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EuropeActive's Essentials for Fitness Instructors

EuropeActive's Essentials for Fitness Instructors


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    EuropeActive’s Essentials for Fitness Instructors contains the most comprehensive information and materials to guide fitness instructors towards best practices in helping clients achieve their fitness and health goals. Endorsed by EuropeActive, the fitness and health industry’s standard-setting authority in Europe, this manual is essential for all aspiring and qualified fitness instructors.

    This resource includes fundamentals and best practices of concepts, procedures, duties and responsibilities that individual and group fitness instructors perform on the job, covering the knowledge, skills and abilities needed for level 3 classification in the European Qualifications Framework (EQF), the baseline standards for registered fitness instructors in Europe. It provides mechanical and physiological information with hands-on techniques and practical examples to ensure that all fitness instructors deliver enjoyable and effective exercise sessions.

    Authored by renowned experts from all over Europe, EuropeActive’s Essentials for Fitness Instructors supports fitness instructors in promoting healthy lifestyle management and exercise adherence. Current and future fitness instructors will learn ideal ways to do the following:
    • Build rapport and motivate participants.
    • Identify participants’ motives and goals.
    • Prepare appropriate choreography and use music.
    • Provide effective and safe instruction; display and provide feedback on technique; and give advice on intensity, progressions and adaptations.
    • Deliver excellent customer service and be a positive role model for participants in a clean and safe environment.
    The book begins by addressing customer service and communication. By first detailing the principles of customer service, the importance of communication in teaching and how to provide and receive feedback, fitness instructors can receive the information that follows with the proper mind-set.

    The book then delves into the core of physiology of individual fitness training, giving instructors a solid base from which to work with clients. Chapters on cardiorespiratory exercise and resistance exercise explain the science and training methods specific to each type of workout, including optimal warm-ups and cool-downs, adaptations and matters of safety. A chapter on principles of training, including progression, dose–response relationship, specificity, overload and reversibility, ties all of these concepts together.

    The second half of the book deals with effective group instruction, specifying how to incorporate the science of training with the art of class leadership. Preparing for, delivering and even ending a class come with particular strategies that will boost retention and results, and three chapters on music and choreography take the guesswork out of structuring a routine. Finally, a chapter on stress management offers an overview of the effects of stress on health, symptoms to watch for and relaxation techniques. The book concludes with an appendix of the EuropeActive EQF level 3 standards for reference.

    Aspiring and qualified fitness instructors have a duty of care to keep up with the latest health and fitness standards. EuropeActive’s Essentials for Fitness Instructors ensures instructors are properly serving their industry and their clients. For those who promote physical activity and healthier lifestyles, there is no other title with more authority in Europe.

    Table of Contents

    Chapter 1. Customer Service
    Thomas Rieger
    Principles of Customer Service
    Communicating About the Characteristics of Fitness Services
    Successful Customers Are Loyal Customers
    Managing Conflicts and Unsatisfied Customers
    Chapter 2. Communication: Giving and Gaining Feedback
    Vera Simões and Rita Santos-Rocha
    Role of Communication in Teaching
    Importance of Communication in Teaching and Retaining Clients
    Giving and Gaining Feedback During Fitness Sessions
    Characteristics of Feedback During Fitness Sessions
    Chapter 3. Cardiorespiratory Exercise
    Paolo Benvenuti and Silvano Zanuso,
    Cardiovascular Response to Exercise
    Warm-Up and Cool-Down
    Modifications to Allow for Individual Differences
    Cardiorespiratory Training Methods
    Dose–Response Relationship Based on Evidence
    Chapter 4. Resistance Exercise
    Fernando Naclerio and Jeremy Moody
    Basic Movement Analysis for Exercise Performance and Technique
    Safety and Risk of Injury in Resistance Training: Posture, Body Alignment and Range of Motion
    Safe and Effective Spotting Techniques
    Warming Up for Resistance Training
    Training Status and Individual Differences in Resistance Training Practitioners
    Dose–Response Relationship for Different Resistance Training Goals
    Chapter 5. Safe Progressive Exercise Planning
    Oscar Carballo Iglesias and Eliseo Iglesias-Soler
    Assessing Clients and Modifying Exercise Programmes
    Providing Proper Dose–Response Relationship for Individual Participants
    Communicating Effectively During Training
    Observing Physiological Changes
    Applying the Principles of Training
    Chapter 6. Preparing Fitness Programmes
    Sonia García Merino and Susana Moral González
    Gathering Information Prior to the Start of Class
    Programme Exercise Goals and Benefits
    Programme Suitability
    Required Level of Fitness and Intensity and Impact Options
    Chapter 7. Delivering a Group Fitness Class
    Simona Pajaujiene
    Helping Clients Choose Group Fitness Classes
    Core Concepts in Class Design
    Modifications to Planned Exercises
    Incorporating Functional Exercise Progression
    Intensity and Impact Options in Group Fitness Exercise
    Responding to a Medical Emergency
    Responsibilities of a Group Fitness Instructor
    Chapter 8. Teaching Group Fitness to Music
    Rita Santos-Rocha and Nuno Pimenta
    Characteristics of Music Used in Fitness Classes
    Moving to the Beat
    Using Music to Motivate Participants
    Structuring a Group Fitness to Music Class
    Basic Moves for a Self-Designed Group Fitness to Music Class
    Leading Movement and the Leading Leg
    Verbally and Visually Cueing an Exercise Routine
    Chapter 9. Music and Choreography
    Lenka Velínská
    Musical Structure
    Musical Tempo
    Use of Musical Structure
    Chapter 10. Ending a Session
    Jana Havrdová and Nuno Pimenta
    The Instructor’s Role
    The Club’s Role
    Chapter 11. Safety Guidelines for Group Fitness to Music
    Susana Moral González and Sonia García Merino
    Legal and Insurance Responsibilities
    Planning Class Activity
    Chapter 12. Stress Management Techniques
    João Moutão and Susana Franco
    Stress and Distress
    Implications of Distress for Health and Well-Being
    Symptoms of Anxiety and Depression That May Require Professional Attention
    Relaxation Techniques

    Appendix. EuropeActive Standards EQF Level 3 Fitness and Group Fitness Instructor

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