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Posted by on Jun 10, 2014 in Anatomy, Book, Exam Preparation | 0 comments

Hey guys –

I must admit, it’s a little weird shooting video of myself talking into a video camera. It took a little bit of courage to put this out on the internet, it feels personal and risky. But at the same time I hope to give you guys a little bit of an idea of the stuff in my book as well as alleviate any fears you have in buying my book….if you don’t like it you can get a full refund.

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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.

Buy my book!

 

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Book Nearing Completion!

Posted by on Apr 13, 2014 in Book | 3 comments

Writing a book is hard. Here are a few reasons why:

  • There’s a lot I want to include – but can’t because it would just be too much to get this out anytime this century
  • Coming up with original thoughts is hard – I’m doing my best to explain things differently instead of repeating or outlining the book

Anyways, enough complaining. Here are some stats about the book:

Page Count: 89 pages
Word Count: 14,227
Image/Diagram Count: 55

I feel like I could spend a lot of time covering a lot more than what I did – and this has already easily been the biggest project I have ever undertaken. So I’m going to cut myself off – there is already a ton of new content and ways to approach and think about the topics.

Pricing

I haven’t decided on pricing – but I wanted to say a few things about what I have decided. The book will start at it’s lowest price, and increase over time as I add content that people might request or come out with a 2nd edition. Here’s a graph to give you an idea of what that will look like over time.

book price

 

Anyone who buys the book at any time will have the rights to update their book to the latest version – free of charge. This way you don’t have to worry about waiting for a better price – at the moment you buy it you are always going to get it at the lowest possible price.

 

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Looking for Contributors: Help Needed!

Posted by on Nov 27, 2013 in Book | 9 comments

I would like to go on about my current life situation, but I feel this blog isn’t really the place.

I’ll go on anyways.  A little bit, at least.

I’m currently in school, getting certifications, studying, maintaining this blog, writing a book, watching my son full time two days a week, spending time with my wife, and cooking dinner most days of the week.  Oh, and working out and maintaining some semblance of fitness.   I’m on the edge of what I can accomplish, which is actually a really fun place to be.  It certainly beats where I was before I quit my job.

It never hurts to ask for help, and I have gotten pretty good at identifying when I need it.

I need your help.

I know a lot of you have read this blog and then gone on to pass the exam.  Send me your ideas.  Send me an explanation of a concept.  Send me your strategy for remembering the 20 some odd plyometric exercises, anything!

Julie E. sent me her study notes, I didn’t even ask.  She just said:

Hey, I found your site today and started commenting all over it and your twitter. My exam is on Tuesday and since you have another month to go, I thought you might want all the help you can get. I type up most of my notes and was wondering it you’d like me to email a few chapters to you. The book is so dense and it may be nice to see another set of notes in case you missed something. I thought it was really nifty that you put that site together and thought it’d be easier on you with help. If not, thanks for all the work you’ve put into cscsexamguide.com!         -Julie E

And then she sent me her notes.  I read the notes approximately 2 hours before my exam, and I found them quite useful!  Thanks Julie!

If you have a blog of your own, or you just want to give thanks like Julie, send me an email!  I’ll post your advice or your explanation of a concept here if you want (after some back and forth and confirmation from you) and maybe include it in the book with your permission!  I’ll make it worth your while 😉

On the other hand, if you are just starting to study and have a question…send me that too!  Nothing motivates me like a personal question from a reader.

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Announcing: The Ultimate Guide to the CSCS Exam

Posted by on Nov 13, 2013 in Book | 2 comments

“Ahhhhhhhh” – Me, breathing a huge sigh of relief after passing the exam.

 

My new years resolution for 2013 was to complete the CSCS Exam, and while doing so build a website to catalog my studying notes.

That is done.  New years resolution: complete.

Creating this site has been extremely rewarding for me.  It wasn’t the most efficient way to complete the exam…crafting posts about subject matter took at least 10 times as long as it would have taken for me to review it by myself, but the positive feedback and encouragement that my readers have provided have made it all worthwhile.

But now the goal is complete so….what the hell do I do now?!

I could….
Make Some Videos
– I want to provide some educational material using video.  This will make for much better practice questions, especially for the practical/applied section as well as some more options for helping to remember topics.

Write More Posts – I definitely didn’t cover everything

But then I thought about it some more.  What would I really have liked in the beginning of all this?  I could’ve really used a guide, a manual, a reference…something that was a front to back point-a to point-b THIS-IS-HOW-YOU-GET-YOUR-CSCS-AS-FAST-AS-POSSIBLE-BOOK.

In fact I looked for something like this when I first started.  I checked the usual places, Amazon, Google Play, Apple App Store, browsed videos on youtube….nothing worth spending money on.  Everything I found appeared to be mostly a scam.  Just check the reviews on this gem, clearly the 5 star reviews are a fake.  You can find videos on youtube from the same company that published that book, watch them…they are pretty fucking stupid and even have bad or incorrect information in them.

Basically there was never anything I would consider buying myself.  I am going to write the book that I would’ve bought.

This is going to be a process, so bear with me.  I’m still as busy as ever, but I want to get this done quickly because I know there are lots of you out there want to get your CSCS but are unsure about spending the money, don’t know anyone else who has done it recently, and are generally not sure what to expect.  All these anxieties lead to inaction, which results in no CSCS.  I know, because I’ve been there.  I actually bought the book 3 years ago, and even had a membership for a year that I let expire because I never got around to finally taking the test.  The fear of failure, coupled with working full time, and general laziness prevented me from getting my rear in gear.

I want your help.  Tell me what else you want on this site, what you want covered in the book, and what is it exactly that keeps you from getting your CSCS.

If you found this site at all helpful, but are having trouble committing to taking the CSCS.  Email me!  Tell my why.

And lastly, it would be a huge help to me if you could fill out this quick 4-question survey so I can make a better book I would greatly appreciate it!

Survey

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