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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics; 3 edition (October 19, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1450422446
  • ISBN-13: 978-1450422444
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8.2 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #380,119 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Serious Strength Training is a guide you will refer to for as long as you are lifting. If you're serious about building strength, this is a must-have.

Steve Holman-- Editor in Chief, Iron Man Magazine

"The field of strength coaching is considered both an art and a science. Serious Strength Training acknowledges that synergy by applying the science of periodization to the art of program design. It is a must-have for all strength coaches and personal trainers."

Charles Poliquin-- Poliquin Strength Institute

About the Author

Tudor O. Bompa, PhD, revolutionized Western training methods when he introduced his groundbreaking theory of periodization in Romania in 1963. After adopting his training system, the Eastern Bloc countries dominated international sports through the 1970s and 1980s. In 1988, Dr. Bompa applied his principle of periodization to the sport of bodybuilding. He has personally trained 11 Olympic Games medalists (including four gold medalists) and has served as a consultant to coaches and athletes worldwide.

Dr. Bompa’s books on training methods, including Theory and Methodology of Training: The Key to Athletic Performance and Periodization of Training for Sports, have been translated into 17 languages and used in more than 130 countries for training athletes and educating and certifying coaches. Bompa has been invited to speak about training in more than 30 countries and has been awarded certificates of honor and appreciation from such prestigious organizations as the Argentinean Ministry of Culture, the Australian Sports Council, the Spanish Olympic Committee, and the International Olympic Committee.

A member of the Canadian Olympic Association and the Romanian National Council of Sports, Dr. Bompa is professor emeritus at York University, where he has taught training theories since 1987. He and his wife, Tamara, live in Sharon, Ontario.

Mauro Di Pasquale, MD, a physician specializing in nutrition and sports medicine, spent 10 years at the University of Toronto teaching and researching nutritional supplements and drug use in sports. He wrote both Bodybuilding Supplement Review and Amino Acids and Proteins for the Athlete and has written hundreds of articles for Muscle and Fitness, Flex, Men’s Fitness, Shape, Muscle Media, and Ironman, among many others. Di Pasquale was a powerlifter for over 20 years, winning the powerlifting world championships in 1976 and the World Games in 1981.

Di Pasquale received his medical degree from the University of Toronto and is a certified medical review officer. Currently the president of the International United Powerlifting Federation and the Pan American Powerlifting Federation, he lives in Ontario.

As a former professional wrestler for the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA), bodybuilder, and kinesiologist, Lorenzo J. Cornacchia has directed extensive electrical myographical (EMG) research to identity which exercises produce the greatest amount of muscular electrical stimulation. In 1992, he conducted a research study with Dr. Bompa and various colleagues to scientifically determine the results of bodybuilders’ use of periodization training methods, bodybuilders’ use of performance-enhancing agents and the typical bodybuilding training method, and bodybuilders’ use of the periodization method coupled with performance-enhancing agents. Ironman magazine published the results in their May 1994 issue, “Periodization vs. Steroids.” Cornacchia also published the results in Dr. Di Pasquale’s international newsletters, Drugs in Sports and Anabolic Research Review. Cornacchia coauthored Periodization of Strength. His EMG research was published in Ironman’s Ultimate Guide to Arm Training (2001), Ironman’s Ultimate Bodybuilding Encyclopedia (2002), and Ironman’s Ultimate Guide to Building Muscle Mass (2003).

Cornacchia became an editor and author for Ironman magazine, writing a monthly column called “EMG Analysis,” and directed extensive research studies in electromyography to determine which exercises produced the greatest amount of muscular electrical activation. Currently he is working with Dr. Di Pasquale on research dealing with supplementation and the metabolic diet.

Cornacchia received his BA in physical education from York University. Currently he is co-owner of a fitness establishment called FFX and is the president and shareholder of Pyrotek Special Effects, Inc., where he spends most of his time designing special effects for shows such as the Grammy Awards, Academy Awards, and BET Awards and for artists such as Iron Maiden, Lady Gaga, Van Halen, Rihanna, Taylor Swift, and Lil Wayne. Cornacchia resides in Miami, Florida, and Las Vegas, Nevada. His favorite pastime is watching the NFL’s Cincinnati Bengals.


