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Concepts in Fitness Programming

1st Edition

By Robert G. McMurray

CRC Press

314 pages

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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.


"…excellent work…well written…"

--A. H. Goldfarb, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, CHOICE

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

About the Author/Editor

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.

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Exercise Physiology

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HEALTH & FITNESS / Diet & Nutrition / General
MEDICAL / Nutrition
MEDICAL / Sports Medicine