Strength Training Past 50

Strength Training Past 50

Book rating: 03 Paperback Ageless Athlete Series

By (author) Wayne L. Westcott, By (author) Thomas R. Baechle

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  • Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
  • Format: Paperback | 264 pages
  • Dimensions: 175mm x 254mm x 20mm | 567g
  • Publication date: 21 May 2007
  • Publication City/Country: Champaign
  • ISBN 10: 073606771X
  • ISBN 13: 9780736067713
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: 8 black & white illustrations, 147 black & white halftones
  • Sales rank: 266,645

Product description

Increase your strength to improve your health, your appearance, and your performance - with "Strength Training Past 50"! Strength training has numerous advantages for the active adult, including enhanced athletic performance and reduced risk of disease, including decreased symptoms of arthritis, diabetes, and osteoporosis. "Strength Training Past 50" has everything you need to start enjoying these benefits or to jump-start your current routine including 63 exercises for both free weights and machines, 14 workout plans for increasing size, endurance, and strength. Also included are sport-specific programs for running, cycling, swimming, skiing, tennis, and golf and eating plans for increased strength gains. "Strength Training Past 50" will keep you active, healthy, and looking great with workouts and programs designed just for you!

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Author information

Wayne Westcott is fitness research director at South Shore YMCA in Massachusetts and has served as a strength training consultant for numerous organisations, including the US National Sports Performance Association, the International Association of Fitness Professionals (IDEA), the American Council on Exercise and the YMCA of the USA. Thomas Baechle is co-founder, past president and former education director of the NSCA and is presently the executive director of the NSCA Certification Commission, the certifying body for the US National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Dr. Baechle is also chair of the department of Exercise Science at Creighton University.

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By a Book Depository customer 10 Dec 2008 3

"Reviewing this book is somewhat difficult. It contains lots of useful information. The sections about programs and when, how much and how to train are very good.
However, I was left wondering what was specific to training past 50? There are a couple of mentions of how strength declines after 50, without some compensation through training. There is also a brief mention about the need for more protein for ageing strength trainers. But, this content is very limited and there is no mention at all of how or why strength training should be different for those past 50.
So, while the content is good, it seemed to me it could probably be obtained from any other good strength training manual that might even provide a wider range of exercises.
Thus I rate it only a 3 because, while there is nothing specifically wrong with the content, I felt it had nothing extra really to offer those over 50."

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""Wayne Westcott's and Thomas Baechle's advice is cutting edge, medically sound, and is the key to staying active and feeling healthy long after you've turned 50. It is just what this doctor ordered,"" Nicholas A. DiNubile, MD- Orthopaedic Consultant to the Philadelphia 76ers and Pennsylvania Ballet- Author of "FrameWork" and Executive Producer and star of PBS special, Your Body's FrameWork "Dr. Wayne Westcott has, once again, outdone himself, presenting in an easily understandable style the principles of safe and effective strength training for seniors. The importance of this aspect of fitness training for the older population cannot be overstated. Improving health, strength, and fitness while enhancing function and avoiding unnecessary injuries through strength training are particularly important in this age group. We once again applaud the latest effort by Dr. Westcott, one of the leading authorities on strength and fitness," Lyle J. Micheli, MDClinical Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Harvard Medical SchoolO'Donnell Family Professor of Orthopaedic Sports MedicineDirector, Division of Sports Medicine, Children's Hospital Boston

Table of contents

Chapter 1: Assessing Current Strength; Chapter 2: Selecting Exercise Equipment; Chapter 3: Proper Exercise Performance; Chapter 4: Practical Strength Training Principles; Chapter 5: Base Fitness Programs; Chapter 6: Experienced Training Programs; Chapter 7: Advanced Training Programs; Chapter 8: Sports Performance Programs; Chapter 9: Eating for Strength Gains.