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The NASM: CPT course at this present time is arguably the best overall personal trainer program out there.
I just received my book a few days ago, and I'm aspiring to be a personal trainer after years of lifting myself. I must say I thought I knew a lot before, but my knowledge doesn't even scratch the surface of what is expected of you by the NASM team. PHENOMENAL book split up into 4 major sections:
+Fundamentals of Human Movement science +Assessments, Training Concepts, and Program Design +Nutrition and Supplementation +Client Interaction and Professional Development
It's a 623 page book (including appendix) and is truly great even for just expanding your knowledge of training alone.
I can't wait to get started, I'm hoping to hit it hard and get it done during my winter break and I'll make an update once I get there.
(Doesn't hurt to mention also that buying the book on amazon is your best bet if you're unsure like me about becoming a personal trainer. If you buy it from NASM they force bundle it with the exam right away which you have to take 180 days after purchase [or upon receiving it, one of the two]. Also the book came in excellent and crisp condition so no worries there!)
Overall: The potential for this book is excellent, can't wait to get started and I will update my progress most likely Mid-January.
I hate this book. If I hadn't paid so much for it, and didn't need it to study for the NASM exam, I would put it in the bathroom and put it to a better use. Now, to be fair, although after 400 pages of enduring this tome, I am not in the mood to be fair, it has fabulous pictures and ideas for exercises. And at times, it also has some very good information on structuring a well-rounded approach, so you can glean information from it to be a better trainer. But way too often the writing is so terrible that the primary exercise of the moment is hair-pulling. Let's say you are an author trying to explain how to mow a lawn. But instead of calling the grass "grass," you insist that it be called "verdant agricultural production." That is how ridiculous the writing can be. One or more of the authors/editors thinks that a whole new language needs to be invented for exercise, so they coin terms and then do a terrible job of even explaining what they mean. And these terms are not ones you would ever use with a client (unless you are insecure and want to impress them that you are a "real pro"). Periodization, modality, acute variables? Give me a break! People complain all the time that "I can't understand what my doctor says." Is that the goal here? Let's confuse everyone and make them think we're more skilled and better educated than we are?
Then, you just plain get insulted at times. Example: On pages 346-7, they actually take the time to explain that an annual plan spans one year. Really? What else would it span? A canyon? And then they do the same thing for a month and a week...duh, I had no idea a week was seven days...and in the end they have written two useless pages.Read more ›
Well, the book is very good; however we can always ask for more! I got the latest version - well organized, clear and covers every aspect of being a personal trainer. I worked as a personal trainer for a few years, but got out after a while. However, I kept myself up to date throughout the years and wanted to "refresh" my knowledge so I got the book; and yes some things have changed (so it was worth my money). Topics that you would need to extend upon (as the book covers them briefly) are: Nutrition and dieting (well, you can even get a certification on these topics so that explains my comment); endurance training, heart rate based training and so forth. Again, the book is not the problem - I am just saying that you can find books solely on those subjects and as a personal trainer you could benefit by increasing your knowledge on those areas. I assume the book is geared toward passing the CPT exam, so it covers topics related to their own certification and what is to be a personal trainer (plenty of examples, diagrams, templates and so forth). I was certified through ISSA and the material is pretty similar; regardless you will need to buy more books - one book will not cut it (with that said, this book should be part of your fitness collection and provides great fundamentals) - I tried the digital version - really good too.
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This is the book to buy if you want to study for NASM CPT certification. There is also a free study guide on the NASM website. The perfect combo if you're looking to get certified on a shoestring budget like me. Best of luck to you!
I liked the book a lot. It's nice to read a book that is scientifically based and not based on personal opinions or unproven theories.
The OPT model makes a lot of sense and I can't wait to try it. There is a lot of detail on how to design a program, the reps, tempo and sets to do and what kind of exercises to choose from for each phase.
I'm going to try to implement the model into a bodyweight training program. The scientific research gives one a lot of confidence in the system.
I highly recommend it for any fitness enthusiast. This book covers all areas. If you want to add progressive calisthenics I would recommend reading Al Kavadlo's books or Coach Sommer's. The knowledge would have saved me from a lot of injuries. Don't risk not knowing what might hurt you!
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