Book Review: Science and Practice of Strength Training
You’d think that making presentations is about teaching others, but for me it is as much an exercise in improving my own knowledge. I get to meet new people, hear new ideas, and, most importantly, the act of presenting helps me understand what I know and what I don’t know. This final point inevitably leads me to pick up more books to fill my knowledge gaps. In preparing for presentations this fall, one of my weaknesses related to the basic science of strength training. Therefore I decided to recently reread a classic in this area: Science and Practice of Strength Training, Second Edition by Vladimir M. Zatsiorsky and William J. Kraemer.
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I’m a high school discus coach. If I was to buy one book about how to set up and run practices and training to peak for certain meets, what one would you suggest?
Zatsiorsky’s book is great at letting you know the basics behind all that. The science that makes a good training plan good, etc. But it doesn’t spell out a plan. Vern Gambetta’s book would probably fit this area well though. I also wrote about it a few years ago on the site: http://www.hmmrmedia.com/2012/09/book-review-athletic-development-by-vern-gambetta/