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Practical Programming for Strength Training, 2nd edition Paperback – September 1, 2009
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"Common Sense brings the Popular Mythology of Strength Training down a couple of well-deserved notches." --Mike Lambert, Editor Powerlifting USA
About the Author
Mark Rippetoe is the author of Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training, Practical Programming for Strength Training 2nd edition, Strong Enough?, Mean Ol' Mr. Gravity, and numerous journal, magazine and internet articles. He has worked in the fitness industry since 1978, and has been the owner of the Wichita Falls Athletic Club since 1984. He graduated from Midwestern State University in 1983 with a Bachelor of Science in geology and a minor in anthropology. He was in the first group certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association as a CSCS in 1985, and the first to formally relinquish that credential in 2009. Rip was a competitive powerlifter for ten years, and has coached many lifters and athletes, and many thousands of people interested in improving their strength and performance. He conducts seminars on this method of barbell training around the country.
Top customer reviews
I enjoy reading Dan John, Tudor Bompa, Mauro DiPasquale (nutrition mostly), and have even tried reading Mel Siff (genius, more like and encyclopedia). The absolute best is Mark Ripptoe (with Dan John being a close second - though a different type of training).
If you want to learn some basic workout programs (and the principles behind them - importantly), this book is the starting point. Every young kid who is starting to lift should trudge through this book before they start. (Note: If you want to learn to to correctly perform the lifts read Starting Strength - also a phenominal, but different, book) These are Ripptoe's 2 best books. The others are OK (Mean Ol' Mr. Gravity).
Buy this book. Read it. Study it. Can't say enough about how good (and basic really) this book is.
In few words this book talks about:
- the differences involved in the athlete's level of advancement, from the novice all the way through the elite
- practical strategies, models and recomendation for programming
The information of this book are suitable for strength and power barbell training programming use, with some broad concepts applicable for other training goals programming, such as bodybuilding. In fact as an amateur natural bodybuilder i wonder if the different approach and practical strategies for different levels of trainee's advancement suggested in this book could be successfully applied to bodybuilding programming.
As a personal advice read as much as you can trying to understand the causes of what you see happens but with the very clear thought in mind that empirical observation comes first and then comes theory, not vice versa, so be a good observer and not only a know-it-all.
The book discusses almost every aspect of weight training that you could ever need to read about. It deals with programming for three different levels of trainers. It discuss what happens to muscles during exercise and how they grow and adapt. What rep ranges have what effects on muscles, is included as well. The amount of material covered and covered well is just too vast to list here.
The book is not dry at all, so you don't have to be an academic to read it.
I did not have any problems with the Kindle formatting and at $10 this book is a steal.
The only thing the book does not do is explain how to do the lifts. For that excellent explaination you need Starting Strength (also $10), which is also essential reading and should be read first.