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With updated information and a fresh new design, the second edition of this practical, popular handbook makes an ideal reference for anyone charged with the task of leading a fitness class.
Written for those who haven't had the advantage of formal training, Fitness Leader's Handbook emphasizes ""how to"" rather than ""why."" It's loaded with practical, usable tools and tips that make it easy for even a novice to conduct a successful fitness class:
-Methods for evaluating and improving participants' health and fitness
-Fitness evaluation forms that instructors can copy and distribute to class participants
-Information based on the latest research and major position statements, such as the Surgeon General's Report: Physical Activity and Health and recommendations from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
-Helpful hints for changing health-related behaviors
-Injury prevention strategies
-Program organizational strategies
-Tips for dealing with special personal conditions and environmental problems
-Ideas for handling the human relations side of exercise leadership
-Much, much moreThis easy-to-use text is organized into six sections, with over 90 illustrations that emphasize the methods and activities discussed. Part I deals with the fundamentals: What is physical fitness? How does it differ from performance? What are the components of a physical fitness program?
Part II addresses one of the primary responsibilities of any fitness leader: helping potential participants determine their current health status and decide on the first steps toward fitness. Part III provides a more complete analysis of the various components of fitness:
-Nutrition and weight control
-Muscular strength and endurance
-Low back health
-Stress reductionIn Part IV, the authors present the contents of a complete physical fitness program. Part V provides a brief overview of the scientific bases for fitness programs, and Part VI tells how to make every fitness program safe and effective.
Fitness Leader's Handbook can be used alone or in conjunction with the guide for participants, Fitness Facts. With Fitness Leader's Handbook as a guide, instructors can lead every class with confidence "
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