Secrets of Successful Program Design
A How-To Guide for Busy Fitness Professionals
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You’ll learn how to properly assess a client and design the most effective program based on their individual goal—whether that is fat loss, muscle and strength building, or improved overall conditioning. You’ll also learn how to customize the training experience of your client on the fly, effectively progressing and regressing exercises according to day-to-day fluctuations in abilities and needs. This will ensure you are delivering the best results possible for each client every time they train.
This guide to building training programs is supplemented with a selection of predesigned workouts that will draw on your skills for progressing and regressing exercises, saving you valuable time and energy while still allowing you to produce a personalized experience for your client.
A reliable system-based approach to program design that consistently delivers results to every client—regardless of demographic profile, ability, or goals—will set your training business up for success in the incredibly competitive fitness market.
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.
AudiencePersonal trainers with clients whose goals range from fat loss to muscle building to improved strength and better overall conditioning.
Chapter 1. Programmed Response
Chapter 2. Accurately Assessing Current Training Status
Chapter 3. Progressing and Regressing Exercises on the Fly
Part II. The Training Programs
Chapter 4. Fat-Loss Programs
Chapter 5. Muscle-Building Programs
Chapter 6. Strength-Building Programs
Chapter 7. General Fitness Programs
Chapter 8. Semiprivate and Group Training Programs
Chapter 9. The Fitness Coach’s Toolbox of Workouts
Part III. Evaluation and Progression
Chapter 10. Ongoing Program Design
Chapter 11. Tracking Results
Appendix: Basic Training Cycle Process With Progression
—Eric Cressey, President of Cressey Sports Performance
"Alwyn and Craig have written something that is much more than another fitness book. This book is the state of the art in training. Whether you are a personal trainer, a sport coach, or just a fitness enthusiast, you will be happy you picked this book up."
—Michael Boyle, Owner of Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning
"If you want the best knife, go to Japan; if you want the best watch, go to Switzerland; and if you want the best training system, read Secrets of Successful Program Design."
—Nick Winkelman, PhD, Head of Athletic Performance for Irish Rugby and Author of The Language of Coaching
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Nine principles of designing exercise progressions and regressions
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I just wanted to say thank you for writing Secrets of Successful Program Design. I’m a young coach, I have read a bunch of books and taken many certification courses to educate myself in the world of training, but nothing helped me and gave me as much confidence for training clients as your book. I used to think programming was so complicated because of all the programs I saw other trainers write. Your book helped me realize that programming is simple, it’s just been over-complicated by many in the industry. Thanks again for such an amazing book, I’ve recommended it to any trainer friends I have!
Well written and an excellent resource for fitness professionals.
Solid read very helpful
Sorry, but book not worth it. The book gives a narrow view of programming. The workout blocks are hard to read/understand. The book gives workouts with equipment not typically found in gyms (ex. sandbags). I was very disappointed with this book. Don't waste your money.