- Paperback: 578 pages
- Publisher: Verkhoshansky; 6th expanded version edition (2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 8890403802
- ISBN-13: 978-8890403804
- Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.2 x 1.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,606 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I've only read it once. Now that I've read other strength and conditioning books, I will read it again. Despite the difficulties, I've learned more from struggling through Supertraining than I have learned in any other book.
I've wasted so much time doing counterproductive exercises because I didn't know the information in this book. I deeply regret not having read this 15 years earlier.
From a technical standpoint, this book provides information from both scientific studies (there's probably over a 1000 references), and from Verkhoshansky's expert opinion. The combination of two is a staggering volume of knowledge. It's a masterpiece, and it's cheap at any price.
To be fair: I'll highlight the weaknesses:
- Many of the reference are decades old
- The information is biased towards strength and power sports (Olympic weightlifting, sprinting, and high jumping)
- Good editing would make it a much easier read
Going back years the Soviets studied movement and how individuals adapt to exercise and training; this book is a thorough review of the Soviet system of training which has been proven as the most effective. We in the west focus on how we look, the Soviets were interested in movement, performance, technique and specialization which is the foundation of the Soviet system of sports classification.
As an author and speaker in the fitness industry this book is the source of many of my talks and when looking at a new training style or technique I always compare it to the Soviet system to see if it is based on principles or fads.
This book is not easy to read, but will provide the in-depth background on how to organize training to help clients and athletes make the desired adaptations.
- Can you define strength deficit?
- What's the difference between "strength-speed" and "speed-strength?"
- Distinction between central fatigue and peripheral fatigue?
The above concepts and much more were covered in only the first twenty pages. Get the picture as to the depth of this text?
I have the CSCS certification. I thought the CSCS was tough when I took the exam. But, looking back on it now and comparing it to Supertraining, the CSCS material is kinda pathetic. Cheers!
What this book will tell you about is all things strength related. Things like exercise, "shock" method (plyometrics to americans), how muscles work, sport, adaptation, super compensation, etc. This list is to long for a quick review here sorry.
A little history about myself i think would be good here to see what this book can do for you.
I have been working out since i was 14. I am now 28. I have learned so much reading on the internet, just like i am sure most in my age range have. BUT with so much on the internet that is written by people that is unfortunately trash. This book will tell you tho about all things strength related. And back it up with science, proven training techniques, (Dr.Verkhoshansky was a coach at one time) what works, and if possible why.
Which brings up a great point about this book. The authors continually say about certain things, that they may not know why something is the way it is, but they give great reasons why they do not know, and why others say they do but dont.
EX.- Low qualified athletes do not use there muscles and nervous systems the same way that high qualified athletes do. Dont understand? Read the book...
This book is great for people getting degrees in strength and sport fields, coaches, trainers, and anyone who wants to start understanding more about strength.
Like i stated above this book is very technical. For me it was not a hard read at all, but i understand that not everyone will see it that way.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Heavy, serious reading for serious coaches. If coaching isn't your job, though, Supertraining will probably be far too much information for you.Published 6 months ago by Dunte H.
so much information. This book is a must have for anyone who is serious about gaining strength.Published 14 months ago by Alec Losinski
Excellent book. The bible of every strength coach.Published 14 months ago by Christopher Tellefsdal
Excellent resource for Sports performance coaches/ human performance coaches!Published 15 months ago by Adam R
Phenomenal book. Verkoshansky gives great insight into the meticulous planning of cyclical training approaches based on both objective scientific and empirical evidence.Published 16 months ago by Isaiah McFarland