aids

    Part II Case Study Questions

    Part III. Screening and Assessment

    Chapter 9. Passive Screening and Assessments

    Gregory S. Anderson, PhD

    Chad Benson, MSc

    Mark Stone, BSc

    Pre-Exercise Screening

    Passive Postural Assessment

    Standard Health Assessment

    Body Composition

    Learning Aids

    Chapter 10. Dynamic Assessments

    Gregory S. Anderson, PhD

    Brian Justin, M.Kin

    Chad Benson, MSc

    Dynamic Postural Assessment

    Cardiorespiratory Fitness Assessment

    Muscular Capacity Assessment

    Flexibility Assessment

    Sources of Error in Dynamic Assessments

    Learning Aids

    Part III Case Study Questions

    Part IV. Program Design and Delivery

    Chapter 11. Program Design Concepts

    Rod Macdonald, BEd

    Brad Schoenfeld, PhD

    Principles of Program Design

    Client Safety


    Selecting the Right Exercises

    Structuring a Workout


    Learning Aids

    Chapter 12. Designing a Program

    Rod Macdonald, BEd

    Brad Schoenfeld, PhD

    How to Design a Program

    Applying the Four Elements of Good Program Design

    Balancing the Program

    Modifying Programs

    Sample Program Designs

    Learning Aids

    Chapter 13. Delivering a Program

    Rod Macdonald, BEd

    Brad Schoenfeld, PhD

    Five Steps of Program Delivery

    Program Card

    Training Session

    Learning Aids

    Chapter 14. Injury Recognition and Prevention Strategies

    Terry Kane, BPHE, BSc

    Understanding Scope of Practice

    Types of Musculoskeletal Injury

    Injury Prevention Strategies

    Learning Aids

    Chapter 15. Business of Personal Training

    Mike Bates, MBA

    Career Opportunities

    Marketing Your Services

    Selling Your Services

    Maintaining and Building Your Clientele

    Your Professional Image

    Client–Trainer Relationship

    Terminating the Relationship

    Risk Management

    Policies and Procedures

    Learning Aids

    Part IV Case Study Questions

    About the Editor

    As the leading global provider of fitness and wellness education, canfitpro empowers people to lead passionate and fulfilling lives through safe, fun, and effective physical activity. It is a division of Canadian Fitness Professionals, Inc., which was established in 1993 to provide these professionals with continuing education and professional support. In 1998, canfitpro launched its national certification program that provides one standardized, comprehensive certification body in Canada for specialists in fitness instruction, personal training, nutrition and wellness, program direction, and club management. Known for quality and positive results, a canfitpro certification establishes a benchmark for excellence and education in the fitness industry. Foundations of Professional Personal Training, Second Edition, is used by canfitpro for their Personal Training Specialist certification program for candidates who work with clients on an individual basis and design exercise programs for improved health and fitness.