Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription for All Ages – 8th Edition


NEW 8th Edition Book! 

This course is approved for the following CECs/CEUs:

ACSM  20.0 BCRPA 20.0 BOC Category A 13.25
CPTN 14.0 HFPA 20.0 ISSA 20.0
KIPS 2.0 NAFC 2.0 NASM 1.9
NETA 20.0 NFPT 2.0 NSCA 2.0
PTAG 20.0 SFA 2.0 WITS 20.0
YMCA 20.0

Virginia Board of Physical Therapy 13.25 (Type 1)–Please check with your state board for approval as most physical therapy boards will reciprocate approval for continuing education.

The American Academy of Health and Fitness (BOC AP#: P3645) is approved by the Board of Certification, Inc. to provide continuing education to Certified Athletic Trainers. This program is eligible for a maximum of 13.25 Category A hours/CEUs.


The American College of Sports Medicine’s Professional Education Committee certifies that “American Academy of Health and Fitness” meets the criteria for official ACSM Approved Provider status from December 2017 – December 2020. Providership # 817430


Pricing and Format Options For This Program:

Electronic Format with HK eBook : $269 

Buy your own textbook: $199.00

This program is based on the latest 8th Edition textbook which you are responsible for purchasing if you choose the “buy your own textbook option”. If you want to complete a program based on the 7th Edition, please go back to the list of programs and choose Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription for All Ages – 7th edition.

This most recent (8th edition)–includes recent ACSM guidelines for medical exam and exercise testing requirements to consider before beginning exercise programs. If you do choose to use the 7th edition textbook, please be sure to educate yourself on the new ACSM guidelines for medical exam and exercise testing to consider before beginning exercise programs.

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The Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription for All Ages course bridges the gap between research and practice by covering the latest exercise testing and prescription guidelines from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) as well as physical activity recommendations from the U.S. government and American Heart Association. It also takes into account recent ACSM guidelines for medical exam and exercise testing requirements to consider before beginning exercise programs.

The text synthesizes research and practice with concepts and theories from exercise physiology, kinesiology, measurement, psychology, and nutrition to clearly convey how assessments from physical fitness testing inform the design of individualized exercise programs. It is an invaluable resource for health and fitness professionals—athletic trainers, exercise physiologists, personal trainers, and strength and conditioning coaches–who want to increase their knowledge, skill, and competence in assessing clients’ fitness and designing individualized exercise programs.

Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription for All Ages is a home study continuing education course for health and fitness professionals to safely and accurately assess cardiorespiratory fitness, muscular fitness, body composition, flexibility, and balance; then design safe and effective programs for resistance training, weight management, body composition, flexibility, low back care, and balance for all ages.

This course is offered in a distance-learning format providing research based continuing education for health and fitness professionals who wish to dramatically increase their knowledge of fitness assessment and exercise programming for all ages of clients.

Certified health and fitness professionals holding more than one certification may obtain CECs/CEUS for all approved certification organizations (see list above) for which they need continuing education at no additional cost.

Course Objectives

1. Explain an overview of physical activity as related to health and chronic disease for people of all ages; and, explain preliminary health screening and risk classification.

2. Describe the principles of fitness assessment, exercise prescription and exercise program adherence for all age groups.

3. Assess cardiorespiratory fitness and design cardiorespiratory exercise programs for all age groups.

4. Assess muscular fitness and design resistance training programs for all age groups.

5. Assess body composition and design weight management and body composition programs for all age groups.

6. Assess flexibility and design programs for flexibility and low back care for all age groups.

7. Assess balance for varied age groups and design balance programs with a focus on the older adult.

Course Materials

Electronic Format with eBook included option — The Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription for All Ages certificate package for this option includes the ebook version of Ann Gibson’s, Dale Wagner’s and Vivian Heyward’s 560-page book Advanced Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription, Eighth Edition with Online Video and an 83-page workbook. Instructions for completing the multiple-choice/true-false online test and obtaining CECs are also included.

Note: This course package is made available for immediate access and download after purchase. All materials for this electronic format course are available electronically. Nothing is mailed.

Buy your own textbook option – The Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription for All Ages certificate package for this option includes a workbook and instructions for online testing. The textbook for the program is Ann Gibson’s, Dale Wagner’s and Vivian Heyward’s 560-page book Advanced Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription, Eighth Edition (which you purchase separately in your chosen format from Amazon or another bookseller.)

