A person with reasonable aerobic fitness usually has a healthy heart, lungs and circulatory system. This means that they are able to breathe well, absorb plenty of oxygen into the blood, and efficiently transfer that oxygen throughout the body. It also means that waste products can be easily removed from the body by being absorbed into the the blood and carried effectively to where they can be eliminated
By maintaining good aerobic fitness you will generally perform better in intellectual as well as physical pursuits; you will tend to resist illness better, live longer and find it easier to maintain a healthy mental state.
This book will assist the reader to generally improve their aerobic fitness levels and overall health. It looks at equipment, facilities and current trends within the fitness industry, including fitness testing, exercises, programming and safety.
The reader will also learn about the body and its functions, enabling them to educate others to reach their aerobic potential.
Differences between aerobic and anaerobic exercise
Chapter 1 human biology & aerobic fitness
Sources of atp
Energy production pathways from different foods
What happens during exercise
More on fatigue
Recovery from exercise
Other factors affecting performance
The muscular system
The respiratory system
The circulatory system
The physiology of the circulatory system
Chapter 2 equipment & facilities
Where to exercise
Clothing and footwear
Characteristics of equipment
Examples of equipment used in aerobic activities
Other types of equipment specific to aerobics classes
Aerobic home equipment
Outdoors/park equipment used for aerobic exercises
Chapter 3 exercises
How often, how hard
Exercise movement components
Stepping & climbing
Tai chi (tai qi)
Chapter 4 special people & situations
People with disabilities &/or handicaps
Other health problems
Chapter 5 safety
Safety related issues
Safety in other aerobic activities
First aid considerations
Pre-screening of clients
Legal liabilities for fitness instructors
Chapter 6 fitness testing/assessment
What do we test?
What can we measure?
Designing fitness tests
Chapter 7 programming, motivation & leadership
Fitness/aerobics class design
Programming an exercise session
Designing exercise programmes
A typical aerobics class
Writing an exercise programme
Classes for different types of people
Configurations or patterns for movement
Dealing with complaints
Chapter 8 directory/appendix
About the Author
John L. Mason Dip.Hort.Sc., Sup'n Cert., FIOH, FPLA, MAIH, MACHPER, MASA
Mr Mason has had over 35 years experience in the fields of Horticulture, Recreation, Education and Journalism. He has extensive experience both as a public servant, and as a small business owner. John has held positions ranging from Director of Parks and Recreation (City of Essendon) to magazine editor.
John is a well respected member of many professional associations, and author of over thirty five books and of over two thousand magazine articles. Even today, John continues to write books for various publishers including Simon and Shuster, and Landlinks Press (CSIRO Publishing).