Fitness Professional’s Handbook, Seventh Edition CE Course,
provides fitness professionals the knowledge to screen participants,
conduct standardized fitness tests, evaluate the major components of
fitness, and prescribe appropriate exercise.
After completing this course, you will be able to do the following:
List the health-related benefits gained through regular participation in physical activity and exercise and evaluate various fitness components in order to implement an exercise program to improve each component.
Describe how measurements of oxygen consumption can be used to estimate energy production and identify the approximate energy cost of recreational activities, sport, and other activities.
Explain how muscle produces energy aerobically and anaerobically, and evaluate the importance of aerobic and anaerobic energy production in fitness and sport.
Calculate and interpret BMI, as well as assess body composition using a variety of techniques and describe the advantages and disadvantages of these techniques.
Develop an exercise prescription with the exercise intensity, duration, and frequency needed to achieve and maintain cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF) goals.
Select a safe and effective exercise program based on the role that energy balance and exercise play in weight loss and weight management.
Implement exercises that increase the strength and endurance of muscles that are fundamental to the development of core stability, and discuss the current recommendations for assessing flexibility and range of motion (ROM) of the low back.
Explain the characteristics of a structured exercise program consistent with achieving cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF), strength, body composition, and bone health goals in children, youth, and older adults.
Prescribe aerobic exercise (frequency, intensity, and duration) in cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation programs.
Select the proper exercises for people with chronic diseases and specific health conditions.
Recognize the signs and symptoms of soft-tissue injuries and describe how to provide acute care for the injuries.
Choose effective strategies to monitor and support behavior change as well as ways to apply relapse prevention to exercise behavior.
Describe the basic electrophysiology of the heart and be able to identify the normal and abnormal cardiac rhythms to predict the probable effect on exercise performance.
Understand why fitness professionals must develop knowledge and skills in the area of legal liability and risk management.
Fitness Professional’s Handbook, Seventh Edition Online CE Course, guides fitness professionals in screening participants, conducting standardized fitness tests, evaluating the major components of fitness, and prescribing appropriate exercise. This course combines standards, guidelines, and research from authorities in the field to arm readers with the knowledge to successfully work with a variety of clients and populations.
This continuing education course includes the seventh edition of the e-book Fitness Professional’s Handbook. The e-book incorporates information from the most up-to-date edition of ACSM’s Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription and the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans exercise and physical activity recommendations for adults, older adults, children, and those with special needs. Included in the e-book are 24 video clips demonstrating key techniques from the book.
The course stresses the importance of communication between allied health and medical professionals and those in the fitness arena to provide readers with a foundation for prescribing exercise and delivering need- and goal-specific physical activity and fitness programs.
Learning with the Fitness Professional’s Handbook, Seventh Edition, Book
Chapter 1. Health, Fitness, and Performance
Chapter 2. Health Risk Appraisal
Chapter 3. Functional Anatomy and Biomechanics
Chapter 4. Exercise Physiology
Chapter 5. Nutrition
Chapter 6. Energy Costs of Physical Activity
Chapter 7. Assessment of Cardiorespiratory Fitness
Chapter 8. Assessment of Body Composition
Chapter 9. Assessment of Muscular Fitness
Chapter 10. Assessment of Flexibility and Low-Back Function
Chapter 11. Exercise Prescription for Cardiorespiratory Fitness
Chapter 12. Exercise Prescription for Weight Management
Chapter 13. Exercise Prescription for Muscular Fitness
Chapter 14. Exercise Prescription for Flexibility and Low-Back Function
Chapter 15. Training for Performance
Chapter 16. Exercise for Children and Youth
Chapter 17. Exercise and Older Adults
Chapter 18. Exercise and Women’s Health
Chapter 19. Exercise and Heart Disease
Chapter 20. Exercise and Obesity
Chapter 21. Exercise and Diabetes
Chapter 22. Exercise and Pulmonary Disease
Chapter 23. Behavior Change
Chapter 24. ECG and Exercise Performance
Chapter 25. Injury Prevention and Treatment
Chapter 26. Legal Considerations
Learning Activities Answer Key
Exam and Evaluation
Exam Answer Sheet
Text Table of Contents
Part I. Physical Activity: Links to Health, Fitness, and Performance Chapter 1. Health, Fitness, and Performance Edward T. Howley Chapter 2. Health Risk Appraisal Michael Shipe
