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1. Strength Training Anatomy-3rd
2. Youth Strength Training:Programs
3. Essentials of Strength Training
4. Strength and Conditioning for
5. Strength Training: Your Ultimate
6. Strength Training for Sport
7. Strength and Power in Sport: Olympic
8. Kettlebells for Sport, Strength
9. Strength Training
10. Fitness and Strength Training
11. Strength, Conditioning and Injury
12. Strength Training: Types and Principles,
13. Strength Training: Beginners,
14. Bruce Jenner's the Athletic Body:
15. Serious Strength Training - 2nd
16. High-Intensity Strength
17. Advances in Strength and Conditioning
18. Scott Tinley's Winning Guide to
19. Sport-Specific Strength Training:
20. Beginning Strength Training (Beginning

1. Strength Training Anatomy-3rd Edition (Sports Anatomy)
by Frederic Delavier
Paperback: 192 Pages (2010-03-09)
list price: US$19.95 -- used & new: US$12.26
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Asin: 0736092269
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Over 1 million copies sold! With new exercises, additional stretches, and more of Frédéric Delavier’s signature illustrations, you’ll gain a whole new understanding of how muscles perform during strength exercises. This one-of-a-kind best-seller combines the visual detail of top anatomy texts with the best of strength training advice.


Many books explain what muscles are used during exercise, but no other resource brings the anatomy to life like Strength Training Anatomy. Over 600 full-color illustrations reveal the primary muscles worked along with all the relevant surrounding structures, including bones, ligaments, tendons, and connective tissue.


Like having an X-ray for each exercise, the anatomical depictions show both superficial and deep layers and detail how various setup positions affect muscle recruitment and emphasize underlying structures. New pages show common strength training injuries in a fascinating light and offer precautions to help you exercise safely.


Author and illustrator Frédéric Delavier is the former editor in chief of the French publication PowerMag. He is a journalist for Le Monde du Muscle and a contributor to Men’s Health Germany and several other strength training publications.

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With over 20 yrs experience body building, this is the best book I have every come across regarding strength training. It's a must for novice and experts alike.

5-0 out of 5 stars strength training great way to do it yourself
Great book, very detailed.If you are looking to find new exercises to freshen up a stale workout, this is the book.It shows the exact muscle groups impacted by an exercise so you can focus on shaping and increasing that muscle group.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very useful
I found this book to be so informative, especially when designing your own exercises to work specific muscles. Although I'm a qualified personal trainer, this book could be used by complete beginners to strength training. I may even buy the book specifically for women, as it seems to have a few more glute exercises in there (and who doesn't want to work on their glutes!)

4-0 out of 5 stars Strength Training
I bought this book as a gift for my cousin who is currently studying kinesiology. He said the book was pretty good, very insightful and a good index when he had questions. ... Read more

2. Youth Strength Training:Programs for Health, Fitness and Sport (Strength & Power for Young Athlete)
by Avery Faigenbaum, Wayne Westcott
Paperback: 248 Pages (2009-08-18)
list price: US$22.95 -- used & new: US$14.83
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Asin: 0736067922
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Age-specific sport, fitness, and health programs for kids 7 to 18

The benefits of strength training for youth are clearly documented. Yet teachers, fitness instructors, and youth coaches are often not sure how to proceed, and they end up watering down adult versions of strength-training programs.

That is definitely not the way to go. But authors Avery Faigenbaum and Wayne Westcott, with their 50 years of combined experience in teaching youth strength-training classes and coaching, can tell you the way to go--and back it with the most current research on instructional techniques and program design for youth.

Long recognized as leading authorities on strength training, Faigenbaum and Westcott guide you in designing efficient, enjoyable, and productive programs for kids of varying abilities in elementary school (ages 7 to 10), middle school (11 to 14), and high school (15 to 18). You will focus first on broad-based, balanced muscle development, and then move into comprehensive, sport-specific strength-training programs.

In addition, Youth Strength Trainingwill teach you

  • productive protocols for warming up and cooling down;
  • procedures for enhancing joint flexibility;
  • innovative ways to incorporate resistance exercises into physical education classes, sport practice sessions, and exercise facilities; and
  • proper exercise technique for 111 resistance exercises using weight stack machines, free weights, medicine balls, elastic bands, and body-weight resistance.

Much has changed since the authors first wrote a book on strength training for youth, and those changes--including information in the areas of nutrition, hydration, and recovery to maximize the effects of strength training and minimize the risks of overtraining--are incorporated in this book. Additional changes, based on the authors' studies, are reflected in workout frequency, exercise repetitions, related training components, and other factors that affect program design and conditioning results. All programs were fashioned with the latest NASPE standards in mind.

Faigenbaum and Westcott have included new information on periodization and long-term planning, perceived exertion scale for youth, overtraining and undertraining, dynamic warm-ups and static stretches, new exercises, effective instruction of youth, and plyometrics.

Through strength training, kids as young as 7 can safely develop a strong musculoskeletal system that can help them improve their health and fitness and also withstand the rigors of sport participation.

