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Advanced Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription 8th Edition With Online Video

Advanced Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription 8th Edition With Online Video


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    Advanced Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription, Eighth Edition With Online Video, provides a comprehensive approach to physical fitness appraisal and customized exercise prescription. The text synthesizes research and practice with concepts and theories from exercise physiology, kinesiology, measurement, psychology, and nutrition to clearly convey how assessments from physical fitness testing inform the design of individualized exercise programs.

    The eighth edition of Advanced Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription reflects the latest exercise testing and prescription guidelines from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) as well as physical activity recommendations from the U.S. government and American Heart Association. It also takes into account recent ACSM guidelines for medical exam and exercise testing requirements to consider before beginning exercise programs. Additional updates to the eighth edition include the following:
    • Significant expansion of the online video clips, which now demonstrate nearly 75 fitness tests, including functional movement assessment and push-up and pull-up testing
    • New protocols and assessments for each of the five fitness components, from self-paced treadmill protocols for cardiorespiratory fitness to the Balance Error Scoring System (BESS) for assessment of balance
    • Updated blood pressure standards for hypertension
    • Expanded information on the use of technology to monitor physical activity, including wearable activity trackers and mobile apps
    • Updated information on the use of workspace design to promote physical activity and exercise
    • Extensive updates to the supporting research for the assessment and testing protocols
    Advanced Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription, Eighth Edition, is structured around five physical fitness components: cardiorespiratory endurance, muscular fitness (strength, endurance, and power), body composition, flexibility, and balance. The text begins with an overview of physical activity, health, and chronic disease, including a discussion of preliminary health screening and risk classification. It then leads into field and laboratory assessment and testing protocols, followed by prescription guidelines for designing exercise programs to improve each fitness component. Readers will find the latest information on maximal and submaximal graded exercise testing in healthy populations, as well as muscular fitness testing protocols and norms for children and adults.

    Each chapter begins with key questions to help readers focus on essential information. Sidebars lend practical insight to the content. Key points, review questions, and key terms reinforce concepts and summarize chapter content for better retention. An instructor guide, test package, chapter quizzes, and presentation package plus image bank provide tools for instructors to use for lecture preparation, creative content delivery, and class assessment. The online video clips, newly revised for the eighth edition, further aid student comprehension of the material and provide instructors an additional tool for classroom demonstration.

    Advanced Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription, Eighth Edition, truly bridges the gap between research and practice. Its unique scope, depth of coverage, and clearly outlined approach makeit an invaluable resource for students and exercise science professionals who want to increase their knowledge, skill, and competence in assessing clients' fitness and designing individualized exercise programs.


    Text for upper-undergraduate and graduate exercise science students in advanced courses dealing with physical fitness appraisal and exercise prescription; resource for health and fitness instructors, exercise physiologists, personal trainers, and strength and conditioning coaches.

    Table of Contents

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    Chapter 1. Physical Activity, Health, and Chronic Disease
    Physical Activity, Health, and Disease: An Overview
    Cardiovascular Disease
    Hypercholesterolemia and Dyslipidemia
    Diabetes Mellitus
    Obesity and Overweight
    Metabolic Syndrome
    Musculoskeletal Diseases and Disorders
    Cognitive Performance
    Exercise as Medicine
    Review Material
    Chapter 2. Preliminary Health Screening and Risk Classification
    Preliminary Health Evaluation
    Testing Procedures for Blood Pressure, Heart Rate, and Electrocardiogram
    Review Material
    Chapter 3. Principles of Assessment, Prescription, and Exercise Program Adherence
    Physical Fitness Testing
    Basic Principles for Exercise Program Design
    Exercise Program Adherence
    Using Technology to Promote Physical Activity
    Review Material
    Chapter 4. Assessing Cardiorespiratory Fitness
    Definition of Terms
    Graded Exercise Testing: Guidelines and Procedures
    Maximal Exercise Test Protocols
    Submaximal Exercise Test Protocols
    Field Tests for Assessing Aerobic Fitness
    Exercise Testing for Children and Older Adults
    Review Material
    Chapter 5. Designing Cardiorespiratory Exercise Programs
    The Exercise Prescription
    Aerobic Training Methods and Modes
    Personalized Exercise Programs
    Review Material
    Chapter 6. Assessing Muscular Fitness
    Definition of Terms
    Strength and Muscular Endurance Assessment
    Muscular Power Assessment
    Sources of Measurement Error in Muscular Fitness Testing
    Additional Considerations for Muscular Fitness Testing
    Muscular Fitness Testing of Older Adults
    Muscular Fitness Testing of Children
    Review Material
    Chapter 7. Designing Resistance Training Programs
    Types of Resistance Training
    Developing Resistance Training Programs
    Common Questions About Resistance Training
    Effects of Resistance Training Programs
    Muscular Soreness
    Review Material
    Chapter 8. Assessing Body Composition
    Classification and Uses of Body Composition Measures
    Body Composition Models
    Reference Methods for Assessing Body Composition
    Field Methods for Assessing Body Composition
    Review Material
    Chapter 9. Designing Weight Management and Body Composition Programs
    Obesity, Overweight, and Underweight: Definitions and Trends
    Obesity: Types and Causes
    Weight Management Principles and Practices
    Designing Weight Management Programs: Preliminary Steps
    Designing Weight Loss Programs
    Designing Weight Gain Programs
    Designing Programs to Improve Body Composition
    Review Material
    Chapter 10. Assessing Flexibility
    Basics of Flexibility
    Assessment of Flexibility
    Flexibility Testing of Older Adults
    Review Material
    Chapter 11. Designing Programs for Flexibility and Low Back Care
    Training Principles
    Stretching Methods
    Designing Flexibility Programs: Exercise Prescription
    Designing Low Back Care Exercise Programs
    Review Material
    Chapter 12. Assessing Balance and Designing Balance Programs
    Definitions and Nature of Balance
    Factors Affecting Balance and Risk of Falling
    Assessment of Balance
    Designing Balance Training Programs
    Review Material

