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All of the chapter authors involved in the personal training book hold multiple academic degrees and/ or graduate degrees and/ or licenses or certifications from widely-recognized accreditation bodies and professional organizations. Several are university professors or adjunct faculty at prestigious institutions. Each chapter includes the author’s name and titles. For example, Dr. Joshua Cotter holds a Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology from The Ohio State University and has completed post-doctoral training in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of California, Irvine. He is also an adjunct faculty member at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Mr. Mike Nelson is a graduate-degreed engineer and doctoral candidate in exercise physiology from the University of Minnesota, a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and an adjunct professor at the University of St. Thomas. Dr. Ronald Mendel holds a Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology from Kent State University in Ohio, among other university degrees, including Biology. He is also an Exercise Science and Physical Therapy professor of 12 years. Mr. Sean Casey holds degrees in exercise science and nutrition and is a registered and licensed dietitian (RD), credentialed through that accreditation body (The Commission on Dietetic Registration). Doctoral Candidate Jonathan Mike holds graduate degrees in exercise physiology, is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), and is USA Weightlifting certified (USAW). Ms. Kelly Lowery is a licensed professional counselor, credentialed through the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC). Mr. Michael Walker holds a Master of Science in Exercise Science from The University of Akron and is a highly experienced weightlifting coach. Dr. Jeremy Fransen is a Clinical Assistant Professor and Exercise Physiologist at University of Illinois at Chicago. I, myself hold two Masters degrees - one in exercise physiology and one in nutrition – and a doctorate in Exercise Physiology from Kent State University. I have been an exercise science and nutrition professor for 12 years at various state and private universities, and have been President of the American Society of Exercise Physiologists (ASEP). I am also a registered and licensed dietitian (RD, LD). Like some of the others, I have published on exercise science and sports nutrition, including textbooks and book chapters from publishers such as Human Kinetics and CRC Press.



Thank you,
Lonnie Lowery, Ph.D., RD, LD

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