L3 Personal Trainer Course

This page contains key recommended resources for my students that are working towards top-up qualifications in personal training or similar.

Course briefing

[click here] to access the following information

  • case study briefing

  • case study assessment criteria

  • practical briefing

  • practical assessment criteria

  • session evaluation (for use in practical assessment)

  • L3 anatomy list

  • L3 practical explanation of terms

  • PT Course further reading list

Further Resource on this website:

Needs Analysis

Exercise Programming

Mechanisms of Hypertrophy

Neuromuscular Adaptations

Chronic Cardio-Respiratory Adaptations

Supporting behaviour change

Physical Activity Guidelines

Training the Core

High-Intensity Interval Training for Health


Other L3 PT Resources

Giant Sets - https://parallelcoaching.co.uk/what-is-a-giant-set-training-system

Pre and Post Exhaust Sets - https://parallelcoaching.co.uk/what-are-pre-exhaust-and-post-exhaust-sets-resistance-training-systems

Tri-Sets - https://parallelcoaching.co.uk/what-is-a-triset-training-system

Supersetting - https://parallelcoaching.co.uk/episode-017-supersetting-agonist-antagonist-pairs

Recommended Journal Articles

Biddle, S. J., & Batterham, A. M. (2015). High-intensity interval exercise training for public health: a big HIT or shall we HIT it on the head?. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 12(1), 95. [full text]

Jones, A. M. (2006) The physiology of the world record holder for the women's marathon. International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching Vol.1, 101-116 [full text]

Jackson, D. (2010). How Personal Trainers Can Use Self-Efficacy Theory to Enhance Exercise Behavior in Beginning Exercisers. Strength & Conditioning Journal, 32(3), 67-71 [full text]

Lewis, P. B., Ruby, D., & Bush-Joseph, C. A. (2012). Muscle Soreness and Delayed-Onset Muscle Soreness. Clinics in Sports Medicine, 31(2), 255-262. [full text]

McGuigan, M. R., Cormack, S. J., & Gill, N. D. (2013). Strength and power profiling of athletes: Selecting tests and how to use the information for program design. Strength & Conditioning Journal, 35(6), 7-14. [full text]

Thomas, D. T., Erdman, K. A., & Burke, L. M. (2016). Position of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Dietitians of Canada, and the American College of Sports Medicine: Nutrition and Athletic Performance. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 116(3), 501-528. [full text]

Suchomel, T. J., Nimphius, S., Bellon, C. R., & Stone, M. H. (2018). The importance of muscular strength: Training considerations. Sports Medicine, 1-21. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40279-018-0862-z [full text]


My "fitness instruction" reading list

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

Online Reading

Tim Noakes on Overhydration

Christian Thibadeau workout

Fatigue; Central, peripheral or perceptual

Podcasts (fitness and critical thinking)

GainCast with Vern Gambetta

We Do Science by Guru Performance

More or Less on BBC Radio4

You are not so smart by David McRaney

see below for approaches to aerobic training and screening lecture notes