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Cardio Strength Training: Torch Fat, Build Muscle, and Get Stronger Faster Paperback – December 22, 2009
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About the Author
Robert Dos Remedios, CSCS, director of speed, strength, and conditioning at College of the Canyons in Southern California, is the recipient of the 2006 National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) collegiate strength coach of the year award. He is a contributor and advisor to Men's Health magazine.
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Top Customer Reviews
If you are an experienced lifter, the errors can easily be overlooked (they're almost negligible, to be honest). If you are a newbie, I would highly recommend that you join the Coach's forum on [...] . Even if you are an experienced lifter you should also join. There are lots of great info on his forum. He is also one heck of great guy, always willing to answer questions even if they are multiple repeats.
Anyway, aside from the errors (again not the Coach's fault), I still give the info contained within this book a five star for the following reasons:
A) The book is easy to follow. It has different levels, catered to the individual's fitness level. The book has many suggestions for beginner, intermediate and advanced trainee. NO cookie cutter, one-size fits all approach here.
B) The reasoning behind the book's methods of zapping fat is backed up with solid science. It's NOT some cult-fit (**cough** I mean crossfit) "slap-a-roo" garbage that make you do meaningless stuff just for the sake of doing meaningless stuff. CST is based on solid science.
C) It's a stand alone program. If your primary goal is to lose fat, this book is all you need. Although I would still recommend Men's Health Power Training because once you become lean thru CST, you would want to do other protocol to keep improving.
Alright, as far as my real-world experience with this stuff: I performed CST protocol on one of my days off from Power Training.Read more ›
For those already exposed, this book does not introduce many NEW exercises and the workouts arent very challenging unless combined with others. Of course, being said, any workout is only as challenging as you are willing to make it.
If you are into crosstraining, but cannot find the motivation to create your own workouts, then buy this book. If you do not need to know the fundamentals, i would suggest taking another route. Hope this helps.
While the text of the book was generally well done, the Kettlebell form is fairly poor, and many of the exercises (KB or bodyweight) are often not described very well. For example, a pushup is described as "These are standard, full range-of-motion pushups"--not very helpful for coaches or advanced athletes always looking to improve their form. The kettlebell swing is taught as the squat-style swing, which many Kettlebell instructors feel is much more dangerous than the moving deadlift-style swing. The push press kettlebell pictures don't make sense--why is the clean so far away from the body, and note how the fitness model lets his wrist collapse as he demonstrates the windmill. This is highly unsafe!!
I performed the advanced Kettlebell complex using double 12kg 'bells the day after I bought the book, and Coach Dos was right, this is tough stuff! However, double kettlebell work is fairly advanced, and there is simply not enough explanation in the text to easily progress to these lifts.Read more ›
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Coach Dos is the best. As if his awards are not evidence enough, he is also extremely approachable. I have his other book as well. Read morePublished 8 months ago by J. Petersen
I found this book enlightening and highly recommend it to friends interested in losing weight and improving conditioning. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Dad
One of the most informative training books that I've come acrossPublished 12 months ago by Ahjeron Palmer
if you are looking for a good book on writing a workout and getting lean this is the best book out there. Coach dos is the man when it come to this style of workouts. Read morePublished 15 months ago by michael