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In this revised and expanded second edition of Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning, now with over 300 color photographs, leading exercise science professionals explore the scientific principles, concepts, and theories of strength training and conditioning as well as their practical applications to athletic performance.

Students, coaches, strength and conditioning specialists, personal trainers, athletic trainers, and other sport science professionals will find state-of-the-art, comprehensive information on structure and function of body systems, training adaptations, testing and evaluation,exercise techniques, program design (aerobic and anaerobic) and training facility organization and administration.

Edited by Thomas R. Baechle and Roger W. Earle, Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning, Second Edition, is an excellent text for students preparing for careers in strength training and conditioning. It is the most comprehensive reference available for strength and conditioning professionals and sports medicine specialists. For people preparing to take the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist examination, it is the primary preparation resource. Those preparing to take the NSCA Certified Personal Trainer examination will also find it to be a valuable resource. The NSCA Certification Commission, the certifying body of the National Strength and Conditioning Association, has developed this text.

Each of the book's 26 chapters provides an overview of an important aspect of strength and conditioning and includes chapter objectives, application boxes, key points, key terms, study questions, and questions requiring practical application of key concepts.

In Section 1 of Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning, Second Edition, experts in exercise physiology, biochemistry, anatomy, biomechanics, endocrinology, sports nutrition, and sport psychology discuss the principles of their respective areas of expertise and how they apply in designing safe, effective strength and conditioning programs.

Section 2 discusses the selection, administration, scoring, and the interpretation of testing results. Section 3 provides information regarding the correction and execution of stretching, warm-up, and resistance training exercises.

Section 4 applies information from the first three sections to the design of effective strength training and conditioning programs, both aerobic and anaerobic. The three parts of Section 4 address anaerobic exercise prescription, aerobic endurance exercise prescription, and periodization and rehabilitation. The anaerobic prescription section provides guidelines for resistance and plyometric training as well as for speed, agility, and speed endurance programs. Step-by-step guidelines are given for designing strength and conditioning programs, and application boxes illustrate how each variable applies to athletes with different training goals. A unique feature of this edition is the use of scenarios to illustrate how the guidelines presented for each of the program design variables are applied to attain the different training scores.

Section 5 addresses facility design, scheduling, policies and procedures, maintenance, and risk management concerns.

The book contains color illustrations.

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What People Are Saying

From the Publisher
“The second edition of “Essentials” is outstanding- a must read and reference for anyone in the field of strength and conditioning. No other text compares to this work.”

David Pearson, PhD, CSCS*D
Human Performance Lab, Ball State University
Board of Directors, National Strength and Conditioning Association

“The 'Essentials' text reflects the most comprehensive and up-to-date review of Strength and Conditioning information available to the public.”

Anthony A. Abbott, Ed.D., CSCS *D, NSCA-CPT, *D
President, Fitness Institute International
Former Commanding Officer, Apollo Recovery Team

“'Essential'—The title says it all! This new edition makes an already outstanding book even better. It compliments both the scientific and applied aspects of strength and conditioning and is a must for anyone working in the field, seeking NSCA certifications, or interested in pursuing the strength field as a career.”

Kent Adams, Ph.D.
Strength Physiologist, University of Louisville

“This book is... an absolutely necessary reference for all personal trainers, strength & conditioning coaches, educators, students, and athletes who are serious about knowing the nuts and bolts, and underlying principles, of strength training and conditioning!"

J. Henry Drought, CSCS *D, NSCA-CPT *D
Owner, Personal Trainers Strength & Conditioning Consulting
Board of Directors, National Strength & Conditioning Association

“This book will provide the necessary tools for the novice to build a strong foundation of knowledge on which to build. It is also the perfect reference text for those more experienced in the health and fitness profession.”

