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This new second edition of Science and Practice of Strength Training comes with many additions and changes. A new coauthor, Dr. William Kraemer, joins Dr. Vladimir Zatsiorsky in expanding on the principles and concepts needed for training athletes. Among Dr. Kraemer's contributions are three new chapters targeting specific populations—women, young athletes, and seniors—plus the integration of new concepts into the other chapters.

Together the authors have trained more than 1,000 elite athletes, including Olympic, world, continental, and national champions and record holders. The concepts they divulge are influenced by both Eastern European and North American perspectives. The authors integrate those concepts in solid principles, practical insights, coaching experiences, and directions based on scientific findings. This edition is much more practical than its predecessor; to this end, the book provides the practitioner with the understanding to craft strength training programs based on individuals' needs.

Science and Practice of Strength Training, Second Edition, shows that there is no one program that works for any one person at all times or for all conditions. This book addresses the complexity of strength training programs while providing straightforward approaches to take under specific circumstances. Those approaches are applied to new physiological concepts and training practices, which provide readers with the most current information in the science and practice of strength training. The approaches are also applied to the three new chapters, which will help readers design safe and effective strength training programs for women, young athletes, and seniors. In addition, the authors provide examples of strength training programs to demonstrate the principles and concepts they explain in the book.

The book is divided into three parts. Part I focuses on the basis of strength training, detailing concepts, task-specific strength, and athlete-specific strength. Part II covers methods of strength conditioning, delving into training intensity, timing, strength exercises, injury prevention, and goals. Part III explores training for specific populations. The book also includes suggested readings that can further aid readers in developing strength training programs.

This expanded and updated coverage of strength training concepts will ground readers in the understanding they need in order to develop appropriate strength training programs for each person that they work with.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Terry L Grindstaff, DPT, ATC, SCS, CSCS (University of Virginia Health System)
Description: This is the second edition of an introduction to the principles and concepts of strength training. The book is easy to read and uses metaphors and practical examples to further clarify concepts. It was first published in 1995.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide readers with a basic understanding of strength and conditioning and the knowledge and rationale to apply these concepts to create strength training programs for a variety of individuals.
Audience: Coaches, students, and athletes with minimal knowledge of strength and conditioning will find this book useful. Both authors are well respected internationally across the entire field of strength and conditioning including researchers, practitioners, and students. They bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the book.
Features: The book is divided into three parts. Part I, Basis of Strength and Conditioning, and Part II, Methods of Strength and Conditioning, cover associated physiology and program design (frequency, intensity, duration) information. The highlight is the excellent overview of periodization and program design. The injury prevention chapter is mainly dedicated to the lumbar spine. It discusses specific exercise technique with rationale relating to biomechanics, but lacks additional information regarding other musculoskeletal injuries. Part III covers program design for female, youth, and elderly athletes. Each section lists specific national guidelines (NSCA or ACSM), provides an excellent overview of physiological attributes unique to each population, and dispels common myths associated with exercise and resistance training. The section regarding women could have used additional information regarding pregnancy and exercise using established guidelines.
Assessment: This is a good quality introductory text that provides practical information for individuals with minimal strength and conditioning knowledge. The addition of updated material and information regarding female, young, and elderly athletes is useful. The book does have a few shortcomings, with some overlapping information in the chapters, minimal descriptions or pictures of exercise technique, and the lack of a comprehensive overview of strength training when compared to the quality of Baechle and Earle's Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning, 2nd edition (Human Kinetics, 2000).
Pietro Tonino
This is a monograph on the concepts of strength training based on Eastern European experience. This book is designed to address strength training concepts and injury prevention. The book meets these objectives. The intended audience is coaches and scientists who deal with strength training and it is written at an appropriate level. The author is very well respected. This monograph is well illustrated and presents the subject matter in a clear, concise manner. The references are up-to-date and the index is easy to use. This book details the personal experience and preferences of the author, who is a well-known authority in the field of strength training. This is an excellent addition to this field that, in general, lacks books that deal with the concepts of strength training in a scientific manner.
Zatsiorsky, a former strength and conditioning consultant for the Soviet Union Olympic teams, examines strength from a biomechanical and physiological perspective, and shows strength and conditioning professionals and coaches how to use basic scientific principles to improve muscular strength in athletes. He covers exercise selection, injury prevention, goal setting, and alternative exercises for strength enhancement. Contains a glossary and b&w photos and diagrams. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736056281
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/2/2006
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 448,139
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Vladimir Zatsiorsky, PhD, is a professor of kinesiology at Penn State University in State College, Pennsylvania. A strength and conditioning consultant for Olympic teams from the former Soviet Union for 26 years, Zatsiorsky has trained hundreds of world-class athletes. He has also authored or coauthored 15 books and more than 350 scientific papers. His books have been published in several languages, including English, Russian, German, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese, Italian, Polish, Czech, Rumanian, Serbo-Croatian, Hungarian, Bulgarian. He has received honorary doctoral degrees from universities in Poland and Russia and is an honorary member of the International Association of Sport Kinetics. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, listening to classical music, and exercising.

