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ACSM's Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription Paperback – 1 Feb 2009

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins; 8th Revised edition edition (1 Feb. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0781769027
  • ISBN-13: 978-0781769020
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 13.2 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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This is a very helpful study aid and resource for anyone responsible for member testing and exercise prescribing at their facility. Everyone on our training staff is responsible for working with the members and taking them through an initial fitness assessment. This book is used as our primary resource for performing these tasks.

One aspect of personal training this book does not cover, which is fine because that's not what this book is for; is the selling side of personal training. There are many books on selling that we've read and discussed but the most helpful I have found on the subject is The Personal Training Sales Education Textbook: A simple and effective sales system designed specifically for the personal trainer in the health club. (Volume 1). Most of us refer this book as well for the selling process it discusses for personal trainers.
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These updated guidelines are must for any health professional involved with exercise or exercise prescription. Together with the ACSM's Resource Manual they form an indispensible resource. If you need more clinical guidelines you could also try CLINICAL EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY 2nd Ed. Ehrman, KJ, Gordon PM et al. An additional useful feature is that you get an access code to the publisher's site which gives you the text in electronic form.
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Even though ACSM is a rather conservative institution, this book is the first book every health and fitness student should buy. It has all the gold standard foundations for health an fitness professional intervention.
Of course this book represents only the beginning of a health an fitness professional journey, but if you want to be a really good top noch elite professional in general health and fitness pratice or in personal trainning in particular, you should enrich yourself with a lot more references preferencially less conservative and lot more forward.
This book is very comprehensive concerning risk assessment and control in exercise prescription but is very poor in exercise training methodology.
I have several of these (diferent editions)... and a lot more besides this.

In summary:
If you're a student, a professional in his first steps or do not know ACSM guidelines you should most definetly buy these book.
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This was an essential purchase for me as I am training to become a Personal Training instructor. Anyone in the fitness industry should be referring to this book and will need a copy.
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This is an essential handbook for fitness instructors who have exercise referral clients. You are unlikely to read it from cover to cover. It is a handbook to be referred to on a "needs be" basis.
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I had to complete an postgraduate essay on cardiac rehabilitation lately and this book was definitely an excellent source.
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I bought this to support my studies for my Level 3 PT qualification - it's good and thorough but hard to digest in places
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