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ACSM Certified Personal Trainer Certification Preparation Course

Prepared By: Trent Cayot, PhD, ACSM-EP

Course Description: Prepare for the ACSM-CPT exam with this convenient, online course. Learn and study at your own pace with audio and PowerPoint presentations. The course includes access to 6 modules that cover:

  • Module 1 – Personal Training Terminology, Applied Anatomy, and Basic... Details
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ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal® November – December 2020 CEC Course #1: The New ACSM Recommendations for Preventing Cardiovascular Events at Fitness Facilities

By Deborah Riebe, Ph.D., FACSM, ACSM-EP; Aaron L. Baggish, M.D., FACSM; Barry Franklin, Ph.D., FACSM, ACSM-PD, ACSM-CEP; Carrie Jaworski, M.D., FACSM; and Paul D. Thompson, M.D., FACSM

Providing a safe exercise environment is of the utmost importance in health-fitness... Details

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ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal® November – December 2020 CEC Course #2: Fit for Flight - A Fitness Professional’s Guide to Healthy Air Travel

By Christopher G. Berger, PhD, ACSM-EP, CSCS

Modern air travel is often stressful but it need not be unhealthy. By understanding some of the stresses of air travel in terms of pre-, in-, and post-flight problems, you and your clients can travel more comfortably in the future. U.S.... Details

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ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal® November – December 2020 CEC Course #3: Grit: A Weight Maintenance Tool for Health Coaches

By Christine Sperdute, DHSc, MS, ACSM-CEP

Research has shown that grit is very important in the maintenance phase of behavior, meaning incorporating the concept of grit into existing weight-maintenance interventions may improve long-term outcomes. Grit can be incorporated very easily into health coaching... Details

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ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal® November – December 2020 CEC Course #4: The Potential Health Benefits of Meditation

By Cynthia Allen, PhD 

The main purpose of this article is to help fitness professionals understand the positive effects of meditation on multiple health outcomes including diabetes, blood pressure, sleep disturbances, mental health issues, and binge eating disorder. Because negative thinking... Details

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ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal®: September - October 2020 CEC Course #1: Exercise during Pregnancy: A Prescription for Improved Maternal/Fetal Well-being

By Margie H. Davenport, PhD

Prenatal physical activity is recommended by Guidelines around the world to improve the physical and mental health of pregnant women and her fetus. Learn more about how physical activity promotes health and wellness during pregnancy, as well as important ... Details

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ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal®: September - October 2020 CEC Course #2: Wellness Right from the Start: Birth through Early Childhood

By Avery D. Faigenbaum, EdD, FACSM and Laura E. Bruno, PhD

The early years of life are a critical period of time for developing healthy behaviors, nurturing responsive care, and providing a safe environment that facilitates growth and exploration. If young girls and boys start on a path to wellness right... Details

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ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal®: September - October 2020 CEC Course #3: Long-Term Athletic Development as a Framework to Influence Wellness during Childhood and Adolescence    

By Joey C. Eisenmann, Ph.D.; Rick Howard, M.Ed.; and Tony Moreno, Ph.D.

Today’s youth face several challenges related to physical activity, sports, physical education, physical fitness, and psycho-social well-being. The long-term... Details

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ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal®: September - October 2020 CEC Course #4: Enhancing Wellness during Young Adulthood

By Gary A. Sforzo, Ph.D., FACSM and David Diggin, Ph.D.

Figuring out how to help young adults adopt and maintain healthy wellness habits is a challenge the successful health and fitness professional must navigate. Taking advantage of extrinsic motivators (games, rewards, technologies) may kick-start healthy actions for... Details

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ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal®: September - October 2020 CEC Course #5: Midlife Functional Fitness: A Key to Successful Aging

By Ellen M. Evans Ph.D., FACSM and Isaura M. Castillo-Hernández, M.S.

To enhance the probability of successful active aging and being fully engaged in life within all dimensions of wellness, invest in health behaviors, especially exercise and physical activity during midlife which will also improve daily... Details

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ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal®: September - October 2020 CEC Course #6: Keep on: Staying Active to Promote Well-being to Enjoy the Golden Years

By Barbara A. Bushman, Ph.D., FACSM and Stacy Goddard, DHEd, MCHES

Although age-related physiological changes will occur, regular physical activity is one lifestyle factor that enhances preservation of functional capacity and reduces risk for several chronic diseases. Physical activity... Details

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Wellcoaches: Behavior Change Agent

While Health and Wellness Coaches partner with clients seeking self-directed and lasting changes, we can each improve our relationships at work, and a home, by shifting just a few key behaviors. Based on the most important concepts in Wellcoaches Core Coach Training, this abbreviated course is designed for the student who does not intend to become a Coach but... Details

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ACSM's 2016 Health & Fitness Summit: Cross Train Your Brain

By Terry Eckmann

Explore the effects of a cross-training on the brain. Review the anatomy and physiology of the brain. Explore current research and learn how aerobic exercise, resistance training, tai chi, yoga, sports, and meditation affect the brain.

