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ACSM's Resources for the Personal Trainer [Hardcover]

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July 21, 2006 0781790530 978-0781790536 2

This valuable resource is the official ACSM preparatory tool for the ACSM Certified Personal TrainerSM exam and provides coverage of fitness assessment, exercise prescription, and exercise leadership along with discussions of anatomy and physiology, injury prevention, psychology, emergency techniques, exercise leadership programs, and legal issues. It includes the fundamental knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) used to improve, maintain, and/or optimize health-related components of physical fitness and performance. The Second Edition is now in full color and includes information on writing appropriate exercise recommendations, leading and demonstrating safe and effective methods of exercise, and motivating individuals.


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  • Hardcover: 547 pages
  • Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2 edition (July 21, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0781790530
  • ISBN-13: 978-0781790536
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #665,765 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Falls short January 20, 2009
By Tonya
Format:Hardcover
As an instructor for a course that utilizes this book in its curriculum, I have to say this book falls a little short in giving you all that you need to prepare for the ACSM certification. There are many questions related to strength and conditioning on the test that this book does not cover, yet is required reading for preparation for the exam. Though it gives you good info on all that you should expect going into personal training, you will need to supplement your studies with the ACSM's Guidelines for Exercise Testing. It is a simplier read than the ACE text and a little more extensive on the "whats" of a personal trainer.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book January 3, 2007
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Great source of information for anyone in the health and fitness field. Also a very good tool to prepare you for the ACSM or even other personal trainer certifications. I have read the ACE personal trainer book and this one beats it hands down.
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25 of 34 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
I don't know why I had so much trouble finding out what the primary resource was for the ACSM personal trainer cert was. But it is THIS book. Not the other books they mention on the website (they're a waste of money, in my opinion.) I searched a lot of places on the net and could not find one recommendation of a good way to study for this test. I have not taken this test but, I have bought this book and the other two books they recommend on their website, and my recommendation is to get this book alone. I have some background in health and fitness and I want to save time and money and do the minimum to past the test. That is why I recommend only this book. As far as I can tell, it is intended to be the source to study for that test. One of the OTHER two books they recommend on their website actually says in the beginning -- [this book is not intended to be used for the PT cert because this book was written before we finished the guidelines for the PT cert]. I read that and thought "what a rip off!!" So why mention it in your website? To make more money on selling books? Perhaps to give certain students an extra study material? I'm not sure. But I can say in my situation, I was not that happy, I was trying to be streamlined in my efforts and cost to prepare for the exam. Buying this book alone would have been sufficient for ME. (as best I can tell) I wish I had taken the test already so I could put out some additional useful information on studying for this test. I am not sure, but to me it seemed that there was little useful information out there about EXACTLY what to study. I am an adult with a job and family and things to do, and I don't want to be trying to read a bunch of idiotic supplemental books for a bozo PT exam. Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome resource for any trainer! March 17, 2009
By Jesse
Format:Hardcover
I wasted a lot of money on other PT study materials and this was by far the best content AND the best value! You will not go wrong with this purchase! This is a comprehensive, hard cover, color photo and just an overall high quality book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great book February 4, 2009
By wilk
Format:Hardcover
This book is great, I am an Exercise Science major and I am getting ready for the ACSM personal training exam, this is a big help, all of the stuff I have learned over the last few years in nicely condensed in this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent! April 7, 2007
Format:Hardcover
This book benefits a lot to the initial trainers who even have no idea of how to deal with the training. The book is both practical and praticable to the trainer's learning how to train others with his/her own training experience. Though there are not enough illustrations in the book, I still strongly recommend the book to beginning trainers.
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