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Strength Training-2nd Edition

Strength Training-2nd Edition


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    In an age when information is everywhere, the challenge is finding safe, effective, and evidence-based science. Cue the National Strength and Conditioning Association, the world’s leading organization in strength and conditioning. The first release of Strength Training redefined exercise instruction with no-nonsense, straightforward science. Now the new second edition raises that bar even further.

    Written by a team of experts chosen by the NSCA, Strength Training combines the most valuable information with best instruction for proven results:
    • Assessing strength to personalize programs
    • Incorporating new exercises and equipment for increased intensity
    • Increasing muscle mass as well as strength, power, and muscular endurance
    • Preventing injuries
    • Improving performance
    Serving more than 30,000 members from the sport science, athletic, allied health, and fitness industries, the NSCA is the authoritative source on strength training. Now the proven techniques developed by these renowned experts are available to you.

    Whether you’re launching a lifting program or fine-tuning a serious training regimen, Strength Training will fill any knowledge void and correct the misconceptions to ensure proper technique, safety, and progressions. Multiple program options for specific machines, free weights, body weight, and other types of apparatus provide the flexibility to tailor your training to personal preferences or needs. It’s the authoritative guide from the world’s authority on strength training.

    Table of Contents


    Part I: The Origin of Strength
    Chapter 1. Muscle Anatomy 101
    Chapter 2. How Muscle Grows
    Chapter 3. Types of Muscle Training
    Chapter 4. Nutrition for Muscle Growth

    Part II: Resistance Training Guidelines
    Chapter 5. Strength Assessment
    Chapter 6. Types of Strength and Power Training
    Chapter 7. Workout Schedule and Rest
    Chapter 8. Safety, Soreness, and Injury

    Part III: Exercise Technique
    Chapter 9. Upper Body Exercises
    Chapter 10. Lower Body Exercises
    Chapter 11. Torso Exercises
    Chapter 12. Explosive Movements

    Part IV: Sample Programs
    Chapter 13. Beginner Programs
    Chapter 14. Intermediates Programs
    Chapter 15. Advanced Programs
    Chapter 16. Youth Programs
    Chapter 17. Senior Programs

    About the NSCA
    About the Editor
    About the Contributors

    About the Editor

    The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) is the world’s leading organization in the field of sport conditioning. Drawing on the resources and expertise of the most recognized professionals in strength training and conditioning, sport science, performance research, education, and sports medicine, the NSCA is the world’s trusted source of knowledge and training guidelines for coaches and athletes. The NSCA provides the crucial link between the lab and the field.


    "Strength Training is a valuable resource for anyone who wants to maximize their muscular fitness. Written by top experts in the field, it provides a thorough overview of the underlying science of resistance exercise as well as discussing practical approaches to achieve optimal results. Highly recommended!"

    Brad Schoenfeld, PhD, CSCS, CSPS, FNSCA-- Author of Science and Development of Muscle Hypertrophy and Strong & Sculpted

    “The second edition of the NSCA’s Strength Training provides excellent coverage of the science of developing strength, resistance training guidelines, exercise technique, and practical programming. It is a must have for all in the strength and conditioning industry and those who are serious about their training.

    G. Gregory Haff, Ph.D., C.S.C.S.*D, FNSCA-- Associate Professor, Master of Exercise Science (Strength and Conditioning)