Youth Strength Trainingis the definitive source to guide you in designing and overseeing the programs of the kids you work with, whether you're in a school, fitness center, or home setting. If you want to see high rates of strength development and spark a lifelong interest in strength-building activities, rely on Youth Strength Training. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Youth Strength Training
Youth Strength Training should be included as an integral book in the library of EVERY youth coach, physical education teacher and parent that wants to learn the RIGHT way to train our youth!Drs. Faigenbaum and Westcott have taken a lifetime of scientific based research and practical applications of the proper way to train our children and young athletes, and have provided a well conceived, appropriate and safe method of training for young people.By following the principles, practice and programs outlined in Youth Strength Training, the coach, teacher and/or parent can not only provide the correct way to improve the strength and condition of the young boy and girl, but give those young people a way to exercise that is fun and functional!Simply put - These programs WORK!!!This is one of the finest books I have ever seen on the unique and specialized strength and conditioning training for the young.The authors' work with youth for their entire professional careers is brought together in this book that is practical, functional, and easy to follow and implement. I give Youth Strength Training: Programs for Health, Fitness and Sport my highest recommendation.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
Once again, Dr. Faigenbaum has succeeded with "Youth Strength Training" in proving why he is one of the most Prestigious & Well-Respected Experts on the topic of Youth Strength Training & Conditioning. The present generation of children are less active than ever before. This book stresses that children are not miniature adults and must not be trained as such. We must continue to bring the concept of "play" into the training of todays youth, as many kids lack the basic skills needed to run, skip, and jump. Without those skills and the pressure of the "early specialization" parent, transferable skills learned in playing multiple sports are lost & underconditioned youth are at a greater risk for injury & burnout.

As a Titleist Performance Institute Certified Golf Fitness Professional who specializes in Youth Performance training, I would highly recommend no other methods than the principles laid out in this book.The research and data based programs that Wescott & Faigenbaum bring in this book fully cover any underlying Myths & Misconceptions about Youth Strength Training. The authors provide easy to follow programs for any child, not just athletes.

I cannot stress enough how highly I recommend that any Parent or Strength Training coach have this book in their library

5-0 out of 5 stars Graham Review
Dr. Faigenbaum & Dr. Wescott have once again provided exercise professionals with a scientifically and evidenced based resource manual for the strength training of youth and adolescents. This book offers easy to follow guidleines and recommendations for the design and implementation of strength training and fitness workouts for youth and adolescents 7 to 18 years of age. The book also provides 100 illustrated exercises with technique descriptions using various types of training equipment. It is a must read and resource manual and belongs on everyone's book shelf who work with youth and adolescents in strength training and fitness programs.

5-0 out of 5 stars Priceless
As a parent of 2 teenage boys I was looking for a book on youth strength training and I found it!The descriptions of sample programs are easy to understand and the photos of starting and finishing positions of every exercise are priceless. Highly recommended to parents who want to learn about safe and proper techniques for lifting weights.

5-0 out of 5 stars Masterful
Drs. Faigenbaum and Westcott are at the top of their game. The new edition of this book is a world-class guide to preparing student-athletes for the demands of sport - and of life.

What makes this book so extraordinary is the authors' evidenced-based approach, and their application of an educational model to training. They do a superb job of explaining strength training as part of childrens' long-term development rather than just in terms of fitness. The discussions of its role in skill acquisition, as well as its transfer to performance and health, are terrific. They also do some important mythbusting.

The big payoff is in the authors' insights on the real risks of working with youth: missed opportunities to teach the fundamentals, the problems with early specialization, and the dangers of failing to prepare for real-world activities. Everything from athletics to ADLs involve strength and power, folks. Here's the curriculum guide. ... Read more

3. Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning - 3rd Edition
by National Strength and Conditioning Association
Hardcover: 656 Pages (2008-06-02)
list price: US$84.00 -- used & new: US$61.21
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Asin: 0736058036
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Now in its third edition, Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning is the most comprehensive reference available for strength and conditioning professionals. In this text, 30 expert contributors explore the scientific principles, concepts, and theories of strength training and conditioning as well as their applications to athletic performance.

Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning is the most-preferred preparation text for the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) exam. The research-based approach, extensive exercise technique section, and unbeatable accuracy of Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning make it the text readers have come to rely on for CSCS exam preparation.

The third edition presents the most current strength training and conditioning research and applications in a logical format designed for increased retention of key concepts. The text is organized into five sections. The first three sections provide a theoretical framework for application in section 4, the program design portion of the book. The final section offers practical strategies for administration and management of strength and conditioning facilities.

  • Section 1 (chapters 1 through 10) presents key topics and current research in exercise physiology, biochemistry, anatomy, biomechanics, endocrinology, sport nutrition, and sport psychology and discusses applications for the design of safe and effective strength and conditioning programs.
  • Section 2 (chapters 11 and 12) discusses testing and evaluation, including the principles of test selection and administration as well as the scoring and interpretation of results.
  • Section 3 (chapters 13 and 14) provides techniques for warm-up, stretching, and resistance training exercises. For each exercise, accompanying photos and instructions guide readers in the correct execution and teaching of stretching and resistance training exercises. This section also includes a set of eight new dynamic stretching exercises.
  • Section 4 examines the design of strength training and conditioning programs. The information is divided into three parts: anaerobic exercise prescription (chapters 15 through 17), aerobic endurance exercise prescription (chapter 18), and periodization and rehabilitation (chapters 19 and 20). Step-by-step guidelines for designing resistance, plyometric, speed, agility, and aerobic endurance training programs are shared. Section 4 also includes detailed descriptions of how principles of program design and periodization can be applied to athletes of various sports and experience levels. Within the text, special sidebars illustrate how program design variables can be applied to help athletes attain specific training goals.
  • Section 5 (chapters 21 and 22) addresses organization and administration concerns of the strength training and conditioning facility manager, including facility design, scheduling, policies and procedures, maintenance, and risk management.
Chapter objectives, key points, key terms, and self-study questions provide a structure to help readers organize and conceptualize the information. Unique application sidebars demonstrate how scientific facts can be translated into principles that assist athletes in their strength training and conditioning goals.

Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning also offers new lecture preparation materials. A product specific Web site includes new student lab activities that instructors can assign to students. Students can visit this Web site to print the forms and charts for completing lab activities, or they can complete the activities electronically and email their results to the instructor. The instructor guide provides a course description and schedule, chapter objectives and outlines, chapter-specific Web sites and additional resources, definitions of primary key terms, application questions with recommended answers, and links to the lab activities. The presentation package and image bank, delivered in Microsoft PowerPoint, offers instructors a presentation package containing over 1,000 slides to help augment lectures and class discussions. In addition to outlines and key points, the resource also contains over 450 figures, tables, and photos from the textbook, which can be used as an image bank by instructors who need to customize their own presentations. Easy-to-follow instructions help guide instructors on how to reuse the images within their own PowerPoint templates. These tools can be downloaded online and are free to instructors who adopt the text for use in their courses.

Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning, Third Edition, provides the latest and most comprehensive information on the structure and function of body systems, training adaptations, testing and evaluation, exercise techniques, program design, and organization and administration of facilities. Its accuracy and reliability make it not only the leading preparation resource for the CSCS exam but also the definitive reference that strength and conditioning professionals and sports medicine specialists depend on to fine-tune their practice. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars An overpriced conflicting mess
I wish I could return this book but I waited too long.It is crammed full of common knowledge, trivial and down right conflicting information.

For example:I wondered how many sets I should do when I strength trained so I went to this book for reference and here is what it gave me on page 418.

"...one set of 8-12 repetitions(after warm-up) performed to volitional muscular failure is sufficient to maximize gains in muscular strength and hypertrophy (12,51,112)."

Then two paragraphs later on the same page "...performing three sets of 10 repetitions without going to failure enhances strength better than one set to failure...(58,60),....

Nice......a $70 door stop.

3-0 out of 5 stars estc review
easily read, some parts are slightly confusing but the pictures are a great help, they explain things very easy and for a visual learner it is great!

5-0 out of 5 stars Joe
The accuracy in description of this product was spot on and I have no disappointment.

4-0 out of 5 stars LOTS of info in one place
I recently upgraded to this from the 2nd edition and have been pleasantly surprised.If you are involved in S&C then you need this text purely because of the amount of information inside its covers. The choice of chapter authors is more varied this time around - each offering their own insight into each section.

Some of the content is a little dated still, but this doesn't mean it should be completely discredited. There are certainly better options out there for each specialist topic, but I don't know of another text out there that has so much on such a wide range of sub-fields in one place.

The ratings for this book below depend on the context of the reader:

Coach: 4/5
Athlete: 3/5
Sport Scientist/Student: 4/5

More reviews of books like this are on my blog, which is listed in my profile.

5-0 out of 5 stars great seller
I really enjoy this book. The product was shipped on time and the condition was excellent. It was better than I though it would be. ... Read more

4. Strength and Conditioning for Team Sports: Sport-Specific Physical Preparation for High Performance
by Paul Gamble
Paperback: 256 Pages (2009-09-08)
list price: US$59.95 -- used & new: US$41.81
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Asin: 0415496276
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Drawing on the very latest scientific research, Strength and Conditioning for Team Sports is designed to help students, coaches, researchers and sports medicine professionals devise more effective high-performance training programs for team sports. The only evidence-based study of sport-specific practice for team sports, this book introduces the core science underpinning any strength and conditioning regime, combining the best of applied physiology, biomechanics, sports medicine and coaching science.

The book addresses all aspects of training prescription and the key components of any degree course related to strength and conditioning, including

  • physiological and performance testing
  • strength training
  • metabolic conditioning
  • power training
  • agility and speed training
  • training for core stability
  • periodization
  • training for injury prevention.

Each chapter features guidelines for evidence-based training prescription as well as recommendations for novel ways in which to approach physical preparation for team sports players, bridging the traditional gap between sport science research and sport performance. Fully illustrated throughout, this book is essential reading for any serious student of strength and conditioning, and for any coach looking to extend their professional practice.

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5. Strength Training: Your Ultimate Weight Conditioning Program (Sports Illustrated Winner's Circle Books)
by John Garhammer
Paperback: 204 Pages (1987-01-25)
list price: US$16.95 -- used & new: US$3.99
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Asin: 1568000308
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Now you can improve your total fitness by incorporating strength training into your regular fitness program. This book covers all the concepts of strength training better than any book I have read.Anyone interested in adding strength training to his fitness program should add this book to his library. Jim Williams, Condition Coordinator, New York Jets. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Simply The Best
I have one of the original copies of this book. It is an invaluable strength training resource. If you want to construct your own program then this is the book to get. Advanced enough for the expert and simple enough for the beginner. Buy it !

4-0 out of 5 stars Great introduction to strength training`
As a novice, I found this book to have lots of detailed information without being so technical to make it unreadable.The author's credentials are impressive, he carefully explains how the muscles work and how eachexercise helps certain muscle groups.The author includes plenty oftechnical info. for those interested, but it's all in an easily readableformat and the technical info. can be skipped for those not interested. The book provides rather dated black and white photos next to textdescribing how to do each exercise. ... Read more

6. Strength Training for Sport
Paperback: 186 Pages (2002-01-15)
list price: US$54.95 -- used & new: US$44.72
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Asin: 0632055685
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The Handbook of Sports Medicine presents basic clinicaland scientific information in a clear style and format as related tospecific sports events drawn from the Olympic Summer and WinterGames. Each handbook is written by a small team of authorities andcoordinated by an editor who is internationally respected andrecognized in the particular sport activity. The Handbook on StrengthTraining for Athletes presents both the basic concepts and theoreticalbackground for sports-specific strength training as well as thepractical consideration in designing the overall program. Separatechapters deal with periodization, gender differences, detraining andover training. Sample programs are presented for soccer, volleyball,wrestling, endurance running, swimming, and shotput and discus.

