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EuropeActive's Essentials for Personal Trainers PDF

EuropeActive's Essentials for Personal Trainers PDF

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    EuropeActive’s Essentials for Personal Trainers provides personal trainers with the most thorough information and best practices to help their clients achieve their health and fitness goals. Endorsed by EuropeActive, the fitness and health industry’s standard-setting authority in Europe, this manual is essential for all aspiring and qualified personal trainers and aims towards EuropeActive’s objective: “More people, more active, more often.”

    The information contained in EuropeActive’s Essentials for Personal Trainers provides aspiring personal trainers with the basic competencies, skills and knowledge necessary for achieving level 4 status in the European Qualifications Framework (EQF), the baseline standards for registered personal trainers in Europe. The content builds on foundational concepts to provide practical knowledge and on-the-job examples to personal trainers so that they can deliver enjoyable and effective services to their clients.

    Authored by fitness experts throughout Europe, EuropeActive’s Essentials for Personal Trainers provides a standard reference to inform this growing field. The first three chapters describe the role of the personal trainer, with topics covering professionalism and presentation, planning a personal training session and delivering a personal training session. Readers will then learn functional anatomy with chapters on skeletal articulations and joint movement, injury prevention and the muscular system. To understand the science behind exercise prescription, readers will learn about energy systems, the cardiorespiratory system, the nervous system and hormonal responses to exercise. Chapters focusing on lifestyle assessment, including health and fitness assessment, psychological aspects of personal training and nutrition, allow personal trainers to understand the unique needs of the various clients they serve. The book concludes with chapters on training adaptations as well as exercise planning and programming.

    With more and more people turning to professionals for assistance in their quest for better health and fitness, the demand for qualified personal trainers in Europe has never been greater. EuropeActive’s Essentials for Personal Trainers is an ideal resource for those aspiring to become personal trainers in Europe and equips current professionals in the fitness industry with the tools they need in effectively serving their clients. Personal trainers who achieve EQF level 4 status demonstrate to both clients and employers that they have all of the pertinent knowledge and skills to be successful anywhere in Europe.

