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Smarter Workouts: The Science of Exercise Made Simple

by Pete McCall Human Kinetics
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Pbk 312 pages
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What are the biggest obstacles to sticking to a workout plan? You don’t have enough time? It costs too much? You don’t have enough equipment? You don’t know how to get the results you want? Now you can set those excuses aside.


Smarter Workouts: The Science of Exercise Made Simple gives you the solution you need with efficient and effective workout programs that use only one piece of equipment. You can work out in a short period of time without spending a lot of money on expensive equipment or gym memberships - all while targeting your personal goals.


Exercise doesn’t have to be difficult to figure out. In Smarter Workouts, fitness expert Pete McCall explains the effects of exercise on your body so you can identify what will work best for you. He gives you access to fat-burning workouts that help you work smarter to produce real results. First, choose your target: improving mobility for better balance and coordination, amping up your metabolism with sweat-inducing conditioning work, or strengthening your core for better functional movement. Then select one of seven equipment options to perform your workout:


 • Bodyweight


 • Dumbbell


 • Kettlebell


 • Medicine ball


 • Stability ball


 • Sandbag


 • Resistance band


 Armed with a variety of exercises and organized plans, you’ll flow quickly through your workouts, saving precious time and experiencing real results. Put an end to your frustration and let Smarter Workouts be your go-to guide for smart, effective workouts.


 CE exam available! For certified professionals, a companion continuing education exam can be completed after reading this book. The Smarter Workouts Online CE Exam may be purchased separately or as part of Smarter Workouts With CE Exam, a package that includes both the book and the exam.


Part I. The Science and Why It Matters
Chapter 1. How Exercise Changes Your Body
Chapter 2. Movement and Intensity in Practice

Part II. Exercises and Workouts
Chapter 3. Mobility Training
Chapter 4. Core Strength Training
Chapter 5. Metabolic Conditioning

Part III. Get Fit and Stay Fit
Chapter 6. Designing Your Exercise Program
Chapter 7. Lifetime Programming

"Pete's been a leader in the industry for years. His work in both fitness and sports makes him uniquely qualified to write Smarter Workouts."
—Michael Boyle, Author of New Functional Training for Sports

"Pete is a masterful trainer and educator who has the ability to simplify complex exercises and workout programs. Pick your favorite at-home exercise tool and let Pete teach you a smart, effective, efficient, and safe workout to perform on your own."
—Rick Richey, DHSc, MS, LMT, NASM Faculty, Owner of R-ôCOVER and Independent Training Spot

“Stop struggling with exercises that don’t work for you. Smarter Workouts provides you with the workouts that are best for your body and will give you the results you’ve been looking for.”
—Lisa Wheeler, Owner of Wheels in Motion Productions, Former Vice President of Fitness for Daily Burn

“Exercise doesn’t have to be hard to figure out. Pete McCall teaches you to train smarter, not harder.”
—Amy Dixon, Director of Group Fitness Programming for Equinox

"Pete has been an industry influencer, a respected partner, and a trusted friend for more than a decade. He has a great ability to distill complex concepts into simple, bite-sized morsels for his clients, and he does just that in Smarter Workouts. If Pete is doing it, you know it's going to be great.”
—Randy Hetrick, Founder and CEO of TRX

“For many individuals, starting an exercise program can be a rather daunting task. As a result, far too many individuals remain physically inactive. In Smarter Workouts: The Science of Exercise Made Simple, Pete McCall, a fitness industry veteran of over 20 years, provides a straightforward roadmap to help individuals safely experience the joys and innumerable benefits of a physically active lifestyle. Clearly written and well-illustrated, this book is must reading for anyone interested in protecting their most valuable asset—their health.” 
—Cedric X. Bryant, PhD, FACSM, President and Chief Science Officer of American Council on Exercise

Pete McCall is the owner and president of PMc Fitness Solutions. He is certified as a personal trainer through the American Council on Exercise (ACE) and the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and also holds a CSCS (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist) certification from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).

For more than 15 years, McCall has been teaching and writing workshops and courses designed to meet continuing education requirements for certified fitness professionals. He has presented at conferences around the world and is one of only a handful of fitness professionals who have assisted in writing personal training textbooks for both NASM and ACE. He also contributed to the development of ACE’s Integrated Fitness Training Model of exercise program design.

Throughout his career, McCall has worked with leading brands and established companies in the fitness industry, including Reebok and 24 Hour Fitness, where he is also a regular contributor to their online magazine, and Core Health & Fitness (the parent company of Nautilus, StairMaster, Star Trac, and Schwinn Indoor Cycling), where he is a master trainer and education content creator. He is a spokesperson for ACE and has been featured as a fitness expert in national publications such as the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Men’s Health, Shape, and Self.

McCall earned his master’s degree in exercise science and health promotion from the California University of Pennsylvania.