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“If it’s important for you to make the greatest gains from your time in the gym, then this latest edition of Fitness Weight Training is the only training guide you need.”

Dan Wagman, PhD, CSCS-- Publisher and Editor in Chief, Journal of Pure Power (JOPP)

“If you’ve been looking for a customizable program to improve your fitness level and ensure results, then look no further than Fitness Weight Training.”

Stephen Cabral, ND, CSCS-- 2011 Personal Trainer of the Year

“Authored by the leading experts in resistance exercise, Fitness Weight Training, Third Edition, is the consummate resource for implementing a productive strength training program.”

Wayne L. Westcott-- Author, Strength Training Past 50

Fitness Weight Training does an excellent job of simplifying the complexities of exercise and providing clear instruction on developing a program. I'd recommend this book to anyone who is seeking to start a fitness regimen.”

Brad Schoenfeld, MSc, CSCS, CSPS, FNSCA-- Author, The MAX Muscle Plan

Fitness Weight Training is an excellent resource for beginners as well as athletes.”

Avery D. Faigenbaum, EdD, CSCS-- Professor, College of New Jersey

“Baechle and Earle are masters at helping people get the most from a fitness program based on scientific principles with practical application.”

Irene Lewis-McCormick, MS, CSCS-- Author, A Woman’s Guide to Muscle and Strength

“The third edition of Fitness Weight Training is my go-to resource for clients and athletes.”

Bob McAtee RMT, CSCS, CPT-- Pro-Active Sports Therapy, Author, Facilitated Stretching

About the Author

Thomas R. Baechle, EdD, CSCS,*D (R), NSCA-CPT,*D (R), is a professor and chair of the exercise science department at Creighton University. He is a cofounder and past president of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), and for 20 years he was the executive director of the NSCA Certification Commission.

Baechle has received numerous awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the NSCA and the Excellence in Teaching Award from Creighton University. He has more than 35 years of experience competing in and coaching weightlifting and powerlifting and presenting and teaching on these topics. Baechle has authored, coauthored, or edited 15 books, including the first and second editions of Fitness Weight Training, four editions of the popular Weight Training: Steps to Success, and three editions of Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning, all published by Human Kinetics.

Roger W. Earle, MA, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D, has over 25 years of experience as a personal fitness trainer, competitive sport conditioning coach, and behavior modification facilitator for people of all ages and fitness levels. He lectures at national and international conferences about designing personalized exercise and training programs, weight management, and exercise motivation. Previously, Earle was the associate executive director and the director of exam development for the NSCA Certification Commission, where he was responsible for reviewing and editing the CSCS and NSCA-CPT exams and writing study resources with Baechle, including coediting the first edition of NSCA's Essentials of Personal Training and the second and third editions of Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning.

In addition, Earle coauthored the first and second editions of Fitness Weight Training and the third and fourth editions of Weight Training: Steps to Success. While at Creighton University, Earle served as the head strength and conditioning coach and a faculty member of the exercise science and athletic training department.


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  • File Size: 119013 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics; 3 edition (January 24, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 24, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HFEFQNK
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By Susanna Hutcheson TOP 1000 REVIEWER on February 15, 2014
Format: Paperback
There is a lot to like and appreciate about Fitness Weight Training. The first thing I noticed was that you have many options as to the equipment you can use. Such equipment as strength bands and fitness balls are included. I use these almost exclusively and most books ignore them. And the book includes alternative exercises as well.

The workouts can be done in the gym, on the road or at home.

One of the best things about the book is that it's designed to meet the needs of those who are seeking one of three things in their weight training:

Muscle toning
Body shaping
Strength

Then the book helps you determine your current fitness and exactly which program you should follow. And it then lays out a program designed just for you, including the intensity that is right for you.

The photos and instructions are excellent and the book is laid out well. Unlike many fitness books, there is an index that allows you to quickly look up a special workout or exercise or information you need. What's more, each workout includes a warmup and cool down and shows you exactly what to do and for how long.

One of the hardest parts of fitness and strength training is determining what exercises to do for what part of your body. And how long each exercise should take and how long a break should be. This book totally eliminates that problem. You'll know up front how long a workout will take. It's really very complete and will be of value to anyone of any fitness level.

Highly recommended.

- Susanna K. Hutcheson
Health & Fitness Researcher/Reviewer
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This book is exactly what is advertised -- a straightforward, helpful, science-based, and fairly inspirational guide to achieving your goals. The illustrations are very helpful. The author doesn't give you a one-size-fits-all approach, but allows you a couple of possible routes you can follow. I thought the section on strength training was excellent (but I wish the coverage of body shaping was a bit more detailed.)
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This book is well written, gives choices for the type of training you want to pursue and colored pictures of each exercise and machine in the gym, and how to use them. No matter what you hope to achieve from your weight training, this book will give you the help you need.
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This book is a comprehensive guide to weight training for multiple purposes (to increase toning, strength, or size; though not metabolism) for people at various levels of fitness. It has a very clear and systematic presentation of specific exercises and numerous workouts, for various levels of fitness and conditioning goals, and for various environments (with access to gym equipment, or not).

The first half of the book as general guidelines about techniques, training zones, determining weight loads, load/rep adjustments, different kinds of equipment, training at home, etc; followed by detailed descriptions of each of the exercises, muscles training, etc., generally illustrated with two color photos. And there is a two page directory of exercises (p. 48-49) organized by part of the body and page number, and specifying what equipment is needed (barbell, machine, or "alternative" (dumbbells, bodyweight, resistance bands, stability ball, kettle ball).

The second half of the book is workout routines, and it is here that the flexibility really shows. Routines are organized into six "color zones" according to purpose, from beginners (green zone) to very fit, and depending on if you've been weight training recently or not (and the color zones are printed all the way to the edge of the page so you can flip to the desired section easily). Inside each color zone are multiple workout programs which you can work through over a number of weeks, classified by muscle toning, strength training, or body shaping.
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Fitness Weight Training is a good book on weight training. It really gives good quality information and has been helpful to me on expanding my knowledge on the subject matter and helped me decide what kind of equipment I may need. Some of the exercises that I tried have felt good and I look forward to doing more of them.
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Over the years there has been numerous weight training books and magazines published. In my youth I would read any magazine or book published on weight training. I recall when I was a thirteen year old youth and getting my first set of weights from Weider, who also published numerous weight training magazines.

This book, "Fitness Weight Training" by Thomas R. Baechle and Roger W. Earle, is an excellent and well-written guide for both beginners as well as experienced weight training enthusiasts. This 261 page volume shows 63 exercises and 75 programs for whatever goals and objectives you are seeking in weight training. It is important to know that this book covers not just weight training exercises using barbells, dumbbells and Kettle bells, but also explains and shows exercises using weight machines and expander type of exercise equipment.

This complete book on using all types of resistance equipment is organized into three parts. The first part covers how to prepare to weight train and includes information on how to start your exercise program. The second part emphasizes the principle of training by the color zones. The final part focuses on advanced weight training programs. This section teaches how to design your own program, combining weight training and aerobic exercises and weight training to improve sport performance. In the appendix A section this book also has workout charts for weight training programs. Appendix B has sport-specific weight training exercises. I really like this section because it lists numerous sports and activities and explains which exercises you should use to improve yourself in your chosen sport. Finally, this excellent book is filled with color photographs and charts to guide you through the exercises.
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