Designing Resistance Training Programs - 3rd 3rd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0736042574
ISBN-10: 0736042571
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About the Author

Steven J. Fleck is chair of the sport science department at Colorado College in Colorado Springs. He earned a PhD in exercise physiology from Ohio State University in 1978. He has headed the physical conditioning program of the U.S. Olympic Committee; served as strength coach for the German Volleyball Association; and coached high school track, basketball, and football. Dr. Fleck is a former vice president of basic and applied research for the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and is a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). He was honored in 1991 as the NSCA Sport Scientist of the Year.

William J. Kraemer is director of research in the dean's office of the Neag School of Education and a full professor in the department of kinesiology working in the Human Performance Laboratory at the University of Connecticut at Storrs. He also is a full professor in the department of physiology and neurobiology and a professor of medicine at the University of Connecticut Health Center. He earned a PhD in physiology from the University of Wyoming in 1984. He held multiple appointments at Pennsylvania State University, where he was professor of applied physiology, director of research in the Center for Sports Medicine, associate director of the Center for Cell Research, and faculty member in the kinesiology department and the Noll Physiological Research Center. He is also editor in chief of the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 392 pages
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics; 3 edition (September 12, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736042571
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736042574
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.9 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #627,221 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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52 of 58 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 29, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Not for everybody. The average gym member will be lost by all the advanced knowledge. Be warned that it is very technical and the reader should have a background in exercise physiology to fully comprehend it.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Sonbu on November 11, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book can answer it. An incredible overview of the science of resistance training is presented, with a summary of all of the scientific research done for years and years on the subject. If you are looking for the deeper meaning of resistance training concepts and want to know how and why they work, then this is the book for you. If you are a weekend trainer with no education outside of short little seminars and conferences, then you will not enjoy this book. A backround in exercise physiology as well as a thorough understanding of anatomical terminology is definately reccomended. But for those who know their exercise physiology, then this book is a great expansion into the science of resistance training.

If you enjoyed this book, other reccomendations would be "Science and Practice of Strength Training" by Vladimir M. Zatsiorsky and "Supertraining" by Mel C. Siff. "Serious Strength Training" by Tudor Bompa may also be of interest. All of these books are great for those who wish to dive into the deeper level of training. But if you're looking for superficial information, exercise ideas, home gym type stuff, then these books are not for you. These are designed for health professionals, not weekend warriors. Be prepared for science and technical terminology.
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful By GARY A. APPLETON on April 5, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I agree with the other reviewers that this book is highly advanced, and not for beginners. It contains absolutely everything that has ever been studied on the subject. However, even for the seasoned trainer, it is hard to find what you are looking for, and even harder to understand. There are so many references and technical terms that the essence of what it is saying is almost lost. If it was written in English, and organised into a logical manner, it would be far more useful. The tables are very difficult to read. A gap still exists for a book containing all this information in plain English. It would be half the size and much more readable.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jesse Bartlett on May 22, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I just finished this book and have put together what I feel to be an awesome exercise prescription based on the information from the book. It is really a text book on the subject but in no way is it incomprehensible. I thought the entire book had a good flow to it and very detailed. The essence of the book is that workout design must be designed in phases meaning periods of heavy weights low reps with periods of light weight and high reps. I especially liked the information on Isometrics which the book goes into with much detail. This is the best book on resistance I have ever read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A.H. on September 6, 2014
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I initially purchased this book to help myself design my own workouts. It's really a great book. Lots of techniques and methodology make this practical for a professional. It's a lot of information for a guy who just wants to build a workout, but it worked very well for that as well. It is very study based, so keep that in mind - meaning that it's not just a bunch of prescriptions. The book does require you to think on your own. Highly recommended.
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19 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 17, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This is one of the most comprehensive books on the shelves when it comes to exercise prescription and design.
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First, my background. A personal trainer and student of exercise science, with quite a few years of practical and theoretical knowledge in the field itself. I have to say, if i hadnt read the book 'Supertraining', i might have rated this text much higher. This book delves into all the different training variables such as sets, reps, frequency and even contraction types, with sufficient detail that is based on the most current research. If you have not studied exercise physiology at a university level then you will probably get lost in all the detail, so i wouldnt recommend it for your 'weekend warrior'. All i can ultimately say is that this book is adequate for anyone wanting to know what goes into the design of a properly designed resistance training program, but if you are after the 'bees knees' of strength training texts, then 'supertraining' is the way to go. I personally found that on that text alone you will know 90% of what youll even need to be a great strength trainer. But if you cant get it for whatever reason, then this would be a viable option.
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By Angelo Nicolaou on April 16, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I purchased a course through a fitness education company, the IFPA. This text book comes with their program design specialist course.
This text is great with a ton of useful information on everything from reps/rest periods, to hormonal response to exercise to periodization. The only problem is that the authors would have made a better read if they left a lot of the technical terms out of it. Its a littly tricky to undersand for your average beginner, but a great resource none the less.
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