I am an aspiring fitness instructor and currently am weighing options such as going back to school for a Masters, going to a community college for an Associate, going to a school such as Lifetime Academy, or attempting a combination of self-education, apprenticeship, internship, conferences, online courses, etc. In any case, I’d like to self-study a bit beforehand. What are considered the best science-based kinesiology textbooks in the industry?
Secondly, has anyone gone through a Master’s program in Kinesiology when their undergrad and/or previous graduate degrees were completely unrelated? What would you recommend to prepare?
I’d probably start with something like the ACE personal trainer manual. It’s a pretty good overview of things. Some books I like for anatomy include Trail Guide to the Body by Andrew Biel and Anatomy of Movement by Blandine Calais-Germain. I’d also consider doing something like volunteer at the local YMCA. In my area they provide free fitness training for volunteers so it’s a way to find out if it is right for you without a lot of financial outlay. Not sure if that is the same everywhere around the country.