- Hardcover: 264 pages
- Publisher: Human Kinetics; 2 edition (May 2, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0736056289
- ISBN-13: 978-0736056281
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8.5 x 10.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,563 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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!
While reading this text the first time through (it took me a couple of months to actually want to finish), I was slightly puzzled and admittedly bored at times but the second time through it really stuck. The author does a great job of mixing in practical, applicable information in small chunks as examples and in story alongside actual studies and I noticed that this text was referenced a few times in the most recent installment of "Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning-4th Edition". Periodically it can get a little dry but there are a few cool stories that relate to Eastern European countries and the origination of periodization and some of the practices.
After reading this book I found myself scoffing at articles that I happened to run across online and I was able to digest more complicated chapters in Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning because I had more of an understanding. Well worth the money