Note: The workbook and test instructions for this course are made available for immediate access and download after purchase through AAHF. Nothing is mailed. (Used books may not have access to video content that is included with new books by the book publisher, but these videos are not needed to complete the program as they are only study tools and do not provide new material.)

Book title: Advanced Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription – 8th Edition with Online Video
ISBN-13: 978-1492561347
ISBN-10: 1492561347
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Physical Activity, Health, and Chronic Disease

Physical Activity, Health, and Disease: An Overview

Cardiovascular Disease


Hypercholesterolemia and Dyslipidemia


Diabetes Mellitus

Obesity and Overweight

Metabolic Syndrome


Musculoskeletal Diseases and Disorders


Cognitive Performance

Exercise as Medicine

Review Material

Chapter 2. Preliminary Health Screening and Risk Classification

Preliminary Health Evaluation

Testing Procedures for Blood Pressure, Heart Rate, and Electrocardiogram

Review Material

Chapter 3. Principles of Assessment, Prescription, and Exercise Program Adherence

Physical Fitness Testing

Basic Principles for Exercise Program Design

Exercise Program Adherence

Using Technology to Promote Physical Activity

Review Material

Chapter 4. Assessing Cardiorespiratory Fitness

Definition of Terms

Graded Exercise Testing: Guidelines and Procedures

Maximal Exercise Test Protocols

Submaximal Exercise Test Protocols

Field Tests for Assessing Aerobic Fitness

Exercise Testing for Children and Older Adults

Review Material

Chapter 5. Designing Cardiorespiratory Exercise Programs

The Exercise Prescription

Aerobic Training Methods and Modes

Personalized Exercise Programs

Review Material

Chapter 6. Assessing Muscular Fitness

Definition of Terms

Strength and Muscular Endurance Assessment

Muscular Power Assessment

Sources of Measurement Error in Muscular Fitness Testing

Additional Considerations for Muscular Fitness Testing

Muscular Fitness Testing of Older Adults

Muscular Fitness Testing of Children

Review Material

Chapter 7. Designing Resistance Training Programs

Types of Resistance Training

Developing Resistance Training Programs

Common Questions About Resistance Training

Effects of Resistance Training Programs

Muscular Soreness

Review Material

Chapter 8. Assessing Body Composition

Classification and Uses of Body Composition Measures

Body Composition Models

Reference Methods for Assessing Body Composition

Field Methods for Assessing Body Composition

Review Material

Chapter 9. Designing Weight Management and Body Composition Programs

Obesity, Overweight, and Underweight: Definitions and Trends

Obesity: Types and Causes

Weight Management Principles and Practices

Designing Weight Management Programs: Preliminary Steps

Designing Weight Loss Programs

Designing Weight Gain Programs

Designing Programs to Improve Body Composition

Review Material

Chapter 10. Assessing Flexibility

Basics of Flexibility

Assessment of Flexibility

Flexibility Testing of Older Adults

Review Material

Chapter 11. Designing Programs for Flexibility and Low Back Care

Training Principles

Stretching Methods

Designing Flexibility Programs: Exercise Prescription

Designing Low Back Care Exercise Programs

Review Material

Chapter 12. Assessing Balance and Designing Balance Programs

Definitions and Nature of Balance

Factors Affecting Balance and Risk of Falling

Assessment of Balance

Designing Balance Training Programs

Review Material

Appendix A. Health and Fitness Appraisal

A.1 Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire for Everyone (Par-Q+)

A.2 Medical History Questionnaire

A.3 Risk Factors, Signs, and Symptoms of Disease

A.4 Electronic Physical Activity Readiness Medical Examination (ePARmed-X+)

A.5 Lifestyle Evaluation

A.6 Fantastic Lifestyle Checklist

A.7 Informed Consent

A.8 Websites for Selected Professional Organizations and Institutes

Appendix B. Cardiorespiratory Assessments

B.1 Summary of Graded Exercise Test and Cardiorespiratory Field Test Protocols

B.2 Rockport Fitness Charts

B.3 Step Test Protocols

B.4 OMNI Rating of Perceived Exertion Scales

B.5 Analysis of Sample Case Study in Chapter 5

Appendix C. Muscular Fitness Exercise and Norms

C.1 Standardized Testing Protocols for Digital Handheld Dynamometry

C.2 1-RM Squat and Bench Press Norms for Adults

C.3 Isometric Exercises

C.4 Dynamic Resistance Training Exercises

Appendix D. Body Composition Assessments

D.1 Prediction Equations for Residual Volume

D.2 Standardized Sites for Skinfold Measurements

D.3 Skinfold Sites for Jackson’s Generalized Skinfold Equations

D.4 Standardized Sites for Circumference Measurements

D.5 Standardized Sites for Bony Breadth Measurements

D.6 Ashwell Body Shape Chart

Appendix E. Energy Intake and Expenditure

E.1 Food Record and RDA Profile

E.2 Physical Activity Log

E.3 Gross Energy Expenditure for Conditioning Exercises, Sports, and Recreational Activities

