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There are many ways to define or express physical fitness. One definition is that physical fitness is an improved physiological state that leads to improved health and longevity. Fitness is a complex concept that is easier to understand if it is broken down into various components.
Foundations of Professional Personal Training is the manual used for the canfitpro Personal Training Specialist certification program. The text includes the essentials of fitness theory and practical application, client assessment and screening, safety considerations, and program design.
Motivating and guiding others to a healthy and fit lifestyle are your passion as a personal trainer. Your challenge is shaping that passion into consistent, high-quality service. To succeed as a personal trainer—and to help your clients succeed—turn to canfitpro’sFoundations of Professional Personal Training. It is the resource you need to build not only your fitness expertise but also your assessment prowess, communication skills, and business knowledge.
Written by canfitpro, a certification and continuing education provider for Canadian fitness professionals, Foundations of Professional Personal Training is the manual used for the canfitpro Personal Training Specialist certification program. The text includes the essentials of fitness theory and practical application, client assessment and screening, safety considerations, and program design. This information is complemented by chapters on the business of personal training, the psychology of personal training, and the purpose and goals of canfitpro certification as well as a section on evaluation standards. Plus, two photo-rich appendixes provide you with an increased repertoire of exercises to share with your clients, including 20 core resistance-training exercises with two or three variations and progressions to each and 30 stretches for flexibility.
Included with the book is a special bonus DVD-ROM titled Essentials of Interactive Functional Anatomy DVD. Using a 3-D model of the human musculature, this DVD-ROM provides a vivid review of the components of structural anatomy. This interactive interface allows participants to rotate the skeleton and remove all 11 layers of anatomy—from muscles down to bones. It is a valuable guide to structural anatomy for personal trainers at any stage of their career.
Foundations of Professional Personal Training and the canfitpro certification process will prepare you for all aspects of your profession with a comprehensive study of these topics:
Fitness concepts: Explore the concept of wellness, the benefits of physical activity, the components of physical fitness, the components of a workout, guidelines for warm-up, training principles, and weight-management strategies.
Training guidelines: Understand the concepts and guidelines of cardiorespiratory programs and resistance training.
Screening and assessment: Learn fitness assessment and interpretation and the importance of implementing a health screening questionnaire.
Human anatomy and physiology: Understand the skeletal, muscular, neurological, cardiovascular, and pulmonary systems as well as concepts of metabolism, nutrition, and flexibility.
Safety considerations: Learn injury evaluation with special emphasis on strategies for preventing and treating back pain.
Starting your business: Create a client-centered environment, develop a marketing and promotion strategy to attract clientele, and identify essential business details such as insurance, equipment needs, and fee structure.
Building client relationships: Develop your leadership and communication skills to help you guide, educate, and motivate your clients from the initial consultation through all levels of their fitness plans.
Increased knowledge and the skills to communicate your passion for fitness are just the beginning. With Foundations of Professional Personal Training and your canfitpro certification, you demonstrate your dedication to self-improvement and commitment to excellence, thereby gaining credibility in the eyes of your clients and your profession. Make Foundations of Professional Personal Training and canfitpro certification part of your plan to build a vital career in personal training—one that can lead others to a healthy way of life.
Preface Stéphane Cova Introduction Mike Bates
Part I. Fitness Theory & Application
Chapter 1. Nutrition Concepts for Personal Trainers Brian Justin, MHK; and Gregory S. Anderson, PhD
Chapter 2. Bioenergetics Brian Justin, MHK; and Gregory S. Anderson, PhD
Chapter 3. Cardiorespiratory Concepts Gregory S. Anderson, PhD; and Brian Justin, MHK
Chapter 4. Skeletal Anatomy and Flexibility Concepts Carmen Bott, MSc
Chapter 5. Musclar Concepts Carmen Bott, MSc
Chapter 6. Adaptations to Resistance Training Carmen Bott, MSc
Chapter 7. Injury Recognition Terry Kane
Part II. Screening and Assessment
Chapter 8. Preexercise Screening Gregory S. Anderson, PhD
Chapter 9. Fitness Assessment Gregory S. Anderson, PhD; and Brian Justin, MHK
Part III. Program Design
Chapter 10. Progam Design Concepts Rod MacDonald
Chapter 11. The Typical Personal Training Program Rod MacDonald
Chapter 12. Modifying the Program Rod MacDonald
Part IV. The Professional Personal Trainer
Chapter 13. Psychology of Personal Training Mike Bates, MBA
Chapter 14. Business of Personal Training Mike Bates, MBA
Conclusion Mike Bates, MBA
Appendix A. Exercises Mike Bates, MBA
Appendix B. Flexibility Mike Bates, MBA
Resources and References
A training manual for the canfitpro Personal Training Specialist certification candidates.
The organization canfitpro is a division of Canadian Fitness Professionals, Inc., which was established in 1993 to provide Canadian fitness 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 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.