Jaynie B. Schram, MPH, MS, PT, SCS, ATC, CSCS *D
American Specialty Health, Manager Health Services
Executive Council member and chair for NSCA-CC, 1994-1999

“The first edition of Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning was touted as the first professional textbook to assist practitioners to develop strength and conditioning programs. Though there are fewer chapters with changes to some chapter titles, the Second Edition provides the reader with better defined chapter content covering more detailed information with current references (i.e. chapter name has greater emphasis on issues confronting the female athlete). The addition of a chapter overview and knowledge application section will assist the reader's understanding of the material presented. Among strength and conditioning textbooks, Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning continues to be the leader for this content area across many professional domains.”

Kathleen M. Laquale, Ph.D., LATC, LDN
Professor, Bridgewater State College

From the Publisher

“The second edition of “Essentials” is outstanding- a must read and reference for anyone in the field of strength and conditioning. No other text compares to this work.”

David Pearson, PhD, CSCS*D
Human Performance Lab, Ball State University
Board of Directors, National Strength and Conditioning Association

“The 'Essentials' text reflects the most comprehensive and up-to-date review of Strength and Conditioning information available to the public.”

Anthony A. Abbott, Ed.D., CSCS *D, NSCA-CPT, *D
President, Fitness Institute International
Former Commanding Officer, Apollo Recovery Team

“'Essential'—The title says it all! This new edition makes an already outstanding book even better. It compliments both the scientific and applied aspects of strength and conditioning and is a must for anyone working in the field, seeking NSCA certifications, or interested in pursuing the strength field as a career.”

Kent Adams, Ph.D.
Strength Physiologist, University of Louisville

“This book is... an absolutely necessary reference for all personal trainers, strength & conditioning coaches, educators, students, and athletes who are serious about knowing the nuts and bolts, and underlying principles, of strength training and conditioning!"

J. Henry Drought, CSCS *D, NSCA-CPT *D
Owner, Personal Trainers Strength & Conditioning Consulting
Board of Directors, National Strength & Conditioning Association

“This book will provide the necessary tools for the novice to build a strong foundation of knowledge on which to build. It is also the perfect reference text for those more experienced in the health and fitness profession.”

Jaynie B. Schram, MPH, MS, PT, SCS, ATC, CSCS *D
American Specialty Health, Manager Health Services
Executive Council member and chair for NSCA-CC, 1994-1999

“The first edition of Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning was touted as the first professional textbook to assist practitioners to develop strength and conditioning programs. Though there are fewer chapters with changes to some chapter titles, the Second Edition provides the reader with better defined chapter content covering more detailed information with current references (i.e. chapter name has greater emphasis on issues confronting the female athlete). The addition of a chapter overview and knowledge application section will assist the reader's understanding of the material presented. Among strength and conditioning textbooks, Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning continues to be the leader for this content area across many professional domains.”

Kathleen M. Laquale, Ph.D., LATC, LDN
Professor, Bridgewater State College

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736000895
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 658
  • Product dimensions: 8.76 (w) x 11.36 (h) x 1.53 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas R. Baechle, EdD, CSCS, *D; NSCA-CPT, *D is the executive director of the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists Agency, the certifying body for the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). He has been a state and regional director of the organization, was president from 1983 to 1985, and served as its director of education from 1985 to 1990. He is an associate editor for NSCA's two periodicals—the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research and Strength and Conditioning. In addition, he serves on NSCA's Tests and Measurements Committee, Research Committee, and Past President's Committee. Dr. Baechle has received various honors and awards from the NSCA, including the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Outstanding Strength and Conditioning Professional of the Year in 1985. He is also a professor and chair of the Department of Exercise Sciences at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska.

For 20 years Dr. Baechle competed successfully in weightlifting and powerlifting, setting various Midwest records. For more than 20 years he has been involved in the strength training and conditioning of college athletes. Dr. Baechle is certified as a Level I weightlifting coach by the United States Weightlifting Federation, as a Certified Personal Trainer and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist by the NSCA, and as an Exercise Test Technologist and Exercise Specialist by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). He has written numerous articles and is the author of several popular texts on strength training. He has held various offices at the state and regional level in the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance and is a member of NSCA, ACSM, National Association for Physical Education in Higher Education, and the National Organization for Competency Assurance.

