Resistance Exercise sample exam questions

Here are a few sample questions to help you know what to expect and prepare for your Resistance Exercise certification exam. 

Sample exam questions

I. What the definition of flexion?

  1. When a joint angle increases.
  2. When a limb moves away from the midline of the body.
  3. When a joint angle decreases.
  4. When a limb moves towards the midline of the body.

II. What is another term for a concentric contraction?

  1. Positive
  2. Static
  3. Negative
  4. Neutral

III. By training with the same duration and intensity, it is possible to reduce the training frequency by ____ and still maintain the training effect.

  1. 1/2
  2. 2/3
  3. 1/3
  4. None of the above

IV. How can the force in an eccentric contraction be described?

  1. The strongest type of contraction
  2. It’s stronger than an isometric contraction but weaker than a concentric contraction.
  3. The weakest type of contraction.
  4. It’s stronger than a concentric contraction but weaker than an isometric contraction.

V. What is true about compound exercises?


  1. The focus is on one set of muscles.
  2. Involves the movement of more than one joint.
  3. Reduces muscle coordination.
  4. Are ineffective in developing whole body movements.

VI. What two exercises would work the agonist and antagonist?

  1. Seated row and lat pulldown
  2. Bench press and lat pulldown
  3. Bench press and seated fly
  4. Squat and leg extension

VII. In a seated leg extension, which muscles are being used?

  1. Bicep fermoris, vastus intermedius, vastus lateralis and vastus medialus.
  2. Semitendinosus, vastus medialus, rectus femoris and vastus lateralis.
  3. Semimembranosus, rectus femoris, vastus laterlais and vastus intermedius.
  4. Vastus intermedius, rectus femoris, vastus lateralis and vastus medialus.

VIII. A needs analysis includes what components?

  1. Collecting client information; health, fitness and activity information.
  2. Exercise movements, metabolic system used and injury prevention.
  3. Interpreting the information gathered.
  4. Developing an initial six week program.

IX. During an eccentric contraction, what occurs in the agonist muscle fibre?

  1. Shortens while exerting tension and force.
  2. Does not change in length while exerting tension and force.
  3. Lengthens while exerting tension and force.
  4. Shortens and lengthens while exerting tension and force.

X. Uncontrollable factors affecting strength include:

  1. Height, weight, girth and percentage of body fat.
  2. Genetics, sex and age.
  3. VO2 max, heart rate, blood pressure and vital capacity.
  4. Protein supplements, blood sugar level and muscle glycogen storage.


Answers: 1 (3), 2 (1), 3 (3), 4 (1), 5 (2), 6 (2), 7 (4), 8 (2), 9 (3), 10 (2)

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