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ACSM STRENGTH TRAINING GUIDELINES: Role in Body Composition and Health Enhancement

Westcott, Wayne Ph.D., CSCS

ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal: July-August 2009 - Volume 13 - Issue 4 - p 14-22
doi: 10.1249/FIT.0b013e3181aaf460

LEARNING OBJECTIVES • To provide information on the role of strength training in reversing the degenerative processes of muscle loss, metabolic slowdown, and fat gain. To examine the effects of resistance exercise on obesity and related chronic health problems. To present physiological and psychological benefits attained through application of the ACSM strength training guidelines.

Application of the American College of Sports Medicine strength training guidelines provides a safe, effective, and time-effi cient approach for improving body composition, and reducing the risk of many chronic health problems. Find out more in this engaging feature.

Wayne Westcott, Ph.D., CSCS, is a fitness research director at the South Shore YMCA in Quincy, Massachusettes, and an adjunct professor of exercise science at Quincy College. Most of his time is spent conducting practical studies on strength training that have application for fitness professionals and exercise participants.

© 2009 American College of Sports Medicine