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Advanced Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription 8th Edition PDF

Advanced Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription 8th Edition PDF

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    Advanced Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription, Seventh Edition With Online Video, provides a comprehensive approach to physical fitness appraisal and exercise prescription. The text bridges the gap between research and practice and synthesizes concepts and theories from exercise physiology, kinesiology, measurement, psychology, and nutrition to provide a clearly defined approach to physical fitness testing and the design of individualized exercise programs. The accompanying online videos enhance the learning experience and teach the techniques necessary for conducting fitness testing and program design. More than 40 clips featuring common exercise assessments will help users learn essentials of fitness testing, such as calibration of blood pressure cuffs, functional movement assessment, and push-up and pull-up testing.

    Unlike introductory texts, which typically focus on field testing for evaluating physical fitness, this text includes both field and laboratory assessment techniques. Readers will find the latest information on maximal and submaximal graded exercise testing in healthy populations, muscular fitness testing protocols and norms for children and adults, and field tests and norms for evaluating cardiorespiratory fitness, muscular fitness, body composition, flexibility, and balance.

    The seventh edition of Advanced Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription reflects current guidelines and recommendations, including new physical activity recommendations from the U.S. government, American Heart Association, and American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), as well as the latest ACSM guidelines for medical exam and exercise testing requirements before beginning exercise programs. Additional updates to the seventh edition include the following:

    • New research substantiating the link between physical activity and disease risk

    • Expanded information on prediabetes, metabolic syndrome, osteoporosis, and overweight and obesity, including updated statistics on the global prevalence of obesity

    • New dietary guidelines for Americans, including information on MyPlate

    • Inclusion of SCORE system to estimate 10-year risk of fatal cardiac event due to atherosclerosis

    • Expanded information on the use of technology to monitor physical activity

    • Updated information on the use of exergaming and social networking to promote physical activity and exercise

    • Additional OMNI pictorial scales for ratings of perceived exertion during exercise

    • Latest ACSM FITT-VP principle for designing aerobic exercise programs

    • Whole-body vibration as an adjunct to resistance training and flexibility training

    Advanced Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription, Seventh Edition, is organized around physical fitness components, providing information on assessment followed by guidelines for designing exercise programs to improve each fitness component. The text begins with an overview of physical activity, health, and chronic disease, followed by discussion of preliminary health screening and risk classification, including the principles of fitness assessment, exercise prescription, and exercise program design. The remainder of the text provides in-depth coverage of assessment and exercise prescription for each of five physical fitness components: cardiorespiratory endurance, muscular fitness (strength, endurance, and power), body composition, flexibility, and balance.

    In each chapter, key questions help readers focus on essential information. Key points, review questions, and key terms reinforce concepts and summarize chapter content. An instructor guide, test package, chapter quizzes, and presentation package plus image bank provide tools for lecture preparation, creative content delivery, and class assessment. New to the seventh edition are online video clips for both students and instructors to further aid comprehension of the text and provide an additional tool for classroom demonstration.

    By integrating the latest research, recommendations, and information into guidelines for application, Advanced Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription, Seventh Edition, bridges the gap between research and practice for fitness professionals. Its unique scope, depth of coverage, and clearly outlined approach make it a valuable resource for students and exercise science professionals who want to increase their knowledge, skill, and competence in assessing clients’ fitness and designing individualized exercise programs.


    Text for upper-undergraduate and graduate exercise science students in advanced courses dealing with physical fitness appraisal and exercise prescription; resource for health and fitness instructors, exercise physiologists, personal trainers, and strength and conditioning coaches.

    Table of Contents

    Chapter 1. Physical Activity, Health, and Chronic Disease

    Physical Activity, Health, and Disease: An Overview

    Cardiovascular Disease


    Hypercholesterolemia and Dyslipidemia


    Diabetes Mellitus

    Obesity and Overweight

    Metabolic Syndrome


    Musculoskeletal Diseases and Disorders


    Review Material

    Chapter 2. Preliminary Health Screening and Risk Classification

    Preliminary Health Evaluation

    Testing Procedures for Blood Pressure, Heart Rate, and Electrocardiogram

    Review Material

    Chapter 3. Principles of Assessment, Prescription, and Exercise Program Adherence

