Dare to Excel (Wrestling Strength Series)

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Brzycki is one of the most knowledgeable, informed, and scientific athletic training authorities in the world. In a time when athletics have received a real black eye from steroid and other doping scandals as well as ill-advised training recommendations from "experts" with no scientific background, Brzycki is a breath of fresh air. He brings his conditioning theory and practice, scientific research, and real-world experience as a trainer to all aspects of strength training and addresses the concerns of athletes, coaches, and all those invested in athletics. In addition to surveying the research on the nuts and bolts of weight lifting, dieting, and conditioning, this book dispels some of the myths about diets (including the Atkins and Zone diets), supplements, and realistic expectations for improvement. Young athletes (and especially wrestlers because they must gain strength and lose weight simultaneously) are so eager to improve their performance that they are prime targets for the supplement salesman and get-strong-quick training supervisors. Because of his years of experience as an NCAA Division I athletic trainer, close ties with world-class wrestling figures, and recognized expertise in professional journals (not the body-builder's publications, but rather the genuine nonprofit physical education professional journals), Brzycki is able to outline the most healthful and effective practices for improving athletic performance. His coverage of all the ins and outs of strength training, flexibility, diet, and conditioning is comprehensive and detailed, but best of all he anticipates the questions of beginners and answers them all, such as how many sets, how many repetitions, how muchrecovery time, what kind of food and when, and everything else under the sun. This book is a must-read for young or college athletes as well as their parents and coaches. VOYA CODES: 4Q 2P M J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; For the YA with a special interest in the subject; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2004., Blue River Press (Dist. by Cardinals Publishers Group), 125p.; Index. Biblio. Appendix., Trade pb. Ages 11 to 18.
—James Blasingame
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780971895966
  • Publisher: Blue River Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2004
  • Pages: 126
  • Sales rank: 784,637
  • Product dimensions: 5.44 (w) x 8.52 (h) x 0.33 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 5
1 Basic Training for Wrestling: The Essentials 9
2 Factors that Determine Strength Potential 13
3 How Many Sets? 21
4 Post-Fatigue Repetitions 26
5 Five Steps for Productive Reps 29
6 Order of Exercise 35
7 The Importance of Recovery 40
8 Documenting Your Performance in the Weight Room 45
9 Improving Power for Wrestling 49
10 Back with a Vengeance 55
11 A Grip Tip 62
12 Which are Better: Free Weights or Machines? 65
13 Dumbbell Training 72
14 Wrestling Camp 2002 Q&A 77
15 Perspectives on Periodization and Plyometrics 84
16 Caloric Contributions and Needs 91
17 Pre- and Post-Activity Foods/Fuels 95
18 Nutritional Q&A 99
19 Fad Diets: Atkins and Zone 105
20 Five Facts about Fat 111
21 Strength and Fitness on the Web 116
Bibliography 121
Biography 123
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