NASM 6th Edition chapter 8 – Cardiorespiratory Fitness Training

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Chapter 8 NASM study guide

Important definitions to memorize

Overtraining: Going beyond the point in your training where you cannot recover. It is important to give one’s body enough time to recuperate and recover from exercise. To do this you need to include rest as well as change up the exercise intensity of a workout routine. Overtraining can cause a decrease in performance. In extreme circumstances, one can even lose muscle size and strength.

General warm-up: A general warm-up is used to get the whole entire body to perform general exercises. Examples of a general warm-up are riding a stationary bike or jogging on a treadmill before a workout.

Specific warm-up: Specific warm-ups are used to get the body ready for specific exercises. You can think of a specific warm-up as performing knee push-ups to warm up the chest before moving onto the bench press.

Cool down: Cooling down the body after exercise is important as it transitions are bodies back to a state of rest. The benefits include slowly lowering one’s heart rate, prevents blood pooling in our extremities, restores our normal body temperature and gradually brings our muscle length back to an optimal state.

FITTE factors

  • Frequency: Frequency is how many sessions are done in a certain timeframe. Usually, time frames consist of a one-week period of time. The recommended frequency for exercise for somebody whose goal is general health is every day of the week for short periods of time. For improving fitness levels, the recommended frequency is between three and five days every week.
  • Intensity: This refers to how much demand the body is put through during a particular workout. The way to measure intensity is usually by measuring one’s heart rate. For people who have a goal of improving their general health, moderate intensity is the preferred method. This means increasing respiratory rates and heart rate but not so intense where your client is breathless and exhausted. The level of intensity ranges between 65% and 95% of your client’s maximum heart rate.
  • Time: This refers to how long a workout session lasts. This is typically measured in minutes. For general health goals, 30 minutes a day and five days a week is what is recommended.
  • Type: This refers to what type of physical activity is performed. General types of exercises that are encouraged include, mowing the lawn, walking to the grocery store and using stairs instead of elevators. To improve one’s fitness level, machines that are typically used are stationary bikes, step machines, treadmills, aerobic classes, weight training and playing sports.
  • Enjoyment: The enjoyment level is a very subjective thing that people experience on an individual basis. This is also one of the most important parts of any workout program. Should coincide with the likes, dislikes, and personality of the person performing the program.

Training Zones

Zone 1:

  • Heart rate Max between 65% and 75%
  • Yoga, walking and light jogging
  • Low intensity overall

Zone 2:

  • Heart rate Max between 76% and 85%
  • Kickboxing, step classes, dance classes, group classes in general
  • Moderate training intensity

Zone 3:

  • Heart rate Max between 86% and 95%
  • Max cardio effort, sprints, High-intensity interval training

Circuit training: A beneficial form of cardio training. Circuit training is where you perform cardio exercises and/or strength exercises in succession with one right after the other and practically no rest between. You can use the circuit training cardio methods and all three of the OPT model stabilization, strength as well as power. Circuit training is just as beneficial as other forms of cardiovascular training for improving fitness levels.

Interval Training:  Intensity intervals vary throughout the workout. An example is one-minute high-intensity interval and then 3-minute recovery.

Recommended exercise for adults: 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous high-intensity aerobic exercise.

Cardiovascular training for general health: A moderate intensity is recommended at or below 60% of maximal oxygen consumption.



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