Chapter 1. Structure and Function of the Muscular, Nervous, and Skeletal Systems
Jared W. Coburn, PhD, and Moh H. Malek, PhD
Chapter 2. Structure and Function of the Cardiorespiratory System
Michael R. Esco, PhD, and Moh H. Malek, PhD
Chapter 3. Bioenergetics
Carmine Grieco, PhD, and N. Travis Triplett, PhD
Chapter 4. Biomechanics
Douglas W. Powell, PhD, and Megan A. Bryanton Jones, PhD
Chapter 5. Responses and Adaptations to Resistance Training
Michael D. Roberts, PhD, and Kevin W. McCurdy, PhD
Chapter 6. Responses and Adaptations to Aerobic Endurance Training
Don Melrose, PhD, and David J. Heikkinen, PhD
Chapter 7. Nutrition Concepts and Strategies
Eric R. Helms, PhD, and Brian St. Pierre, MS, RD
Chapter 8. Exercise Psychology, Goal Setting, and Motivation
E. Whitney G. Moore, PhD, and Brian T. Gearity, PhD
Chapter 9. Client Consultation and Health Appraisal
Robert Linkul, MS, and Chat Williams, MS
Chapter 10. Fitness Evaluation, Selection, and Administration
Robert Lockie, PhD, and Laura Kobar, MS, MC
Chapter 11. Fitness Evaluation Protocols and Norms
David H. Fukuda, PhD, and Kristina L. Kendall, PhD
Chapter 12. Flexibility and Warm-Up Concepts and Bodyweight and Stability Ball Exercise Technique
Nick Tumminello, Jonathan Mike, PhD, and Jay Dawes, PhD
Chapter 13. Resistance Exercise Technique
Ronald L. Snarr, PhD, and Alexis Batrakoulis, MS
Chapter 14. Cardiovascular Exercise Technique
Benjamin H. Reuter, PhD, and Margaret T. Jones, PhD
Chapter 15. Resistance Training Program Design
Brad J. Schoenfeld, PhD, and Ronald L. Snarr, PhD
Chapter 16. Aerobic Training Program Design
Mike Martino, PhD, and Nicole C. Dabbs, PhD
Chapter 17. Plyometric and Speed Training Program Design and Technique
Jason C. Casey, PhD, and Chris A. Bailey, PhD
Chapter 18. Clients Who Are Preadolescent, Older, or Pregnant
Wayne L. Westcott, PhD, and Avery D. Faigenbaum, EdD
Chapter 19. Clients With Nutritional or Metabolic Concerns
Abbie Smith-Ryan, PhD, and Cassandra Forsythe, PhD, RD
Chapter 20. Clients With Cardiovascular or Respiratory Conditions
Cindy M. Kugler, MS, Steven M. Laslovich, PhD, and Paul Sorace, MS
Chapter 21. Clients With Orthopedic, Injury, or Rehabilitation Concerns
Morey J. Kolber, PhD, PT, Dean Robert Somerset, BSc, and Michael G. Miller, PhD, ATC
Chapter 22. Clients With Spinal Cord Injury, Multiple Sclerosis, Epilepsy, or Cerebral Palsy
Gavin Colquitt, EdD, and Kelli M. Clark, DPT
Chapter 23. Resistance Training for Clients Who Are Athletes
Joseph J. Bonyai, MEd, and Tyler D. Williams, PhD
Chapter 24. Facility and Equipment Layout and Maintenance
Jamie L. Aslin, MS, and Chat Williams, MS
Chapter 25. Professional, Legal, and Ethical Responsibilities of Personal Trainers
Anthony A. Abbott, EdD, and Georgia H. Goslee, JD
Appendix: The Business of Personal Training
Mark A. Nutting, BS and Robert Linkul, MS
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ABOUT THE NSCA
The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) is the world’s leading organization in the field of sport conditioning. Drawing on the resources and expertise of the most recognized professionals in strength training and conditioning, sport science, performance research, education, and sports medicine, the NSCA is the world’s trusted source of knowledge and training guidelines for coaches and athletes. The NSCA provides the crucial link between the lab and the field.
ABOUT THE EDITORS
Brad J. Schoenfeld, PhD, CSCS,*D, CSPS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D, FNSCA, is internationally regarded as one of the foremost authorities on muscle hypertrophy. He has worked with numerous elite-level athletes, including many top pros. Dr. Schoenfeld was the 2011 National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Personal Trainer of the Year. He was the recipient of the 2016 Dwight D. Eisenhower Fitness Award, which is presented by the United States Sports Academy for outstanding achievement in fitness and for contributions to the growth and development of sport fitness through outstanding leadership activity. He was also the 2018 cowinner of the NSCA Outstanding Young Investigator Award.
Dr. Schoenfeld earned his PhD in health promotion and wellness at Rocky Mountain University, where his research focused on elucidating the mechanisms of muscle hypertrophy and their application to resistance training. He has published more than 300 peer-reviewed scientific papers and serves on the editorial advisory boards for several journals, including the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research and the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition. He is the author of multiple fitness books, including Science and Development of Muscle Hypertrophy, The M.A.X. Muscle Plan, and Strong & Sculpted.
Dr. Schoenfeld is a full professor of exercise science at Lehman College in the Bronx, New York, and is director of the graduate program in human performance and fitness. He previously served as the sports nutrition consultant to the New Jersey Devils hockey organization.
Ronald L. Snarr, PhD, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT*D, TSAC-F*D, is an assistant professor of exercise science at Missouri State University. He has over 15 years of personal training and strength and conditioning experience, having worked with athletes at the Olympic, professional, and collegiate levels; firefighters; police officers; adapted athletes; and others. Dr. Snarr earned his PhD in exercise physiology and human performance from the University of Alabama, his master’s degree in exercise science from Auburn University at Montgomery, and his bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Snarr is also completing another master’s degree in applied biostatistics with a focus on research design and methodology.
His current research focuses include high-intensity interval training, tactical athlete and adapted athlete performance, electromyography, and body composition. From these interests, he has published over 75 peer-reviewed manuscripts and presented at multiple national and regional conferences. He serves on the editorial board for Personal Training Quarterly. He is also currently authoring a textbook on scientific writing for the field of kinesiology. Dr. Snarr was named the recipient of the 2020 Junior Researcher of the Year Award by the Water’s College of Health Professions at Georgia Southern University.