Covers periodization, gender differences, detraining, and overtraining

Sample programs presented for soccer, volleyball, wrestling, endurance running, swimming, and shotput and discus

Endorsed by the International Federation of Sports Medicine ... Read more

7. Strength and Power in Sport: Olympic Encyclopedia of Sports Medicine (The Encyclopaedia of Sports Medicine)
Hardcover: 544 Pages (2002-12-20)
list price: US$178.95 -- used & new: US$142.15
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Asin: 0632059117
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Volume presents the study of strength and power in sports science and an understanding of the relationships among neural, hormonal, muscular, and mechanical factors. Sections include terms and concepts, biological basis of strength, mechanisms for adaptation, special problems, and specific principles. Previous edition: c1993. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Reference Text
This book is a great compilation of research surrounding strength and sports performance.This would make a great addition to someone wanting to learn more about the scientific nature of strength and how it pertains to athletics.

You should be aware, however, that this is not a typical book in that you read each chapter lightly.The writing style is very similar to peer-reviewed journals.

Some of the sample chapters such as "Stretch-Shortening Cycle" and "Neural Adaptation to Strength Training" are excellent.

This book would make a great supplement to an exercise physiology student or anyone interested in exercise science.

5-0 out of 5 stars it is not out of stock!!!!!
I recently found a copy ay the New York University medical library.There was one copy left as of Oct 14. ... Read more

8. Kettlebells for Sport, Strength and Fitness
by Scott Shetler
Paperback: 68 Pages (2009-01-31)
list price: US$34.95 -- used & new: US$31.44
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Asin: 0615262295
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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This is the ultimate book regarding traditional kettlebell training for sport, strength and fitness. Includes a history of kettlebells, detailed exercises, sample training plans and much more! Your one-stop-shop for the ultimate in kettlebell training! ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars excellent and very accurate resouce on kettlebell sport
Scott did a very nice job describing kettlebell sport and what is needed to begin training.He provided the pertinent details to orient the beginning practisioner as well as someone that has been training with kettlebells and now desires to embark on GS or Kettlebell Lifting.Very valuable resource
sean armstead
AKC Master Trainer and GS competitor

5-0 out of 5 stars An awesome primer for entering the world of kettlebells!
Scott's book has awesome instruction on the BASICS of kettlebells. As a coach, one must begin with the basic building blocks of conditioning. Scott's book is clear to understand and will get you on track to becoming a powerful athlete, a knowledgeable coach or just a kettlebell enthusiast. Beware the results are fast, and kettlebells are addictive! I started with two bells and now own 10.

This book has beeninstrumentalfor the right lifting techniques, the right intervals, the use of proper shoes and lots of other helpful things that you won't just pickup from the 'internet'. This book is a must buy. Keep in mind you can't expect to learn and become an expert from just once resource. In my experience the perfected basics makes you an expert. If you want to become proficient, stronger and have overall endurance start here. You won't regret it. Of course you may want to broaden your horizons and try other books. However, I have purchased many other books and I must say that they have lots of fluff. Scott gets down to the nitty gritty with nice pictures, for technique which is EXTREMELY important when using kettlebells.

Well, don't take my word. Buy the book you won't regret. It is a must for serious athletes.

1-0 out of 5 stars Overpriced
Waste of money. Way overpriced. Nothing new or revealing in this book. Most of the information is available with little effort on the internet for free.1 star for nice pictures.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Superior Primer for Girevoy Sport and Kettlebell Instruction
Over the last ten years or so, kettlebells have taken the strength training world by surprise, and are back on their way to becoming a regular part of the physical enthusiast's tool box alongside barbells and dumbbells.I say back, because as Atlanta, Georgia Strength coach, Scott Shetler points out, kettlebells have been part of the old time strongman's arsenal of muscle building weapons since the turn of the century.And no, not 1999 to 2000, but 1899 to 1900.

Of course, in today's world, kettlebells aren't used merely as a strongman implement.Kettlebells are used by everyone from strongmen and women, professional athletes, weekend warriors and kids, to that peculiar breed of people interested in building their strength and endurance by using the techniques practiced by Girevoy Sport (GS) athletes.

With the recent resurrection of kettlebells, the need for quality instruction has spawned several Federations/Organizations, all offering instruction in the proper lifting of kettlebells for sport, strength and fitness.

Furthermore, the kettlebell "culture" has divided itself into two main camps; the "Hardstyle" methods as taught by Pavel Tsatsouline, and the Girevoy Sport methods as taught by the World Kettlebell Club, the United States Girevoy Sport Federation, the International Kettlebell and Fitness Federation and several others around the world.

However, until recently, the printed offerings for Girevoy Sport instruction have been sparse and mostly limited to the Russian language.With Kettlebells for Sport, Strength and Fitness, Coach Shetler has written one of the easiest to understand guides for the novice to experienced kettlebell lifter.

Scott breaks down his guide into four chapters.The first two cover the history of kettlebells and the "basics", which describes kettlebell equipment, set and rep schemes, sport ranks, and traditional vs. non-traditional exercises.

