Advanced Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription - 6th Edition

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Advanced Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription - 6th Edition By Vivian Heywood 


© 2010
Book 480 pages
ISBN-13: 9780736086592


Product Description

Unique in its scope, depth of content, organization, and approach to the subject matter, the sixth edition of Advanced Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription will assist exercise science students and practitioners in bridging the gap between research and practice. Built around physical fitness components, this text shows readers first how to assess each component and then how to design exercise programs based on that assessment.

Advanced Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription synthesizes concepts and theories from exercise physiology, kinesiology, measurement, psychology, and nutrition to provide a clearly defined approach to physical fitness testing and the design of individualized exercise programs. Unlike other introductory texts, which typically focus on field testing for evaluating physical fitness, this text includes both field and laboratory assessment techniques. This user-friendly text offers the latest physical activity and exercise recommendations for health benefits, weight loss, and weight maintenance as well as practical guidelines for designing individualized exercise programs for your clients. Readers will find the latest information on maximal and submaximal graded exercise testing in healthy populations, muscular fitness testing protocols and norms for children and adults, and field tests and norms for evaluating cardiorespiratory fitness, muscular fitness, body composition, flexibility, and balance.

The sixth edition of Advanced Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription presents updated content throughout, including new guidelines for exercise testing and prescription from the 2010 edition of ACSM’s Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription, plus new physical activity recommendations from the U.S. government, American Dietetic Association, and the American Heart Association. Several topics have also been added or expanded to include updated information on

using new technologies—including global positioning systems (GPS), geographic information systems (GIS), interactive video games (such as Wii), and persuasive technology—to promote physical activity and to change exercise behaviors;

behavior change theories and models, including the health belief model, decision-making theory, theory of reasoned action, theory of planned behavior, and self-determination theory;

certification and licensure of exercise science professionals;

OMNI pictorial scales for assessing ratings of perceived exertion of adults and children;

exercise recommendations for preventing low back pain from the North American Spine Society; and

assessing balance and designing balance programs (new chapter).

Advanced Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription begins with an overview of physical activity, health, and disease. Next, preliminary health screening, risk classification, and the principles of fitness assessment, exercise prescription, and exercise program design are discussed. The remainder of the text provides in-depth coverage of assessment and exercise prescription for each of five physical fitness components: cardiorespiratory endurance, muscular fitness, body weight and composition, flexibility, and balance.

Within each chapter, key questions alert readers to essential information, while key points, review questions, and key terms reinforce important concepts and content. For instructors, online access to an instructor guide, test package, and presentation package provides helpful tools for lecture preparation, creative content delivery, and class assessment. In addition, for those who prefer the convenience of an electronic text, the sixth edition is now available as an e-book.

By integrating the latest research, recommendations, and information into direct and clear guidelines for application, the sixth edition of Advanced Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription bridges the gap between research and practice for fitness professionals. Its unique scope, depth of coverage, and clearly outlined approach make it a valuable resource for students and exercise science professionals to increase their knowledge, skill, and professional competence.


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


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

Exercise Science as a Profession

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 Materials

Chapter 6. Assessing Muscular Fitness

Definition of Terms

Strength and Muscular Endurance 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

Well-Balanced Nutrition

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


As a text for upper undergraduate and graduate exercise science students in advanced courses dealing with physical fitness appraisal and exercise prescription.

Also as a resource for health and fitness instructors, exercise physiologists, personal trainers, and strength and conditioning specialists.

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