Part II. Scientific Foundations Chapter 3. Functional Anatomy and Biomechanics Clare E. Milner Chapter 4. Exercise Physiology Edward T. Howley Chapter 5. Nutrition Dixie L. Thompson Chapter 6. Energy Costs of Physical Activity Edward T. Howley
Part III. Fitness Assessment Chapter 7. Assessment of Cardiorespiratory Fitness Edward T. Howley Chapter 8. Assessment of Body Composition Dixie L. Thompson Chapter 9. Assessment of Muscular Fitness Avery Faigenbaum Chapter 10. Assessment of Flexibility and Low-Back Function Laura Horvath Gagnon
Part IV. Exercise Prescription for Health, Fitness, and Performance Chapter 11. Exercise Prescription for Cardiorespiratory Fitness Edward T. Howley Chapter 12. Exercise Prescription for Weight Management Dixie L. Thompson Chapter 13. Exercise Prescription for Muscular Fitness Avery Faigenbaum Chapter 14. Exercise Prescription for Flexibility and Low-Back Function Laura Horvath Gagnon Chapter 15. Training for Performance Scott A. Conger
Part V. Special Populations Chapter 16. Exercise for Children and Youth Edward T. Howley Chapter 17. Exercise and Older Adults Edward T. Howley Chapter 18. Exercise and Women’s Health Dixie L. Thompson Chapter 19. Exercise and Heart Disease David R. Bassett, Jr. Chapter 20. Exercise and Obesity Dixie L. Thompson Chapter 21. Exercise and Diabetes Dixie L. Thompson Chapter 22. Exercise and Pulmonary Disease David R. Bassett, Jr.
Part VI. Comprehensive Exercise Program Considerations Chapter 23. Behavior Change Janet Buckworth Chapter 24. ECG and Exercise Performance David R. Bassett, Jr. Chapter 25. Injury Prevention and Treatment Jenny Moshak Chapter 26. Legal Considerations JoAnn M. Eickhoff-Shemek
Appendix A: Calculation of Oxygen Uptake and Carbon Dioxide Production Appendix B: Fitness Assessment
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From Fitness Professional’s Handbook, Seventh Edition
Edward T. Howley, PhD, FACSM, FNAK, earned his bachelor’s degree
from Manhattan College and his master’s and doctorate degrees from the
University of Wisconsin at Madison. He then completed a one-year
postdoctoral appointment at Penn State University and was hired in 1970
as a faculty member at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Dr.
Howley taught a variety of courses, including an undergraduate course in
fitness testing and prescription and undergraduate and graduate courses
in exercise physiology. He retired in 2007 and holds the rank of
In addition to the previous editions of this book, Dr. Howley has
authored three books, four book chapters, and more than 60 research
articles dealing with exercise physiology, fitness testing, and
prescription. He is a fellow in the National Academy of Kinesiology and
served as chair of the Science Board of the President’s Council on
Physical Fitness and Sports in 2006-2007. In 2007-2008 he served on the
Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee that evaluated the
science related to physical activity and health and generated a report
for use by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to write the
2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans.
Most of Dr. Howley’s volunteer efforts have been with the American
College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). He was involved in the development of
certification programs and served as president in 2002-2003. He served
as editor in chief of ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal
for seven years and as chair of the program planning committee for the
annual ACSM Health and Fitness Summit meeting. In 2007, Howley was
recognized for his professional contributions with the ACSM Citation
Award. In his leisure time, he likes to golf, ride his bike, travel, and
play with his grandchildren.
Dixie L. Thompson, PhD, FACSM, FNAK, is vice provost and dean of
the graduate school at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and is a
professor in the department of kinesiology, recreation, and sports
studies. She graduated from the 2008 class of the Higher Education
Resource Services (HERS) Bryn Mawr Summer Institute, held at Bryn Mawr
College. The institute is a professional development program dedicated
to the advancement of female leaders in administration of higher
education. She also participated in the 2009-2010 Academic Leadership
Development Program sponsored by the Southeastern Conference Academic
Dr. Thompson focuses her research on the health benefits of exercise for
women and techniques used for body composition assessment. She is the
author of over 70 peer-reviewed publications and numerous articles for
fitness professionals and general audiences. She is a former associate
editor in chief for ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal and
former editor in chief for ACSM's Fit Society Page Newsletter.
Dr. Thompson is a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine
(ACSM) and a member of the ACSM Board of Trustees. She is a fellow of
the National Academy of Kinesiology. She is a past president of the
Southeast Chapter of ACSM and former chair of the Physical Fitness
Council for the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education,
Recreation and Dance.
Dr. Thompson received her BA in physical education and MA in exercise
physiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She
earned her PhD from the University of Virginia.