2016.07.07 CSCS Daily Study Question

2016.07.07 CSCS Daily Study Question:

The exercise physiology department of your university has brought you (the university’s head strength and conditioning coach) in as a guest speaker for the day. After your presentation on college athletic strength and conditioning, the floor is opened up for student questions. A student raises his hand and tells you that he’s interested in bodybuilding. He says that he has a flat bench press 1RM of 220 pounds. Based off his 1RM bench press, he wants to know what kind of load he should be using to maximize muscular hypertrophy. Which of the following choices would be most appropriate for this goal?
(A) 143 pounds
(B) 169 pounds
(C) 198 pounds
(D) 220 pounds

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Correct Answer:
(B) 169 pounds

Explanation:
Load and repetition assignments for hypertrophy are 67% – 85% of the 1RM for 6 – 12 repetitions. Compared to strength and power training, loads used for muscular hypertrophy are moderate. If you look at the answer choices available, 220 pounds should have been immediately crossed out since that is the student’s 1RM. To calculate the percentage of the 1RM for each answer choice, simply divide the answer choice by the 1RM (e.g. 143 pounds / 220 pounds = 0.65 = 65%). While it’s not too difficult to remember load and rep ranges for different objectives, try to be able to figure out these types of calculations quickly and accurately. If you get stuck on a question in the CSCS exam, you might be able to do some quick calculations like this to extract the correct answer.

Reference:
Essentials of Strength Training & Conditioning 3rd edition p. 401

 

 

These CSCS exam practice questions were created to help users study for the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist certification exam from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Using CSCS exam practice questions is an efficient way to study the most relevant material for the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist exam. CSCS exam practice questions can help you to remember important concepts and test your knowledge of the material in a no-pressure environment. The Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist designates that a fitness professional has the scientific and practical knowledge necessary to assist athletes to improve their physical performance.

If you’re like most strength and conditioning specialists, chances are that you like sports and you have a competitive mindset. For people who are competitive, doing practice questions is awesome because 1) they like to win, and 2) the sting of getting a question wrong burns the correct answer into the mind of a competitive person unlike any other learning method.

The Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) exam by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) is a four-hour-long, pencil and paper or computer-based examination. The Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist exam has two sections: “Scientific Foundations” and “Practical / Applied.” Each of these sections consist of questions that the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) feels are relevant to test the knowledge and experience of a candidate for the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) professional credential. Certified strength conditioning specialist comprehensive questions from the Scientific Foundations section include anatomy, exercise physiology, biomechanics, and nutrition. certified strength conditioning specialist comprehensive questions from the Practical / Applied section include program design, exercise techniques, testing and evaluation, and organization / administration (NSCA, 2015).

2016.07.07 CSCS Daily Study Question

Links:
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