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Biochemistry Primer for Exercise Science (Primers in Exercise Science) Paperback – July 31, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0736056120 ISBN-10: 0736056122 Edition: 3rd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics; 3 edition (July 31, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736056122
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736056120
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 8.3 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #953,752 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michael E. Houston, PhD, is a professor in human nutrition, foods, and exercise at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. Besides writing the first two editions of this book, Houston has written more than 100 refereed journal publications dealing with biochemical and nutritional implications to exercise. He has taught biochemistry of exercise for more than 35 years and has conducted extensive research in exercise. In 2003 he received the Honour Award from the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology. In his leisure time he enjoys weight training and road and mountain biking.


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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By pedro sepulveda on July 2, 2001
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if you're interested in adquiring an easy and understandable base about proteins, carbohydrates and fats this book is a must as well as an indipensable start to understand further readings about the metabolism of exercise. The complete explanation about the turnover of proteins, krebs cycle, fatty acids, different roles of celular ARN are so well explained that you don't need to be an expert to understand the basics of this biochemical principles.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By S. Drew on November 22, 2010
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If you want to learn the complex, down to the bare bone science of how the human physiology reacts to exercise and nutrition. This book is excellent at explaining the biochemistry of exercise science. If you want to read some elementary fitness then this book is not for you, if you want to learn the true science and really challenge you mind and really learn how the body physiology, anatomy, nutrition and exercise biochemistry work so you can completely floor your friends when you speak at the gym of what you learned, then buy this book. :)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Luis Zelasco on February 7, 2013
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the book is well organized and has good charts and graphics with complete chemical reaction formulas.

chapter 3 to 7 contains around 160 pages of the best information I have found to understand:

- structure of muscles
- oxidative phosphorylation
- glycolisis
- the role of phosphocreatine
- the role of pyruvate
- lactate metabolism
- lipid metabolism
- the effect of exercise intensity on energy metabolism

each chapter has a summary and review question to test what you just learn.

If you would like to understand the chemistry behind how your muscles work, this is the book you are looking for.
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Li Koriya on February 4, 2012
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I'm not even on page 50 yet and this is the 5th time you write an entire page describing a diagram that is on the NEXT PAGE. Do you expect us to flip back and forth everytime we read a line to understand what the hell you're talking about? It's not that hard to put text UNDER THE DIAGRAM THAT YOU'RE DESCRIBING. Basic textbook writing skills Mr. Houston. Secondly, the overly complex examples you use to describe simple concepts do not help students in the slightest bit. Just because you know everything about the subject doesn't mean that we do. If this book wasn't testable I'd throw it out the window. Just terrible and frustrating to read.
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0 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Sabrina E. Sternschuss on August 26, 2007
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Shipment for this book was fast. didnt worry at all about having my books in time. would use this company again.
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