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Practical Programming for Strength Training

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Practical Programming for Strength Training

-3rd-edition The third edition of Practical Programming for Strength Training by Mark Rippetoe and Lon Kilgore is a comprehensive and detailed guide to developing individualized strength training programs. Divided into five distinct sections, the book covers the basics of proper training and provides step-by-step instructions on how to create individualized programs based on individual needs and goals. The first section of Practical Programming for Strength Training introduces the reader to the fundamentals of developing a safe and effective training program. Topics include the importance of basic workout principles, the development of a logical plan for strength progression, and the design of individual training sessions to meet the individual objectives. This section provides in-depth explanations on such topics as the difference between the traditional barbell exercises, free weight exercises, and machine-based exercises, and the importance of flexibility and recovery. The second section covers the methodology of creating a program. Topics include periodization and program design, functional anatomy, creating individualized weaknesses, and periodizing sets, reps, total volume, and intensity. This section's in-depth explanations make it a great resource for beginners as well as experienced athletes. The third section dives into the different types of exercises and how they can be used to create an effective program. This section provides a concise breakdown of each type of exercise with descriptions and step-by-step instructions on how to properly perform each one. The fourth section provides information on selecting appropriate weights, ensuring proper form, and preventing accidental overtraining. This section also includes an introduction to powerlifting, Olympic lifting, and other competitive sport categories. The final section covers topics such as injury prevention, nutrition and supplementation, and tips for competing in strength sports. It also provides detailed information on the different organizations and competitions associated with strength sports, as well as advice for new athletes on how to safely participate in events. Written by two experts in the sport of strength training, Practical Programming for Strength Training, Third Edition, provides an in-depth look at all aspects of strength training. With step-by-step instructions, detailed descriptions, and helpful illustrations, this book is an invaluable resource for anyone looking to improve their training program, whether they are a beginner or an experienced athlete.


Pros & Cons


• Comprehensive overview of strength training

• Valuable for personal trainers and fitness enthusiasts

• Access to detailed instruction and workout plans

• Includes reviews of books and other resources

• Cover topics such as anatomy, nutrition, and injury prevention

• Written by experienced and knowledgeable authors


• Not recommended for people without any prior knowledge of strength training

• Some topics may be too in-depth or difficult for a beginner

• Not a good choice for those who are looking for a quick introduction

• Some reviewers have reported quality control issues

• Price is on the higher end of the spectrum

Who Should Buy

Reasons to Buy:

- Learn from two of the most respected strength coaches in the world

- Comprehensive overview of program design for strength training

- Detailed instructions on how to design programs for athletes of various skill levels

- Provides an in-depth look at the science and application of strength and conditioning

Reasons Not to Buy:

- Already have a strong knowledge base on strength and conditioning

- Not interested in developing strength training programs

- Not looking for a comprehensive overview of program design


• Provides comprehensive strength training program for all disciplines of weight lifting

• Includes programming for athletes of all ages and abilities

• Includes both periodized and daily planned strength training

• Integrates Olympic weightlifting, plyometrics, powerlifting and strongman exercises

• Utilizes evidence-based frameworks and periodized strength training principles

• Includes complete exercise databases for each movement

• Offers dozens of adjustable templates tailor-made for individual athletes

• Automates tracking and logging of workout details

• Automates communication to athlete, coaches and trainers

• Offers mobile and desktop compatibility and data-sync across multiple devices

• Integrates with social media and systems for sharing results

• Includes metrics for advanced statistical analysis

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