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"Z Last Book You'll Ever Need On Strength Training" Paperback – September, 2007

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 171 pages
  • Publisher: WannaBeStrong Publishing (September 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1424333067
  • ISBN-13: 978-1424333066
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 8.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,938,178 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Todd has an excellent product here. When I first opened the package up, I was a little disappointed to say the least. It looked like the book has just been put together by a cheap production company. But we all know you should never judge a book by its cover. Inside, the book is filled with numerous programs on building strength, and building muscle. He has several different programs which he actually gives you percentages of your one-repetition maximum.

I couldn't believe it. In the past I used workout programs that were very generic in nature, the typical "3x10" "4x8" "2x15" etc. I ha to figure it out. But with his program, he takes you though no more than 24 sets on his longest program and outlines the percentages of EACH set: "8 x 67%, 8 x 71%, 7 x 73.5%". Todd uses a system of linear periodization to construct his programs, meaning that you will usually go from higher repetition/moderate weight - to lower repetition/high weight by the end of the program.

I found it helped when I used an excel spreadsheet and put all my maxes in and had the table figure out the formulas for the exact weight that I should use. In the beginning, 90% of the time I would fail on my LAST REP of my LAST SET! Incredible programming.

The flaws come in when you start to improve; this is understandable because everybody is different. Nobody makes gains the same way, so as a result by the end of my first program my strength levels had increased by more than 10% (which is what he slates out in one of the programs), I actually increased my strength by more than 15% in 12 weeks.

The other reason why I gave it 4 stars was because there are no core exercises. I have an M.S. in Exercise Science and I also possess the CSCS and CPT certifications from NSCA and NASM respectively.
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great book solid information and would make a great addition to anyone's training library , wish it was also in kindle

This book will give you all you need to plan your quest for greater strength." "If you're looking for a practical & proven program, look no further. You hold in your hands Z Last Book you'll ever need to get strong." - BILL KAZMAIER - World Strongest Man '80, '81 and '82 - IPF World Champion Powerlifter '79 and '83 ____________________ "I found the title perfectly fits the book as it definitely is the only strength book you'll ever need. All the information necessary to achieve maximum strength is included and as well as being accurate it's easy to understand." - FRANCO COLUMBU D.C. - Mr. Olympia '76 and '81 - Champion Weightlifter, Powerlifter and Strongman ____________________ "Todd is a real expert, with real world experience. If you want straightforward, time-tested, easy to follow, strength building formulas and routines - Todd's book is for you." - PHIL PFISTER - 2006 Met-Rx World's Strongest Man ____________________ "Todd's book is as innovative as it is thorough. - JOE WEIDER - Trainer of Champions ____________________ "Todd Bostrom has shown his passion for strength training by utilizing an easy to understand but effective methodology for getting stronger." - MARK PHILIPPI - 7 Time World's Strongest Man Competitor - 1997 America's Strongest Man ____________________ "'Z Last Book You'll Ever Need On STRENGTH TRAINING' by Todd Bostrom is the 'cookbook of strength'..." - MIKE LAMBERT - Powerlifting USA Magazine
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"Z Last Book" is a great guide to proper, healthy strength training. This book is thorough, yet easy to follow and gives you the exact formulas, methods, and routines to maximize your full strength training potential. The author takes all of the guesswork out of the science of getting strong and instead shows you what to do, step by step, in a simple and straightforward way. The book has pictures to show proper form and technique as well as routines, formulas and valuable insights. Now my workouts are more effective...and I feel more confident that I train "by the book". I recommend this book to anyone interested in getting peak strength training results the correct way.
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This is a great book for anyone that is interested in getting stronger, whether you are a serious lifter or just the everyday person that just wants to get stronger. The first hint is from all of the amazing reviews provided by legends in the industry. Joe Weider, Bill Kazmaier, Phil Pfister...impressive list. Long story short, the book provides a detailed list of the exercises you need, the number of sets, and the number of reps based off of your current lifting abilities to get you amazing results. The formula that he uses is a science that works. I strongly recommend you check this out.
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I am 40 years old, 5'11" 265lbs. I currently work for the Vermont State Police as a State Trooper. I have been with VSP since 2001 and have worked in law enforcement since 1992. I have been strength training most of my life and most of that time not really knowing how to train the right way. I have gone through at least 100 differant workout routines in my training career and none really worked. When I saw this book I said I would try it. My big lifts before the book were 360 lb raw bench and 575 raw dead. I started the 3's and 5's workout and it looked like it was going to kill me but once I got through the volume stage I knew that this was the best routine I have ever used. There is no guess work with this routine, exact sets and reps for whatever you need. After 14 weeks April 3, 2010 I benched 425lbs at a raw meet and just missed 435lbs. Deadlift was 625 lbs and just missed 650lbs not bad for my first meet to total 1050lbs for a push pull meet.

The best thing about this book is not what is written in the pages but Todd's committment to helping you achieve your goals. Todd emailed me daily giving me exact sets and warm up for my meet you dont find that every day. Todd does not even know me but over the last 16 weeks we have becaomn friends. I have another police fire raw meet coming up on June 26th and again Todd is personaly traning me for that contest and I am going to get at least 450lbs raw that day.

The point I want to make is you are not going to find this kind of personal treatment with any other book out there. I guarantee you will get bigger, stronger, faster using this book.
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