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ISBN-13: 978-0736060684 ISBN-10: 0736060685 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics; 1 edition (July 10, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736060685
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736060684
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #142,240 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Dr. Kraemer and Dr. Fleck have once again put a brilliant system together that will benefit both the coach and athlete. The nonlinear system creates simultaneous gains in strength and power by placing the athlete in a position to succeed. It takes the art of coaching and lays a scientific foundation beneath it, thereby maximizing each training session. Athletes can train safely over the long term with dramatic results. We have used this system of training with our team." Coach Jon TorineHead Strength and Conditioning CoachIndianapolis Colts, Super Bowl XLI Champions

About the Author

William J. Kraemer, PhD, is a kinesiology professor in the Human Performance Laboratory in the department of kinesiology and the department of physiology and neurobiology at the University of Connecticut at Storrs. He is also a professor of medicine at the University of Connecticut Health Center's School of Medicine in Farmington, Connecticut. Dr. Kraemer is past president of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and is a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). He was awarded the NSCA's Lifetime Achievement Award in 1994 and the Educator of the Year Award in 2002. He is editor in chief of the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research and coauthor of Designing Resistance Training Programs, Third Edition, and Strength Training for Young Athletes, Second Edition.

Steven Fleck, PhD, is chair of the sport science department at Colorado College in Colorado Springs. He was head of the physical conditioning program for 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 past 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 and in 2005 was given the NSCA's Lifetime Achievement Award. He coauthored, with Dr. Kraemer, Designing Resistance Training Programs, Third Edition, and Strength Training for Young Athletes, Second Edition.


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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ferguson W. Roper on December 29, 2007
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Fantastic introduction to flexible non-linear periodisation. Would be ideal for personal trainers although it did have a sports heavy focus. The case studies are good to have as well, although I think maybe there could have been more program examples for different outcomes.

Easy to read and understand.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Gonzalo Romero Garcia on February 8, 2008
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This is an interesting book with a different approach on strength training. Its authors are attempting to integrate the concept of dynamic systems to the one of periodization of strength. Somehow, all professionals of strength training know that nowadays the use of old patterns of periodization does not come about as many benefits in terms of strength improvement as a more varied approach does. This fact is still more evident in sports with a long in-season schedule. The utilization of a non-linear approach to training seeks to both improve the different domains where the strength is required and also to maintain the strength all along the season.

Although the authors highlight those aspects to take into consideration in order to plan a convenient strength program, they probably fail to 1)make the reader to understand why to chose this approach and what aspects of non-linear paradigm are connected with the strength training and 2)try to make a distinction between older paradigms bound to strength training in sport and the new approach.

Overall, it is a promising start toward what it would be the confirmation of a different perspective with respect to strength training
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By J. P. Ellison on July 8, 2009
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I have (and continue to) follow periodization strength programs based on the work of such authors as Tudor Bompa, PhD. He (along with several others based in the old Eastern Bloc nations) coined the word "periodization" to describe the process of organizing your training year into periods, or "microcycles", that emphacize the four main aspects of muscular physiological adaptation (general anatomical adaptation, max strength, power, and muscular endurance). Following his principal of planning for peak performance, I have managed to win several national and three world championships in rowing over the years. I am convinced I would not have had the success I have had (while helping raise four kids and having a full time job) without proper planning. I have learned to train smarter, not harder... While these programs were designed to meet the needs of athletes to attain peak performance at specific times of the year, the principles can be applied successfully to the general fitness enthusiast, particularly if one follows the specific guidelines about the need to develop a firm foundation of fitness as detailed in Dr. Bompas' books Serious Strength Training. I read Dr's. Fleck and Kraemers book "Optimizing Strength Training: Designing Nonlinear Periodization Workouts" thinking I would expand on my knowledge base. To my sincere dissapointment, I found their book to be poorly organized and written. Every chapter is filled with pleas to see the differences in their plan (which basically follows the basics of periodization, without all the organization).Read more ›
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By O. M. Gil on August 24, 2008
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I'm a NSCA-CPT and also a PE, and I've been doing some research for more than 5 years about the periodization and the types of training, also as a personal trainer and a strength and conditioning coach and enthusiast, I've tried almost every type there are... And as this book states by its scientific articles: the nonlinear periodization is the one that's going to give you or your clients or your athletes the best their genetics may give.
Also, the authors are two of the most respected researchers on the field and the way the book is presented gives no chance for mistakes on the methodology. By the way, this is science, they don't say anything unless they have some research, scientific article or physiology book to back it up.
I may say that there's no magic on this book, nor that there's a way to get the aster results, but you will see them sooner and, eventually with constance, a better sports and exercise performance.
Those who are looking for an effective and scientific way of periodize their training with short-to-long term results (without steroids, of course) need to buy this.
I've used this kind of periodization with tennis, soccer, basketball, and futsal players. Also in bodybuilding and athletics with my clients and on every try they saw much better results than with any other periodization. Not only on their free fat mass but the increase in sports performance.
It's not by chance that the Indianapolis Colts used this periodization and get to win the Superbowl that year (as says the cover of the book)...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mm on November 30, 2013
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Very informative, but somewhat dry, description on nonlinear periodization training. Even if you understand the basic concept behind nonlinear periodization training, this book will break it down to the micro level and provide very specific training schedules you can follow that will cover the entire year to peak at the correct times for your specific sport or events that you are training for.
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