This continuing education course goes beyond standard pull-ups,
push-ups, and squats and presents 156 unique exercises that work every
muscle in the body. Detailed anatomical artwork accompanies step-by-step
instructions for teaching clients how to perform each exercise anytime,
anywhere, without the need for equipment or machines.
Course components can be delivered as printed products or online:
The text Bodyweight Strength Training Anatomy
Continuing education exam
Bodyweight Strength Training Anatomy goes beyond standard pull-ups, push-ups, and squats and details how to create a customized workout program for building a stronger, more toned physique without the need for free weights, fitness machines, or even a gym membership. Each of the 156 exercises includes step-by-step instructions demonstrating proper technique, and more than 170 full-color, stunning, anatomical illustrations depict muscles in action and point out which ones are being engaged.
The book also explains the benefits of doing a particular exercise, obstacles and precautions, and ways to make an exercise either easier or more challenging. Offering an array of equipment-free exercises, Bodyweight Strength Training Anatomy will help you improve your clients’ strength, power, flexibility, and cardiorespiratory conditioning.
The study guide contains a course syllabus, chapter activities, and end-of-chapter learning activities to prepare you for the 25-question continuing education exam at the conclusion of the course.
Part 1 Course Syllabus
Part 2 Learning with Bodyweight Strength Training Anatomy Chapter 1 The Bodyweight Challenge Chapter 2 Arms Chapter 3 Neck and Shoulders Chapter 4 Chest Chapter 5 Core Chapter 6 Back Chapter 7 Thighs Chapter 8 Glutes Chapter 9 Calves Chapter 10 Whole Body Chapter 11 Planning Your Program
Part 3 Exam and Evaluation
Exam Answer Sheet
A continuing education course for personal trainers, group exercise
instructors, fitness coaches, strength and conditioning professionals,
and athletic trainers
Bret Contreras, PhD, MS, CSCS, has become known in the strength
and conditioning industry as the Glute Guy because of his expertise in
helping clients develop strong, shapely glutes. In 2015 he earned his
PhD in sport science from the Auckland University of Technology in New
Zealand, where he studied under biomechanics expert John Cronin.
Contreras has conducted numerous electromyography experiments in his
As the former owner of Lifts Studio in Scottsdale, Arizona, Contreras
worked closely with hundreds of clients ranging from sedentary people to
elite athletes, and he invented a glute-strengthening machine called the
Hip Thruster. He currently trains figure competitors, writes programs
for clients from all over the world, and consults for various
professional sport teams. He is the author of the bestselling book Bodyweight
Strength Training Anatomy (Human Kinetics, 2014) and coauthor of Strong
Curves (Victory Belt, 2013).
Contreras is a distinguished lecturer in strength and conditioning,
presenting at many conferences throughout the United States, including
those hosted by the National Strength and Conditioning Association
(NSCA). He is editor in chief of the NCSA’s Personal Training
Quarterly and cofounder of Strength & Conditioning Research Review.
He is a peer-reviewed author and regular contributor to well-known
industry publications including Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness,
Oxygen, and MuscleMag. Oxygen magazine voted him the
Glute Expert in their 2010 glutes edition. Contreras maintains the
Strength of Evidence Podcast, where he discusses important topics in
strength and conditioning.
Quotes for Bodyweight Strength Training Anatomy by Bret
"Bret Contreras is hands down one of the top fitness professionals.
If you want to learn the science and art of bodyweight training, there
is no better resource than Bret's book Bodyweight Strength Training
Brad Schoenfeld, MSc, CSCS, CSPS-- Author of Strong and
Sculpted and The MAX Muscle Plan
“Bret Contreras is extremely knowledgeable about biomechanics, and Bodyweight
Strength Training Anatomy is a tremendous resource for anyone wanting
a better understanding of performing bodyweight exercises.”
Joe Dowdell, CSCS-- Founder and Owner of Peak Performance, New