Do you like hearing the good news or bad news first?

Me, I like to hear the bad news first.  Get it out of the way and hope the good news cheers me up.  Plus if I heard the good news first, then the bad, the bad would bring me down.  This is important stuff here.

So… my bad news.  I’m already behind in my studying!  Section 1 took me 3 extra days.

I don’t have much extra time to be behind.

The good news.  I think I can easily get caught up + ahead during my vacation.  Plus I am loving every minutes of this, so that makes it easier.  That’s good news!

Here are a few of the important items I’ve been learning about so far in section 1.

Essentials of Exercise

Exercise offers so many health benefits.  Just a few are…

  • Lowered risk of stoke, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, coronary heart disease and breast cancer
  • Improved cardio respiratory + muscular fitness
  • Prevention of weight gain
  • Reduced depression

What happens to the body when you start exercising…

  • Increased blood flow
  • Increased oxygen delivery + carbon dioxide removal
  • Increased oxygen uptake to muscles and aerobic power

The 3 types of energy systems our bodies use…

  • ATP – lasts 1-15 seconds – fuel source is creatine phosphate
  • Lactic acid system – lasts 45-90 seconds – fuel source is carbohydrates only
  • Aerobic system – lasts 3 minutes or longer –  fuel source is carbohydrates, fat and protein

About the body…

  • Joints
  • Ligaments
  • Tendons
  • Cartilage
  • Anatomical terms
  • Planes dividing the body: horizontal, sagittal, frontal
  • Joint actions: flexion, extension, adbuction, adduction, rotation, circumduction
  • Muscle terms: agonist, antagonist, primary movers, assistors, stabilizers
  • Muscular contractions: isometric, concentric, eccentric (most common 3) plus isotonic and isokinetic
  • Muscle fibers: fast and slow twitch
  • Postural deviations: scoliosis (curve in the spine), kyphosis (very rounded shoulders), lordosis (excessive low back curve)

There’s a lot more to learn about the body… major muscle groups will be a huge section.

Let me know if you have any questions about anything I’m learning.  I’d love to answer your question.


0 thoughts on “AFAA group fitness certification: section 1”

  1. Aww, I’m sorry you got behind.. you will totallt catch up because you are an eager learner! 🙂

    I like to hear bad news first so then the good news seems extra good!

  2. I will be attending my certification in January. I don’t have a book nor can afford one. I seem one on, the price was reasonable. The book was 2002. Would that book work for the current certification? would it have the same information i need for the exam?? if not can you give me a resource to getting a book?

    1. Hi Sharon 🙂 The book I have is the 5th edition from 2010. I’m sure if the 2002 book is the only one you can find it’ll be better than nothing. If you can find the study guide online somewhere that would be helpful so you know what all to study since it really does cover everything on the exam. Good luck! Let me know if you have any other questions.

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