Strength Training Past 50 Paperback – Jul 6 1998
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Strength training is an equal-opportunity exercise system; studies show that anyone who tries it can benefit. Muscle loss is inevitable through the years if you're sedentary. But no matter how old you are when you start, strength training has nearly immediate benefits: more muscle mass, more strength, less fat. This book gives older exercisers all the information they need to get started, including advice on testing for strength and how to pick a qualified personal trainer.
""Wayne Westcott's and Thomas Baechle's advice is cutting edge, medically sound, and is the key to staying active and feeling healthy long after you've turned 50. It is just what this doctor ordered,"" Nicholas A. DiNubile, MD- Orthopaedic Consultant to the Philadelphia 76ers and Pennsylvania Ballet- Author of "FrameWork" and Executive Producer and star of PBS special, Your Body's FrameWork "Dr. Wayne Westcott has, once again, outdone himself, presenting in an easily understandable style the principles of safe and effective strength training for seniors. The importance of this aspect of fitness training for the older population cannot be overstated. Improving health, strength, and fitness while enhancing function and avoiding unnecessary injuries through strength training are particularly important in this age group. We once again applaud the latest effort by Dr. Westcott, one of the leading authorities on strength and fitness," Lyle J. Micheli, MDClinical Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Harvard Medical SchoolO'Donnell Family Professor of Orthopaedic Sports MedicineDirector, Division of Sports Medicine, Children's Hospital Boston --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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This book is about strength training- you put your body against challenging weight in order to increase strength. It is not a general fitness book nor a toning book where light dumbbells are used. So this book is the same as any other strength training book. Conventional free-weight exercises like squat with weight, bench press, shoulder press, etc. are used. The program in this book is similar to the Baechle's book mentioned above. The modification is that number of sets are lower. But the intensity (weight used) is the same- lift as hard as you can.
The book has a 10 week basic program where one does five exercises and gradually increases up to 10. Each exercise is performed with one set and 12 reps. During this period, the weight is gradually increased up to 140% of the starting weight. The book offers two tracks: one with the Nautilus machine and the other with dumbbells (there are two optional barbell exercises -back quat and bench press, and one required exercise-barbell bicep curl). After the 10 week program, there are 12 week cycle options to build strength, muscle, or endurance. This is where the number of sets are added, the repetitions and the weight are varied.Read more ›
The photos and descriptions of individual exercises were essential in making sure that the exercises were done correctly and to the greatest benefit.
In my opinion the price of the book is a gift compared to the feeling of well being derived from carefully following the given plan, which, by the way, is adaptable to each individual's capabilities and needs.
* Reasons why you should strength train (this section is a great motivator).
* What equipment to buy (if you're doing it a home).
* Which exercises to perform. (This is the largest section. It has a two-page spread format: on the left, instructions for performing the exercises, on the right, photos of ordinary-looking people doing the exercises. It includes techniques using both free weights and machines.)
* Building an effective program. (This section answered one of my questions: how to determine when to increase weights and how to do it.)
You can read this book in one sitting. (I skipped the "eating for strength" chapter.)
The photos show people using fancy Nautilus machines, which are a far cry from the equipment I use at my down-at-the-heels gym. Unless you have access to the machines pictured, you'll probabl! y need someone at your gym to show you comparable equipment and exercises to do.
All in all a good reference book for strength training. I recommend it. (I'm 62.)