NASM 6th Edition chapter 15 - Introduction to Exercise Modalities
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Chapter 15 NASM study guide

The different general modalities used by personal trainers and their benefits

Free Weights

  • Helps with core stabilization
  • A wide variety of clients with different goals can use it
  • Helps with postural stability
  • Exercise technique is important

Machines

  • Great for new clients (not as intimidating)
  • A spotter is not required.
  • Great for clients with special needs
  • Can provide different intensities and weights

Elastic bands (rubber tubing)

  • Cheap alternative to resistance training with weights
  • Different planes of motion can be used easily
  • Varying thicknesses, shapes, and colors for different resistances
  • Can reach a wide range of motions

Medicine balls

  • Comes in different weights
  • Good for power, endurance, and muscular strength
  • Benefits of dynamic power
  • Multiple planes of motion and intensities

Kettlebells

  • Good for balance and coordination
  • Helps with core stability
  • Helps with the grip strength
  • Exercise technique is important

Bodyweight exercises

  • Uses one’s own body weight as the resistance
  • Exercise form is important
  • Additional equipment is unnecessary
  • You can train all the planes of motion

TRX

  • Helps to regress or progress exercises for special needs clients
  • It can help intensify the activation of muscles.
  • Exercise technique/form is important.

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Tyler Read

Tyler Read, BSc, CPT. Tyler holds a B.S. in Kinesiology from Sonoma State University and is a certified personal trainer (CPT) with NASM (National Academy of sports medicine), and has over 15 years of experience working as a personal trainer. He is a published author of running start, and a frequent contributing author on Healthline and Eat this, not that.

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