Women's Fitness Program Development

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Human Kinetics, 2002 - Health & Fitness - 309 pages

Meet the unique needs of all females, young and old, in health and fitness settings. Women's Fitness Program Developmentintroduces a groundbreaking model for women's health and fitness.

- Build a solid theoretical basis for girls' and women's health and fitness programming.

- Develop programs that take into account how females see the world.

- Find touchstones that motivate clients to achieve a lifetime of fitness.

- Design your classes around women's physical, psychological, social, and emotional needs.

- Learn about appropriate exercises and positions for females at different life stages.

Written by a fitness expert with more than 30 years' experience teaching dance and exercise to girls and women, this book is thoughtful, research-based, and packed with insight. It is a practical resource for instructors, trainers, health care providers--any professional working with girls and women in a health and fitness setting.

Women's Fitness Program Developmentis divided into four sections: Adolescence, Pregnancy, Postpartum Period, and Menopause. Each section defines terminology; suggests how to set goals and priorities; and provides appropriate exercise components, prescriptions, modifications, and program evaluation strategies.

The text includes the following special features:
- 60 photos illustrating appropriate exercises and positions for different life stages
- Instructions for female-focused exercises, such as strengthening the pelvic floor and centering the body
- Sidebars with practical instructional tips
- 30 forms for screening, assessment, participant worksheets, evaluation, and other program needs
- Examples from current programs focused on girls and women

Ann Cowlin provides information relevant to all stages of the female life cycle. She includes a 10-week creative physical activity curriculum for adolescent girls, detailed explanations of contraindications for exercise and conditions requiring assessment and warning signs in pregnancy, plus exercise guidelines for pregnant women. Cowlin also includes insightful ideas for working with pregnant and parenting adolescent girls. She addresses approaches for dealing with physical conditions resulting from pregnancy, birth, and the extended postpartum period; and she offers sample group fitness sessions for midlife women.


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Goals and Priorities of Fitness Programs for Adolescent Girls
Program Design for Adolescent Girls
Interactions of Pregnancy and Exercise
Goals and Priorities of Prenatal Fitness Programs
Prenatal Program Design
Goals and Priorities of Postpartum Fitness Programs
Postpartum Program Design
Goals and Priorities of Midlife Fitness Programs
Program Design for Midlife Women
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About the author (2002)

Ann Cowlin is a dance and movement specialist in the athletic department at Yale University and assistant clinical professor at the Yale University School of Nursing. A former professional dancer, she has taught both ballet and modern dance at Yale as well as developed a course for the college seminar program, titled ""Movement and Mind."" She danced with the Westchester (New York) Ballet Company, Pasadena Ballet Theater, Mesa Civic Ballet, and the Image Guild integrated arts company. She has performed in works by a number of modern dance choreographers and appeared on the NBC Today show as well as other television programs. Ann received her BA in theater from Occidental College in Los Angeles, California, and her MA in dance from UCLA, taught at Arizona State University, and has pursued interests in kinesiology and the neurology of movement as they relate to women. In 1979, she founded Dancing Thru Pregnancy(R) and in 1984 began providing continuing education for professionals working in pre- and postnatal health and fitness. She is the author of ""Women and Exercise"" in Varney's Midwifery; is a certified childbirth educator, has spoken at many national conferences on the topic of women and exercise; and has produced women's fitness programs for corporations, health departments, schools, and the U.S. Army.

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