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 believe Harris has given a great list of materials. My favorites being:
-Essentials of Strength Training & Conditioning (3rd Edition)
[You might be able to find the 2nd Edition for really cheap, it’s just missing some information]
-ACSM’s Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription
I would recommend visiting the ACSM CPT and NSCA CPT & CSCS certification sites. The suggested materials for those certications are quality, highly sourced options that are the foundation of knowledge in our field (including those above).
Once those are mastered:
-Movement by Gray Cook
FMS is where our industry should be heading, but there are too many uneducated, greedy people out there who refuse to work together in an integrated health environment.
even though you already have a list that will keep you occupied for the next few years, I want to add another: Thomas Myers “Anatomy Trains” which looks at the body from a connective (fascia) standpoint. While not a book, I have gained a very different understanding of the body from a series of of DVDs called “The Integrated Anatomy Series” by Gil Hedley. This is footage from dissections layer by layer.
Just wanted to add to Karin’s response that Gil recently put them all online on his youtube channel http://www.youtube.com/somanaut for free. The 4 volume DVD is $159.80 so this is incredibly generous of him. It is well worth watching.