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Men's Health Power Training: Build Bigger, Stronger Muscles with through Performance-based Conditioning Paperback – September 18, 2007
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About the Author
ROBERT dos REMEDIOS, MA, CSCS, director of speed, strength, and conditioning at College of the Canyons in Southern California, is the recipient of the 2006 National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) collegiate strength coach of the year award. He has contributed articles to both Men's Health and Men's Fitness magazines.
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Top Customer Reviews
I'm sick of getting workout books that just show you a lot of the same old exercises and don't really give you a program or instruction on how to use the workouts. I believe that is why so many people are gravitating toward workout programs like crossfit, because they actually tell you what to do. I believe the problem with crossfit is that you are constantly working out but there is really no gauge on how much progress you are making or no real goals to accomplish. This book is a very structured book with lots of really creative and difficult exercises, some of which I've never seen before. You may have to work your way up to some of the most difficult exercises.
My first experience going through the full body workout 3 days per week I came closer to puking than I ever had before! It took me about 30mins to calm down after that workout enough to keep my food down. It's a well rounded program that the author has designed so you can tailor it to your own schedule very easily (which is about the only easy thing about this workout).
Another thing I really like about this program is the emphasis on unilateral workouts. I tore my ACL a year ago, and had surgery about 10 months ago, and have had a hard time working out and not favoring my good leg. All the unilateral workouts really keep my body balanced and has really been good for my surgical knee as it recovers.
I can't talk about long term results yet because the book just came out but so far I've been really impressed.
the philosophy of the author's training is practical & efficient. most books neglect these areas and just offer workout recipes, which to me seems like a by-product of what the author despises: isolation.
my criticisms are small (& not necessarily within the author's control)
- the described total-body, hypertrophy, and strength phases do not seem all that different from each other. (maybe that's just how it is)
- i'd prefer if the more technical exercises were explained & shown in greater detail
- having access to olympic-style lifting equipment can be difficult. it's pretty hard to find gyms that carry the type of barbells & weights you can safely drop on the floor from an elevated height. (you can use regular barbells, just be more careful & quiet)
- i don't really like the nutrition section. it offers basic advice that neither targets losing body fat or adding muscle; just does a little of each. diet & rest are just as important as a workout plan in getting real results. since this is men's health, "the abs diet" is a much better guide to proper eating.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The best part of this book is it's fairly clear and innovative approach to program design. There could be more info on the form of the exercises, but overall a fantastic book.Published 5 months ago by X-Acto
As a high school Strength & Conditioning coach (CSCS, RSCC, NASM-PES/CES), I've been following Coach Dos for some time along with several of my other favorites (Al Vermeil, Mike... Read morePublished 8 months ago by T. Koss
déjà vu all the exercises. In you have some experience lifting don't waste your timePublished 14 months ago by deneeb
This book is amazing, it has changed my life. I have never felt so much power from within after doing these exercise's and I am 51 years old.Published 15 months ago by Darren Rivenburg
Im a Marine, bought this book in 2007 when I was deployed to Iraq, in 3 months I was in the best shape ever I had strength, speed, and balance, shows you how to properly do every... Read morePublished 15 months ago by kngofbattle
I've been using this book for roughly two years. I do the four day push-pull routine and do my best to get every workout. Read morePublished 16 months ago by JavaDev