Practical Programming for Strength Training
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Practical Programming for Strength Training

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Practical Programming offers a different approach to exercise programming than that typically found in other exercise texts. Based on a combined 60+ years of academic expertise, elite-level coaching experience, and the observation of thousands of novice trainees, the authors present a chronological analysis of the response to exercise as it varies through the training hist...more
Published January 1st 2006 by Aasgaard Co.
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Adam Marquis
The vast majority of fitness and training books are worthless dross. They offer templates that worked on a population that likely differs from the reader, using equipment that differs from what the reader has on hand, eating a diet the reader doesn't maintain. And are we even sure the exercises worked? Young men get strong so effortlessly that the assertion "This program got some young men's bench presses up" is worth about as much as saying "This program will protect you from Martians." Young m...more
Alex Allain
Two factor model for adaptation--recovery and fitness. To gain fitness, you must disrupt homeostasis. This gets harder over time as the body adapts. Beginners can recover and gain fitness between workouts; intermediates in a week; advanced trainees takes months. Intermediates and advanced trainees are in a state of constant fatigue until the end of a training cycle.

Overtraining is making recovery take more than the time you want it to.

Hormonal model of adaptation--compound lifts initially (post...more
Abhi Yerra
Well to make it clear I didn't really finish the book because I didn't read the section on Intermediate and Advanced training. I probably would have never even gotten to the section on the Advanced training since it is for competitive lifters.

But overall this is a great book on understanding the physiological aspects of weight training and how to adjust weight training goals with the physiological response of the body. It really serves as a compliment to Starting Strength which goes through all...more
Mario Tomic
One of the best books if not the best one I've read on strength training methodologies. It dives deep into how to create workouts that give maximum results depending on your current level of lifting experience. Really glad I stumbled upon this book at this time as I've felt like running out of ideas of how to progress in my workouts. Mark does a really good job explaining the core principles and adding specific techniques for advanced lifters to use that produce results. Super excited to try eve...more
Solid follow-up to Starting Strength. The first book tells you how to do the exercises. This one tells you when. A lot of information about how to design weight lifting programs and when to change them.
Rip is a legend in the industry; whose understanding of training, biomechanics, anatomy, and all of the relevant bits and bobs in between is second to none. Kilgore and Pendlay are also great.

This book is a great introduction to the concept of stress, recovery and adaptation, and how these 3 basic concepts apply to training. Selye's general adaptation syndrome is broached and serves as the cornerstone of training philosophy. Topic such as training youth and training women are addressed intellige...more
Craig Cecil
This is an important book. Rippetoe presents the logical, scientific building blocks of the body's adaptation process. This info is then applied to the Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced weight trainer through various time-tested training protocols. Anyone who employs the use of a barbell, dumbbells, kettlebells, or any other progressive resistance device will benefit from the information. Like most training, you won't master the material in a single read-through. It will take several repetitio...more
Jay Reynolds

Solid info for programming a training routine from an experienced coach. 'Programming', in this context, describes scheduling a training routine to maximize a desired outcome at a given point in time (ie reaching a performance 'peak' in time for an athletic competition). Rippetoe emphasizes the importance of recovery and rest/deloading, as this is when adaptation to stress occurs: you can't get stronger if you don't ease off now and then; otherwise, you'll just burn out.

This is important not on...more
Nov 22, 2011 Alpha rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Very informative - not sure I really needed all the detail, but I'm glad I have a reference if I ever want to look it up. I think Starting Strength is the book I was actually looking for, although Practical Programming was still a good read to get some more background on the theory.
Excellent one-stop shop for strength programming, but not much different than what you can find free elsewhere on the internet. A novice trainee should read Starting Strength. Intermediate trainee may be better served by buying a more specific intermediate programming book.
Esto debería ser parte del programa de educación física de colegio.
Cualquier persona moderadamente interesada en cualquier tipo de deporte obligatoriamente ha de leer esto. Me puso a repasar conceptillos de biología y de todo.

Coach Rip, respect to the maximum.
Jun 01, 2010 Luke rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone serious about lifting
Simply the most authoritative source on weight training that currently exists. Rippetoe is an icon and a humorous writer to boot. I wish I'd read this and his other book, Starting Strength, a decade ago.
Oliver Bateman
Not as fun to read as Rippetoe's Starting Strength, but the material presented here--both in terms of programming advice as well as jargon-free explanations of the science behind it--is tremendously useful.
Awesome and simple approach to training. The aurthors take years of professional experience and sound training priciples and teaches the reader how to apply them based on training experience.
Valentin Uzunov
fantastic book, its ideal from every level of athlete and coach. It covers all the necessary areas of program design without being overly complex or simplified.
Good book on what happens when you work out and what to expect as you get stronger.

Not really applicable to me yet, but interesting nonetheless.
Vincent Stout
Very informative and easy to understand. Like the title says, the programming for strength trining explained in this book is very practical.
Travis Smith
Incredible doesn't even begin to describe the nature of this book. A must read following Starting Strength. Exceptional.
Max Biller
Very good background on how to structure your training program. Quite theoretical and needs a lot of own judgement. Still good.
Excellent book about the programatics of builiding a weight-lifting program.
Nick Mack
Great advice on programming and advancement from beginner to advanced.
necessary as a supplement to Starting Strength by the same authors
Sofyan Sahrom
A good basic book. Recommended read (highly) for beginning coaches.
read through to get what i neded
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