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RESISTANCE TRAINING FOR CARDIAC PATIENTS: Maximizing Rehabilitation

Sorace, Paul M.S., RCEP, CSCS; Ronai, Peter M.S., RCEP, CSCS*D, NSCA-CPT; Churilla, James R. Ph.D., M.P.H., RCEP, CSCS

doi: 10.1249/01.FIT.0000312430.75570.93
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LEARNING OBJECTIVE: • To provide exercise professionals with an overview of resistance training benefits, safety issues, and programming guidelines for cardiac rehabilitation and patients who completed cardiac rehabilitation.

Resistance training has significant benefits for many cardiac rehabilitation patients. Following the proper time-course, safety considerations, and programming guidelines will ensure resistance training helps maximize recovery from a cardiac event and improve quality of life.

Paul Sorace, M.S., RCEP, CSCS, is a clinical exercise physiologist for The Cardiac Prevention & Rehabilitation Program and the program coordinator for The Bariatric Rehabilitation Program at Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, NJ. He also is a member of the ACSM Exam Development Team and the ACSM Publications Subcommittee and a past member of the ACSM Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist Practice Board. Paul is coeditor for ACSM's Certified News and an editorial board member for ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal®.

Peter Ronai, M.S., RCEP, CSCS*D, NSCACPT, is a clinical exercise physiologist and manager of Community Health for Ahlbin Rehabilitation Centers of Bridgeport Hospital in Bridgeport, CT. He is the president-elect of the New England Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine and a member of the ACSM Publications Subcommittee. He is a previous member of the ACSM Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist Practice Board and Continuing Professional Education Committee. He also is an adjunct instructor in the Exercise Science Department at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, CT.

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James R. Churilla, Ph.D., MPH, RCEP, CSCS, is an assistant professor of exercise physiology and physical activity epidemiology in the Brooks College of Health at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, FL. His research focuses on physical activity and the metabolic syndrome and population health. He is ACSM Program Director certified and a current member of the ACSM Publications Subcommittee. Dr. Churilla is a member of the ACSM; the American Heart Associations Council on Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism; and the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

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