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ACSM's Resources for the Personal Trainer (American College/Sports Medici) Hardcover – 1 Oct 2009

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  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins; 3rd Revised edition edition (1 Oct. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0781797721
  • ISBN-13: 978-0781797726
  • Product Dimensions: 28.5 x 21.4 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Still amazed by the amount of information. Great book for everyone working in the area. I recommend it very strongly.
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HASH(0x95beb57c) out of 5 stars Disorganized - expect a scavenger hunt 26 Sept. 2012
By Sportpsych08 - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I am studying for my ACSM cPT exam, which I am so stoked for it is insane. However, I have run into a LOT of issues using the index in your Resources for the Personal Trainer.
A couple examples are:
> important terms/phrases/subjects brought up in the KSA's - are not even listed in the index or the only page that is listed is the page that particular KSA is listed on.
> if you look up "Plyometric exercises" in Resources for the Personal Trainer - there is no page number, this is mind blowing - why is that it is listed with no page# - how does that work "yes this term is in this book but you have to read the whole thing to find the one page it is vaguely and not directly stated on. This happens, look up "delayed onset muscle soreness" - you use rhabdomyolysis instead. I studied DOMS in college, we never referred to it that way - I feel sorry for those just venturing out without an expanded knowledge base trying to figure this out.

Also, it is ridiculous that the three books used to study for this exam correlate in absolute no way aside from topics and even then it's not even close. I understand that you feel each one is its own entity - that is not the case for the person using them. I understand having SKEs (subject knowledge experts) are important but you repeat the same information that was already covered by someone else. If this was a project I had done in high school with you, I would have flunked because of the disorganization that happens within the single book (Resources for the PT). It is dumbfounding because the title says "Resources for the Personal Trainer" but you include items for the HFS, CES, and sometimes the CEP. Don't they have their own Resource books?? I get that this could be a building block type of book, but your lack of organization would make me NEVER want to use - I can't find anything!

This is all very frustrating because I took the time to read through all 3 books, and I can pick through my own brain to recall where in which exact book I thought I saw what I am trying to review. However, as I was reading and items are referenced I would like to transition from one book to another without spending the next half hour skimming chapters because the index is worthless.

Maybe my benchmarks for writing from the ACSM are too high, but I am very disappointed in how much of a "patchwork quilt" the reading is within the Resources for the PT and the ACSM's Certification Review. I feel that if you are going to put so much effort into make a prestigious exam, and one I have really looked forward to, that the book materials should match or at least come close to that quality. (Also since I know the exam will be very thorough, the knowledge available should not have to be gotten via GOOGLE.)
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x96b59a74) out of 5 stars Gotta have it BUT it Needs an Editor 5 April 2012
By L. Drum - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The book is stuffed full of good, vital information but as a certified nit picker it's real hard to get past all the errors. I've only read through about page 50 and have noticed 4 different illustration with the wrong titles or captions. When you're told a certain figure is the tendon locations and it's really the bones it's bit confusing and on the next page the tendon map is labeled bones.

Same issue with muscles and surface landmark illustrations for the forearm. I've also tried to find an errata for this edition with no luck.

The book is dry as others have noted. It is very clinical in nature and not for someone looking for a fast track to certification. At the end of this book I'm sure I'll be ready for the next one. I'm also pretty sure I'll have a new understanding for human anatomy.

Overall a very necessary book on the long road to ACSM certification. You just need to be aware there are some editing issues. I can only give it 4 stars.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x96423a14) out of 5 stars Does what it should, but not enough on its own 24 Jan. 2012
By Fancy Pants - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Read this textbook cover-to-cover and then go through ACSM's Certification Review, and you should be fine on the CPT exam. This text can get pretty technical, but you don't need to memorize everything to do well on the exam.

I do not recommend this text for use as a reference guide if you work in a regular gym. The ACSM CPT exam is very clinical in nature and the information is geared towards use in a physical therapy/rehabilitation setting. For instance, even though the text highlights how use of free-weights is better than use of resistance machines, most of the exercises covered in the book are performed on resistance machines. I also know very few personal trainers who own a stethoscope and a BP cuff or who make regular use of VO2R calculations when making exercise prescriptions.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x95beb918) out of 5 stars Gotta have it 1 Feb. 2010
By Ken Chappell - Published on
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If you want to pass, you gotta have this book to prepare.
Can be kind of dry, could be better organized. On the whole, it does what it should.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x95bed108) out of 5 stars Lots of Info, Hard to Access 23 May 2013
By Naturally - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Even though I learned a lot from this book, I had to fight to learn it. I have three main problems with it, the lack of a glossary or definitions anywhere, weak cardio intensity explanations, and the lack of an ACSM recommendation chart.
My biggest gripe is that there is no glossary to give you definitions. Definitions are also mostly missing in the text, so that you have to guess at what the words mean. (What's the diference between strength and power? What are METS?) This is not easy for anyone who is new to training. Also some words are used interchangeably, without explanation, such as load and resistance.
Here's another big problem. It does tell you that HRR, VO2max, HRmaz, METS, and RPE are all ways of calculating the intensity of the workouts, but it tells you once. And unless you've already studied this you probably don't even know what intensity means. (It's how hard you're working, heart rate, oxygen intake, how hard you feel like you're working, etc.) Of all the things to repeat, explanations about different intensity methods need to be repeated. There are a lot of intensity formulas which are thrown at you without adequate examples. The reasons for using each formula should be in one paragraph, not scattered. It's all not clear, hard to figure out, and the index is imcomplete.
The third thing I wish they would do is to create a chart showing the ACSM recommendations for Frequency, Intensity, and Time for aerobic exercise, similar to the FITT chart. ACSM has diferent recommendations that don't coinside with the FITT chart they included. You have to cull through the book to find the various ACSM recomendations. There are cardio recommendations for various diseases and conditions which need to be put in a chart also.
This book was written by many university professors. Can't they provide a glossary, explain things clearly, and put their recommendations in charts to facilitate our learning? I have the third edition, 2009, and the 2013 version has just come out. Let's hope they have improved it.
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