- Hardcover: 520 pages
- Publisher: Human Kinetics, Inc.; 4 edition (15 March 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0736081704
- ISBN-13: 978-0736081702
- Product Dimensions: 22.2 x 2.5 x 28.6 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 1.7 Kg
- Customer Reviews: 15 customer ratings
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Designing Resistance Training Programs 4ed Hardcover – 15 March 2014
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Steven J. Fleck, PhD, is an associate professor in health, exercise science, and sport management at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. He earned a PhD in exercise physiology from Ohio State University in 1978. He has headed the physical conditioning program of the U.S. Olympic Committee; served as strength coach for the German Volleyball Association; and coached high school track, basketball, and football. Fleck is a former vice president of basic and applied research and the current president of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). He is a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the NSCA. He was honored in 1991 as the NSCA Sport Scientist of the Year and received that organization's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005.
William J. Kraemer, PhD, is a professor in the department of kinesiology in the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut. He holds joint appointments as a professor in the department of physiology and neurobiology and as a professor of medicine at the UConn Health School of Medicine Center on Aging.
He earned a PhD in physiology from the University of Wyoming in 1984. Kraemer held the John and Janice Fisher Endowed Chair in Exercise Physiology and was director of the Human Performance Laboratory and a professor at Ball State University from 1998 until June of 2001. He also was a professor at the Indiana School of Medicine. At Pennsylvania State University, 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. He is a fellow of the ACSM and past president of the NSCA. Kraemer has been honored by the NSCA with both their Outstanding Sport Scientist Award and Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2006, the NSCA's Outstanding Sport Scientist Award was named in his honor. He is editor in chief of the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research.
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It goes in depth and often uses what could be best described as "heavy technical terms". So you can't be one those individuals that gets bored easily.
Myself, I've red the whole thing: Absolutely wonderful, most relevant and useful information - and plenty of it.
Just buy it. You won't regret it: It is a very useful reference to have.
The LOOK INSIDE Amazon feature gives a good flavor of the content.
What Fleck and Kraemer do, and do very well I think, is to examine many of the training articles that appear in journals related to training. In particular they look at studies that pertain to various modalities and training variables. Often they perform meta-analyses that try to combine data from different studies that look at a single training factor such as the number of sets of an exercise to perform for maximum training effect. When they do this they will often present the data in a table where one can easily compare results from each study and compare (or contrast) the results from one study to another.
What you will not find in this book are exercise descriptions, an assortment of sample routines for various sports, etc. In other words the authors assume you have a job that requires you to design resistance training programs and you already know your way around a gym, how to use the equipment, and how to perform the exercises. Most of the studies they examine involve acute training variables such as time between sets or techniques such as forced repetitions, functional isometrics, eccentric training and periodization both classic and nonlinear.
If you are working in the field or if you just like resistance training and learning as much as you can about it, then you will probably love this book.
If you're just starting out and want to get enough knowledge so that you won't feel totally uncomfortable in a weight training facility, then there are better choices.
One thing that Fleck and Kraemer neglect to tell you is that, over time, heavy training can play havoc with your body, Dr. Oz mentions this in his book YOU: AN OWNER'S MANUAL. As evidence of this are Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger who were in the hospital at the same day getting their shoulders operated on. Even worse, Frank Zane, a two-time Mr. Olympia winner, has had total shoulder replacement.
An orthopedic surgeon who was studying cartilage and aging told me that as people get older their bodies lose the ability to manufacture enough of a protein that is required to maintain cartilage. It would be interesting to find out if this holds true for members of the CALORIE RESTRICTION SOCIETY since calorie restriction studies of animals show less osteoarthritis. Their chapter on training the elderly seems too brief for my tastes. By age 75 most Americans have arthritis somewhere. Combining information from this text which has a lot of information about isometric exercise (one of my favorite ways of training now that I am older and have more sense and less cartilage) and the American Council on Exercises PERSONAL TRAINER MANUAL which says that two forms of exercise tolerated best by people with arthritis are swimming and isometrics I am trying to optimize my training which has many isometric versions of exercises.
Also, and it is not Fleck and Kraemer's fault, their is no mention of trying to combine nonlinear periodization with SuperSlow(TM) training. I tried this and had great success with it. SuperSlow usually advocates single sets of three to six repetitions. To add a periodization component I would depart from this protocol and do three sets of one very slow repetition, but with heavier weights -- about 80% to 90% of 1RM (one repetition maximum). Fleck and Kraemer, if you're reading this, see if someone would like to do their own study. SuperSlow has its detractors, but for safety and training longevity I think it has a lot of merit.