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Foundations of Professional Personal Training 2nd Edition eBook With Web Resource

Foundations of Professional Personal Training 2nd Edition eBook 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. The web resource is at

    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
    Appendix A: Exercises
    Appendix B: Stretches
    Appendix C: Fitness Norms for Health and Performance
    About canfitpro

    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.