Appendix F. Flexibility and Low Back Care Exercises

F.1 Selected Flexibility Exercises

F.2 Exercise Dos and Don’ts

F.3 Exercises for Low Back Care

Return Policy

If you’re not completely satisfied with your prepaid purchase, contact AAHF at 800.957.7348 to discuss a return. The return must be within 30 days of the date of receipt of your shipment. Study materials and educational resources must be received in original condition. All return shipments must be sent via USPS Priority Mail for tracking purposes to 7205 Sampal Place, Springfield, Virginia 22152. Upon receipt of the returned materials, the American Academy of Health and Fitness (AAHF) will refund full credit, excluding shipping/handling. Credit will be applied to the appropriate credit card via PayPal. We do not accept returns on online products, e-books, videos, CD/DVD-ROMs, and DVDs.

The American Academy of Health and Fitness reserves the right to discontinue the sale and/or support of any of its continuing education courses. Notification of such will be given six months prior to discontinuance to allow for course completion and testing. No refund will be given for courses that are discontinued.

Additional Information

Different professional organizations offer continuing education credits, most commonly called CECs (continuing education credits) and CEUs (continuing education units). Most CECs/CEUs require one contact hour of professional activity for one credit. Example conversions are: ACE, NSCA and NASM: 0.1 = 1.0 contact hour; ACSM, BOC, ISSA, WITS and YMCA: 1.0 = 1.0 contact hour.


