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 (includes the following) - [click here]

  • 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 - Exercise Programming Cards

Journal Articles

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]

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]

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.

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My reading list on fitness instruction

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

Mechanisms of Hypertrophy

Tim Noakes on Overhydration

Supporting behaviour change

Physical Activity Guidelines

Training Stability

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