It's the third and fourth chapters which will probably interest most readers of this book, as this is where Coach Shetler gets to the meat and potatoes of Girevoy Sport instruction, by covering the kettlebell exercises themselves as well as training templates for strength, sport and fitness work.

Coach Shetler begins by illustrating how to properly chalk the kettlebell's handle and moves from there to showing the proper grip.Scott then illustrates the basic kettlebell movements through clear descriptions accompanied by color photographs.Scott does a good job in showing the bottom and top of each movement and his explanations help the lifter get from A to B.

His section on proper breathing is priceless as well, as most novice lifters will assume that their usual weightlifting style will suffice, when in fact proper breathing during extended sets often makes it easier to generate more reps.And in Girevoy Sport competition, higher numbers is the name of the game.

Finally, Coach Shetler shows how Girevoy Sport methods can be used not only GS workouts, but for strength and power athletes as well.Scott describes how his methods have helped powerlifters attain higher totals, and football players improve their combine numbers.

For those interested primarily in Girevoy Sport, Scott has broken down training for kettlebell sport beginners, amateurs, professionals, and finally, for those desiring superior fitness training using GS methods.

It's important to keep in mind that a written manual can't replace the results you'll get from a coach's tutelage.However, if the cost of one-on one or even group coaching is prohibitive, Kettlebells for Sport, Strength and Fitness will provide a solid base of instruction for the novice Girevik.There's only one thing lacking - your own hard work.With this combination, success is sure to follow.

Jim Lane, AKC, HKC
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9. Strength Training
by NSCA -National Strength & Conditioning Association, Lee Brown
Paperback: 368 Pages (2006-11-10)
list price: US$22.95 -- used & new: US$11.61
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Asin: 0736060596
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Millions of people want to add muscle, get stronger, and look fit as a result. But when they look for expert guidance, they face a sea of self-proclaimed fitness gurus who say they have a can't-miss program for fast and easy results. So where do you look for solid, no-nonsense advice you can trust from true experts in the strength training field? Inside this book!

Written by a team of experts chosen by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), Strength Training combines the most valuable information with the best instruction for proven results:

  • Increasing metabolic rate to burn more calories more efficiently
  • Improving bone density to help combat osteoporosis
  • Increasing muscle mass as well as strength, power, and endurance
  • Preventing injuries
  • Improving balance, flexibility, mobility, and stability
  • Reducing back and arthritic pain
  • Decreasing cholesterol and blood pressure to lessen the risk of coronary disease
The NSCA is the worldwide authority in the field of strength and conditioning, serving 33,000 members from the sport science, athletic, allied health, and fitness industries. Now, the proven techniques developed and honed by these leading authorities are available to you!

Whether you're launching a lifting program or fine-tuning a serious fitness regimen, Strength Training will fill any knowledge void and correct misconceptions to ensure proper technique, safety, and progressions. Multiple program options and applications to machines, free weights, and other apparatuses provide the flexibility to tailor your training to personal preferences and special needs. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Choice!
This book is an excellent choice for those wishing to learn about resistance training, exercise technique, adaptations to training, and key fundamental concepts for designing periodized training programs. This book is great for the beginner as well as the practitioner. Great buy, especially for the price!

5-0 out of 5 stars great for beginners
great book for people looking to get started with training who don't have to much background knowledge.has all the info you need to know to at least put together a decent program.lots ofpictures and exercises and for the price it's a great deal.

5-0 out of 5 stars Really helpful!
I had to by this book for a class, and it is incredibly helpful!Anyone looking to become a personal trainer should at least check it out, if not by it.

2-0 out of 5 stars Stupid errors, dangerous practices mar an otherwise great concept.
Great attempt. A recently published book that includes very recent research into strength training, and is comprehensive in its scope... just the kind of books I've come to expect from the publisher Human Kinetics... except it isn't....

on page 41 the muscle fiber growth picture shows a before and after strength training comparison... where the fibers are seen to grow, however its obvious that the 'after' picture is a blown up pic of the bottom left corner of the 'before' picture... lame. Makes me question the credibility of the sources and research...

On page 86, under daily carbohydrate requirements, the glycemic index of different foods is listed, with a chart below that has several examples. Regardless of the obvious listing of fruits as low on the index, and breads as high, the text says "Carbohydrate sources with a high glycemic index, such as fruits and processed sugar, are metabolized quickly. Carbohydrate sources with a low glycemic index, such as starches and cellulose, are metabolized more slowly."

The above is wrong.. very wrong. Quite nearly the opposite of the truth. Fruits contain fructose.. THE SLOWEST metabolized carbohydrate that must be processed by the liver... starches are.. with few exceptions (gluten bound carbs in pasta, and mostly amylose grains like basmati rice) THE FASTEST digested and metabolized carbohydrates, ... even faster than pure cane sugar, and cellulose is an undigestable fiber, providing no energy.

The Margaria-Kalamen test is recommended to test lower body power. It consists of sprinting towards some stairs, and running up them as fast as you can, hitting only every third step, for three steps.

Running on stairs... potentially dangerous and not reflective of any daily activities... not a good choice for anyone, especially elderly, sedentary, uncoordinated individuals... but no mention of risks or safety.

This book isn't comprehensive enough to really get a person going in a fitness program... so its not for beginners... while it doesn't have the depth of focus to cover more focused topics.. except for a relatively useless in depth explanation of how muscles work on the microscopic level. Kinda interesting, but mostly impractical. That sums up the rest of the books content, however find the errors just the worst kind of false expertise... and it comes with the NSCAs name on the cover... they certify fitness trainers. Unforgivable.

