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Thomas R. Baechle, EdD, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D, is chair of the exercise science and athletic training department at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. In his career covering more than 35 years as a fitness professional and academician, Baechle has earned numerous certifications and awards, taught at various universities, held a variety of professional and civic offices, and volunteered for many national and international associations and organizations related to fitness and personal health.

Baechle is widely published and lectures frequently. His recent honors include receiving the Outstanding Writing Achievement Award from Human Kinetics in 2007, Merit for Excellence in Education and Development of Professional Standards from the International Fitness Institute in 2006, the Distinguished Faculty Service Award from Creighton University in 2002, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the NSCA in 1998.

Baechle makes his home with his wife, Susan, in Omaha.

Roger W. Earle, MA, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D, earned his master`s degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in exercise science. He is the associate executive director for National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Certification, where he is responsible for developing the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and the NSCA-Certified Personal Trainer (NSCA-CPT) certification exams. Previously Earle served as the head strength and conditioning coach and a faculty member of the exercise science and athletic training department at Creighton University in Omaha.

Earle has over 20 years of experience as a personal fitness trainer for people of all age and fitness levels, and he frequently gives lectures at national and international conferences about designing personalized exercise and training programs. He coauthored the first and second editions of Fitness Weight Training and coedited both the NSCA’s Essentials of Personal Training and the first and second editions of Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning.

Earle enjoys spending time with his wife, Tonya, and their four daughters at their home in Glendale, Arizona.
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  • Hardcover: 656 pages
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics; 3 edition (June 2, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736058036
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736058032
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 9 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,700 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mark Becker on October 1, 2013
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I've changed things up quite a bit and have added a few other certifications since I first started training, but after all these years I still find myself referring back to what I learned from my NSCA certification. For anyone looking to get a solid base of knowledge about strength training and how it effects the body, this book/cert should be your first stop.

It is not too overly technical which is what I like best about it. Its by no means easy to read (mine is full of notes and marks from highlighters) but it is easier to grasp than other certifications such as NASM and ASCM.

If I were to give one piece of criticism, it would be the lack of education concerning the business and selling side of personal training. When I first started at my gym, I struggled for almost a year because I wasn't prepared that I'd have to be selling as well as training :-0

I never did sales before in my entire life and was very hesitant (and scared!) to be forced to sell personal training sessions in my club. I actually almost quit at one point from feeling so frustrated because I wanted to train clients, but could not "sell" anyone a pt package.

That was almost ten years ago, and currently I am the head trainer at my gym- training 40+ hours a week, and I have a waiting list of members wanting to work with me.

If you are new to the industry and plan on working in a health club, I implore you to read The Personal Training Sales Education Textbook: A simple and effective sales system designed specifically for the personal trainer in the health club. (Volume 1).
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Jason on January 22, 2013
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Needed this book as a required text for a course I was taking. Good book. Hard Back is sturdy. Also this is the ONLY book you need to pass your NSCA-CSCS Exam. It has everything you need. Buy it!
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By James Papeika on January 28, 2012
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This book is jam packed with information; it is a textbook, after all. I love to read about exercise--I am one of those people who is always redesigning my own fitness program trying to find the "best" plan (as though one best routine truly exists). I purchased this book to augment my collection of fitness books because I was looking for a more scientific, thorough manual written by experts.

While the book does provide in-depth scientific detail, it lacks specific advice. I know this sounds strange, but the well-presented theory is not translated into specific workout routines or recommendations. The book does follow three case-study athletes, but the recommendations are mostly examples to clarify a point rather than provide specific recommendations.

I have read that the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA, the publisher of this book), as well as other credentialing organizations (American College of Sports Medicine) leave out the specific routine recommendations so that there professional staff can apply a wide range of creativity as a personal trainer/coach while still being within the accepted guidelines. After reading this book, I believe this is true. On an unrelated note, I am disappointed that, after years of free monthly newsletters from NSCA (the Tactical Strength and Conditioning Bulletin and their other free monthly email journals) have become paid options from NSCA.

If you looking for a manual with specific routines with specific goals, this book is not it. If you are interested in all of the scientific detail and love to read about exercise or your are trying to earn your CSCS cert, this book is for you. The book is full of "why" and not much "how.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By David Mazany on September 9, 2013
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After reading this book I was able to pass NSCA's test for the CSCS! I didn't need all the study materials because everything is in this book! I studied hard and it was a success!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nick on February 22, 2013
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I had just finished the ACSM book Foundations of Strength Training and Conditioning and this book is very similar..they are almost carbon copies. Sometimes it can be very dry reading going through the explanations of physiology, however it is a must read for those interested in weight training and conditioning.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By John Mark on July 28, 2012
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This book was required for one of my classes during my undergrad for Exercise Science. The instructor was only able to cover roughly 25% of the book, but encouraged the class to keep the book and finish it at our own pace. Now it is my main training book in preparating for the CSCS exam. All of the information in this book will instruct you thoroughly on the topics of strength training and conditioning for the general public and athletes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tiziano Vercellino on April 13, 2013
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i was looking for an in detailed explanation of terms and reason behind the exercises prescribed by various publications on basketball drills and physicals exercise, this book is an overkill in some cases but the tips and suggestion are valuable even at basic skill and knowledge level
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Frankie Uhl on February 9, 2013
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An awesome reference to last a lifetime. It's great to have a resource that cuts through all the hype of strengthening and conditioning and focusses on cold hard facts (scientific research)
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