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Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning

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Now in its third edition, Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning is the most comprehensive reference available for strength and conditioning professionals. In this text, 30 expert contributors explore the scientific principles, concepts, and theories of strength training and conditioning as well as their applications to athletic performance.

Essentials of Strength
Unknown Binding, 3rd Edition, 641 pages
Published June 1st 2008 by Human Kinetics Publishers (first published August 2000)
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Feb 18, 2009 rated it liked it
This is a complete over-view of the basics a personal trainer needs to know to get take the NASM personal trainer certification test.

I like the fact that the National Strength and Conditioning Association has an emphasis on carefully increased levels of training that integrates core training and balance exercises along with aerobic conditioning and strength training.

What I didn't care for was the overuse of compound/ed words and terms to make the text sound more scientific. Having been through g
May 28, 2015 rated it it was ok
Bought the book with the intent of getting the CSCS cert. Read it about a year ago front-to-back and took notes along the way. Didn't take the test. It contains 600+ pages of underwhelming information. The first 2-3 chapters cover the more "scientific" topics like physio and endo. Don't know how the specific enzymes in the Krebs cycle is applicable to S&C, but hey, I'm not a S&C coach. Nobody can effectively explain how hormones work in one chapter, and the endo chapter in this text is n ...more
Jun 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
It's funny to review a textbook but I find myself referring back to this time and again more for testing and assessments, rather than exercises. I will always be critical of how much the NSCA hides behind science and research rather than asserting actual recommendations on anything beyond the basics.

I would recommend a NSCA CSCS certification to anyone who aspires to be a future Strength and Conditioning Coach in athletics. Trainers of any other specialty should seek out NASM certification and p
Tim Gannon
Jul 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
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A very good read overall. Quite comprehensive and up to date. The periodization chapter was weak. If that is your primary interest, I would not choose this book. The text goes over muscular, neuro and endocrine physiology related to fitness training, training adaptations, testing and evaluation, periodization, program design etc. For anyone who wants to make more research-based decisions on how to put together an anaerobic or aerobic training program, this is the book.
Mike Lepree
Jan 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is a text book of awesomeness. I am constantly opening this book and reading, and re-reading tons of info to apply to my programs, and clients programs. This book should be in everyones library. You train strength first!!!! THEN everything else.

And yes I did read this front to back, like a psycho!
Jim Angstadt
Feb 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
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This is an impressive collection of research and experience. I skimmed the entire book, but paid close attention to parts of the chapters on Testing and Evaluation, Exercise Techniques, and Program Design.

This information would be of value to coaches, trainers, athletes, and those interested in personal training theory, design, and practice.
Oct 15, 2012 added it
Great book to establish guidelines to follow when training. The key study guide the the NSCA CSCS exam.
J. Jerome
Feb 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
lots of examples and sample plans to use
Jul 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
Great piece of literature and reference for the fitness professional.
Eric and Dee
Jul 13, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Boring, but useful! I can't believe I read the whole thing!
Dec 14, 2015 rated it liked it
Solid foundation of research in exercise physiology but the text is written at such a low level and generalized to anyone, that it becomes very boring
Nick Rainey
Apr 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The NSCA does a great job of referencing scientific research when giving instructions. This text covers a broad array of subjects and does an excellent job of preparing strength professionals.
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Thomas Baechle is the executive director of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Certification Commission. He is also a professor and chair of the Department of Exercise Science at Creighton University (Omaha, NE).