There is a difference between Exercise and Training. Exercise is physical activity for its own sake, a workout done for the effect it produces today, during the workout or right after you're through. Training is physical activity done with a longer-term goal in mind, the constituent workouts of which are specifically designed to produce that goal. Training is how athletes prepare to win, and how all motivated people approach physical preparation.
Practical Programming for Strength Training 3rd Edition addresses the topic of Training. It details the mechanics of the process, from the basic physiology of adaptation to the specific programs that apply these principles to novice, intermediate, and advanced lifters.
--Each chapter completely updated
--New illustrations and graphics
--Better explanations of the proven programs that have been helping hundreds of thousands of lifters get stronger more efficiently
--Expanded Novice chapter with the details of 3 different approaches to the problem of getting stuck and special approaches for the underweight and overweight trainee
--Expanded Intermediate chapter with 18 separate programs and 11 detailed examples
--Expanded Advanced chapter with detailed examples of 9 different programs
--Expanded Special Populations chapter with example programs for women and masters lifters training through their 50s, 60s, 70s, and 80s
--Day-to-day, workout-to-workout, week-by-week detailed programs for every level of training advancement
--The most comprehensive book on the theory and practice of programming for strength training in print
Printed in a new larger format for better display of the programs, PPST3 will be an important addition to your training library.
About the Author
Mark Rippetoe is the author of Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training, Practical Programming for Strength Training, Strong Enough?, Mean Ol Mr. Gravity, and numerous journal, magazine and internet articles. He has worked in the fitness industry since 1978, and has been the owner of the Wichita Falls Athletic Club since 1984. He was in the first group certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association as a CSCS in 1985, and the first to formally relinquish that credential in 2009. Rip was a competitive powerlifter for ten years, and has coached many lifters and athletes, and many thousands of people interested in improving their strength and performance. He conducts seminars on this method of barbell training around the country.
Andy Baker is the owner of Kingwood Strength and Conditioning in Kingwood, Texas. He has a degree in Sport and Health Science from American Military University. Andy attended Texas A&M University before joining the Marine Corps in 2003. He saw two combat deployments in Iraq before finishing his degree in 2007. Shortly afterward he opened KSC, a private training facility near Houston that offers barbell training to competitive athletes and the general public, as well as program consultation for competitive lifters. Andy is a competitive powerlifter. He lives in Kingwood with his wife Laura and two kids, and spends the tiny amount of spare time he has fishing and hunting.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful.
Highly Recommended for a Solid Understanding of How to Conduct Strength Training and Why
I really enjoyed Practical Programming for Strength Training because it answers many of questions I was left with after reading Rippetoe's Starting Strength book. It has been useful for me as someone who trains, someone who advises his wife on how to train, and someone who demands to know the reasons behind the programs laid out by Rippetoe.
The Starting Strength book focuses primarily on the major lifts - how to do them, and why they are done that way. It does a very good job of this and is an invaluable tool for trainees and coaches alike. The end of the book lays out the basic Starting Strength novice program, which is working impressively well for both my wife and me at this time. Staring Strength is an excellent book for what it purports to be: a guide to "starting" strength training. However, the layout of the Novice program laid out is very basic, and it does not answer a lot of the questions that a serious trainee will inevitably start asking: what if I advance beyond the novice stage? What do I do if I'm returning to training after being ill for a few weeks? What if I have an injury? What if someone does not fall within the 18 to 35 age range? Etc. And of course, there is always the burning question of "Why is the program set up as it is?" and the follow-up "What constitutes good programming and why?"
Practical Programming for Strength Training answers these and other questions in a very clear, thorough, and well-ordered fashion. It gives the reader a well-rounded understanding of the physiological mechanisms behind strength adaptation, upon which it lays out and justifies the novice, intermediate, and advanced programs. It goes into detail about various circumstances trainees may encounter during their progress towards getting stronger.
All-in-all it is a very thorough, easy-to-understand, and well-argued book which provides the serious trainee or coach with a solid foundation in knowledge about programming for strength training.
Unless you have considerable competence with barbell training, I would recommend starting with the Starting Strength book before moving on to
Practical Programming for Strength Training.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful.
The program described in this book is excellent. It avoids the trap of prescriptive "Do this ...
The program described in this book is excellent. It avoids the trap of prescriptive "Do this and this and this and this....Profit!" instead choosing to describe a "Do this because....Do this because....Do this because..." Enough of the "because" information is provided to help you design and troubleshoot your own training program (having a coach is still an excellent idea). While it may be tempting to just jump to the program description, read all the chapters leading up to the description of the Novice Program. Don't skip those introductory chapters as they describe *why* training works and the ways to screw up training. They will tell you why you are doing what you're doing.
This book is complete in itself but for an individual to start a lifting program will require "Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training". This second book describes how to do the lifts.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
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This Is The Real Deal
This and Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training are the best money I've ever spent on anything related to lifting. I own a Rogue squat rack, safety arms, an olympic bar with exceptional spin and knurling, more bumper plates than I need, belts, squat shoes, and tons more and this is still the best money I've spent on this discipline. If you want to gain the knowledge that you need so that you can successfully, safely, efficiently, and STRONGLY apply yourself to strength training, then this is a superior tool. You will get strong quickly and safely if you follow and apply yourself to these programs. You'll learn how to create a novice linear program well suited to your body and your abilities. Then once you have a good strength base you will learn how to apply that to various periodized intermediate programs, whether you want to be a bodybuilder, a powerlifter, a strongman, an Olympic weightlifter, a football player, a rockclimber, or even if you want to be a stay at home parent then this book will help you be the best athlete that you can be. Once you've put years into a specialization, gains will slow and you will have to tweek the smallest of details to push yourself as close to your genetic potential as possible, and this book can even help you do that in the Advanced Trainee chapter. It details advanced programs just as well as the rest of the book does earlier programs. I recommend fully. If you can only buy one book on the subject then make it this one, if two, then get Starting Strength as well because it details how to safely execute many of the movements you will use during training. I've read some other books that are good, but I won't bash them in comparison here. This is the real deal.