Science and Practice of Strength Training - 2nd Edition

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Science and Practice of Strength Training - 2nd Edition By Vladimir Zatsiorsky and William Kraemer

© 2006
Book 264 pages
ISBN-13: 9780736056281

Product Description

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.


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



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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