Core Knowledge Course

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The Core Fitness Knowledge Course consists of educational units (Foundations for Exercise Professionals, Stretching, Anatomy - Kinesiology, Physiology of Exercise, Nutrition Exercise and Health) that are common for all 4 Main Directions, ensuring the necessary theoretical background at each specialization level.

Its units are mandatory in the context of the Primary Certification Courses that are accredited by EuropeActive: Personal Training (levels 1-4), Exercise to Music (levels 1 & 2), Mat & Props Pilates Training (level 2), and complementary in the context of all other Courses, as well as of the Specialty Certifications.

Grafts Hellas manual - Foundations for Exercise Professionals
  • Foundations for Exercise Professionals

    • Historical review
    • Fitness today
    • The Fitness industry
    • Introduction to Fitness - basic concepts
    • Directions: Resistance exercise, Exercise to music / Group Fitness, Yoga, Pilates
    • Human behavior and health - triggers for changing and maintaining behaviors
    • Client classification and functional model
    • Design of an exercise program
    Characteristics of a Personal Trainer

Grafts Hellas manual - Stretching
  • Stretching

    • Soft tissue physiology
    • Flexibility
    • Stretching physiology
    • Stretching types and methods
    • Static stretching - dynamic stretching
    • PNF (Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation)
    • Stretching methods and objectives
    • Duration of stretching
    • Resistance exercise vs flexibility
    • Stretching, muscle pain and injuries
    • Stretching contraindications

Grafts Hellas manual - Anatomy and Kinesiology - Pro Level 1
  • Anatomy - Kinesiology I

    • Definition of anatomical position
    • Anatomical terms for body description
    • Anatomical terms describing the movements and the role of the muscles
    • Osteology and anatomy of joints
    • Ligaments and tendons
    • Factors that affect mobility
    • Body orientation
    • Muscular system
    • Anatomical muscle classification
    • Mechanics of the human Body
    • Myology

Grafts Hellas manual - Anatomy and Kinesiology - Adv Level 2
  • Anatomy - Kinesiology ΙI

    • Nervous system
    • Cardiovascular system
    • Respiratory system
    • Myology, osteology and kinesiology of the lower limb
    • Myology, osteology and kinesiology of the upper limb
    • Myology, osteology and kinesiology of the upper body
    • Practical application of kinesiology
    • Injuries
    • Anatomy of the muscle cell

Grafts Hellas manual - Exercise Physiology - Pro Level 1
  • Physiology of exercise I

    • Muscle cell
    • Metabolic system
    • Aerobic and anaerobic exercise
    • Effect of exercise on the cardiorespiratory system
    • Effect of exercise on the muscular system
    • Effect of exercise on the neuromuscular system
    • Muscle fatigue
    • Resting metabolism
    • Synthesis of muscle fibers
    • Types of muscular contraction
    • Types of muscular exercises

Grafts Hellas manual - Exercise Physiology - Adv Level 2
  • Physiology of exercise II

    • Cell physiology
    • Muscle cell
    • Muscle contraction
    • Synthesis and properties of muscle fibers
    • Energy systems - exercise metabolism
    • Effect of exercise on the cardiorespiratory system
    • Lactic acid and performance
    • Aerobic training and resistance exercise adaptations
    • Muscle mechanics
    • Neuromuscular adaptations of resistance exercise

Grafts Hellas manual - Fitness Nutrition - Pro Level 1
  • Nutrition Exercise and Health I

    • Introduction to nutrition and health
    • Nutrients
    • Carbohydrate, fat and protein intake
    • Alcohol
    • Vitamins
    • Inorganic ingredients
    • Replenishment of liquids
    • Nutrients' energy content
    • Human energy needs
    • Caloric equilibrium
    • Myths of nutrition
    • Basic nutrition guidelines for people exercising
    • Nutrition and health

Grafts Hellas manual - Fitness Nutrition - Pro Level 1
  • Nutrition Exercise and Health II

    • Body weight adjustment
    • Pyramid of nutrition
    • Energy equilibrium
    • Direct and indirect calorimetry
    • Body mass index
    • Metabolic syndrome: recommendations - instructions
    • Body weight management
    • Methods of body mass measurement
    • The role of leptin
    • Glycemic index, Insulin index, Saturation index
    • Type II diabetes
    • Iron, Hemochromatosis, Free radicals
    • Eating disorders