1st Edition

Advanced Personal Training
Science to practice

Edited By

Paul Hough


Simon Penn

ISBN 9781138924499
Published November 1, 2016 by Routledge
256 Pages 86 B/W Illustrations

USD $62.95

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Book Description

Effective fitness instruction and training programme design require an exercise specialist trainer to combine professional experience with strategies underpinned by scientific evidence. This is the first comprehensive fitness instruction and training programme design resource to explore the evidence-base of effective programme design, drawing on cutting-edge scientific research to identify optimum training methods and dispel some common myths around fitness training.

Putting clients’ training goals at the centre of the process by focusing on their most common objectives – such as improving general health, enhancing cardiorespiratory fitness, decreasing body fat and increasing muscle mass – this book helps the reader develop a better understanding of the physiological principles at the core of successful programme design. Simple to navigate and full of helpful features – including applied case studies, example training programmes and guides to further reading – it covers a variety of key topics such as:

  • pre-exercise health screening
  • lifestyle and fitness assessment
  • nutrition

  • cardiorespiratory (endurance), resistance and core training

  • recovery from exercise.

An essential text for fitness instructors, personal trainers and sport and exercise students, this book provides an invaluable resource for fitness courses, exercise science degree programmes and continued professional development for exercise professionals.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

(Paul Hough)

2. Components of fitness

(Simon Penn and Nicola Brown)

3. Pre-exercise health screening

(Paul Draper)

4. Lifestyle assessment & behaviour change

(John Downey)

5. Nutrition

(John Downey)

6. Fitness assessment

(Simon Penn and Nicola Brown)

7. Fundamental principles of training

(Paul Hough)

8. Training session design

(Paul Hough)

9. Long term training programme design

(Paul Hough)

10. Warm-up

(Paul Draper)

11. Cardiorespiratory fitness training

(Paul Hough)

12. High intensity interval training

(Paul Hough)

13. Resistance training

(Paul Hough)

14.  Postural and core training

(Simon Penn)

15. Cool-down

(Simon Penn)

16. Recovery

(Jessica Hill)

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Paul Hough is a lecturer in health and exercise science at St Mary’s University, Twickenham, UK. Paul is a British Association of Sport and Exercise Science (BASES) accredited sport and exercise scientist providing sport/exercise science support to amateur and elite athletes as well as organisations such as Virgin London Marathon and British Rowing.

Simon Penn is a senior lecturer in health and exercise science at St Mary’s University, Twickenham, UK. Simon has delivered exercise and rehabilitation programmes to a wide range of populations (e.g. special populations, service personnel, elite athletes) throughout his career in the fitness industry and higher education.