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on April 24, 2013
William Kraemer is one of the foremost researchers on strength and conditioning in the US and Zatsiorsky is a sport scientist molded in the former Soviet system, the result is a book that is heavy on the science of how the body adapts to strength training without any of the faddish nonsense by books written for consumers.

If you want to know how muscles adapt to strength and power training and how to develop proper strength-training programs based on years of science, then buy this book now. If you have been introduced to strength training via crossfit then definitely buy this book to find out how to apply the actual science behind strength training; many of Glassman's original principles are based on the Soviet system (let's face it, anybody serious about strength training can trace their roots back to eastern european and soviet-era research) and this book does an excellent job of explaining how adaptations occur.

This book is one of my 'go-to' references when writing articles or developing talks on strength training. it doesn't provide sample programs, but instead does provide the information on how to develop your own programs. It's not written for the typical fitness consumer, so be prepared for a science-laden text. For any serious student of performance training this book is another 'must-have' for the library.
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How often do you say - WOW. When reading a textbook?? Well, if you are really into strength training, this literature will bring you a new and fuller understanding of just what it is and how it is done. This should be on the book shelf of all lifters and body builders,
along side of Bill Pearl's books. This is not going to give you specific exercises for like building your bicepts, Bill Pearl's books do that in spades. No, this book built on the latest science and on the author's years of training olymipic/international champions is a rare mix of the two. I had expected that there would be kinestics pics galore showing all of the exercises, etc. But to my pleasant surprise it was more on the sciences; biological, neurological; physical chemistry, mental conditioning and in the "real world" what works and does not!! It blew away some of my closely held falicies and replaced them with research and actual training methods that are proven to work. I have termed it a textbook which might offend the authors, but it seemed appropriate as it reads in many sections like a text book. Replete, with formulas, math, graphs; enough to make any of us reach for the Excedrine. I found that once well confused, I would just skip ahead and there I was pleased to find softer examples and illustrations that reflected back onto and made more understandable the "textbook" stuff.
The knowledge and training methodology(s) gave me a Quantum leap forward into understanding my rate(s) of progress and how to keep on pressing toward the mark with out; burn out, plataus, injuries, etc. I have totally revamped my strength conditioning program to mirror and include the book's knowledge. I am gaining more, with less time spent at the gym - that alone is worth the cost of this book.
The only negative is why this book was not around when I was peaking ! I can not turn the clock back, and I am now only 5 months into a return to the gym, and at 65 in better strength now than my body building program of 5 days a week at 40!
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on April 20, 2017
Absolutely awesome. Must read for Phy. Ed teachers, strength coaches and personal trainers
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on September 4, 2017
Eastern and western philosophies in one book not finished but I really enjoy the different concepts and interpretations of information.
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on March 3, 2017
It's a reasonable introduction to resistance training. If you want to have a basic understanding of strength training, then this book is great. If you already got a good grasp on the basics, then you might want to consider some other text.
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on October 17, 2016
very informative
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on August 13, 2015
Great book.
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on December 27, 2016
Great!
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on January 7, 2014
I really enjoyed this book. I can see where Louie Simmons got some of his methods and now you can learn some of the science behind them and tweak them for any given sport.
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on March 14, 2015
If you are a serious about strength training, this the book you should have in you library.
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