Dumbbell Training for Strength and Fitness

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Dumbbell Training for Strength and Fitness is not your conventional how-to book. With an emphasis on safety, this book thoroughly covers all aspects of proper strength training while simultaneously debunking certain myths and misconceptions. Photos and illustrations throughout accompany descriptions of how to perform nearly 50 exercises with dumbbells in a safe and effective manner. Unique to this type of book is the inclusion of more than three dozen dumbbell workouts that have been submitted by more than 20 ...
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Overview

Dumbbell Training for Strength and Fitness is not your conventional how-to book. With an emphasis on safety, this book thoroughly covers all aspects of proper strength training while simultaneously debunking certain myths and misconceptions. Photos and illustrations throughout accompany descriptions of how to perform nearly 50 exercises with dumbbells in a safe and effective manner. Unique to this type of book is the inclusion of more than three dozen dumbbell workouts that have been submitted by more than 20 strength and fitness professionals from across the country including Jeff Friday (Baltimore Ravens), Ken Mannie (Michigan State University) and strength coach Dr. Ken Leistner. In addition, this book takes an in-depth look at training that offers individuals, beginner to advanced, the opportunity to maximize their workouts in a safe, effective and efficient manner.
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Fitness Magazine
...the best part of this book is the exercise section, because there is probably at least one exercise per body section that you have not thought of or used in this variation. Each exercise entry describes the muscle group(s), suggested repetitions, technique and training tips, which also include contraindications and when to choose an alternative exercise. Even if you know all of the exercises, the routines are good for client progressions.
—Neil Wolkodoff, PH.D.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780976336136
  • Publisher: Blue River Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2006
  • Pages: 174
  • Sales rank: 238,635
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Matt Brzycki is the Assistant Director of Campus Recreation, Fitness at Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey. He has authored more than 360 articles/columns on strength and fitness that have appeared in 41 different publications including The Journal of Physical Education & Recreation, Texas Coach and Wrestling USA. Matt served on the New Jersey Council on Physical Fitness and Sports as well as the New Jersey Obesity Prevention Task Force, and has appeared as a guest on radio.

Fred Fornicola has authored more than 150 articles on strength and fitness and has been featured in numerous publications including Coach and Athletic Director, Hard Gainer and Master Trainer. Fred also maintains regular columns on nutrition and training for several Internet websites and contributed a chapter to the book Get Fit New Jersey! Fred is the President of Premiere Personal Fitness premierepersonalfitness.com in Asbury Park, New Jersey.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2006

    The Illustrations and Photos Make this Book a Snap to Use

    Whether you have 5 minutes or 30 minutes for your workout, you can grab this book and find the right set of exercises quickly. As someone who has a jam-packed week, I look for workout resources that I can access immediately. Although videos seem to be grabbing the market in terms of exercise tools, this book is designed in a way that allows you to find what you want and move back and forth between exercises easily. As other reviewers said, this book is good for individuals at all levels from beginners to the hardcore tainee. At the price, it makes a great gift for your fitness instructors and those in your life who never seem to have the time to workout.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2006

    A Real Winner!!!

    Dumbbell Training for Strength and Fitness by Matt Brzycki and Fred Fornicola is a WINNER! I found it very informative and cheerfully upbeat, and would recommend it without any reservations. Starting with a brief history of dumbbells, this book is a comprehensive guide to exercise without a lot of equipment. (Perfect for apartment-dwellers.) Smoothness and safety are stressed throughout. Cautions are given for people with back, elbow, and shoulder problems. Rep speed and a practical number of reps are clearly explained. It contains several 'now why didn't I think of that?' ideas. (For me at least.) Each of the four dozen exercises is well explained and illustrated with a pair of photographs. There are over three dozen sample workouts written by nearly as many guest authors. It ends with a how-to section about 'Finishers' and has samples for including them in exercise routines. There's just too much good stuff to include it all here. With the writing of this book, the authors have made a useful contribution to our knowledge of healthful exercise.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2006

    Finally!

    Finally a no-nonsense treatment of dumbbell training for those of us who don't want to spend thousands of dollars outfitting our home gyms! This one does not read like a midnight infomercial and contains some very usable workout ideas. The best part is that it includes suggestions from several strength coaches so you can try on a few for size. Thanks guys!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2006

    A Must Read

    I was highly impressed by the thorough yet simple presentation of 'Dumbbell Training.' As a fitness professional, I received many new ideas that I have implemented with many of my clients, as well as my own workouts. This will quickly become your favorite quick-reference resource for dumbbells. The routines provided by various pros in the field, were an added bonus. I have tried a few and they really are top notch. I recommend this to anyone, especially people wanting ideas for in-home training.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2006

    Excellent Resource and Learning Tool

    This book is an excellent resource for anyone whether you are a beginner or an experienced strength trainer. I like the explanations of how and why we should work out in a desired manner as well as the many workouts that are published in the book. The exercises listed in the book can also be performed with machines and other free weight exercises. I find myself using some of the workouts on both me and my clients.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2006

    Good stuff

    Considering that most things in health and fitness are inceasingly promoted around the lastest hot idea this is a pretty refreshing change. The book does not contain the latest earth shattering concept but rather gives an excellent overview of one that's been around for years. That is how to make the best use of dumbells and it does exactly what it says on the tin. The book begins with a good overview of how to use dumbells and their benefits. There is then an excellent breakdown of the indvidual exercises and how to perform them followed by an extensive section on how to put it all together. I would say this is a must have for anybody who either trains at home or is thinking of setting up a home gym. It would also be worth getting a hold of if you train in a big commercial gym just to remind yourself of an often neglected tool you could be using.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2006

    Dumbbell Training gets an 'Extreme Makeover'

    'Dumbbell Training for Strength and Fitness' by Matt Brzycki and Fred Fornicola is not only a great how-to book for beginning weight trainers, it is also a great resource for advanced trainees and coaches. Focusing on the exclusive use of the dumbbell, this book covers every aspect of its use and gives exercises for every part of the body. This is a no-nonsense manual, with an emphasis on using the dumbbell safely and in the most result producing manner possible. As a coach, my favorite part of the book are the 40+ different workouts listed from prominent strength coaches and trainers from across the country. The authors have brought some excitement back to the use of the good ole' dumbbell. If you use dumbbells in your fitness program, you need to have this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2006

    Worth the read

    great book! The authors make their points in a clear and concise manner that is easy to understand. I especially enjoyed the workout section(s). If you buy this book, give the 'one dumbbell workout' a try.

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