Fitness Instruction

A list of books for those wanting to develop their knowledge of the key aspects of health and fitness instruction.

           
           


My Top Three
(Chosen as they are all affordable, accessible and should be of interest to all instructors from beginners to advanced)

Boyle, M. (2016) New Functional Training for Sports Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics [£13.99; Amazon]

Hutchinson, A. (2011). Which Comes First, Cardio or Weights?: Workout myths, Training truths, and Other Surprising Discoveries from the Science of Exercise. McClelland & Stewart.[£11.50; Amazon]

Tumminello, N. (2016) Building Muscle and Performance. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics [£18.99; Waterstones]


The Full List

American College of Sports Medicine (2014) ACSM’s guidelines for exercise testing and prescription (9th Ed) Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins 

American College of Sports Medicine (2014) ACSM’s resource manual for guidelines for exercise testing and prescription (7th Ed) Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins 

American College of Sports Medicine (2009) ACSM's Resources for the personal trainer. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins [amazon][Ch 16 Resistance exercise

American College of Sports Medicine. (2007). ACSM's health/fitness facility standards and guidelines. Human Kinetics.

Archer, D and Coulson, M. (2011) The Advanced Fitness Instructor's Handbook. Bloomsbury Sport

Aquatic Exercise Association (2010) Aquatic Fitness Professional Manual (6th Ed.) Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics [google books

Boyle, M. (2016) New Functional Training for Sports Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics [£13.99; Amazon]

Coburn, J.W. and Malek, M.H. (2012) NSCA's Essentials of Personal Training (2nd ed) Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics 

Coulson, M. (2013) The Fitness Instructors Handbook: A Complete Guide to Health and Fitness (2nd Ed). London: Bloomsbury [amazon]

Coulson, M. (2014). The Complete Guide to Personal Training. Bloomsbury Publishing.[google books]

Clark, M.A., Lucett, S.C., Sutton, B.G. (2012) NASM Essentials of Personal Fitness Training (4th ed.) Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins [google books

Crossley, J. (2012) Personal Training: Theory and Practice. Oxon: Hodder Education [amazon

DeSimone, G. (2012) ACSM’s Resources for the Group Exercise Instructor. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins 

Earle, R.W. & Baechle, T.R. (2004) NSCA’s Essentials of Personal Training. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics [google books][Ch13 Resistance exercise technique][Ch14 Cardio exercise technique

Griffin, J.C. (2006) Client-Centred Exercise Prescription. Champaign IL: Human Kinetics [google books

Haff, G. G., & Triplett, N. T. (Eds.). (2015). Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning 4th Edition. Human kinetics.

Hoffman, J. (Ed) (2012) NSCAs Guide to program design Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics

Hutchinson, A. (2011). Which Comes First, Cardio or Weights?: Workout myths, Training truths, and Other Surprising Discoveries from the Science of Exercise. McClelland & Stewart.

Kenney, W.L., Wilmore, J.H. and Costill, D.L.(2012) Physiology of Sport and Exercise (5th Ed). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics [google books

Kennedy-Armbruster, C. & Yoke, M. (2009) Methods of Group Exercise Instruction (2nd Ed) Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics [google books][Ch4 Music,choreography, cueing][Ch12 Water exercise

Ratamess, N. (Ed) (2012) ACSMs Foundations of Strength and Conditioning Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

Spitzer Gibson, T. & Hoeger, W.W.K. (2003) Water Aerobics for Fitness and Wellness (3rd Ed). London: Wadsworth 

Stoppani, J. (2006). Encyclopedia of muscle & strength. Human Kinetics.[google books]

Tumminello, N. (2016) Building Muscle and Performance. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics

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