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  • Paperback: 374 pages
  • Publisher: Apple Tree Pub Co Ltd (April 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1896817262
  • ISBN-13: 978-1896817262
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #399,158 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is a MUST for anyone interested in health.
Andrew Chang: 7-Hour School Week and Health, Wealth, Truth
Sometimes you will leave the gym wondering if you really did enough (you did!).
Nevada
Good book explaining why these exercises are the best ones to follow.
gordon

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By N. Fox on September 9, 2004
This book is highly recommended for those athletes, coaches and weekend warriors who have a good working knowledge of exercise science - this book is not very suitable for beginners. It addresses issues and topics of periodization, flexibility, and how to train for sports performance while avoiding injury (rather than training for purely cosmetic appeal).

Most of the book is concerned with the useage of weight training to improve power (force) rather than simple brute strength - it's called the Power Program after all. In covering this area it discusses and scientifically justifies the optimum targets and techniques for reps, sets, rest periods and workout length, as well as discussing why eccentric work and negatives are essential; how to train for stability, injury prevention and core strength; the best power exercises for the power phase of the periodised program; and sensible application of plyometrics.

There are countless gems throughout - "even 3% dehydration can reduce your strength by 10%" - but you'll have to dig to find them. The book also includes a cursory discussion of nutrition and mental programming, however these topics probably deserve a whole other text for each. Colgan has published at least 2 books on sports nutrition - the older "Optimum Sports Nutrition", and more recently "Sports Nutrition Guide" - which are excellent sources of nutritional information. All of Colgan's work seems to be targeted at the professional sports end of the scale as they imply the time and money is available to follow the exercise and nutritional programs on a full-time basis. You will also have to put up with his silly cartoons, the occasional odd turn of phrase, and somewhat superior attitude.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nevada on September 27, 2010
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I can honestly say, having read over 20 books and untold magazine articles on strength training, bodybuilding, and lifting in general...START HERE. This is the first book. What is unique about Dr. Colgan's book, is he is helping define the protocols for USEFUL, ATHLETIC muscle and range of motion. If you are a BODYBUILDER, this book may be of limited value to you. If you are an athlete or someone serious about improving your health and well being through range of motion, proper excercises, and improving your strength and power, then you have to have this book. It is clear, easy to read, and concise.

I have improved my strength, power, health...AND...tendonitis, chronic injuries (knee and shoulder surgery artifacts) through the techniques described here. Don't shortcut. Start at the beginning (I didn't, and paid the price, but now I'm cured because I started over and my shoulder, knee, and tennis elbow haven't felt better in years).

His routines are smart. Range of motion is emphasized, including intelligent stretching and exercises, rather than body-builder's limited range of motion exercises. They progress correctly, day to day, week to week and month to month. They allow for lots of rest and won't even come close to burning you out. Sometimes you will leave the gym wondering if you really did enough (you did!). They are relatively short, focused/concentrated, and enjoyable gym sessions, and you will see results. I body-built when I was a kid. 25 years later, this routine is far more satisfying in strength and power results. I am pretty sure I will never stop completely my attention to keeping a reasonably powerful and athletic body, whatever my age.

Downsides to the stuff in this book...believe me I really have tried and I simply can't find any.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ted on May 23, 2010
This book got me on the right track to reaching alot of my goals. Offers a wide range of info and makes an excellent fitness guide. The cons are that this was written almost 10 years and things always change with advancements and research. The author leans on the conservative side for avoiding injuries bashing many stretches that are commonly used; the same with commonly used lifts like the upright row and good mornings. i see his point but it is debateable. He touches briefly on plyometrics but doesn't give enough info and the same with nutrition. However the info in this book is very good very valuable worth reading but take some of his opinions like the stretches I mentioned with a grain of salt. Very opinionated author but knows his stuff.
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By gordon on March 9, 2014
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Good book explaining why these exercises are the best ones to follow. Well written although the attempts at humor fall short, it is still a good book that gives you the basis for developing power.
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