NSCA’s Essentials of Personal Training Third Edition

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Developed by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), NSCA’s Essentials of Personal Training, Third Edition With HKPropel Access, is the definitive reference for personal training professionals and students. This comprehensive guide to personal training, with contributions from leaders in the field, provides the most accurate and reliable information and guidance for current and aspiring professionals.

Updated to reflect the latest research, with clear explanations of supporting scientific evidence, this edition will give readers the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) needed by modern personal training professionals. New content addresses the latest objectives found on the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s Certified Personal Trainer (NSCA-CPT) exam, maintaining this text’s position as the single best resource for those preparing for the NSCA-CPT exam.

NSCA’s Essentials of Personal Training, Third Edition, provides guidelines for the complex process of designing safe, effective, and goal-specific resistance, aerobic, plyometric, and speed training programs for clients of all ages and fitness levels. With comprehensive coverage of various categories of unique client needs, readers will learn how to make specific modifications and adjust exercise programs for each individual client. Multiple fitness testing protocols and norms for each component of fitness—including 10 new tests—are all presented, along with instructions that are detailed yet easy to follow.

Over 200 full-color photos and accompanying instructions clearly describe and visually show proper technique for exercises and drills, including stretching, plyometrics, and stability ball exercises. There are new sections on suspension training, manual resistance training, and common types of resistance training equipment. Plus, 27 online videos, delivered through HKPropel, demonstrate exercise technique in action, preparing readers to instruct clients through safe exercise performance. Students will also be able to complete chapter quizzes assigned by instructors through HKPropel.

Study questions at the end of each chapter, written in the same style and format as those found on the NSCA-CPT exam, facilitate learning of chapter content and fully prepare candidates for exam day. Practicing professionals and aspiring professionals alike will benefit from a new appendix of advice on building a successful career as a personal trainer.

NSCA’s Essentials of Personal Training, Third Edition, remains the most comprehensive resource available for personal training preparation and professional development. Unmatched in scope, this essential text continues to be a definitive reference for current and future personal trainers, exercise instructors, fitness facility and wellness center managers, and other fitness professionals.

About the Author:

The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) is the world’s leading organization in the field of sport conditioning. Drawing on the resources and expertise of the most recognized professionals in strength training and conditioning, sport science, performance research, education, and sports medicine, the NSCA is the world’s trusted source of knowledge and training guidelines for coaches and athletes. The NSCA provides the crucial link between the lab and the field.

Brad J. Schoenfeld, PhD, CSCS,*D, CSPS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D, FNSCA,
 is internationally regarded as one of the foremost authorities on muscle hypertrophy. He has worked with numerous elite-level athletes, including many top pros. Dr. Schoenfeld was the 2011 National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Personal Trainer of the Year. He was the recipient of the 2016 Dwight D. Eisenhower Fitness Award, which is presented by the United States Sports Academy for outstanding achievement in fitness and for contributions to the growth and development of sport fitness through outstanding leadership activity. He was also the 2018 cowinner of the NSCA Outstanding Young Investigator Award.

Dr. Schoenfeld earned his PhD in health promotion and wellness at Rocky Mountain University, where his research focused on elucidating the mechanisms of muscle hypertrophy and their application to resistance training. He has published more than 300 peer-reviewed scientific papers and serves on the editorial advisory boards for several journals, including the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research and the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition. He is the author of multiple fitness books, including Science and Development of Muscle HypertrophyThe M.A.X. Muscle Plan, and Strong & Sculpted.

Dr. Schoenfeld is a full professor of exercise science at Lehman College in the Bronx, New York, and is director of the graduate program in human performance and fitness. He previously served as the sports nutrition consultant to the New Jersey Devils hockey organization.

Ronald L. Snarr, PhD, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT*D, TSAC-F*D, is an assistant professor of exercise science at Missouri State University. He has over 15 years of personal training and strength and conditioning experience, having worked with athletes at the Olympic, professional, and collegiate levels; firefighters; police officers; adapted athletes; and others. Dr. Snarr earned his PhD in exercise physiology and human performance from the University of Alabama, his master’s degree in exercise science from Auburn University at Montgomery, and his bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Snarr is also completing another master’s degree in applied biostatistics with a focus on research design and methodology.

His current research focuses include high-intensity interval training, tactical athlete and adapted athlete performance, electromyography, and body composition. From these interests, he has published over 75 peer-reviewed manuscripts and presented at multiple national and regional conferences. He serves on the editorial board for Personal Training Quarterly. He is also currently authoring a textbook on scientific writing for the field of kinesiology. Dr. Snarr was named the recipient of the 2020 Junior Researcher of the Year Award by the Water’s College of Health Professions at Georgia Southern University.


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