Science and Practice of Strength Training Hardcover – Jan 31 1996
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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.
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.
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!
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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Finally someone has approached strength training with enough science as they have cardiovascular training. The definitions are so needed. A definite reference in my library.Published on July 12 1999
An excellent book that describes useful strength and conditioning practices.Published on Nov. 26 1998
The author has an extraordinary grasp of both the theory and practice of strength training. It is not, however, for those frightened of a bit of science. Read morePublished on Aug. 23 1998
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