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  • Paperback: 318 pages
  • Publisher: Ultimate Athlete Concepts; 1st edition (August 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981718027
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981718026
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.7 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #910,353 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Raimondi on May 25, 2010
Format: Paperback
Dr. Yessis, in "Secrets of Russian Sports Training and Fitness", has given detailed insight into the methods that the Russian's developed in the training of their athletes. Dr. Yessis has been one of the few individuals to translate and import the wealth of information from the former USSR. Not only has he been paramount in bringing to English these vital texts, he has also pesonally travelled to Russia to witness top coaches and experts coach and train athletes. This book is a report on what really went on behind the "Iron Curtain", and is definately a must read for those serious about training athletes. Although it was written in the late 80's, Dr. Yessis provides further updates that have since occurred in the two decades after the collapse of the USSR. This book, I believe, will provide any coach, trainer, student, and athlete with an invaluable starting point on one's own quest to improve performance in all athletic endeavors. D. Raimondi, Strength and Conditioning Volunteer Assistant, University of Richmond
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. A. Fears on April 29, 2013
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I couldn't put this book down. I finished it in two days then immediately bought his explosive running book. I can't speak highly enough about this book. It is a great addition to my library of over 100 exercise science and training books.
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By Shea T on August 8, 2013
Format: Paperback
Dr. Yessis goes into all subject matters of the Russian Sports Training system and helps understand what led to a long period of Olympic Dominance.

The book discusses subjects such as nutrition, restoration methods, psychology, speed-strength training, further research and how it was utilized in the Russian system. This new edition also adds more information on each subject that was not in the previous book.

Dr. Yessis sparks your interest in diving deeper into Russian Sports System and probably led me to look into other books referenced. I think this is a good book if someone is interested in learning outside of their current knowledge and may lead them wanting to know more.
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Sabrewolfy on April 11, 2012
Format: Paperback
I've read a number of books on kinesiology and training (see my reviews). I'm struggling to find something positive to say about this book. I got about halfway through it before I decided to return it.

1. The type is double space, large font...each page is mostly white space. You can easily finish this book in 5 hours. For $60, it's a terrible value.

2. Yessis has NO references. I'm not exaggerating, there is no works cited, nothing. He simply makes statements without any attempt to support them. Even if you choose to simply trust him, most of his claims are too vague to be implemented anyway. For at least the first half of this book, there's actually very little concrete information. I can't speak for the 2nd half, as I stopped reading.

3. Yessis repeatedly refers to other books he has written expecting the reader to buy those as well. This book is more an advertising platform for his other books than anything else

The main point of this book is that the Soviets developed training methods that are often unknown and superior to those of the west. I largely agree with that, but instead of reading this book, read "Supertraining" and "Special Strength Training" by Verkhoshansky and "Biomechanics in Sport" and "Science and Practice of Strength Training" by Vladimir M. Zatsiorsky. These books have information seeping from every poor and include 1000's of references to scientific studies.

"Secrets" is not the worth the paper its printed on.
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