This package contains the following products:
- 9781609139551 ACSM ACSM’s Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription, 9e
- 9781609139544 ACSM ACSM’s Certification Review, 4e
- 9781451108590 ACSM ACSM’s Resources for the Personal Trainer, 4e
This was the textbook for a college class that was essentially a certification prep, and the bookstore stocked the previous edition. Side-by-side comparisons with my classmates showed not only is there more material and updated guidelines that you’ll need to know in the 4th edition, but that ACSM has completely revamped the way they structure the content/topics for the certification exam. So if you’re going to sit for the exam, get a 4th edition if you can.
As far as the content itself goes, the Resources book is thorough and has a lot of good info in it. I’ve not taken the exam yet, so I can’t speak to how well the contents of this book or the Certification Review track to the exam itself. But we did do a “practice test” in class with questions taken from the actual exam test bank, and none of the questions were new material or unexpected (although a few were trickier than expected). The Certification Review also has a lot of key charts, guidelines and tables pulled from the textbook for easy reference, which is handy for focused studying.
I’m just now starting the Exercise Prescription Guidelines, but it appears to be a fantastic reference (in fact, one of our guest lecturers, who is not only certified but works for the ACSM exam board, noted that she refers to it all the time in her practice). It also reads like some ACSM guidelines re: risk stratification and recommendations have been updated recently, so aside from its practical value as reference material, it’s worth having if you’re going to sit for the exam.
Product Details :
- Paperback: 456 pages
- Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 9 Pap/Har/ edition (February 8, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1469832402
- ISBN-13: 978-1469832401
- Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 8.5 x 11 inches