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Science and Practice of Strength Training
This new second edition of Science and Practice of Strength Training comes with many additions and changes. A new coauthor, Dr. William Kraemer, joins Dr. Vladimir Zatsiorsky in expanding on the principles and concepts needed for training athletes. Among Dr. Kraemer's contributions are three new chapters targeting specific populations--women, young athletes, and seniors--p ...more
Hardcover, 251 pages
Published May 2nd 2006 by Human Kinetics Publishers
(first published May 1995)
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If you're interested in the theory and science behind strength training this book is indispensible. Don't buy it looking for actual templates or step by step instructions, but look at it as a textbook of why and what strength principles are effective. Then use that knowledge when shopping around for a more user friendly program. Tactical Barbell, and Pavel Tsatsouline's materials heavily use the principles found in this book (off the top of my head), and are both very effective approaches. I'm ...more
Nice general overview of different strength training concepts and how to apply them in practice. Doesn't give you specific rep schemes or weights, but that's because of the need for individualization of programs. Also doesn't go into too much depth about what the "best movements" are, though it does seem to promote free weights over machines. Overall, a very good book for the aspiring Personal Trainer or self-programming weight lifter.
I found that this material was more guided towards fitness professionals rather than individuals. Things were more verbose than necessary and it was difficult to quickly tease out suggestions. I assume the content is excellent but the material was too low in information density that I mostly skimmed it.
Jul 21, 2015 John rated it really liked it · review of another edition
5 stars for content, 1 for the fact that counting each hair on my head would be vastly more entertaining than this book. But I expected that coming in, still a good read for people interested in any kind of lifting.
Super useful information but intensely hard to read. Everything is immensely dry and just presents data as a dump of information that you have to fend for yourself to understand. I basically took the sections I thought were interesting, read them and moved on.
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