Secrets of Successful Program Design
BookYour success as a fitness professional depends on your ability to reliably deliver results to clients. In Secrets of Successful Program Design: A How-To Guide for Busy Fitness Professionals, noted fitness and program design expert Alwyn Cosgrove and his director of programming, Craig Rasmussen, share Alwyn’s proven system for creating programs that take clients from where they are to where they want to be.
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.
CE exam available! For certified professionals, a companion continuing education exam can be completed after reading this book. The Secrets of Successful Program Design Online CE Exam may be purchased separately or as part of the Secrets of Successful Program Design With CE Exam package that includes both the book and the exam.
AudiencePersonal trainers with clients whose goals range from fat loss to muscle building to improved strength and better overall conditioning.
Table of ContentsPart I. Programming: Going Beyond the Basics
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
Reviews"Program design is one of the most complex topics in the strength and conditioning field, but, luckily, Alwyn and Craig are two of the best teachers in the fitness industry. Their insights are invaluable, having been built upon decades of experience in evaluating and coaching individuals from all walks of life. I only wish I'd had this resource years ago when first starting out in my career!"
—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
ExcerptsHow to determine where a client falls on the training age continuum
Increasing metabolism in your clients
Nine principles of designing exercise progressions and regressions
Sample ContentClassifying core exercisesClassifying strength and resistance exercisesCore antiextension progressionsFigure 3.4
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