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Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning - 3rd Edition Hardcover

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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: 11.3 x 8.9 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,336 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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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This book is a great resource to pass the CSCS exam.
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This is a great book for the exercise professional who wants to get better versed with strength training or work with athletes.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Coach Tom on November 13, 2008
Format: Hardcover
When it comes to telling people how to train, I want to know that the advice I give is based on evidence, not what on other people say, and not on what I "think" is going to work. While you could dig around on various electronic databases, such as Medline to get such information, its nice to have all the latest excercise recommendations based on sound research at your fingertips. And if you're looking for such a book, well, look no further.

Readers who regularly read sports science research will see some familiar names on page vii, which contains the list of people who contributed to the book. To me, knowing that people like Kraemer, Faigenbaum, or Hatfield had a hand in this book puts it on solid ground.

And the book is thorough too. Covering just about every aspect of conditioning and training, from basic exercise physiology to how many sets of an exercise should I do, its just a plain fact that there's not much that has been left out. Of course all the major areas such as strength training, endurance training, and flexibility are there as well. Also notable are the great pictures of stretching and strengthening exercises as well as little numbers (2) to refer the reader to the study the info was taken from. Right on!

My criticisms of this book are picky and few. For example I did notice that on page 299 the book advocates holding a static stretch for 30 seconds to become more flexible. Experts in the field who keep up on the research may not agree with this. While the 30 seconds rule applies to a lot of muscle groups, it does not apply to all- like stretching the calf muscles to increase dorsiflexion (see
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6 of 7 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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3 of 3 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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2 of 2 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Derek Chimner on June 26, 2013
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Book was shipped in prompt time and is of great quality!! The book itself is very uselful for preparing for the Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist exam
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By N. Prigge on May 31, 2013
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If you are preparing for the CSCS Certification, well, a. you must buy this and b. even if you are preparing for another variation of the test more knowledge never hurts. This book goes into such great detail on periodization and it really makes the subject matter pop.
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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 Jaci4jj on March 11, 2013
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This book is a great resource to pass the CSCS exam. It breaks down all the topics well and the study questions at the end of each chapter are helpful.
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