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Strength & Conditioning Journal:
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e3181d81c10
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How Personal Trainers Can Use Self-Efficacy Theory to Enhance Exercise Behavior in Beginning Exercisers

Jackson, Doug MEd, CSCS

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Abstract

SELF-EFFICACY IS AN IMPORTANT DETERMINANT OF ONE'S BEHAVIOR AND HAS BEEN POSITIVELY CORRELATED WITH INCREASED EXERCISE SUCCESS AS DEFINED BY INCREASED EXERCISE ADHERENCE, INCREASED LEVELS OF GENERAL FITNESS, AND INCREASED ACHIEVEMENT OF SPECIFIC PERSONAL FITNESS GOALS. STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING SPECIALISTS AND PERSONAL TRAINERS WILL BENEFIT FROM UNDERSTANDING THE CONCEPT OF SELF-EFFICACY AND ITS MAIN TENANTS. PERSONAL TRAINING CLIENTS AND ATHLETES CAN BENEFIT FROM A PERSONAL TRAINER'S OR STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING SPECIALIST'S IMPLEMENTATION OF STRATEGIES THAT ENHANCE SELF-EFFICACY THROUGH PERSONAL ACCOMPLISHMENT, VICARIOUS EXPERIENCE, VERBAL PERSUASION, AND PHYSIOLOGICAL STATES.

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