Part 1 Energy, metabolism, work, and power: an introduction to exercise physiology; the integrated homeostatic response to exercise; the design and control of energy metabolism; ergometry and calorimetry. Part 2 Systemic responses to exercise: neuromuscular function and adaptation to exercise; metabolic adaptations to exercise; cardiovascular adaptations to exercise; pulmonary adaptations to exercise; endocrine adaptations to exercise. Part 3 Methods to improve exercise performance: training for sport and performance; exercise and nutrition; ergogenic aids. Part 4 Measurements of fitness and exercise performance: measuring endurance, anaerobic capacity, and strength; measuring pulmonary function and ventilatory control; estimating body composition; exercise physiology in the clinical setting. Part 5 Special topics: growth, development, and exercise; ageing and exercise; environmental physiology; gender and exercises; exercise, weight control, health, and disease. appendices: professional issues in career opportunities; Internet homepages pertinent to exercise physiology; conversion units; gas volumes and indirect calorimetry; energy expenditure.