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Practical Guide to Exercise Physiology-2nd Edition

Practical Guide to Exercise Physiology-2nd Edition

The Science of Exercise Training and Performance Nutrition

$69.00 USD


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    Science comes to life with Practical Guide to Exercise Physiology, Second Edition. Taking an application-based approach, supported by vivid medical illustrations, this book provides students and health and fitness professionals with a simple and straightforward way to learn the fundamentals of human physiology, metabolism, and nutrition.

    Intricate physiological processes responsible for how the body responds and adapts to physical activity are described in an accessible manner so that readers can easily select appropriate training programs and explain them to others. Practical Guide to Exercise Physiology, Second Edition, is complemented by medical artwork that puts these complex systems into a digestible visual context. These systems are then applied to real-world practice and training principles that are beneficial to specific body systems to achieve the desired results.

    Part I of Practical Guide to Exercise Physiology, Second Edition, reviews human physiology fundamentals, including muscles and muscle adaptation, bioenergetics, and the cardiorespiratory system. Part II applies these scientific concepts to training programs designed for specific fitness goals. These goals include weight loss and improvements in strength and muscle mass, speed and power, and aerobic endurance. Part III of the text outlines special considerations for training with pregnant women and children as well as older adults. This part also includes exercise adjustments for changes in temperature and altitude.

    The second edition of Practical Guide to Exercise Physiology features new content on trending fitness concepts such as HIIT, periodization, and detraining. The text also provides several useful tools for practical application:
    • Fun facts and sidebars examine current topics and engage readers with additional content about the human body’s response to training.
    • At the end of each chapter, summary statements and review questions highlight essential information.
    • Performance Nutrition Spotlights offer advice and tips on using nutrition to support adaptations and improve performance.
    • The Index of Common Questions From Clients section collects the most common inquiries from clients and points to the corresponding chapter where each of those topics is covered, helping readers to quickly access the information.
    Practical Guide to Exercise Physiology, Second Edition, contains all the information students and fitness professionals need to understand the connection between physiology and exercise. Readers will gain confidence in designing exercise programs for various populations and in their ability to explain to clients how each exercise and movement will help them achieve their goals.

    Earn continuing education credits/units! A continuing education exam that uses this book is also available. It may be purchased separately or as part of a package that includes both the book and exam.


    Textbook for introductory exercise physiology courses at the community and junior college level; reference for personal trainers and health and fitness professionals working with clients.
    Part I. Warming Up: Physiology 101

    Chapter 1. Muscles Move Us
    How Do Muscles Work?
    How Do Muscles Adapt to Training?
    How Do Muscle Cells Get Bigger and Stronger?

    Chapter 2. Food Really Is Fuel
    From Food to Energy
    How Do Nutrients Fuel Muscle?
    What About Vitamins and Minerals?
    Water Is a Nutrient, Too

    Chapter 3. Muscles Need Oxygen
    How Does Oxygen Get to Muscles?
    How Does Oxygen Use Relate to Metabolic Rate?
    How Does Training Help the Body Use More Oxygen?
    Oxygen Delivery and Performance Enhancement

    Chapter 4. Fatigue: What Is It Good For?
    What Causes Fatigue?
    What’s the Difference Between Fatigue and Overtraining?
    What Role Does Fatigue Play in Adaptations to Training?

    Part II. The Science of Training Program Design

    Chapter 5. Principles of Designing Training Programs
    What Are the Basics of Program Design?
    What Makes an Effective Training Program?
    Training Terms

    Chapter 6. Training to Improve Strength and Muscle Mass
    How Do Strength and Mass Increase?
    What’s the Best Way to Gain Strength and Mass?
    What’s the Role of Nutrition?
    Detraining and Retraining

    Chapter 7. Training for Body Weight Control
    Weight Loss Is All About Energy Balance
    Why Do Some People Have Difficulty Losing Weight?
    What’s the Best Way to Lose Fat but Protect Muscle Mass?

    Chapter 8. Training for Speed and Power
    What Are Speed and Power?
    What Adaptations Are Needed to Improve Speed and Power?
    What Kinds of Training Improve Speed and Power?
    What Does a Speed and Power Training Session Look Like?

