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Chapter 1. Structure and Function of the Muscular, Nervous, and Skeletal Systems
Chapter 2. Structure and Function of the Cardiorespiratory System
Chapter 3. Bioenergetics
Chapter 4. Biomechanics
Chapter 5. Responses and Adaptations to Resistance Training
Chapter 6. Responses and Adaptations to Aerobic Endurance Training
Chapter 7. Nutrition Concepts and Strategies
Chapter 8. Exercise Psychology, Goal Setting, and Motivation
Chapter 9. Client Consultation and Health Appraisal
Chapter 10. Fitness Evaluation, Selection, and Administration
Chapter 11. Fitness Evaluation Protocols and Norms
Chapter 12. Flexibility and Warm-Up Concepts and Bodyweight and Stability Ball Exercise Technique
Chapter 13. Resistance Exercise Technique
Chapter 14. Cardiovascular Exercise Technique
Chapter 15. Resistance Training Program Design
Chapter 16. Aerobic Training Program Design
Chapter 17. Plyometric and Speed Training Program Design and Technique
Chapter 18. Clients Who Are Preadolescent, Older, or Pregnant
Chapter 19. Clients With Nutritional or Metabolic Concerns
Chapter 20. Clients With Cardiovascular or Respiratory Conditions
Chapter 21. Clients With Orthopedic, Injury, or Rehabilitation Concerns
Chapter 22. Clients With Spinal Cord Injury, Multiple Sclerosis, Epilepsy, or Cerebral Palsy
Chapter 23. Resistance Training for Clients Who Are Athletes
Chapter 24. Facility and Equipment Layout and Maintenance
Chapter 25. Professional, Legal, and Ethical Responsibilities of Personal Trainers
Appendix: The Business of Personal Training

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