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NASM Essentials of Personal Fitness Training

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  296 ratings  ·  29 reviews
Developed by the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), this book is designed to help people prepare for the NASM Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) Certification exam or learn the basic principles of personal training using NASM's Optimum Performance Training (OPT) model. The OPT model presents NASM's protocols for building stabilization, strength, and power.

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Hardcover, 552 pages
Published April 28th 2007 by LWW (first published April 1st 2007)
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Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This has been my life for the last several weeks. I have my degree in Exercise Science, and have recently decided to begin work at certain certifications. I love the science, and inner workings of the human body. It truly is miraculous, and so important that we take care of what we are given.
Justin Simpson
Jan 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I picked this book up as part of the fairly-basic NASM CPT program and I'll have to say, after taking the test, I think it was the most useful bit of information from the whole program. I did all the activities, watched the lectures, the client cueing, took the practice quizzes, tests and midterms. I used several of NASM's official study guides and wore myself out reading it all. Ultimately, I passed my exam, but it wasn't because of anything supplementary. To have a chance of passing the test - ...more
May 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I purchased this NASM textbook along with the NASM certified personal trainer program. I thought the book was set up extremely well, which made it easier to study. The chapters are separated by the science behind the fitness (biology and anatomy, especially the muscles), the fitness (assessments and workouts), and nutrition. While the book didn't make the information easier, it did make it easier to take notes and learn from. There is a ton of information in the book, and at times is difficult t ...more
Aug 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Not the most enjoyable read of my life but this is a solid text book. Wish there was a little more on nutrition and diet. The appendices are helpful though some of the glossary definitions are convoluted. All in all it would make a good introductory book for someone interested in personal training or just planning on getting serious about exercise.
Jun 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fitness
Solid, informative, and tolerable as far as textbooks go, though it was a tad repetitive and didn't need to be as long as it was. Intelligently structured and jam-packed with information, though. Will be a great reference down the line.
Bryan Zhao
May 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Workout 101, involving a variety of aspects of human movement basics. Let us know what kind of training do we need so badly because of the stage we are in right now. And how do we develop our plan for the future.
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Awesome book, great info. I received my Academic Associate in Advanced Personal Training and Exercise Science. This is a book to always read and reference.
Oct 18, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: textbooks
This desperately needs a comprehensive research update.
Aug 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Teach yourself how to workout. Get to know your body and train it. Why are we so attracted to the latest quick fitness fix books.. Why not learn from the best. As far as fitness books go, this is still the most straight forward and user friendly. I know, hokey for a personal trainer to recommend the certification textbook. Even after all the texts read in school, or fad books clients bring me... This one is still the best.
Michael M
Feb 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was the study material for my first personal training certification.

I actually liked the book, and found it to be ver informative and helpful in my profession.
If your are interested in sports it's a good starter that will teach you the science behind a human movement system.

The book presents a model they call OPT which has stabilization, strength, hypertrophy, maximal strength, and power.
Feb 27, 2009 rated it really liked it
What I like about NASM's program for personal trainers is that they teach you to work on not just strength but flexibility, balance, nutrition, and the mindset of the client.

It's an integrated and whole body approach that allows all parts of the body to get fit before adding lots of pounds to their resistance training.
Mar 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars. Great information, and truly essential for personal trainers. The book lost half a star because its table of contents and index weren't detailed enough, making it hard to find things. There were also several errors in the book. Again, the content was excellent for anyone serious about becoming a personal trainer.
Nov 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Good, but lacking some detail in parts. I would love to see more sample workouts with much more detail of how to structure them, rather than just giving us the acute variables, and leaving us to figure out how to organize it all by ourselves.
May 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Exercise physiology, anatomy, program design, nutrition, even tips on starting out in the fitness industry. More than just a text, it's a great resource for anyone who is interested in fitness or plans on a career in personal training.
Jul 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Excellent sports medicne educational material and reference. I believe NASM is a step above ACSM and NSCA. The content and reserach is more up to date and detailed than ACSM.
Aug 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book gave me knowledge and money ;-)
Jun 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Everything you need (and probably don't need) to become a personal trainer.
Sep 23, 2008 rated it liked it
Very informative.
Nov 02, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
A fairly dense textbook, but it's all legit. I learned a lot.
Jul 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Personal Trainer certification or bust!!

(Even though I'm a music teacher by career and am just doing this whole thing for fun, haha.)
Sep 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
I think i'll buy this book to keep
Noelle (Neilan) Houghton
Nov 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
While this book wasn't exactly for pleasure, it certainly did help me to pass my exam. Now I can officially say that I am a Certified Personal Trainer!

Lindsay Sacks
Jan 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Must have study guide for passing the NASM test.
Jan 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome resource based on real research!
Nick Rainey
Apr 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Best text for helping someone be come a certified personal trainer. I'm not certified through NASM, but I read this text for the great information it provides.
Sep 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
May be the first textbook I have read cover to cover...though out of order. Great reference and learning.
Jul 19, 2008 rated it it was ok
Only reason I read it was to prepare for my certification testing. Not the most fun read!
Dec 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Longest book in pages I have read this year. So full of wonderful information about how our bodies work. We are miracles! So much going on inside.
Andy Ruse
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