    Chapter 1. Professionalism and Presentation

    Jan Middelkamp

    Personal Training

    Examining the Sector of Personal Training

    Professionalism of Personal Trainers in Business

    Presentation and Qualifications in Personal Training

    Marketing and Sales


    Chapter 2. Planning a Personal Training Session

    Davide Filingeri and Thomas Rieger

    Principles and Characteristics of Personal Training

    Planning Activities


    Chapter 3. Delivering a Personal Training Session

    Nuno Pimenta

    Monitoring and Adjusting Exercise

    Maintaining Good Communication and Motivation

    Different Personal Training Environments

    Extending Frequent and Good Communication to Clients


    Chapter 4. Skeletal Articulations and Joint Movement

    Daniel Robbins and Mark Goss-Sampson

    Connective Tissue

    Joint Structure

    Lever Systems

    Effects of Resistance Training on Joints


    Chapter 5. Injury Prevention

    Pauline Jacobs and John van Heel


    Spinal Injury Prevention

    Shoulder Stabilisation

    Ligamentous Damage


    Chapter 6. Muscular System

    Anders Nedergaard

    Contraction Types and Their Characteristics

    Acute Muscle Adaptations to Different Training Types

    Chronic Muscle Adaptation to Training

    Muscle Functions of the Hip and Thoracolumbar Fascia


    Chapter 7. Energy Systems

    Francesco Bertiato and Simonetta Senni

    Three Energy Systems

    Acute Variables and Energy Systems

    Effects of EPOC and Interval Training on Metabolism

    Fat Burning

    METs and Calories

    Methods for Monitoring Exercise

    Use of Energy from Nutrients


    Chapter 8. Cardiorespiratory System

    Christoffer Andersen

    Cardiovascular System

    Respiratory System


    Chapter 9. Nervous System

    Alexis Batrakoulis

    Organisation of the Nervous System

    Function of the Nervous System

    Nervous System and Exercise


    Chapter 10. Hormonal Responses to Exercise

    Sabrena Merrill and Cedric X. Bryant

    Structural Overview of the Endocrine System

    Classification of Hormones

    Hormone Interactions with Target Cells

    Hormonal Responses to Acute Exercise

    Hormonal Adaptations to Chronic Exercise Training


    Chapter 11. Health and Fitness Assessment

    Nuno Pimenta, Samantha Jones and Ben Jones

    Defining Health and Fitness

    Preliminary Health Assessment

    Fitness Assessments


    Chapter 12. Psychological Aspects of Personal Training

    Chris Beedie

    Role of Psychology in Personal Training

    Goals and Goal Setting

    Beliefs and Expectations

    Emotions, Stress and Coping


    Chapter 13. Nutrition

    Fernando Naclerio and Robert Cooper

    Energy Requirement

    Estimating Energy Expenditure

    Calculating Energy Needs

    Recommended Dietary Intakes

    Healthy Eating Patterns

    How Dietary Intake Influences Health

    Micronutrient Deficiency and Health

    Fads and Popular Diets

    Food Pyramid and MyPlate Dietary Plan

    Developing a Healthy, Balanced Way of Eating

    Tobacco, Alcohol and Caffeine

    Fat and Lipoprotein

    Safe and Effective Weight Loss and Gain


    Chapter 14. Training Adaptations

    Rafael Oliveira, João Brito and Ben Jones

    Adaptations to Training Principles

    Adaptations to Resistance Training

    Adaptations to Aerobic Training

    Adaptations to Range of Motion Training


    Chapter 15. Exercise Planning and Programming

    Christoffer Andersen, Thomas Rieger and Lars L. Andersen

    Planning for Resistance Training

    Planning for Aerobic Endurance Training

    Applied Training Programming

    Examples of Exercise Programming


    The European Register of Exercise Professionals (EREPS) uses the EuropeActive standards to ensure that exercise professionals are qualified to offer safe and effective fitness programmes to their clients across Europe. EREPS provides consumers, employers and partners in medical professions with the confidence that registered trainers are both competent and able to work to support its Code of Ethical Practice, which defines the rights and principles of exercise professionals. Referencing the EuropeActive standards and being registered mean that trainers have met the minimum standards of good practice and that they are committed to enhancing their skills and professional status through a process of lifelong learning.

    EREPS is regulated by the EuropeActive Professional Standards Committee using the official European Qualifications Framework (EQF), which describes the knowledge, skills and competencies exercise professionals need for registration.

    About the Editors

    Thomas Rieger, DrRerSoc, has been the chairman of the standards council of EuropeActive since 2012. He holds a doctoral degree in social sciences with a specialization in sport science (German PhD equivalent) from the University of Tübingen and a master’s degree in public health. In 2007, he was appointed as a professor of sport management at the Business and Information Technology School (BiTS) in Iserlohn, Germany. At BiTS, he is the vice dean of the bachelor’s programme of sport and event management and the master's programme of international sport and event management. Previously, Dr. Rieger served as visiting professor at the Real Madrid Graduate School and the European University Cyprus in Nicosia. Before entering academia in 2006, he gained more than six years of experience in the fitness industry, especially in the fields of fitness marketing and quality management.

    Ben Jones, BSc (Hons), is a founder and director of BlueSkies Fitness Ltd., a company that provides workplace wellness solutions to small- and medium-sized employers, offers learning and development consultancy, and manages the process of provider accreditation for EuropeActive. Mr. Jones has extensive experience in developing standards, qualifications, assessments and learning resources in the UK, Europe and UAE and has written for EuropeActive, Active IQ, VTCT, Lifetime Awarding and other organization. He is a master trainer for MEND, Momenta and TechnoGym and was one of the first PTA global faculty in the UK. Previously, he held the role of teaching and curriculum manager at Lifetime Training. Before entering the fitness sector in 1999 and going on to build a successful personal training practice and hold multiple fitness management roles, Mr. Jones studied physiology at Leeds University.

    Alfonso Jiménez, PhD, CSCS, NSCA-CPT, FLF, is a professor of exercise science and health and the executive director of the Centre for Applied Biological and Exercise Sciences at Coventry University (UK) and a member of the scientific advisory board of UKActive Research Institute. Previous roles include professor and dean of the faculty of health, exercise and sports science at European University of Madrid (Spain) and main academic leader of the Real Madrid Graduate School; professor, deputy dean and head of school of sport and exercise science at Victoria University in Melbourne (Australia); professor and head of the centre for sport science and human performance at the University of Greenwich in London (UK); and chairman of the standards council at EuropeActive. He was awarded honorary membership of EuropeActive in recognition of his outstanding service. He is currently a visiting professor and international research associate at ISEAL at Victoria University, visiting professor at the University of Greenwich and chair of the research and dissemination commission at the Healthy & Active Living Foundation in Spain. Before entering academia, Dr. Jiménez focused on management, research and sales in the fitness industry.