Personal Trainer Manual: The Resource for Fitness by Richard T. Cotton

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Spencer Copy Editors: Christina Gandolfo, Ronale Tucker Proofreaders: Christina Gandolfo, Ronale Tucker Chapter Models: Bryan Cochran, Diane Duray-Stoner, Kristen Edwards, Scott Fischer, Melissa Garner, Nancy Heyne, Sandra Leichliter, Tony Ordas, Christopher Ranck-Buhr, Darlene Ravelo, Theresa Schoppe, Holli Spicer, Karen Kay Spicer, Dan Trone Cover Model: Eric Sams Acknowledgements: Thanks to the entire American Council on Exercise staff for their support and guidance through the process of creating this manual.

Of all the variables that can affect exercise compliance, perhaps the most important is the quality of the exercise instructor. Research has verified that the number-one factor affecting exercise compliance is the influence of qualified, enthusiastic professionals. Lending credence to this belief are the many effective exercise practices incorporated by qualified instructors such as prescribing progressive exercise to minimize injury, ensuring variety and fun during the session, establishing realistic goals, providing periodic evaluations, keeping adequate records and recognizing accomplishments through rewards and recognition.

This muscle pump leads to a significant increase in venous return, which is required for effective aerobic conditioning. Intensity of Exercise The intensity rule is critical. The principles of aerobic and anaerobic energy production make it clear that exercise at too great an intensity for a client's level of fitness will rely on the anaerobic systems, not the aerobic systems. Research shows that optimum exercise intensity for fitness improvement is in the range of about 50 percent to 85 percent of maximum oxygen consumption.

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