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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Terry L Grindstaff, DPT, ATC, SCS, CSCS (University of Virginia Health System)
Description: This second edition of an introduction to exercise technique for 57 resistance training exercises also includes two DVDs that provide audiovisual demonstrations of each exercise. The book was first published in 1997.
Purpose: This is intended to provide an introduction to resistance training exercise technique. It also serves as a study guide for portions of the NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist or Certified Personal Trainer examinations.
Audience: The book is specifically written as a study guide for NSCA examinations, but would also serve as an excellent resource for physical therapists, athletic trainers, or other individuals interested in exercise technique. The materials presented have been written and reviewed by respected professionals in the field of strength and conditioning.
Features: Three sections covering the total body, lower body, and upper body make up the book. Sections involving the lower and upper body are further subdivided into sections for multijoint and single joint exercises. Each section has a table listing all exercises presented in the section. Information includes specific exercise name, description of action, predominant muscles involved, and reference to the DVD (1 or 2) where video of each exercise can be found. Each exercise is broken down into components with a checklist that specifically describes body position and joint movement during each component. Relevant safety and spotting suggestions are also made. Each exercise uses a sequence of black-and-white photographs to further clarify written concepts.
Assessment: Fitness professionals will appreciate this comprehensive overview of resistance training technique. It is a well written exercise manual with components that are very similar to chapters in Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning 3rd edition, Baechle and Earle (Human Kinetics, 2008).