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Science and Practice of Strength Training [Hardcover]

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Jan. 31 1996 0873224744 978-0873224741 1
This manual examines muscle strength from a biomechanical and physiological perspective, and shows athletes how to use basic scientific principles to improve muscular strength. The book also discusses training theory and the factors which determine muscle strength, and shows how to apply this information by using proven methods based on data gathered from the training logs of more than 1000 leading Eastern European Olympic and world-class athletes. The book contains more than 30 case studies and sample problems which explain these methods.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A good book on strength training March 21 2003
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This is a good book on strength training, which reminds me of Fleck and Kraemer's "Designing Resistance Training Programs" (DRTP). While Zatsiorsky says that he tried to write this book for the coach, he admits that there is more science in it than he would have liked. In my opinion, it is more theoretical than DRTP, which I found to be a scientific, but more practical book.
There are things here that you won't find in Fleck and Kraemer's book, but I think the average practitioner would find DRTP more useful overall. Although I'm not really an expert myself (I'm an interested layman), I think this book would mainly be of interest to strength and conditioning experts, and to those with a keen interest in comparing former-Soviet vs. western training ideas. I may have been inclined to give this book five stars if I hadn't already read DRTP and "Essentials of Strength and Conditioning", both of which I think are slightly stronger than this book.
On the other hand, Arthur Drechsler in the annotated bibliography of his "The Weightlifting Encyclopedia" says this about Zatsiorsky's book: "A very interesting and imaginative work by one of today's best thinkers and researchers on this subject, especially in the area of training for increased power." He lists DRTP without comment, so I have to assume he liked this book better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Solid weightlifting science from the USSR March 7 2003
This book is probably the best overall book when it comes to serious weightlifting science. Most of the "science" regarding strength training done in the west is of poor quality. Most exercise science in the west has been focused on cardiovascular (aerobic) exercise. However in the east, in the former Soviet Union weightlifting science was taken very seriously and was far more advanced than in the west. This book is one of the better Russian translation books on strength training science. If you are looking for solid strength training science grounded in the basics, this is the book you should read. There is good discussion of the critical nature of the central nervous system on strength and power, in the west so much attention has been placed upon hormonal (steroid and testosterone) aspects of strength. The Russians found the CNS to be the critical aspect of successful strength training.
This is the one book you should read before you read any other "serious" strength training books. To get a solid foundation, then move onto other stuff.
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4.0 out of 5 stars For a practical understanding of strength... March 9 2000
Zatsiorsky's book is a well presented foundation for learning the concepts behind strength training. The book is primarily directed towards a coach's perspective, but anyone can benefit from it.
The textbook layout is straightforward and includes data gathered from trained athletes. It begins with some basics of strength conditioning. Less knowledgable readers will benefit from these first chapters. The book then progresses to cover training, timing and exercising. Zatsiorsky includes some decent ideas about injury prevention as well.
Overall, it's not an excyclopedia with all the answers. The goal is not to provide generic routines for readers, but to provide the basis for readers to custom design their own routines. I've found this to be a very useful. My thanks to the author.
P.S. Thanks for your recommendation, Louie Simmons!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Decades of experience April 9 2003
This book is based on decades of methodically documented training of Russian athletes. Rather than use hypothesis of what training methods SHOULD work, found so commonly in U.S. training literature, what you'll read in this book is scrupulous analysis of what actually worked and what didn't work. There is no equivalent in the U.S. athletic training system; no one has tracked and scientifically analyzed the training of U.S. athletes like the Russians did with their centralized training programs.
This is a must-read book for serious sports strength and conditioning coaches. It's a little too technical for the average fitness trainee, however. The format is a bit like a scholastic textbook, not a how-to book.
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