VOYABrzycki 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.