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K.O. Power: Complete Strength Training for Devastating Punches, Kicks & Throws Paperback – May 11, 2014
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“Mark’s workouts for explosive power are really impressive. When it comes to training for speed and power, K.O. Power is the undisputed champion!” —Mark Hunt, MMA fighter in the UFC, Pride FC, and winner of the 2001 K-1 World Grand Prix
“I was an avid reader of Mark’s strength & conditioning column in Full Contact Fighter, and was impressed by how dead-on his information and advice was. For those that want to become heavy hitters, K.O. Power is a must read.” —Phil Baroni, Veteran MMA fighter of the UFC, Pride FC, Strikeforce and others.
“In preparation for my fight in K-1 Dynamite, Mark devised a routine that improve my endurance without sacrificing power! Mark has the ability to take what you think you know, and throw a whole new light on it. Anyone interested in developing knockout power should definitely read K.O. Power.” —Bob Sapp, Veteran fighter in K-1, Pride FC, and others, professional wrestler, actor, comedian and former professional NFL football player
About the Author
Mark Ginther has nearly 15 years professional experience working as a strength & conditioning coach, and boxing/kickboxing instructor. He has trained some of the top kick boxers and MMA fighters in the world. His long-running strength & conditioning columns appeared in Full Contact Fighter and IRONMAN Japan, and his monthly fitness column ran in Player magazine. He has contributed articles to sports and body building webzine, ‘Testosterone Nation.’
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Mark's book is different from most books on the topic in that he really emphasizes the basic principles of training. He provides a good overview of creating a long term training plan and how to build the medium and short term components of that plan in order to insure progress. He also provides a good comparison between linear and non-linear periodization. He covers not just strength and power training, but also endurance training, athlete assessment template, and injury prevention and rehab. Given that this is a relatively advanced book I was surprised he had a chapter on exercise directory, which while fairly complete, can be found in other books. Mark includes some sample routines - both for weekly or even daily timeframes as well as some longer, periodization-based examples which are very useful. My one critique of the book is that I would have liked to have seen an example of integrating the strength and conditioning workouts with the fight training in a 4 - 6 week schedule. Given his experience training fighters it would also have been nice to show an example of a 6 to 8 week training camp leading to the fight.
The book is well researched, as demonstrated by the extensive list of references, but is grounded in reality based on Mark's extensive real-world experience. Overall I give the book high grades and highly recommend it for those that are beyond the basic introduction to strength and conditioning training and for those that are interested in applying those principles to the various fighting disciplines.
The author stress training for power without sacrificing speed and the book provide clear description of how you will achieve just that.
Very recommend for all martial artists and athlete.
K.O. Power is excellent both for the seasoned athlete or coach as well as the absolute beginner, as it provides all the tools necessary to turn the inexperienced novice into a competent journeyman, but is also provides unique insights and analysis that has made me rethink a lot of what I believed about strength and conditioning.
K. O. Power is a must-read for all serious fighters and coach.