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I Just Passed ACSM's CPT!!! -12/14/11

I can gladly say that I am officially a certified Personal Trainer through ACSM. I passed with a 662. You need a 550 out of 800 to pass. Here are some of the test questions that I remember.

1. Know the rotator cuff and the muscles that make it up (about 5 questions on this)

2. Know 3500 kcal per 1lb (4 questions on this)

3. Know how to get your HRR (heart rate reserve) and Cardiac Output (CO=HR x SV)

4. Know your risk stratifications and what qualifies for low, moderate, and high risk. You need to know at what levels each put someone at a high risk for CVD (total cholesterol, triglycerides, HDLs, LDLs, BMI, BP, waist circumference, blood glucose levels)
For instance:
BP @ rest: 120/80, 140/90 is hypertensive (one risk factor)
BMI > 30 = obesity (one risk factor)
Waist Circ. > 100 cm = obesity
HDL < 35 mg/dl is @ risk for CVD
and so on. There were several questions concerning these stats.

5. Know terms negligence, malpractice, tort, informed consent, omission, comission,

6. Know the different training principles (overtraining, specificity, overload, progression, detraining, reversibility)--there were about 4 questions on this

7. you need to know articulations (flexion, extension, pronation, supination, etc) There were not direct questions on this but in order to answer several of the questions you need to know this terminology in order to understand what they are asking.

8. know precautions with pregnant women, especially in their third trimester (2 questions on this topic)

9. What irritates asthmatic patients? (dry air, cold air, air pollutants)

10. 1 Met = 3.5 mLO2xdL (1 question on this)

11. know correct order of fitness assessment (body composition, cardio, strength, flexibility)

12. know acronyms RICE (rest, ice, compress, elevate), SMART ((pertaining to goal setting))(Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time Framed), FiTTE (Fitness, Training, Technique, and Equipment)

13. Know Sagital, Frontal, and Transverse planes.

The only calculations I had were figuring out HRR and converting calories to lbs. NO ECG QUESTIONS!

That's all I can think of. Best of luck!

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Error in FITTE acronym
by: Anonymous

For FITTE, I believe that's the FITTE Principle, which is commonly used in exercise prescription. The correct acronyn is:

Frequency (How often)
Intensity (Training Load)
Time (Duration of Exercise)
Type (Training medium (i.e. bike, treadmill)
Enjoyment (Big factor in client adherence. This was recently added to the FITTE principle.)

Warning to people using these boards to study. Double check your information.

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