Here are some organizations, publications, and websites that can help you learn more about personal training.
Published by the National Strength and Conditioning Association Bi-monthly. Publishes articles on the latest research findings and knowledge of experienced professionals in the field. (80 pages)
Quarterly publication of the National Strength and Conditioning Association that prints original research by strength and conditioning experts.(120 pages)
Provides business information for personal trainers, from education to how to earn more money while improving their services.
Geared toward the owner/general manager of health and fitness establishments.
This research-based book gets a little technical, but if you want to truly understand the principles behind building muscle and strength as well as have an in-depth look at the muscles and what they do, this book is a great resource. It also includes exercises and workout programs designed to build mass and strength.
This book is a great resource for exercisers in their fifties and older. The authors discuss the reasons that strength training is so important, especially for seniors, and offers strength tests as well as programs to increase strength and endurance.
This easy-to-read book covers every part of the human body, from how your thyroid works to basic anatomy and physiology of the human body. It also includes a food plan and guidelines for a basic exercise program.
The best advice you can get is sometimes from real people who've managed to lose weight and keep it off. This book offers the experiences of over 200 people who have created and maintained healthy lifestyles.
You don't have to be a bodybuilder to appreciate Hugo Rivera's site. He offers great information about building muscle, losing fat, and beginning a strength-training program.
Paige Waehner, the About.com guide to exercise, is an ACE-certified personal trainer who trains clients in their homes in the Chicago area. Her site includes information on nutrition, cardiovascular training, weight training, supplements, and more.
Shereen Jegtvig's Nutrition site offers a wealth of information about the basics of nutrition. Here you'll find information you can pass onto your clients about low-carb diets, essential nutrients your body needs, and more.
Marguerite Ogle's Pilates site provides detailed information about Pilates. You'll learn about the principles behind Pilates, how to breathe during Pilates exercises, how to find a good teacher, and basic Pilates exercises.
Are you training clients who are pregnant or postpartum? If so you may be interested in learning more about healthy pregnancy as well as what your pregnant client can expect at every point during their pregnancy. Visit Robin Elise Weiss's Pregnancy site. She offers articles and tips for prenatal health, postpartum issues, and more.
Whether you want to help your clients run a marathon or just make it around the block, Jesslyn Cummings can help you figure out where to start, with articles, step-by-step guides, shoe reviews, and free running programs.
About.com Sports Medicine
Whether you are training in a gym, at home, or outdoors, you'll find great information at Elizabeth Quinn's Sports Medicine site. She covers the ins and outs of sports injuries, the basics of strength training, and how to get the most out of your body no matter what activities you're involved in.
About.com Walking Guide
Wendy Bumgardner's Walking site should be your first stop if you'd like to start a walking program for your clients. She has a number of free walking programs and workouts as well as information about tools, clothing, shoes, and more.
About.com Weight Loss
Jennifer R. Scott's Weight Loss site offers great information about losing weight, including tips for beginners, detailed articles about specific diets, and information on exercise.
If you'd like to learn more about yoga, especially how to do a variety of yoga postures, visit Ann Pizer's site. She has an extensive database and photo gallery of yoga poses as well as great information about how to get started and which type of yoga is best for you.
American Council on Exercise Library
If you're looking for new and interesting exercise ideas, ACE offers an extensive library that includes everything from balance and stability moves to yoga and strength-training exercises.
Calorie Control Council
This site offers information about how your clients can cut calories in their diets to lose weight and get healthy. There are a variety of tools like calorie and activity calculators as well as a wealth of recipes and articles about eating healthy.
This site offers a wealth of information about exercise, fitness, and nutrition. They have an extensive database of exercises as well as information about exercise guidelines, strength training, cardio exercise, and more.
Plus One Active
Plus One Active offers a variety of online personal training programs. You can choose to work with a trainer and receive a variety of workouts, or if you're more independent, you can sign up to receive a workout program.
Workouts for Women
This site offers online personal training programs for women as well as advice on nutrition, weight loss, and fitness.