    Appendix A. Health and Fitness Appraisal
    A.1 Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire for Everyone (Par-Q+)
    A.2 Medical History Questionnaire
    A.3 Risk Factors, Signs, and Symptoms of Disease
    A.4 Electronic Physical Activity Readiness Medical Examination (ePARmed-X+)
    A.5 Lifestyle Evaluation
    A.6 Fantastic Lifestyle Checklist
    A.7 Informed Consent
    A.8 Websites for Selected Professional Organizations and Institutes
    Appendix B. Cardiorespiratory Assessments
    B.1 Summary of Graded Exercise Test and Cardiorespiratory Field Test Protocols
    B.2 Rockport Fitness Charts
    B.3 Step Test Protocols
    B.4 OMNI Rating of Perceived Exertion Scales
    B.5 Analysis of Sample Case Study in Chapter 5
    Appendix C. Muscular Fitness Exercise and Norms
    C.1 Standardized Testing Protocols for Digital Handheld Dynamometry
    C.2 1-RM Squat and Bench Press Norms for Adults
    C.3 Isometric Exercises
    C.4 Dynamic Resistance Training Exercises
    Appendix D. Body Composition Assessments
    D.1 Prediction Equations for Residual Volume
    D.2 Standardized Sites for Skinfold Measurements
    D.3 Skinfold Sites for Jackson’s Generalized Skinfold Equations
    D.4 Standardized Sites for Circumference Measurements
    D.5 Standardized Sites for Bony Breadth Measurements
    D.6 Ashwell Body Shape Chart
    Appendix E. Energy Intake and Expenditure
    E.1 Food Record and RDA Profile
    E.2 Physical Activity Log
    E.3 Gross Energy Expenditure for Conditioning Exercises, Sports, and Recreational Activities
    Appendix F: Flexibility and Low Back Care Exercises
    F.1 Selected Flexibility Exercises
    F.2 Exercise Dos and Don’ts
    F.3 Exercises for Low Back Care
    List of Abbreviations
    About the Authors

    About the Author

    Ann L. Gibson, PhD, FACSM, is an associate professor and researcher in exercise science at the University of New Mexico, with research interests in body composition and physiological responses to exercise. She developed the ancillary materials for the sixth edition of Advanced Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription in addition to coauthoring the seventh edition.

    Gibson has presented internationally in the area of obesity research and has published original research in journals such as Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, International Journal of Sport Nutrition & Exercise Metabolism, Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, and Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. She is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine, National Strength and Conditioning Association, and the Clinical Exercise Physiology Association.

    Gibson resides in New Mexico, where she enjoys spending time outdoors hiking, biking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and gardening.

    Dale R. Wagner, PhD, EPC, ACSM-CEP, CSCS, is a professor of exercise physiology at Utah State University (USU). His research interests include body composition assessment and exercise physiology at high altitude. He has been an active researcher for 20 years and has authored over 60 peer-reviewed research publications. He is a coauthor of Applied Body Composition Assessment (Human Kinetics, 2004) with Vivian Heyward.

    Wagner is a past president of the Southwest Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine (SWACSM) and of the American Society of Exercise Physiologists. He is a research council member of the Wilderness Medical Society and a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association, the International Society for Mountain Medicine, and the International Society for Body Composition Research.

    In his spare time, Wagner enjoys mountaineering, cycling (both road and mountain), and international travel.

    Vivian H. Heyward, PhD, is a regents’ professor emerita at the University of New Mexico, where she taught physical fitness assessment and exercise prescription courses for 26 years. In addition to the previous editions of this book, she has authored two editions of Applied Body Composition Assessment (Human Kinetics, 1996, 2004) as well as numerous articles in research and professional journals dealing with various aspects of physical fitness assessment and exercise prescription. Heyward has received many professional awards, including the SWACSM Recognition Award for distinguished professional achievement and the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Illinois and the State University of New York at Cortland.

    In her free time, she enjoys hiking, nature photography, golfing, and snowshoeing. Heyward resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico.


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    Instructor guide. Includes sample syllabi, course outlines, a class project, and activity and lab suggestions.

    Test package. Contains 268 true-or-false, multiple-choice, fill-in-the-blank, and short-answer questions.

    Chapter quizzes. Offers a 15-question quiz for each chapter that helps instructors assess students’ comprehension of the most important concepts in the chapter. Chapter quizzes can be imported into learning management systems or used in RTF format by instructors who prefer to offer a written quiz.

    Presentation package plus image bank. Features more than 350 PowerPoint text slides that instructors can use for class discussion and demonstration. The slides in the presentation package can be used within PowerPoint or can be printed to make transparencies or handouts for distribution to students. Instructors can easily add, modify, and rearrange the order of the slides.

    The companion image bank includes most of the figures, photos, and tables from the text, sorted by chapter. These can be used to develop a customized presentation based on specific course requirements.

    The presentation package plus image bank is also available for purchase • ISBN 978-1-4925-6285-6

    Online video. Includes 73 video clips demonstrating exercise assessments, procedures, and common errors and offering tips on interacting with clients. Student have access to the video, which is cross-referenced to relevant content in the text, while instructors can use the video in the classroom to help students visualize the techniques as they are being discussed.

    The online video is also available for purchase separately • ISBN 978-1-4925-6283-2

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