Roger W. Earle, MA, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D, earned his master's degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in exercise science. In 2008, he became the Professional Education division director at Human Kinetics. Previously, Earle was the associate executive director for National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Certification, where he was responsible for developing the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and the NSCA-Certified Personal Trainer (NSCA-CPT) certification exams. He also previously served as the head strength and conditioning coach and a faculty member of the exercise science and athletic training department at Creighton University in Omaha.

Earle has over 25 years of experience as a personal fitness trainer for people of all age and fitness levels, and he frequently gives lectures at national and international conferences about designing personalized exercise and training programs. He coauthored the first and second editions of Fitness Weight Training and coedited both the NSCA's Essentials of Personal Training and the first and second editions of Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning.

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Table of Contents

Section 1. Concepts and Applications of the Exercise Sciences

Chapter 1. Muscle Physiology
Gary R. Hunter

Chapter 2. Neuromuscular Anatomy and Adaptations to Conditioning
Robert T. Harris and Gary A. Dudley

Chapter 3. The Biomechanics of Resistance Exercise
Everett Harman

Chapter 4. Bone, Muscle, and Connective Tissue Adaptations to Physical Activity
Brian P. Conroy and Roger W. Earle

Chapter 5. Bioenergetics of Exercise and Training
Michael S. Conley
Chapter 6. Endocrine Responses to Resistance Exercise
William J. Kraemer

Chapter 7. Cardiovascular and Respiratory Anatomy and Physiology: Responses to Exercise
Mark A. Williams
Chapter 8. Physiological Adaptations to Resistance and Aerobic Endurance Training Programs
William J. Kraemer

Chapter 9. Age- and Gender-Related Differences and Their Implications for Resistance Exercise
Avery Faigenbaum

Chapter 10. The Psychology of Athletic Preparation and Performance: The Mental Management of Physical Resources
Bradley D. Hatfield and Evan B. Brody

Chapter 11. Performance-Enhancing Substances: Effects, Risks, and Appropriate Alternatives
Karl E. Friedl

Chapter 12. Nutritional Factors in Health and Performance
Kristin Reimers and Jaime Ruud

Chapter 13. Eating Disorders and Obesity
Kristin Reimers

Section 2. Testing and Evaluation
Chapter 14. Principles of Test Selection and Administration
Everett Harman and Clay Pandorf

Chapter 15. Administration, Scoring, and Interpretation of Selected Tests
Everett Harman, John Garhammer, and Clay Pandorf

Section 3. Exercise Techniques
Chapter 16. Stretching and Warm-Up
Bill Holcomb

Chapter 17. Resistance Training and Spotting Techniques
Roger W. Earle and Thomas R. Baechle

Section 4. Program Design

Part I: Anaerobic Exercise Prescription

Chapter 18. Resistance Training
Thomas R. Baechle, Roger W. Earle and Dan Wathen

Chapter 19. Plyometric Training
David H. Potach and Don Chu

Chapter 20. Speed, Agility, and Speed-Endurance Development
Steven Plisk

Part II: Aerobic Endurance Exercise Prescription

Chapter 21. Aerobic Endurance Training
Jeff Potteiger

Part III: Applying Exercise Prescription Principles

Chapter 22. Training Variation: Periodization
Dan Wathen, Thomas R. Baechle, and Roger W. Earle

Chapter 23. Rehabilitation and Reconditioning
David H. Potach and Richard Borden

Section 5. Organization and Administration of the Strength Training and Conditioning Facility.

Chapter 24. Facility Layout and Scheduling
Mike Greenwood

Chapter 25. Developing a Policies and Procedures Manual
Boyd Epley

Chapter 26. Facility Maintenance and Risk Management
Mike Greenwood and Lori Greenwood

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