First NameEnter the certification organization(s) for which you are seeking credits: How would you rate this educational activity overall? The program met my expectations. The quality of materials and program design met my expectations.The information received was useful and beneficial.What did you like the most about this program?General Comments:
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Submission DateFirst NameLast NameEnter the certification organization(s) for which you are seeking credits:Promotional materials were accurate and complete.Administrative instructions were complete and understandable.The course content met my expectations.How will you apply the content of this course to your work?What recommendations and/or general comments do you have?How did you hear about this course?Would you recommend this course to a friend?
2017-12-30 16:10:09MoazamRaufNASMAgreeAgreeAgreeI train clients of all ages so this course helped me better understand their needs and in establishing safer training protocols for themI would like the textbook, test, workbook all on one website to make it easier to access.on the NASM website under course providers
2017-12-24 11:53:35MarciMurphyBOC, NSCAAgreeStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeTeaching.Conflicting information. One sheet said 60 questions in 60 minutes but actual test was 100 questions.emailYes
2017-12-16 17:20:43MichelleBoeNASMAgreeStrongly AgreeAgreeI hope to do more personal trainingwould love it if the book was made available for purchase instead of an e bookwebsiteYes
2017-12-14 17:25:13LanaJohnsNASMStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeI work with all age groups with varying goals.None. All good.This is my go to site for ceuYes
2017-12-12 23:43:16AlexTurnerI.S.S.AAgreeAgreeAgreeYes
2017-12-09 14:55:34BillMayNSCAStrongly AgreeAgreeStrongly AgreeHave a greater appreciation for balance and flexibility training for older adults and intend to incorporate that into my sessions with themINITIALLY i HAD A DIFFICULT TIME DOWNLOADING THE COURSE THROUGH aDOBE READER.NSCA continuing ed outreachYes
2017-11-03 16:19:27CSCSStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeStrongly Agreebetter exercises prescription guidelinesgreat course; very informativeonlineYes
2017-10-27 10:56:42NSCAAgreeAgreeAgreei am a fitness professional so I use it everydatn/athrough nscaYes
2017-08-03 20:32:43NASMStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeI will be able to utilize the guidelines while designing programs for my clients.Some of the information in the study guide did not match what was in the text.googleYes
2017-08-02 09:42:35American Academy of Health and FitnessAgreeAgreeAgreeFound under pre-approved NASM CEUsYes
2017-07-21 15:25:13CPTNStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeStrongly Agreevery informative and will help me to perform better and more accurate test assessments and create more effective and custom design workouts for my clientsto use more visual tools like diagrams and tables (on one page), that I can use when working w/ clientsCPTN websiteYes
2017-06-18 21:53:36NASMStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeVery useful since I apply all the material in my job as a Fitness Specialist to elderly patients. Now i can apply more assessment test as well as in prove in provide better prescription to the patients.course and test were very understandable. It'll be nice to provide the course for spanish speaking people like my coworkers who dont know how to study in english.some how came across the certification just browsing online.Yes
2017-05-22 20:09:36WITSAgreeAgreeAgreeTo design advanced weight training programs.e-mail.Yes
2017-05-02 14:05:38ISSAAgreeAgreeAgreeI will use the extensive academic knowledge that I have obtained through this course for re-certification and continuing education, as well as practical applications in my career as a certified personal trainer and as certified fitness nutrition specialist.The course material, though very informative, loses it's impact through use of over applied technical terms and emphasis on research references as opposed to actual applicable knowledge.I received an email while working within the mental health and medical field.Yes
2017-01-22 01:46:14AAHFAgreeAgreeAgreeIt will give me a more accurate outcome.Yes
2017-01-08 18:11:11ISSAAgreeAgreeStrongly AgreeI have learned a great deal and will definitely incorporate some of the material I learned into assessing and training my clients.ISSAYes
2016-11-02 22:40:23AFAAAgreeAgreeStrongly AgreeI will be able to continue training my clients and helping them reach there fitness and wellness goals.websiteYes
2016-07-03 08:24:43NASM, ACSM, NSCAStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeThe material is consistent with one of my courses I teach at my university and with material I present at conferences. This was an excellent review. Thank You!The new ACSM pre-activity screening algorithm came out in November of 2015 in Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise and will appear in the new edition of the ACSM's Guidelines for Exercise Testing & Prescription (in March). A few minor additions and edits to pre-activity screening , Chapter 2 will be warranted at that time.By email because I have taken other AAHF courses before.
Thank you again for a great continuing education class and a seamless process and great customer service.
2016-04-27 21:04:00NASM
2016-04-20 10:48:59witsStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeI will use it in dealing with clients and prospects.The course was very informative and useful.aahf website and human kineticsYes
2016-03-06 08:06:39NASM National Academy of Sports MedicineStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeAgreeTo conduct safe, valid and purposeful assessments before designing clients' based training programmes. Q&A sessions in each chapters are good for quick references in order to solve problems.From NASM course providers listsYes
2016-02-27 13:03:23ACEStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeAgreeI will use it for assessing clients and developing exercise plans.The course was challenging and very detailed.I found it online.Yes
2016-01-02 14:43:03NASMStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeStrongly Agree
2015-12-30 22:35:54BOCStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeIt was a good overview of the fitness assessment needed for use in a clinical and instructional setting.NoneWebsite and colleagueYes
2015-12-11 22:46:20NASMStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeI will apply this course work when assessing clients and evaluating exercises programsYes
2015-12-11 13:17:20NASMStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeThis will allow me to better assess my clients and design realistic and flexible exercise programs to help them achieve their fitness goals.The textbook was great although for my purposes some of the details regarding measurements in determining body composition was a little overwhelming and didn't add value to what information I need to excel as a personal trainer. I did like that they explained that there are differences among ethnicity, gender, etc.Online search for continuing education credits. I have also taken the Jr Fitness Course. The courses are reasonably priced and convenient.Yes
2015-11-22 18:02:17ACSMAgreeAgreeAgreeH.R body comp, health council, etcI stressed on line. Did not have internet, hate not having more mail options, in this high tech life.on lineYes
2015-11-13 16:06:37NAFCAgreeAgreeAgree
2015-10-09 22:33:08WITSStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeCertification requirement CEC; Assessment and Prescribing of Clients.Yes
2015-07-14 14:37:41ACEAgreeStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeIn every aspect. This is a thorough and very useful course for everyday as well as a reference.Excellent!ACEYes
2015-03-15 21:00:39WitsAgreeAgreeNeutralSafely and effectively.Would like to see more hands on type of knowledge. For example, more calisthenic exercises.The Wits continuing education website.Yes
2015-01-29 18:38:55NASMAgreeAgreeNeutralReview of training knowledge and skills, especially
Edit the workbook more carefullytook Senior Fit program beforeYes
2015-01-17 14:02:37NASMStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeYes