The Essential Guide to Fitness,
4th Edition

Rosemary Marchese, Julie Taylor, Kirsten Fagan

ISBN-13: 9780170413701 | ISBN-10: 0170413705

Copyright 2019

| Published 2019

| 528 pages

List Price USD $79.25


Essential Guide to Fitness has been written for the Certificate III in Fitness. You'll be able to become employed in the fitness industry and work independently in other environments such as in leisure, aquatic and community centres. The text provides you with a background in anatomy, physiology and nutrition. It also introduces you to fitness orientation and programming, types of equipment and working with specific groups. It includes lots of real-world examples and activities to help you apply what you’ve learnt. Essential Guide to Fitness is highly illustrated with full colour diagrams and photographs.

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Meet the Authors

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Rosemary Marchese is one of Australia’s leading fitness educators, with more than 20 years’ experience in the fitness and health industries. She is the owner of a physiotherapy clinic in Sydney, NSW and specialises in treating sports injuries, scoliosis, and neck and back problems. She is a highly recognised author and has worked firsthand as a fitness instructor, personal trainer and group-exercise instructor. She has more than two decades of experience ‘behind the scenes’ in fitness, including having consulted and written the standards for the entire Australian fitness industry. Rosemary has extensive experience in developing learning, assessment and curriculum materials for both private and public institutions.

Julie Taylor is a passionate educator in the fitness industry with extensive teaching and lecturing experience at high schools, TAFE NSW and the University of Technology Sydney. During her career she has received multiple awards, including for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, and Innovation in Teaching. This can be attributed to her practical experience and her formal qualifications in Education and Learning Design. Her more recent experience is as an Instructional Designer in Learning Technology and Educational Excellence at TAFE NSW. She has developed a virtual-reality orientation app for the Certificate III in Fitness course and numerous online blended learning resources.

Kirsten Fagan has been involved in the health and fitness industry for more than 25 years. A personal trainer for the past 15 years, Kirsten’s passion for fitness developed from her own professional basketball career within Australia, Europe and the US. Kirsten has also worked extensively with primary-, high-school and graduate students. Her current role is Manager of Sport, Recreation, Fitness, Massage, Allied Health Nutrition, Complementary Health and Beauty Services at Holmesglen Institute.

  • A NEW icon identifies the location of foundation skills throughout the text: reading, numeracy, problem solving, communication, planning and organising skills
  • NEW chapter on children and adolescents addresses additional general electives (chapter 14)
  • Endurance training content has been revised and is now included in the main text (chapter 10)
  • New Australian Fitness Industry Risk Management (AFIRM) guidelines; Addition of resources to assist risk management
  • MindTap for Essential Guide to Fitness includes quizzing, labelling activities, research activities, workout templates, dietary guides, and the complete eBook to support online and blended course delivery
  • Addition of beginner, intermediate and advanced level for exercises and equipment to reduce risk
  • Addition of social media in providing quality customer service, more detail in handling customer complaints, and Fitness Australia's 'ten principles for good business practices in the fitness setting' in the quality service chapter
  • 'Tip' icons call out important things to consider and remember as a fitness trainer. Students check their understanding of chapter concepts by completing the 'Workout' activities in each chapter
  • Closer alignment of learning objectives with competency elements for training delivery

Table of Contents

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Part 1 Introduction to the human body and healthy eating
1 Anatomy and Physiology
2 Nutrition

Part 2 Fitness orientation and health screening
3 Fitness orientation and health screening

Part 3 Fitness programming, instruction and equipment
4 Fitness appraisals
5 Fitness programs
6 Gym programs
7 Fitness equipment
8 Group exercise sessions
9 Water-based fitness
10 Endurance training programs

Part 4 Risk analysis and work health and safety
11 Risk analysis and work health and safety

Part 5 Specific market and populations
12 Fitness for specific populations
13 Older populations
14 Children and adolescents
15 Community fitness programs
16 Facilitating groups

Part 6
17 Quality service in the fitness industry

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The Essential Guide to Fitness

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