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Customer Reviews

This book is very readable, and easy to apply.
Robert A. Murphy
It helps to workout percentages and reps and sets to make it easier to workout programes.
john lucad
Serious Strength Training is a great bodybuilding book.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Robert A. Murphy on March 2, 2013
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I wanted to learn about periodization. I have read that most books on periodization are 'unreadable.' (Many are in foreign languages too). I take that to mean they are too complex to be easily applied. This book is very readable, and easy to apply. That being said, periodization, in this book, amounts to doing a handful of different routines, generally for 6 weeks. The routines range from Anatomical Adaptation, to Hypertrophy, to MXS (strength training). Mark Ripptoe (in Practical Programming) speaks of an advanced workout called "The Building Blocks Model." Bompa's periodization fits this model. A central principle in this book (and Bompa's other book on periodization (Periodization Training...)) is a step-type four-week macrocycle, where intensity is increased for 3 weeks, then the 4th week is lowered. Bompa states this is superior to progressive increase in load and the overload method. But ... he doesn't say why, and he certainly does not cite and studies. This book will tell you what to do, but it won't tell you (other than the author's opinion) why you should do it. I slightly increased my understanding of periodization, so, all-in-all, it was worth the $ for me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MINI mike on November 30, 2012
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After a thorough read, I must say, this book encompasses a wide variety of material that can help one to accelerate their progress in all areas of fitness. As a regular gym attendee for over 10 years, I was exposed to many new training methods, which have offered a fresh wave of motivation. I was so excited to begin implementing these routines into my existing one, which was getting rather stale. As a personal trainer for over 5 years, I have learned a great deal of exercises that I have began using immediately for my clients. The exercises have allowed an increase in my innovation. I also found the information on nutrition to be a great compliment to my existing diet. It has allowed me to fine tune and add in a new funk that has sparked me up. Everyone and anyone can benefit from reading this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G. Martin on February 7, 2014
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This book is not a get-big-quick solution. The routines whether for nutrition or training, are not easy.

Three things are required...
1) Time to invest in reading this book cover to cover, and take notes.
2) The desire to go through everything, step by step.
3) The will to repeat the cycle.

I won't say this is the only way to reach your goal of getting bigger and stronger, but I will say that it works. After three months following this program to the letter, I looked better than I did after any three-month stint in the gym I'd ever had.

That said, the low-carb dieting was excruciating - I actually had panic attacks wanting bread or pasta after a few days. The training from the Adaptation phase on requires the utmost patience and belief in what you're doing because it's tedious and you do not start off doing what your instincts tell you is the best use of your time in the gym.

Believe in the system, follow to the letter, and above all be patient, and you will get the results you want from this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Juan Daniel Reich on March 27, 2013
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I have lifted weights for almost 6-7 years, trying to compatiblize losing fat and gaining muscle. This book not only addresses de training part of everything but also the nutrition part, that's almost as important.

If you like planning, organizing, weight training and nutrition with solid science based comments, this is also the book for you. In it you have yearly plans that you can use and tweak to fit your schedule.

I started around 3-4 weeks ago with the diet and Anatomic Adaptation part.

Just a word of advice: just as some say that "your ego must be left outside the gym", with this book you should do the same. Do not think your are advanced or even "Recreational" as the book says if you are really not. I made that mistake.

What I find frustrating is that I've been struggling with body fat for many years, even as I'm in mi ideal "weight range", I'm always way past my ideal "body fat" range and this book says that you can easily mantain 10% body fat year round with the proposed diet and you can go to maybe 15% when hypertrophing and then start the "Muscle definition" phase (cutting). I would LOVE to be at.... 18% BODY FAT!.

We'll see how this evolves. Good luck to all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By robocurran1 on March 1, 2013
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The routines are excessive for me. They really are designed for a pro. But the info contained in this book is diffinately worth the time and money. I would, and have recommended this to others.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 23, 2013
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If you are serious about gaining bulk, getting ripped, or just getting into shape, this is best book I have found. It is very in depth, and somewhat of a technical read, but well worth the investment of time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jim Schorer on January 22, 2013
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If you're full on about muscle training and interested in understanding how to best work out parts of your body during workouts this is a great resource to add to your collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrew on November 28, 2012
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Bought this as an e-book.

Well presented and researched. Provides good information regarding periodisation of hypertrophy and strength training.

Would recommend to other people.
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