Look elsewhere if you are a beginner, lest you wish to hurt yourself and sabotage your progress with bad info. Look elsewhere if you are knowledgeable on the subject, as this book is inadequate and has a lack of focus that makes it a waste of time.

4-0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Primer to Strength Training
This book goes in depth in the science, art and benefits of strength training.While this book might be too simplistic for an advanced bodybuilder/weight trainer, it's an excellent guide for people (male, female, seniors and even older children) who are beginners in the world of strength training, and a good reference source."Strength Training" does not fall into the trap of other weight training books that focus on specific aspects of strength training.It's written to give the reader a complete overview on the benefits of strength training as well as thorough explanation on scientific background, proper techniques, guidelines, routines and programs for people of (almost) all fitness levels, and to guide the reader to the best routine that'll work for them.

The book is separated into four parts:

"Part I: The Origin of Strength" talks about the science, physiology and growth/behavior of skeletal muscle.While I found this part a little long-winded (it's 95 pages long!), and its content can rival virtually any college-level anatomy and physiology textbook on the subject, it's still a must read for a beginner to understand how a muscle works, why it grows, and how proper technique and nutrition is essental in muscle growth and development.

"Part II: Resistance Training Guidelines" discusses assessing one's strength and fitness level; an explanation on the types of exercises (Isometric, Isotonic, Plyometric, etc.); the necessity for a proper workout schedule and rest; the organization of one's workout for the individual; the goal(s) an individual may have; and on safety, injury and the body's reaction to an initial workout.Again, some of this can get a little technical and long-winded, but not so that the average high school-level reader can't understand what's being said.

"Part III: Exercise Techniques" goes into what everyone is probably looking for: how to do specific exercises.None of the exercises are too exotic; they cover all parts of the body; it's well-rounded, clear and concise.However, I found the chapter somewhat lacking on common mistakes people make when doing an exercise (there are blurbs, such as not to round your back on a deadlift).I think that's very important for the novice strength trainer, and the authors should have given more detailed descriptions or examples on common mistakes beginnners make.That said, it's a great section nevertheless.

"Part IV: Sample Programs" does what it says: give sample programs for the beginner, intermediate and advanced trainer.While the section gives plenty of examples, it encourages the reader to find a routine that works for them based on the information given.The book is good at giving that guidance.

Again the book is not meant for the most advanced weighttrainer.And it's not the type of book to simply open up to copy a sample routine or how to do a bent-over row.It's meant to be a guide for someone who's new to strength training.So the book should be read cover to cover before the reader creates a program for themselves.While the book can get technical in some areas, it's by no means a hard read.Anyone should have no trouble getting through the book in a day.Once they do, I'm confident they can fashion a workout routine that's safe, convenient (yet challenging), adaptable, and even fun. ... Read more

10. Fitness and Strength Training for All Sports : Theory, Methods, Programs
by Jurgen Hartmann, Harold Tunnemann, Peter Klavora
Paperback: 345 Pages (1995-01-01)
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Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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This outstanding training manual equips the reader withbasic theory and practical knowledge required for planning anddesigning effective strength training programs.Theory is presentedin an easy to understand way. The research-based and practice-relatedform of presentation make this publication interesting and essentialfor P.E. teachers and coaches at all levels. Provides numerous samplestrength and fitness training programs. The book is based on formerEast Germany's experiences in research and coaching of highperformance athletes. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Read for Every Strength Coach and Personal Trainer
I have referenced this book by Hartmann & Tunnemann so many times ... and for good reason. It is mentioned in my Warm-Up to Strength Training DVD along with several of my articles. Fitness and Strength Training for All Sports is an absolute must read for every strength coach and personal trainer!

3-0 out of 5 stars An mixed value book. Very good & very bad.
I am lucky enough to possess both the original German (Modernes Krafttraining, Sportverlag Berlin-1984) and the Greek edition (, -1989) of the "Fitness and Strength for All Sports" . This book is a special case you know.

These fine German scientists have collected enough data from the scientific pool of former East Germany and compiled an interesting text. Why this is book is of hybrid value? Cause it contains both valid and invalid information.

The valid information of the textbook refers to the chapters relating to physiology, maximum strength, speed-strength, endurance-strength. Coaches of power sports may find this book very useful, for it contains methods & tools that can be used nowdays. There are some rare East German studies and citations for the theory-seeking guys and there are some interesting photos of exercises that involve a training partner, body-weight partner exercises.

The faulty, invalid and outdated information refers to the chapters relating to muscular hypertrophy. There are so many "bad" concepts inside that I would rather not mention. Some of the suggested programs inside the book are nearly impossible to be executed. Even if the audience of the book was elite, steroid-driven athletes, some of the hypertophy programs would be dangerous. I suspect that aforementioned chapter was copied from some 70s or 80s American bodybuilding book. The current opinions in training for muscular hypertrophy are contrapositive to Hartmann's-Tunnenmann's theory. In fact, I have known some young guys that followed the body-building information inside "Fitness and Strength for All Sports" and finally got injured. Performing so many sets of failure, and beyond failure sets at high intensities is extremely dangerous and counterproductive. As a modern strength coach i personally do not like the CNS overload especially in this very form. DANGER, OVERTRAINING SHOCK!
As a final notice, i would suggest all the body-builders and coaches to look elsewhere for up to date muscular hypertrophy information.

