Posts Tagged "Strength and Conditioning Certification"

The Book is Finished!

Posted by on May 6, 2014 in Book, Exam Preparation, Exercise Science, Exercise Technique, Facility Management, Nutrition, Org & Administration, Personal, Program Design, Review Topics | 7 comments

Wow – talk about the biggest project I have ever undertaken. I’m glad to be done, but at the same time I feel like I could’ve kept going… I’ll have to save those thoughts for a later edition.

Book stats:

Page Count: 104 pages
Word Count: 16,663 words
Image/Diagram Count: 56

The Ultimate Guide to the CSCS Exam

 Table of contents preview:

  • Disclaimer
  • Preface
  • About the Author
  • Materials You Will Need
    • Cost Breakdown
    • Exam Breakdown
  • Part 1 – Scientific Foundations
    • Exercise Science
      • The Sliding Filament Theory Revisited
      • Statics of the Human Musculoskeletal System
      • More Statics: Levers and Mechanics
      • Gender Differences
      • Muscle Twitch
      • Humans: A Hybrid Energy System
      • The Physics of Human Motion
      • Key Anatomy Points
    • Nutrition
      • Protein
      • Carbohydrates
      • Fat
      • Hydration
      • Food Disorders
  • Part 2 – Practical & Applied Knowledge
    • Exercise Technique
      • Fundamental Rules
      • Handgrips
      • Five-Point Body Contact Position
      • Breathing & the Valsalva Maneuver
      • The Five Phases of Sprinting
    • Program Design
      • The Seven Steps of Program Design
      • Cycles and Periodization
    • Organization and Administration
      • Facility Specifications
    • Testing and Evaluation
      • Memorization of the Mean
      • Statistics Review
    • Conclusion and Final Thoughts


Pricing and other thoughts

I’ve priced the book at $27 – I feel this is justified given the amount of unique content I’m providing.

This is not a rehashing of the NSCA book, this is not an outline, it’s high quality content that will set you back less than the price of one online practice exam from the NSCA. As I get feedback I plan on editing and updating the book – purchasing this book at any time entitles you to all future updates. As I said in my previous post the pricing will always be the cheapest possible when you buy it, because it’s only going to go up as I add and update the content.

And with that, I know a bunch of you are scheduled to take the exam in the next month or two. Good luck to you, and I hope my book helps. As always, feel free to contact me via email with any questions, clarifications, or criticisms.

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Resistance Training & Program Design part 1A

Posted by on Feb 14, 2013 in Program Design, Review Topics | 0 comments

I struggled for a bit trying to decide how to cover my current study topics into relevant blog posts.  My last post simply covered a chapter, and that seemed ok but chapter 14 was more conducive to covering in that manner as a lot of the information was common sense.

Enter Chapter 15 – Resistance Training.  A beast of a chapter, to say the least.  Lots of details here, lots of nuance, and lots of very valuable information.  I suspect that despite it only being one chapter, it holds proportionally more questions in the CSCS exam due to the level of detail and importance of …well resistance training, aka the bread and butter of the NSCA.

The purpose of this chapter is to prepare you for designing a resistance training program for an athlete, and in so doing seven program design variables need to be addressed.

  1. Needs analysis
  2. Exercise selection
  3. Training frequency
  4. Exercise order
  5. Training load and repetitions
  6. Volume
  7. Rest periods

Let’s jump right in and cover step 1, the Needs Analysis.  The needs analysis has two components: evaluation of the sport, and assessment of the athlete.  A needs analysis is in many ways just like asking the athlete “who are you, what are you trying to do?”

Evaluating the Sport 

What is your athlete?  An offensive lineman, a cross country runner, a basketball point guard, a center, a shot putter?  All of these have different movement patterns and probably different priorities in terms of what to train for strength, hypertrophy, or endurance.  It’s important that your evaluation of the sport covers these three attributes of the sport:

  • Movement Analysis (body and limb movement patterns and muscular involvement)
  • Physiological Analysis (strength, power, hypertrophy, and endurance priorities)
  • Injury Analysis (common injuries and causative factors)


Say your client is a basketball center.  A movement analysis will reveal a lot of jumping (power), running, blocking, and rebounding.  The primary goal here would be strength & power.  The training program you design for this athlete would be markedly different than if you designed it for a marathon runner, for example.  In my next post, I will cover Assessment of the Athlete


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Should I Become a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)?

Posted by on Jan 1, 2013 in CSCS Prerequisites, FAQs | 1 comment

Certifications for any specialized discipline confer a degree of authority on the subject matter they cover.  In the case of the CSCS – Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, you are conveying a number of things:

  • You know the science behind strength and conditioning training
  • You have some basic knowledge of nutritional requirements for athletics
  • You are generally well educated (requires a bachelors degree)
  • You can handle emergency situations (AED and CPR also required)

This gives you a bit of a leg up on some other certifications.  The NASM certification for example, requires no college degree and exam preparation materials cost more.  As part of signing up for the CSCS you automatically become a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Assocaition (NSCA) and receive monthly publications pertaining to the world of Strength and Conditioning.

Coming from a science and math background myself this science-bias plus the monthly publication appeals to me.  If you are like me, and looking for a career change towards the fitness industry then the CSCS might be a great option for you.

Read all of this with a grain of salt, as I am NOT YET certified!  I started this website as a study guide, as I learn about the CSCS and the material it tests for I will write about it here and hopefully it helps you!

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