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A serious book for people serious about results
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.