William Kraemer, PhD, is a professor in the department of kinesiology at the University of Connecticut at Storrs, where he works in the Human Performance Laboratory. He also is a professor in the department of physiology and neurobiology and a professor of medicine at the University of Connecticut Health Center.

Kraemer held multiple appointments at Pennsylvania State University, where he was professor of applied physiology, director of research in the Center for Sports Medicine, associate director of the Center for Cell Research, and faculty member in the kinesiology department and the Noll Physiological Research Center.

Kraemer has served on the Sports Medicine Committee for the United States Weightlifting Federation and on the Sport Science and Technology Committee for the United States Olympic Committee. He received the Provost's Research Excellence Award from the University of Connecticut in 2005 and National Strength and Conditioning Association Lifetime Achievement Award for bringing science into the development of strength and conditioning programs.

He is editor in chief of the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, an associate editor of Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, and an editorial board member of the Journal of Applied Physiology. A former junior high and college coach, Kraemer has coauthored many books and articles on strength training for athletes.

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Table of Contents

Part I: Basis of Strength Conditioning
Chapter 1. Basic Concepts of Training Theory

-Adaptation As a Main Law of Training

-Generalized Theories of Training

-Training Effects

Chapter 2. Task-Specific Strength

-Elements of Strength

-Determining Factors: Comparison Across Tasks

Chapter 3. Athlete-Specific Strength

-Muscle Force Potential (Peripheral) Factors

-Neural (Central) Factors

-Taxonomy of Strength

Part II: Methods of Strength Conditioning
Chapter 4. Training Intensity

-Measurement Techniques

-Exercising With Different Resistance

-Training Intensity of Elite Athletes

-Optimal Training Intensities From Comparative Research

-Methods of Strength Training

Chapter 5. Timing in Strength Training

-Structural Units of Training

-Short-Term Planning

-Medium-Term Planning (Periodization)

Chapter 6. Strength Exercises


-Exercise Selection for Beginning Athletes

-Exercise Selection for Qualified Athletes

-Additional Types of Strength Exercises

-Experimental Methods of Strength Training

-Breathing During Strength Exercises

Chapter 7. Injury Prevention

-Training Rules to Avoid Injury

-Biomechanical Properties of Intervertebral Discs

-Mechanical Load Affecting the Intervertebral Discs

-Injury Prevention to the Lumbar Region

Chapter 8. Goal-Specific Strength Training

-Strength Performance

-Power Performance

-Muscle Mass

-Endurance Performance

-Injury Prevention

Part III: Training of Specific Populations
Chapter 9. Strength Training for Women

-The Female Athlete's Need for Strength Training

-Benefits and Myths of Strength Training for Women

-Trainable Characteristics of Muscle

-Physiological Contrasts Between Women and Men

-Strength Training Guidelines for Women Athletes

-Incidence of Injuries

-Menstrual Cycle and Strength Training

-The Female Athlete Triad

Chapter 10. Strength Training for Young Athlete

-Safety and Strength Training for Young Athletes

-When to Start

-Benefits of Strength Training for Young Athletes

-Myths of Strength Training for Children

-Strength Training Guidelines for Young Athletes

Chapter 11. Strength Training for Senior Athletes

-Age and Its Effects on Strength and Power

-Training for Strength Gains

-Training for Muscular Power

-Nutrition, Aging, and Exercise Challenges

-Recovery From Resistance Exercise

-Strength Training and Bone Health

-Strength Training Guidelines for Senior Athletes


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  • Posted December 27, 2009

    GREAT BOOK!!!!!

    This book is the most comprehensive book on strength I have ever read. I'm not anybody special but I have read a lot of books, and subscribed to a lot of magazine over my years to find the perfect strength training workout and this book has it all under one cover.

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