Final Verdict:

Theory: 60%
Methods: 60%
Programs: 60%
Total: 3 stars

Tassos Zikas
Strength & Conditioning Coach

4-0 out of 5 stars Not for those with just a passing interest in training
This book is very scientific> If you are after some serious knowledge about the how and why of traing this is a must have book. If however you are just seeking some traing advice skip it. It goes pretty deep.
I had this sitting on my coffee table for a few months and it got a few people so hooked they had to buy it. Others just set it back down after a minute because it isn't a fast easy read.

1-0 out of 5 stars Outdated
I would not recomend this book for people using it as an extra study resource I found it completely useless.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fitness and Strength Training for All Sports
Outstanding book!! I have been looking a long time for a book that explains in detail the old soviet sports training techniques. Not only is this book detailed, it is written so that a novice can understand. This book explains Michael Yessis books in more detail. This is a must buy for anyone that wants to get in shape for a sport in the quickest and most efficient way. ... Read more

11. Strength, Conditioning and Injury Prevention for Hockey
by Joseph Horrigan, Earl Joseph Kreis
Paperback: 192 Pages (2002-12-06)
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"Joseph Horrigan's dedication and reputation in treating injured athletes speaks for itself. He is one of the very best."­­Wayne Gretzsky

Strength, Conditioning, and Injury Prevention for Hockey is the must-have resource for hockey players and coaches of all levels and leagues who want to incorporate a safe and solid program into their routine. This guide contains the most up-to-date information and advice culled from sports medicine's most recognized specialists­­from neurosurgeons to dentists to orthopedics. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Have Reference
Dr. Horrigan and "Doc" Kreis have done a great job with this book. It contains an abundance of information that anyone interested in enhancing sport performance will benefit from reviewing and reading.This text has enough "meat" in it that the strength training professional will benefit by having it on their reference list and the teaching approach is clear and so well illustrated so the athlete can use the materials also.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent for getting started.
I just started playing hockey two years ago and was looking for a book to help me become a better player.This book is very detailed and easy to use for a beginner such as me.I have seen immediate results in my strength and conditioning since buying this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars STANDS IN A CLASS BY ITSELF
This is one of the finest and most comprehensive books ever written on sports conditioning.It is not only for the hockey player, but for all athletes in all sports looking to gain an edge.It gives great detail and clarity on ways to improve speed, strength, and overall conditioning.This book will make the average coach look like a genius.

5-0 out of 5 stars STANDS IN A CLASS BY ITSELF
This book is one of the finest and most compehensive books ever written on sports conditioning.It can stand on its own for training not only hockey, but any sport.As a strength and conditioning coach for 14 years, it is the most organized and a highly practical tool for writing and executing programs for the improvement of speed, strength and overall conditioning of every athlete.It can turn an average coach into a genius. ... Read more

12. Strength Training: Types and Principles, Benefits and Concerns (Sports and Athletics Preparation, Performance, and Psychology)
Hardcover: 253 Pages (2010-03-30)
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Strength training is the use of resistance to muscular contraction to build the strength, anaerobic endurance and size of skeletal muscles. There are many different methods of strength training, the most common being the use of gravity or elastic/hydraulic forces to oppose muscle contraction. When properly performed, strength training can provide significant functional benefits and improvement in overall health and well-being, including increased bone, muscle, tendon and ligament strength and toughness, improved joint function, reduced potential for injury, increased bone density, a temporary increase in metabolism, improved cardiac function, and elevated HDL (good) cholesterol. This new and important book gathers the latest research from around the globe in the study of strength training and highlights such topics as: neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) as a modality of strength training, metabolic damages induced by strenuous exercise, sport-specific strength training and others. ... Read more

13. Strength Training: Beginners, Bodybuilders, and Athletes (Sport for Life)
by Philip E. Allsen
Paperback: 128 Pages (1987-01)
list price: US$7.95
Isbn: 0673181707
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14. Bruce Jenner's the Athletic Body: A Complete Fitness Guide for Teenagers -- Sports, Strength, Health, Agility
by Bruce Jenner, Bill Dobbins
 Hardcover: 190 Pages (1984-06)
list price: US$17.95
Isbn: 067146549X
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A guide to physical fitness through cardiovascular activity, weight training, proper nutrition, and sports, written especially for teenagers. ... Read more

15. Serious Strength Training - 2nd
by Tudor Bompa, Mauro Di Pasquale, Lorenzo Cornacchia
Paperback: 304 Pages (2002-10-02)
list price: US$23.95 -- used & new: US$11.69
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Asin: 0736042660
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Introductory guides might have been useful when you started, but now you’re ready for more. Serious Strength Training will help you boost your workouts and results to the next level! Armed with solid scientific principles and proven training and nutrition programs, you will gain more muscle strength, mass, and definition than ever before.

Tudor Bompa, the world’s foremost expert on optimal schedules for training, and Mauro Di Pasquale, a leading nutritional authority specializing in strength training, combine their knowledge for you to use. Follow their general programs or tailor one to your special needs through effective manipulation of the six training phases—anatomical adaptation, hypertrophy, mixed, maximum strength, muscle definition, and transition–and proper application of the individual metabolic profile.

