Science and Practice of Strength Training, Second Edition 2nd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0736056281
ISBN-10: 0736056289
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""It's now in its second edition and it's a great book. Here's why. The authors have combined Eastern European and North American resistance training practices to present a truly global perspective on current theories on how athletes should train. Compared to the first edition, this edition is much more practical."""Bigger Faster Stronger"

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"It's now in its second edition and it's a great book. Here's why. The authors have combined Eastern European and North American resistance training practices to present a truly global perspective on current theories on how athletes should train. Compared to the first edition, this edition is much more practical."
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics; 2 edition (May 2, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736056289
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736056281
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 8.6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #159,034 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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52 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Book gobbler on September 1, 2009
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This book was a slight disappointment, wasn't as good as I expected. Contains good info anyway, and I found some interesting new pieces of info, but also some errors. Due to some errors I can't totally trust everything in this book, have to verify some things from other sources before I could trust them completely.

As an example, in "Injury prevention" section authors recommend including "trunk rotations against resistance" in training protocols (page 147). This is totally against scientific proof, according to scientific evidence this exercise should absolutely be EXCLUDED. Check this in Stuart McGill's book "Low back disorders- ..." and you will find the right kind of advice on injury prevention.

Same goes for the recommendation on page 145: "Persons at high risk of LBPS (low back pain syndrome) should perform sit-ups with the legs bent, as in this position the load on the spine is lighter and the effect on the abdominal wall is greater." This is old and erroneous information, the new scientific evidence proves that there is not a great difference in the load on the spine even if legs are bent. The pressure is again high and exactly from the injury prevention viewpoint there are superior rectus abdominis exercises. Once again, check for example above mentioned McGill's book for the scientific evidence and better recommendations.

For the above stated reasons, I can't totally trust this books information, especially the injury prevention section is clearly not updated to take into account the newer scientific evidence.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jordan H. Weber on November 22, 2007
Format: Hardcover
As the name implies, this book is a scientific analysis of the practice of strength training. Rather than the typical myths advocated by publications such as Men's Health and other popular sources for training information, this book provides the scientific foundations for strength training. It helps cut through the many myths surrounding strength training and provides in depth scientific analysis by one of the world's leading biomechanists, kinesiologists, and strength training experts. Zatsiorsky has influenced the weightlifting, powerlifting, strong man, and sports training worlds as well as academia. He describes theories as well as methods. This book belongs on the shelf of any serious student, professor, coach, or athlete. I, myself, am a tennis player and have benefitted greatly from this book. Clearly one for the ages, this book is excellent. Worth at least 100$.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By The Fastitious Reading Knight on June 2, 2011
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How often do you say - WOW. When reading a textbook?? Well, if you are really into strength training, this literature will bring you a new and fuller understanding of just what it is and how it is done. This should be on the book shelf of all lifters and body builders,
along side of Bill Pearl's books. This is not going to give you specific exercises for like building your bicepts, Bill Pearl's books do that in spades. No, this book built on the latest science and on the author's years of training olymipic/international champions is a rare mix of the two. I had expected that there would be kinestics pics galore showing all of the exercises, etc. But to my pleasant surprise it was more on the sciences; biological, neurological; physical chemistry, mental conditioning and in the "real world" what works and does not!! It blew away some of my closely held falicies and replaced them with research and actual training methods that are proven to work. I have termed it a textbook which might offend the authors, but it seemed appropriate as it reads in many sections like a text book. Replete, with formulas, math, graphs; enough to make any of us reach for the Excedrine. I found that once well confused, I would just skip ahead and there I was pleased to find softer examples and illustrations that reflected back onto and made more understandable the "textbook" stuff.
The knowledge and training methodology(s) gave me a Quantum leap forward into understanding my rate(s) of progress and how to keep on pressing toward the mark with out; burn out, plataus, injuries, etc. I have totally revamped my strength conditioning program to mirror and include the book's knowledge. I am gaining more, with less time spent at the gym - that alone is worth the cost of this book.
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21 of 27 people found the following review helpful By J. Kellam on January 1, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I have mixed feelings about this book. First, the good stuff: it contains a good review of current scientific literature relating to muscle development. It contains (I assume) good instructions to persons who are seriously training for regional or international competitions in weight lifting, gymnastics, track and field events, swimming, baseball, and others. The text is not centered on any one sport; this is a good thing, since strength training is relavant to any sport. The book also has chapters dedicated to special interest groups including pre-adolecents, seniors, women (with discssion of menstrual cycle), and persons recovering from injury. I learned a lot from this book and will use some of its material in a college course that I teach.

Things I'm less impressed with include the first few chapters in the section entitled "Basis of Strength Conditioning." The reader is bombarded with technical language and equations without sufficient explanations. The text is not dry; it provides great examples and contexts for the scientific concepts introduced in this section, but I found myslef a bit lost. This led to some misunderstandings later in the book when the same concepts were mentioned with regards to specific situations. I have a Ph.D. in Biology, so it's not a good sign that I got lost in places. Part of the probelm may be the unneccessary use of abbreviations that reqired me to use the glossary a little too often (I'm glad it has a glossary). Other than the introductory sections, I think the whole book could be written more succinctly. The text became repetitive in places.

I recommend this book to those with specialized interests: coaches, exercise technicians, elite athletes, and college professors like myself.
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