1st Edition

Concepts in Fitness Programming

ISBN 9780849387142
Published December 23, 1998 by CRC Press
314 Pages

USD $140.00

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Book Description

Concepts in Fitness Programming presents comprehensive material about various aspects of exercise testing and prescription in a simple, straightforward manner. Intended for individuals who design exercise and fitness programs but who lack extensive background in fitness training, this book provides a wealth of knowledge beyond the basic "how to's" of fitness programming. Exercisers require some background in fitness and exercise-related injuries and nutrition. For safety, exerciser and instructor need to know the medical problems that limit exercise capacity or eliminate someone from safely exercising, and how drugs used for medical problems influence exercise. Background in medical terminology and the interrelationships of disease and exercise are useful for understanding exercise literature.

Table of Contents

The Physiology
Basic Physiological Concepts
Exercise and Fitness
Health Risks and Exercise
Methods of Exercise Testing
Measurements of Body Composition
Flexibility, Warm-Up and Cool-Down Exercises
Principles of Aerobic Fitness Training
Strength Training Techniques
Low Back Pain and the Effects of an Exercise Program
Contraindicated Exercises
Fitness Equipment
Exercise Leadership and Motivation
Medical and Legal Implications
Exercise in Special Populations
Medications and Exercise
Care and Prevention of Exercise-Related Injuries
Civil Liability in Fitness Programming
Lifestyle Considerations
Cardiovascular Disease: Etiology and Risk Education
Nutrition for Optimal Health and Performance
Principles of Weight Management
Stress Management
Appendix A: Fitness Testing Norms
Appendix B: Body Composition
Appendix C: Calisthenics/Aerobic Circuit

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Dr. Robert McMurray is currently Professor of Physical Education, Exercise & Sports Science, Professor of Nutrition, Professor of Physical Therapy, and Director of the Applied Physiology Laboratory at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. McMurray has been with the university for 20 years. He teaches a number of undergraduate and graduate human physiology, exercise physiology, and sports nutrition courses. Before coming to UNC, he worked as a swimming, soccer and lacrosse coach at Union College in Schenectady, NY, and at State University of New York at Oneonta, NY. He completed his undergraduate education at the State University of New York at Cortland, received his master’s degree at Ball State University in Muncie, IN, and his doctorate at Indiana University in Bloomington. In addition, he has completed postdoctoral experiences at the Institute of Environmental Stress in Santa Barbara, CA, and St. Bartholomew’s Hospital in London. He has been widely published in the scientific literature, has served as a reviewer for a wide variety of exercise and medical journals, and is presently serving on the Editorial Board of Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. He is past president of the Southeast Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine and is a Fellow in the American College of Sports Medicine.


"…excellent work…well written…"
--A. H. Goldfarb, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, CHOICE