    Chapter 9. Training for Aerobic Endurance
    What Are the Main Adaptations to Aerobic Training?
    What’s the Best Way to Improve Aerobic Endurance?
    Should Endurance Athletes Engage in Strength Training?
    Why Is Endurance Capacity Important for Sprinters and Team-Sport Athletes?

    Part III. Special Considerations

    Chapter 10. Heat, Cold, and Altitude
    Exercise in the Heat Impairs Performance
    Cold Stress Chills Performance
    Exercise at Altitude

    Chapter 11. Training Children and Pregnant Women
    Do Children Respond Differently to Exercise Training?
    Can Children Improve Strength With Training?
    Should Women Exercise During Pregnancy?

    Chapter 12. Training Older Adults
    What Changes With Aging?
    How Can Exercise Training Benefit Older Adults?
    What Considerations Should Be Part of Training for Older Adults?

    Index of Common Questions From Clients
    Bob Murray, PhD, FACSM, was a cofounder of the Gatorade Sports Science Institute (GSSI) and served as its director from 1985 to 2008. Murray oversaw a broad program of GSSI- and university-based research in exercise science and sport nutrition that set industry standards and consumer expectations for science-based product efficacy.

    A native of Pittsburgh, Murray earned his BS and MEd degrees in physical education at Slippery Rock University. He was an assistant professor of physical education and head swimming coach at Oswego State University from 1974 to 1977 before earning his PhD in exercise physiology from Ohio State University. He was an assistant and associate professor of physical education at Boise State University from 1980 to 1985 before relocating to Chicago to begin work with Gatorade. In 2008, Murray founded Sports Science Insights LLC, a consulting group that helps clients with projects in exercise science and sports nutrition. An author of numerous publications in scientific texts and journals, and an invited speaker at professional meetings worldwide, Murray is a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and an honorary member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Bob and his wife Linda live in Crystal Lake, Illinois.

    W. Larry Kenney, PhD, FACSM, FAPS, is the Marie Underhill Noll Chair in Human Performance and a professor of physiology and kinesiology at Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Kenney was awarded the prestigious Faculty Scholar Medal by Penn State for his research contributions. He has published more than 220 journal articles and dozens of book chapters on the topic of human responses to exercise, heat and cold stress, and dehydration as well as the biophysics of heat exchange between humans and the environment. He was continuously funded by National Institutes of Health (NIH) from 1986 through 2015, one of the longest-running R01 grants. Over the years, he has mentored 38 MS or PhD students along with 8 postdoctoral fellows and numerous undergraduate scholars.
    Dr. Kenney is the primary author of Physiology of Sport and Exercise, a best-selling textbook in exercise physiology, now in its seventh edition; it has now been translated into 12 languages. He served as president of the American College of Sports Medicine from 2003 to 2004 and received the Citation Award from that organization in 2008. He is also a fellow of the American Physiological Society and was presented with the Adolph Distinguished Lectureship Award by that organization in 2017. He is the former chair of the Gatorade Sports Science Institute and serves on many scientific advisory panels, including Nike’s Science Advisory Board.
    All ancillaries are free to adopting instructors and available through HKPropel.

    Instructor guide. Includes sample syllabuses, chapter objectives, chapter summaries, lecture aids, essay topics, tips, and answers to the review questions from the book.

    Test package. Contains 15 to 20 questions per chapter in true-false, fill-in-the-blank, and multiple-choice formats.

    Image bank. Includes most of the figures and tables from the text, sorted by chapter. These can be used in developing a customized presentation based on specific course requirements.

    Customer Reviews

    Based on 2 reviews
    Terry Conkle
    The title says it all

    I have used the previous edition of this book to teach my courses, and after reviewing the 2nd edition, I believe it is even better. is fundamental, but it is a great book that is straightforward and uses the terminology that students MUST comprehend, along with the information that they need. It is an easy read, and that is what my students need. If the material gets "overly-deep" they will not read it. If the book costs a fortune, they will not rent/buy it. This book is a perfect mix! I will always supplement my courses with my knowledge and experience, along with material from other sources; thus, the course content is bumped-up to the undergraduate and graduate levels respectively with my add-ons. Bottom-line = this is a great textbook, and my selling point to students is that it is a great resource that they can use in the real-world.

    Christopher Fett
    Good review

    Simple information not in-depth or deep dive into any one topic in particular. Provides simplified review of topics, good review book.