Serious Strength Training is essential reading for those who want to lift in the big leagues. From the 66 maximum muscle-stimulating exercises to the detailed dietary plans, make it your guide to the greatest training you’ve ever done. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Serious, but what?
Every page is packed with "information," and page after page strung together in a style that's extremely difficult to follow and digest, much less apply to tomorrow's workout. There are a couple pretty good basic concepts, but it doesn't take a whole book to explain that over the course of a year one should vary the types of workouts performed. The charts for the various workout designs may be helpful for some people, but there's just too many of them, and ultimately you'll design your own. I agree with other reviewers that it's a bodybuilding book, not a strength book. The proof of course is in the photographs. I'm just an ordinary citizen looking to get serious about strength as a component of my overall fitness, and this book isn't helpful. A bodybuilder might find this a helpful companion book, going a couple pages at a time. On that basis I'd give it three stars, except for the wrong title and the photographs of starved women.

5-0 out of 5 stars Right on target
I have read two more Bomba's books, i implemented his principals to the training of our young cyclists. It boosted their performance, their selfconfidence and the will to keep training. I trust mr. Bompa, that's why i bought and allready read this book. It is as i expected to be. Pure science, busting many bodybuilding's myths and showing the only way to develop a marvelous physique. Greetings from Greece.

5-0 out of 5 stars Serious Strength Training
This book provides the road to travel for anyone who wants to be successful in training.As a former competitive power-lifter in the early 1980's,this book includes much lost knowledge from that training era.It's a very intense book and will make you strong for life.The routines are old school and not for the faint of heart,however the strength gained will not be lost.Good luck and may the force be with you.

2-0 out of 5 stars title is misleading
this book is about body building, not strength training.and yes, there is a distinction between the two.get the Rippetoe "Starting Strength" book instead, if you want to learn about strength training.can't say if this book helps with body building as i am not interested or knowledgable about that.i guess a title of "serious body building" is kind of self contradicting :)

5-0 out of 5 stars Advanced Training Routines
This book breaks down the concept of periodization which means periodic changes in training routines. If you're serious about bodybuilding this is a must read. Very useful if you are thinking about competing.

This book is focused on bodybuilding and powerlifting.

The author has different books about periodization for many other sports. He is one of the leading authors in the field of periodization. Check him out. Great info for athletes, coaches, trainer, teachers, etc. !!! ... Read more

16. High-Intensity Strength
by Darden Ellington
 Paperback: 206 Pages (1992-09-16)
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17. Advances in Strength and Conditioning Research (Sports and Athletics Preparation, Performance, and Psychology)
Hardcover: 260 Pages (2009-08-28)
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Human sport performance in recent years has surpassed what many thought was possible. In part these developments are due to development in sports science and strength and conditioning practices. The strength and conditioning arena has also grown dramatically over this period and draws on a range of academic disciplines including Exercise Physiology, Biomechanics, Sport Psychology and Physical Therapy. This book presents recent research in the field that provides a bridge between scientific knowledge and the strength and conditioning practitioner. A range of invigorating articles are included from a collection of international scientists and practitioners that examine areas pertinent to strength and conditioning from a range of perspectives. Research articles featured cover topics such as sport and exercise demands, the effect of training programs on performance, psychological impact of strength and conditioning training, the utility of conditioning exercises in pre and rehabilitation and biomechanical analysis of aspects of strength and conditioning practice. ... Read more

18. Scott Tinley's Winning Guide to Sports Endurance: How to Maximize Speed, Strength & Stamina
by Scott Tinley, Ken McAlpine
 Paperback: 258 Pages (1994-02)
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Asin: 0875961061
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars So much good information
This book covers everything from Adrenaline to Windchill and anything you need to know in between. Starting with the category 'The Biology of Endurance' then 'Training Tools and Techniques' then 'Nutrition for Maximum Endurance' followed by 'Injuries, Obstacles, and Perils' and finally 'Great Endurance Challenges'(a listing of many major endurance athletic events around the world).

Ogranised in Encyclopedia format, this book is packed with the information you need to become a good endurance athlete. Wether looking up Massage Therapy, Fartlek Training, or Aerodynamics you'll find the information you're looking for quickly and easily.If you're a Personal Trainer or a beginner you will find this book usefull. I've had this book for almost as long as it's been published and have consulted it again and again.This is a book I'm sure any athlete would enjoy.

5-0 out of 5 stars Real Tinley!
This is a book you can go back to anytime. Tinley (and McAlpine) cover all the aspects of endurance training. This is not a book that will give you all the detail, but it offers just the right amount of advice to help youthrough. I've done a few Ironman Triathlons myself and have actually metand talked to Scott tinley; he is the book and the book works.

5-0 out of 5 stars A "must have" for all endurance athletes
This book is simply great for the endurance athlete. It deals with training, diet, mental aspects of endurance training, and medical issues. The book is instructional as well as motivational and is a work that you'll keep referring back to time and time again. ... Read more

19. Sport-Specific Strength Training: Background, Rationale, and Program (Sports and Athletics Preparation, Performance, and Psychology)
by Del P. Wong, Michael A. Tse, June Lee-chuen Chin, Christopher Carling
Paperback: 59 Pages (2010-08-30)
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This book reviews the latest scientific research in the application and design of sport-specific strength training programmes in three types of sport: a team sport (soccer), a racket sport (badminton) and a water sport (rowing). Generally, training programs designed to improve sports performance involve metabolic training (i.e., aerobic or anaerobic metabolism), functional training (i.e., training to enhance movement), and strength training (i.e., training to enhance muscle capacity). This book highlights the information aforementioned on the topic of sport-specific strength training programs and illustrates examples of these programs in various aspects of physical activities. ... Read more

20. Beginning Strength Training (Beginning Sports)
by Jeff Savage, Lori Coleman
Hardcover: 80 Pages (1998-06)
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Isbn: 0822535114
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Introduces the sport of strength training, including its history, terminology, workouts, and competitions. ... Read more

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