    Physical Fitness Testing

    Basic Principles for Exercise Program Design

    Exercise Program Adherence

    Using Technology to Promote Physical Activity

    Exercise Science as a Profession

    Review Material

    Chapter 4. Assessing Cardiorespiratory Fitness

    Definition of Terms

    Graded Exercise Testing: Guidelines and Procedures

    Maximal Exercise Test Protocols

    Submaximal Exercise Test Protocols

    Field Tests for Assessing Aerobic Fitness

    Exercise Testing for Children and Older Adults

    Review Material

    Chapter 5. Designing Cardiorespiratory Exercise Programs

    The Exercise Prescription

    Aerobic Training Methods and Modes

    Personalized Exercise Programs

    Review Material

    Chapter 6. Assessing Muscular Fitness

    Definition of Terms

    Strength and Muscular Endurance Assessment

    Sources of Measurement Error in Muscular Fitness Testing

    Additional Considerations for Muscular Fitness Testing

    Muscular Fitness Testing of Older Adults

    Muscular Fitness Testing of Children

    Review Material

    Chapter 7. Designing Resistance Training Programs

    Types of Resistance Training

    Developing Resistance Training Programs

    Common Questions About Resistance Training

    Effects of Resistance Training Programs

    Muscular Soreness

    Review Material

    Chapter 8. Assessing Body Composition

    Classification and Uses of Body Composition Measures

    Body Composition Models

    Reference Methods for Assessing Body Composition

    Field Methods for Assessing Body Composition

    Review Material

    Chapter 9. Designing Weight Management and Body Composition Programs

    Obesity, Overweight, and Underweight: Definitions and Trends

    Obesity: Types and Causes

    Weight Management Principles and Practices

    Well-Balanced Nutrition

    Designing Weight Management Programs: Preliminary Steps

    Designing Weight Loss Programs

    Designing Weight Gain Programs

    Designing Programs to Improve Body Composition

    Review Material

    Chapter 10. Assessing Flexibility

    Basics of Flexibility

    Assessment of Flexibility

    Flexibility Testing of Older Adults

    Review Material

    Chapter 11. Designing Programs for Flexibility and Low Back Care

    Training Principles

    Stretching Methods

    Designing Flexibility Programs: Exercise Prescription

    Designing Low Back Care Exercise Programs

    Review Material

    Chapter 12. Assessing Balance and Designing Balance Programs

    Definitions and Nature of Balance

    Factors Affecting Balance and Risk of Falling

    Assessment of Balance

    Designing Balance Training Programs

    Review Material

    About the Author

    Ann L. Gibson, PhD, FACSM, is an associate professor and researcher in exercise science at the University of New Mexico, with research interests in body composition and physiological responses to exercise. She developed the ancillary materials for the sixth edition of Advanced Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription in addition to coauthoring the seventh edition.

    Gibson has presented internationally in the area of obesity research and has published original research in journals such as Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, International Journal of Sport Nutrition & Exercise Metabolism, Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, and Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. She is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine, National Strength and Conditioning Association, and the Clinical Exercise Physiology Association.

    Gibson resides in New Mexico, where she enjoys spending time outdoors hiking, biking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and gardening.

    Dale R. Wagner, PhD, EPC, ACSM-CEP, CSCS, is a professor of exercise physiology at Utah State University (USU). His research interests include body composition assessment and exercise physiology at high altitude. He has been an active researcher for 20 years and has authored over 60 peer-reviewed research publications. He is a coauthor of Applied Body Composition Assessment (Human Kinetics, 2004) with Vivian Heyward.

    Wagner is a past president of the Southwest Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine (SWACSM) and of the American Society of Exercise Physiologists. He is a research council member of the Wilderness Medical Society and a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association, the International Society for Mountain Medicine, and the International Society for Body Composition Research.

    In his spare time, Wagner enjoys mountaineering, cycling (both road and mountain), and international travel.

    Vivian H. Heyward, PhD, is a regents’ professor emerita at the University of New Mexico, where she taught physical fitness assessment and exercise prescription courses for 26 years. In addition to the previous editions of this book, she has authored two editions of Applied Body Composition Assessment (Human Kinetics, 1996, 2004) as well as numerous articles in research and professional journals dealing with various aspects of physical fitness assessment and exercise prescription. Heyward has received many professional awards, including the SWACSM Recognition Award for distinguished professional achievement and the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Illinois and the State University of New York at Cortland.

    In her free time, she enjoys hiking, nature photography, golfing, and snowshoeing. Heyward resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico.


    “This book is authored by well-respected scholars in the exercise sciences, and their contributions to the content of the book are not to be missed. Equally important, the content is well supported by the latest research from peer-reviewed literature.”

    Doody’s Book Review (5 star review)


    Free to course adopters and available at

    Instructor guide. Includes sample syllabi, course outlines, a class project, and activity and lab suggestions.

    Test package. Contains 268 true-or-false, multiple-choice, fill-in-the-blank, and short-answer questions.

    Chapter quizzes. Offers a 15-question quiz for each chapter that helps instructors assess students’ comprehension of the most important concepts in the chapter. Chapter quizzes can be imported into learning management systems or used in RTF format by instructors who prefer to offer a written quiz.

    Presentation package plus image bank. Features more than 350 PowerPoint text slides that instructors can use for class discussion and demonstration. The slides in the presentation package can be used within PowerPoint or can be printed to make transparencies or handouts for distribution to students. Instructors can easily add, modify, and rearrange the order of the slides.

    The companion image bank includes most of the figures, photos, and tables from the text, sorted by chapter. These can be used to develop a customized presentation based on specific course requirements.

    The presentation package plus image bank is also available for purchase • ISBN 978-1-4925-6285-6

    Online video. Includes 73 video clips demonstrating exercise assessments, procedures, and common errors and offering tips on interacting with clients. Student have access to the video, which is cross-referenced to relevant content in the text, while instructors can use the video in the classroom to help students visualize the techniques as they are being discussed.

    The online video is also available for purchase separately • ISBN 978-1-4925-6283-2

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