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ACSM Fitness Book

ACSM Fitness Book - 2nd edition

ISBN13: 978-0880117838

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ISBN13: 978-0880117838
ISBN10: 0880117834
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Edition/Copyright: 2ND 98
Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
Published: 1998
International: No

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ACSM Fitness Book - 2ND 98 edition

ISBN13: 978-0880117838

American College of Sports Medicine Staff

ISBN13: 978-0880117838
ISBN10: 0880117834
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 2ND 98
Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers

Published: 1998
International: No
Summary

Are you feeling overwhelmed by the countless exercise options out there? There are so many types of workout equipment and exercise programs all vying for your attention that it's hard to know where to turn. If you're like most people, all you really want to know is what exercises to do, when to do them, and how to execute them properly.

In ACSM Fitness Book (Second Edition), the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) answers all these questions for you and more. The book takes the guesswork out of setting up a personal exercise program, with guidelines that meet the Surgeon General's recommendations on fitness. Highlights include the following:

  • Color-coded, easy-to-follow intensity guidelines
  • 67 photos showing proper technique for strength and flexibility exercises,
  • An easy-to-use log for recording progress
  • Assessment tools to help you personalize the program so you can start at the right fitness level
  • Hints and tips on sticking to the programs
  • Guidelines for choosing fitness equipment, buying videotapes, and joining fitness facilities


The book first guides you through a simple four-item fitness test that assesses your current level of fitness based on your cardiorespiratory endurance, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility, and body composition. Then, using these results, you'll follow step-by-step instructions to create an exercise program that's perfectly suited to you!

Don't put your health in the hands of exercise equipment gimmicks or fitness charlatans. Instead, turn to the experts at the American College of Sports Medicine-the most respected fitness organization in the world. Established in 1954, the American College of Sports Medicine has more than 16,000 members in 60 countries around the globe. Its members work to promote health and fitness in a vast array of scientific disciplines, medical specialties, and allied health professions.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Life's Better With Exercise

The Benefits of Exercise
What Is Fitness?
Three Simple Steps to Fitness
You Can Do It!

Chapter 2. Assessing Your Fitness: The ACSM Fitness Test

Why Fitness Testing Is a Good Idea
Are You Ready to Begin?
Gathering Your Supplies
Ready, Set, Go!
Creating Your Personal Fitness Profile
Using Your ACSM Fitness Test Results


Chapter 3. Beginning Exercises

Exercising for Aerobic Fitness
Exercising for Muscular Fitness
Exercising to Improve Flexibility
Exercising to Improve Body Composition


Chapter 4. The ACSM Fitness Program

How the Program Works
Putting Your Own Program Together
Exercising Safely and Wisely
ACSM Fitness Programs and Logs


Chapter 5. The Next Step

Increasing Daily Physical Activity
Activities to Improve Cardiorespiratory Endurance
Activities for Muscular Strength and Endurance
Commercial Fitness Facilities and Equipment
A Final Word


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