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Overview

Developed by the American College of Sports Medicine, this text offers a comprehensive introduction to the basics of strength training and conditioning based on the latest research findings. ACSM's Foundations of Strength Training and Conditioning is divided into four parts: Foundations, Physiological Responses and Adaptations, Strength Training and Conditioning Program Design, and Assessment. The text focuses on practical applications, enabling students to develop, implement, and assess the results of training programs that are designed to optimize strength, power, and athletic performance. Moreover, the text’s clear, straightforward writing style makes it easy to grasp new concepts. 

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"As university faculty, I would use this book to introduce my students to the field of exercise physiology/strength and conditioning. Though it is not as in depth as Exercise Physiology: Human Bioenergetics and its Applications, 4th edition, Brooks et al. (McGraw-Hill, 2004), it was not designed for the same audience. In addition, if healthcare professionals want to further their general understanding of exercise physiology, this book would be an appropriate recommendation."

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Weighted Numerical Score: 92 - 4 Stars!

- Doody Enterprises, Inc. (April 2012)

  - Jake E Resch, Ph.D.(University of Texas Arlington)

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Jake E Resch, PhD (University of Texas at Arlington)
Description: This book serves as both an introduction to exercise physiology for students and professionals and a synopsis of current knowledge in exercise physiology.
Purpose: The purpose is to bridge the gap between scientific evidence and professional practice for students and a variety of healthcare professionals. Given the increasing body of literature addressing exercise physiology, the authors have the increasingly difficult challenge of providing comprehensive information in a succinct and meaningful manner.
Audience: The book is intended for coaches, athletes, personal trainers, fitness instructors, and students preparing for careers in strength and conditioning related fields. Dr. Ratamess has authored or coauthored numerous publications with leaders in exercise physiology and related fields.
Features: This book covers a variety of topics needed to fully appreciate the adaptations the body undergoes during exercise. It spends much time and energy explaining the physiological responses to exercise rather than simply providing a guide to how to design exercise programs or how to perform a selection of exercises. One of its strongest features is the author's evidence-based approach to exercise physiology and prescription. The incorporation of text boxes dedicated to "interpreting research" and "myths and misconceptions" will hopefully leave readers with greater insights into how to be a consumer of the literature. The only shortcoming of this book is its brevity. Though it does a wonderful job of keeping each content area clear and concise, greater explanations/explorations into various concepts such as endocrine responses to exercise would have been appreciated and well received.
Assessment: As university faculty, I would use this book to introduce my students to the field of exercise physiology/strength and conditioning. Though it is not as in depth as Exercise Physiology: Human Bioenergetics and its Applications, 4th edition, Brooks et al. (McGraw-Hill, 2004), it was not designed for the same audience. In addition, if healthcare professionals want to further their general understanding of exercise physiology, this book would be an appropriate recommendation.
From The Critics
Reviewer: Jake E Resch, Ph.D.(University of Texas Arlington)
Description: This book serves as both an introduction to exercise physiology for students and professionals and a synopsis of current knowledge in exercise physiology.
Purpose: The purpose is to bridge the gap between scientific evidence and professional practice for students and a variety of healthcare professionals. Given the increasing body of literature addressing exercise physiology, the authors have the increasingly difficult challenge of providing comprehensive information in a succinct and meaningful manner.
Audience: The book is intended for coaches, athletes, personal trainers, fitness instructors, and students preparing for careers in strength and conditioning related fields. Dr. Ratamess has authored or coauthored numerous publications with leaders in exercise physiology and related fields.
Features: This book covers a variety of topics needed to fully appreciate the adaptations the body undergoes during exercise. It spends much time and energy explaining the physiological responses to exercise rather than simply providing a guide to how to design exercise programs or how to perform a selection of exercises. One of its strongest features is the author's evidence-based approach to exercise physiology and prescription. The incorporation of text boxes dedicated to "interpreting research" and "myths and misconceptions" will hopefully leave readers with greater insights into how to be a consumer of the literature. The only shortcoming of this book is its brevity. Though it does a wonderful job of keeping each content area clear and concise, greater explanations/explorations into various concepts such as endocrine responses to exercise would have been appreciated and well received.
Assessment: As university faculty, I would use this book to introduce my students to the field of exercise physiology/strength and conditioning. Though it is not as in depth as Exercise Physiology: Human Bioenergetics and its Applications, 4th edition, Brooks et al. (McGraw-Hill, 2004), it was not designed for the same audience. In addition, if healthcare professionals want to further their general understanding of exercise physiology, this book would be an appropriate recommendation.
From the Publisher

"As university faculty, I would use this book to introduce my students to the field of exercise physiology/strength and conditioning. Though it is not as in depth as Exercise Physiology: Human Bioenergetics and its Applications, 4th edition, Brooks et al. (McGraw-Hill, 2004), it was not designed for the same audience. In addition, if healthcare professionals want to further their general understanding of exercise physiology, this book would be an appropriate recommendation."

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Weighted Numerical Score: 92 - 4 Stars!

- Doody Enterprises, Inc. (April 2012)

  - Jake E Resch, Ph.D.(University of Texas Arlington)

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Jake E Resch, PhD (University of Texas at Arlington)
Description: This book serves as both an introduction to exercise physiology for students and professionals and a synopsis of current knowledge in exercise physiology.
Purpose: The purpose is to bridge the gap between scientific evidence and professional practice for students and a variety of healthcare professionals. Given the increasing body of literature addressing exercise physiology, the authors have the increasingly difficult challenge of providing comprehensive information in a succinct and meaningful manner.
Audience: The book is intended for coaches, athletes, personal trainers, fitness instructors, and students preparing for careers in strength and conditioning related fields. Dr. Ratamess has authored or coauthored numerous publications with leaders in exercise physiology and related fields.
Features: This book covers a variety of topics needed to fully appreciate the adaptations the body undergoes during exercise. It spends much time and energy explaining the physiological responses to exercise rather than simply providing a guide to how to design exercise programs or how to perform a selection of exercises. One of its strongest features is the author's evidence-based approach to exercise physiology and prescription. The incorporation of text boxes dedicated to "interpreting research" and "myths and misconceptions" will hopefully leave readers with greater insights into how to be a consumer of the literature. The only shortcoming of this book is its brevity. Though it does a wonderful job of keeping each content area clear and concise, greater explanations/explorations into various concepts such as endocrine responses to exercise would have been appreciated and well received.
Assessment: As university faculty, I would use this book to introduce my students to the field of exercise physiology/strength and conditioning. Though it is not as in depth as Exercise Physiology: Human Bioenergetics and its Applications, 4th edition, Brooks et al. (McGraw-Hill, 2004), it was not designed for the same audience. In addition, if healthcare professionals want to further their general understanding of exercise physiology, this book would be an appropriate recommendation.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780781782678
  • Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
  • Publication date: 10/1/2011
  • Pages: 560
  • Sales rank: 771,115
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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