Science and Practice of Strength Training

Science and Practice of Strength Training

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A reference for strength and conditioning specialists and researchers and exercise physiologists. Also a course text for graduate-level students in strength and conditioning courses and exercise physiology courses.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 264 pages
  • 216 x 279 x 22.35mm | 953g
  • Human Kinetics
  • Champaign, IL, United States
  • English
  • 2nd edition
  • 197 black & white illustrations, 32 black & white halftones
  • 0736056289
  • 9780736056281
  • 74,070

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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"It's now in its second edition and it's a great book. Here's why. The authors have combined Eastern European and North American resistance training practices to present a truly global perspective on current theories on how athletes should train. Compared to the first edition, this edition is much more practical."
Bigger Faster Stronger
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About Vladimir M. Zatsiorsky

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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