This section of your final exam provides you with an opportunity to
apply all of the information you have learned throughout the course to
the work that you will be doing as a certified professional.
You will be presented with two client profiles, and will be asked to
design a 12-week periodized program for each client. In addition to
describing the logistics of the program, you will also be asked to
explain why you have designed the program the way that you have.
Approach these clients as you would approach a real-life situation.
Your client should be able to take your program and put it into practice
without having to contact you for explanation of what to do or why to
Before you finalize your submission, make sure your program passes the following tests:
1. Is the training program that you are designing appropriate, safe,
and effective for the client, given the client's physical abilities and
2. Could you defend your program from a legal standpoint? Who would
be held liable if your client was injured during training because of
either lifting too much weight or exceeding a certain heart rate?
3. Is your program justifiable from a business standpoint? Are you
professional with your current clients? Would they refer their friends,
family, or colleagues to you based on the guidance that you provide in
your program design?
4. Imagine that YOU are the paying client. Would you feel that your
money was well spent if you were handed the training program/dietary
Case Study 1
Calculations: Calculate the client's target heart rate using the Karvonen formula.
Training Program: Design a full 12-week periodized training program
for the client described in the Client Profile. Be very specific as you
design the training program. This is an opportunity for you to
demonstrate your full comprehension of the information and concepts
discussed throughout the course. List the types of exercise, duration,
sets, reps, rest intervals, and so on.
Include the following in your case study submission:
- A description of your professional responsibilities as discussed in the stages of the drawing-in process (Unit 12)
- Discussion of any fitness tests, methods of evaluation, and data collection used to assess and evaluate the client's needs
- Specific conditions that you have identified in the client profile
- A fully detailed 12-week comprehensive and periodized training
program including specific exercises, sets, repetitions, suggested rest
times, etc. Use an integrated approach in your program recommendations.
- Specific and detailed nutritional strategies and an explanation as
to how the strategies will assist the client in meeting energy needs
- Explanation for your chosen assessment, programming, and nutritional
recommendations. (Be sure to reference course concepts when
discussing rationale for your recommendations.
Keep in mind that a client should be able to take your program and
put it into practice without having to contact you to clarify what you
intended by your recommendations or to explain parts of your program.
Don't forget your explanation for WHY you listed and recommended what
you did. Reference the concepts and theories covered in the course. Be
sure to address why the program and exercises recommended are
appropriate for the specific client given the client's history, current
abilities, and intended goal(s). For example: if you are developing a
program for a beginner client without any resistance training
experience, explain how your program addresses the lack of experience,
initial need for foundational development, process by which you would
safely progress the client, etc. Tying your program to course concepts
is a critical component of your case study.
Review the Client Profile below.
Client Profile: Jamie Summers
Resting Heart Rate: 90 bpm
Weight: 165 lb
Body Fat Percentage: 35%
Background and Goals: Jamie is a working mother of three teenagers.
She has not been consistently active for many years. She was recently
diagnosed with high blood pressure, which is likely caused by her
high-stress corporate job and physical inactivity. She also has an
affinity for processed and sugary foods. Jamie was recently told by her
doctor that she needs to start exercising, eating better, and just
simply taking better care of herself or else she is on her way to
additional health problems. Jamie will be attending her oldest
daughter's high school graduation in three months and wants to use the
event as a goal date in which to make significant progress in her