Product Description

A guide to water activities for Fitness Leaders and participants of water related fitness programs.
·         Full color digital guide (ebook)
·         for fitness instructors and participants of water related fitness programs
·         easy to follow instructions
·         covers facilities and equipment
·         includes information on how to program an excercise session
·         safety and first aid information
·         legal issues for instructors who wish to offer aqua fitness classes
·         2nd Edition of the print classic, now as an pdf ebook
This is a book for everyone; from professional fitness instructors, to ordinary people who just want to improve their health and fitness.
Aquaftiness can involve a wide variety of things, from swimming or snorkelling to water aerobics or deep water running. Exercising in water has tremendous advantages over exercising on land. It is low impact, and that fact alone reduces likelihood of short or long term injuries; not to mention the fantastic benefits it offers to people who have impaired movement or are undergoing rehabilitation. In addition, the cooling effect of the water, reduces the chance of heat stress during a work out.
The author, John Mason, has been involved in the Recreation industry since the mid 1970’s when he worked as Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Essendon in Victoria. He has been a member of the Australian Council of Physical Education and Recreation since 1977; and is currently principal of the Australian Correspondence Schools. Through this school, John has written and conducts accredited distance education courses including  the Fitness Leaders Certificate and an Advanced Diploma in Recreation-Fitness.
In addition, for the past five years John has practiced what he preaches in this book. He is a qualified scuba diver, has participated regularly in deep water running at a Gold Coast health club; and more recently designed and built his own home pool with specific features to accomadate aquafitness activities.
John has developed this book to serve two purposes:
To provide a guide of how anyone can exercise properly and safely in their own home  pool, or a local swimming pool.
To train fitness leaders in how to orgranise and instruct clients in aquafitness
   (Note: The book has also been written to satisfy the requirements for the Aquafitness
   module required for registration as a fitness instructor in Australia).
If you know someone with back or knee problems; or who is needing rehabilitation after an operation, aquafitness may be the best and safest way for them to rebuild their strength and mobility.
For older people with more fragile bones, aquafitness allows the best opportunity of regular exercise with minimum risk of injury.
For elite sportsmen, aqua exercise allows more frequent and intense exercise with reduced chance of long term detrimental effects on the body.
Chapter 1 Aqua fitness activities
Chapter 2 Facilities and equipment
Chapter 3 Exercises for aqua fitness
Chapter 4 Programming an exercise session
Chapter 5 Safety and health
Chapter 6 Running an exercise session
Chapter 7 Swimming
Appendix I Hydrodynamic principles
Appendix II Directory
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 definitions
Energy production pathways from different foods
What happens during exercise
Training response
More on fatigue
Recovery from exercise
Other factors affecting performance
Human anatomy
The muscular system
The respiratory system
The circulatory system
The physiology of the circulatory system
Chapter 2 equipment & facilities
Where to exercise
Outdoor areas
Clothing and footwear
Characteristics of equipment
Examples of equipment used in aerobic activities
Other types of equipment specific to aerobics classes
Aerobic home equipment
Maintaining equipment
Outdoors/park equipment used for aerobic exercises
Chapter 3 exercises
How often, how hard
Exercise movement components
Stepping & climbing
Ball sports
Horse riding
Tai chi (tai qi)
Wilderness areas
Gym/class exercises
Muscle conditioning
Chapter 4 special people & situations
Older adults
People with disabilities &/or handicaps
Overweight people
Other health problems
Chapter 5 safety
Aerobic classes
Safety related issues
Safety in other aerobic activities
First aid considerations
Identifying hazards
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).
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