ACSM's Resources for the Group Exercise Instructor


ACSM's Resources for the Group Exercise Instructor

Prepared for publication by American College of Sports Medicine, Edited by Grace DeSimone

Exercise Science, Health Professions
  • Paperback
  • 9781608311965
  • November 2011
  • 336 pages
  • List Price: £53.00
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ACSM’s Resources for the Group Exercise Instructor gives you the knowledge and the skills you need to effectively lead group exercise.  You’ll learn how to take advantage of group dynamics to improve health and well-being.  You’ll also discover how to work with clients with special needs, so that everyone can safely benefit from group exercise.  Moreover, the book shows how the skills you’ll gain can easily be adapted to different environments, including gyms, studios, recreational facilities, and clubs.


Developed by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), this book thoroughly prepares you to become an ACSM Certified Group Exercise Instructor.  Following an introduction, which includes a profile of a group exercise instructor, the book covers such topics as leadership, class design, legal issues and responsibilities, and exercise science.  The book’s accompanying video demonstrates how the techniques discussed in the book are put into practice during an actual group exercise class.


Part I               Introduction to Group Exercise Instruction
Chapter 1        Profile of a Group Exercise Instructor: Education, Credentials, Scope, and
Chapter 2        Profile of a Group Exercise Participant: Health Screening Tools      
Part II              Leadership and Design
Chapter 3        Class Design and Programming         
Chapter 4        Communication Skills: Adherence and Motivation   
Chapter 5        Choreography, Cueing, and Music    
Chapter 6        Teaching Your Class
Chapter 7        Hospitality and Conflict Resolution
Chapter 8        Students with Special Concerns        
Chapter 9        Specialty Classes
Chapter 10      Legal Issues and Responsibilities
Part III                        Exercise Science for the Group Exercise Instructor
Chapter 11      Exercise Physiology
Chapter 12      Anatomy, Kinesiology, and Biomechanics
Chapter 13      Introduction to Nutrition

Appendix A    Sample Job Descriptions
Appendix B    ACSM Certified Health Fitness Specialist Job Task Analysis 

ACSM's Group Exercise Instructor KSs/JTAs



Publication Month
November 2011

Product Format
Height x Width
7011 x 5411 mm
339287 grams
Number of Pages
336 pages

MEDICAL / Sports Medicine


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