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Supertraining [Paperback] 6th expanded version Edition

4.8 out of 5 stars 46 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-8890403804
ISBN-10: 8890403802
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Product Details

  • 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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Yuri Verkhoshansky is to strength and conditioning what Issac Newton was to physics. If you're the typical gym rat, be prepared to have your world blown wide open. You will learn nuances about things you didn't even know existed. The amount of pure gold in this book is staggering, but it's an extremely difficult read both technically and organizationally. At times Yuri wanders, at times he talks about complicated topics as if they were obvious, and at times he labors on when his point is obvious and already well made.

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
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If you are looking for a book for a bodybuilding or strength training program then this is NOT the book for you. However is you are interested in learning more about human movement, and how physiology adapts to the stresses of training then I highly recommend this book.

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.
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By Nuey on April 16, 2009
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WOW. This is a very deep and thorough book. I'm not sure where to begin... How about some questions:

- 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!
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I have to say first that this book is very technical. Do not expect to read this book, and then have a 12 week bodybuilding program laid out for you. This is not what this book is about.
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.
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after six months of following the guidelines in this book I can unequivocally state I am stronger. I used to have tremendous back pain but I have been been doing stiff legged deadlifts for the past six months and my back pain has subsided thanks to the scientific research in this book. My routine consists of bending over at the waist knees slightly bent and lifting a barbell loaded with 300 lbs for one rep. I then rest for two minutes and lower the weight 5-10lbs and do another one rep set. I repeat this process three more times completing at least 4-5 sets. I started at 135 lbs. six months ago. I then rest for 46-52 hours and do another session of one rep sets and I usually am able to increase my first one rep set weight by 5-10lbs. This is the only book you will ever need to read to become strong. Ignore all the negative reviews and shell out the sixty bucks to buy this. This book will change your life and make you stronger. Yeah it's a tough read, the graphs are pretty much incomprehensible and a couple chapters you won't even need to read but it's all worth it when after six months of incorporating the guidelines you will feel strong, quick and explosive. I usually don't gloat over a book like this but I wouldn't invest the time in writing this review if I didn't feel it was worth it.
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