Learning Objectives:

• Identify the critical domains to a brain-healthy lifestyle.

• Apply... Details

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ACSM's 2016 Health & Fitness Summit: An Internet-based Nutrition and Physical Activity Intervention for Overweight

By Amy Bidwell

Attenuating the obesity epidemic is a public health priority. Dr. Bidwell will be discussing the latest research in the field of obesity, specifically focusing on behavior change techniques used in a 16-week, online intervention protocol. Moreover, Dr. Bidwell will discuss her utilization of the... Details

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ACSM's 2016 Health & Fitness Summit: Fitness Professionals and Healthcare: An Integrated Approach for Working

By Brad Roy

Health and fitness professionals, working within their specific scope of practice have an unprecedented opportunity to partner with other healthcare professionals to effectively facilitate health behavior changes. This session will present a model for working with clients that have one or more chronic health conditions. ... Details

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ACSM's 2016 Health & Fitness Summit: Diet Smack-Down: Paleo versus Vegan

By Zonya Foco

Should we eat vegetarian, or like a caveman? With wheat and dairy or without? With so many opposing endorsements, what’s a health educator to do? This session will break down the evidence for all, helping you to help others take the best from each approach, creating a realistic and successful eating style for life.

Learning... Details

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ACSM's 2016 Health & Fitness Summit: Nutrition in Inflammation and Immunity

By Laura Kruskall

Dr. Kruskall will discuss current hot topics in nutrition. Most likely these will be related to gut health, anti-inflammatory eating, and/or vitamin D & omega-3.

Learning Objectives

• Understand the difference between acute and chronic inflammation

• Understand the role of inflammation in the... Details

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ACSM's 2016 Health & Fitness Summit: Under-Eating and Under-Performing

By Damon McCune

Damon will discuss the common misconceptions that athletes have about food intake and how that can effect their performance and health. He will also address health risks and metabolic adaptations that are association with improper nutritional intake. Finally, he will elaborate on how to correct these adaptations from a nutritional standpoint to... Details

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ACSM's 2016 Health & Fitness Summit: True or False: An Assessment of Today's Hottest Hydration and Recovery Trends

By Tara Gidus Collingwood

Nutrition is a hot topic, and it’s a topic that your clients often look to you for information and advice. This session will review the most talked about nutritional recovery techniques, including hydration, and provide assessments of each based on scientific research. It will also offer... Details

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ACSM's 2016 Health & Fitness Summit: Workshop: Health & Wellness Coaching: Evidence & Practice

By Gary Sforzo and Margaret Moore

The plan is to present the practitioner with both evidence and practice tips for implementing health and wellness coaching techniques. We will present some of our current research findings while also addressing the state of the existing coaching literature. After briefly discussing the obstacles impacting... Details

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ACSM's 2016 Health & Fitness Summit: Activity Trackers: Reaching the Non-Movers

By Carol Kennedy-Armbruster & Dixie Stanforth

Two prac-ademics explore the realities of the health/fitness industry shifting health behaviors of just 20% of the population. How do we “reach” the 80% who are not involved? Do they need “exercise” or is becoming less sedentary and moving more enough? Case studies and stories from the field provide insights about... Details

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ACSM's 2016 Health & Fitness Summit: Using Self-Affirmation Theory for Positive Behavior Change

By Mary Yoke

Research has shown that the use of self-affirmation can help with multiple types of behavior change, including the increase of physical activity, healthy eating patterns, medication adherence, smoking cessation, and even improved study habits! Mary will review current findings and lead you through several positive self-affirmation ... Details

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ACSM's 2016 Health & Fitness Summit: Running Gait - Injury, Intervention, and Implications

By Roberto Ruiz

Do your clients run to improve health and lose weight, but wake up with aches and pain? Running gait may have implications with injury. Running is simple to do, but can be complex to analyze and Roberto will provide simple take home tips, red flags for possible injury, and possible interventions for your clients that... Details

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ACSM's 2016 Health & Fitness Summit: The Fitness Professionals Quiz: How Much Do You Know?

By James Churilla

Health and fitness professionals possess various levels of knowledge and expertise in the areas of exercise equipment, preventive medicine, risk factor identification, chronic diseases, exercise guidelines, exercise testing, and exercise prescription. In a relaxed, anonymous setting, the presenting faculty member of this session... Details

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ACSM's 2016 Health & Fitness Summit: The Dr. Bortz Lecture: Act Your Age: Resistance Training for Healthy Aging

By Nicholas Beltz & Jeffrey Janot

Healthy aging is not completely reliant on improving muscular strength and endurance but rather on slowing the natural loss of muscular fitness. Muscular fitness is the single most crucial factor for maintaining functional independence and preventing chronic disease in an aging population.... Details