Science and Practice of Strength Training - 2nd Edition
By Vladimir M. Zatsiorsky & William J. Kraemer
$54.00 (Available thru Human Kinetics)
REVIEW by Coach Newton
When the first edition of Science and Practice of Strength Training appeared in 1995, strength coaches quickly grabbed this text and searched for “secrets” from the former Soviet Union. Clearly stated by Zatsiorsky then, and co-author Bill Kraemer now, this text is an extremely valuable addition to any serious reader’s library, but it is not a cookbook. Readers need to carefully examine and determine for themselves what will work best.
The second edition of Science and Practice of Strength Training has been carefully updated to reflect current research. In addition, new chapters have been added for “special population” considerations. These include training advice for women, children, and senior participants.
The writing style and layout make for an easy-to-read, quickly highlighted text that most readers will enjoy. There is good use of graphics and illustrations. Zatsiorsky again makes good use of data from his days in the USSR, including such gems as the repetition scheme used by World and Olympic Champion Alexeev in performing back extensions. It should come as no surprise to strength professionals that the majority of the reps used in the 130 sets performed during his training for the 1980 Olympic Games were in the five and six range, although the full range included reps from two to 12.
Again, only for the reader seeking answers to common questions like “What exercises, how many reps and sets, with what weight?” will there be disappointment. The book is filled with great basic and advanced training ideas. It is a university text, but it is an easy read. This second edition of Science and Practice of Strength Training is highly recommended by Newton Sports as a positive addition to any professional library.
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