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    Required Reading for a Trainer?


    Just wondering which books any of you guys have read that you would recommend to someone who trains themselves/others.


    Just trying to find some new books to read up on for training methods/theories and the sciences behind training in general. I am also not opposed to just buying a solid textbook for physiology and further educating myself.

    Anything you guys have read personally, or have heard about I am interested in. I need something to read when we are just sitting around at work/home and figured why not make it something that will help me in life.


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    I have quite a collection; One I recommend is Essentials of Strength and Condititioning Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning - 3rd Edition: National Strength and Conditioning Association: 9780736058032: Amazon.com: Books

    Or Exercise Physiology 7th Ed. Exercise Physiology: Nutrition, Energy, and Human Performance by William D McArdle, Bs, M.Ed, PhD, Frank L Katch, Victor L Katch - New, Rare & Used Books Online at Alibris Marketplace : this one is some comprehensive but definitely fo people experienced with the terminology

    And Physiology of Sport and Exercise 5th Ed. Physiology of Sport and Exercise With Web Study Guide-5th Edition: W. Larry Kenney, Jack Wilmore, David Costill: 9780736094092: Amazon.com: Books

    These 3 are all textbooks but have provided the basework for all my studies. They are however quite pricey.

    I don't any 'reading' books; all mine are heavily science based.
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    Starting strength 2nd edition is great. 56 pages on the squat!

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    Re: Required Reading for a Trainer?


    Everything and anything

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    First, learn and become proficient in technique and analysis. This is not just what they're doing properly, but why it is happening whether it's a verbal cue, imbalance, misunderstanding, etc. After that, at least be able to understand some of the basic training periodization schemes such as Western aka linear, conjugate, block, and undulating.

    Template-based
    Lilly's Cube Method
    Westside Book of Methods (take with a grain of salt as it's aim is geared lifters)
    Wendler's Max Effort Method, 5/3/1 (all of them)
    Smith Juggernaut Method

    Theory-based
    Supertraining by Siff
    Anything by Bompa, Zatsiorsky, Verkoshansky, and Issurin
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jiigzz View Post
    I have quite a collection; One I recommend is Essentials of Strength and Condititioning Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning - 3rd Edition: National Strength and Conditioning Association: 9780736058032: Amazon.com: Books

    Or Exercise Physiology 7th Ed. Exercise Physiology: Nutrition, Energy, and Human Performance by William D McArdle, Bs, M.Ed, PhD, Frank L Katch, Victor L Katch - New, Rare & Used Books Online at Alibris Marketplace : this one is some comprehensive but definitely fo people experienced with the terminology

    And Physiology of Sport and Exercise 5th Ed. Physiology of Sport and Exercise With Web Study Guide-5th Edition: W. Larry Kenney, Jack Wilmore, David Costill: 9780736094092: Amazon.com: Books

    These 3 are all textbooks but have provided the basework for all my studies. They are however quite pricey.

    I don't any 'reading' books; all mine are heavily science based.
    I had a feeling you would be in here lol.

    Thanks for the links, will check them out when I get home.

    I wonder what pricey is to you lol, I'm cheap as hell.
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    lol any you prefer over others?




    Also, it would be worth noting that my particular interest is performance/S+C (I want to work with athletes) but obviously I am completely open to studying the different methods for other aspects of fitness as well. (BBing, PLing, Strongman, etc.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rodja View Post
    First, learn and become proficient in technique and analysis. This is not just what they're doing properly, but why it is happening whether it's a verbal cue, imbalance, misunderstanding, etc. After that, at least be able to understand some of the basic training periodization schemes such as Western aka linear, conjugate, block, and undulating.

    Template-based
    Lilly's Cube Method
    Westside Book of Methods (take with a grain of salt as it's aim is geared lifters)
    Wendler's Max Effort Method, 5/3/1 (all of them)
    Smith Juggernaut Method

    Theory-based
    Supertraining by Siff
    Anything by Bompa, Zatsiorsky, Verkoshansky, and Issurin
    Great point!

    I've always heard that I should read supertraining but have put it off, I'm glad you brought that up as I will definitely be looking for it now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jiigzz View Post
    I have quite a collection; One I recommend is Essentials of Strength and Condititioning Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning - 3rd Edition: National Strength and Conditioning Association: 9780736058032: Amazon.com: Books

    Or Exercise Physiology 7th Ed. Exercise Physiology: Nutrition, Energy, and Human Performance by William D McArdle, Bs, M.Ed, PhD, Frank L Katch, Victor L Katch - New, Rare & Used Books Online at Alibris Marketplace : this one is some comprehensive but definitely fo people experienced with the terminology

    And Physiology of Sport and Exercise 5th Ed. Physiology of Sport and Exercise With Web Study Guide-5th Edition: W. Larry Kenney, Jack Wilmore, David Costill: 9780736094092: Amazon.com: Books

    These 3 are all textbooks but have provided the basework for all my studies. They are however quite pricey.

    I don't any 'reading' books; all mine are heavily science based.

    You definitely were not kidding, I might have to take out a loan to buy those 3 lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbuick

    You definitely were not kidding, I might have to take out a loan to buy those 3 lol.
    I picked up essentials for 60 bucks w free shipping on eBay...

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    Quote Originally Posted by napalm View Post

    I picked up essentials for 60 bucks w free shipping...

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    Lol that's still expensive. I can never get over how expensive books are!

    I'm still going to get as many as I can though, it's just more than a days pay to get each one.
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    Re: Required Reading for a Trainer?


    coursera.org sign up for human physiology, chemistry, exercise physiology.

    Its free and should provide you with a basic foundation.

    MIT has a similar free online learning setup. You can check them out as well

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbuick View Post
    Lol that's still expensive. I can never get over how expensive books are!

    I'm still going to get as many as I can though, it's just more than a days pay to get each one.
    It's not a great source of information, IMO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JudoJosh View Post
    coursera.org sign up for human physiology, chemistry, exercise physiology.

    Its free and should provide you with a basic foundation.

    MIT has a similar free online learning setup. You can check them out as well

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    I actually checked that out last night. Thanks for the link Josh!
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    It's not a great source of information, IMO.
    Would you care to expound upon that opinion?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbuick View Post
    Would you care to expound upon that opinion?
    For starters, they only touch upon one form of periodization, which gives the impression that it is the superior version compared to others. The only update they've really made to the text in years is adding in plyos (huge amount of irony there) and their techniques they only teach one technique for major lifts and don't expand on other versions at all (e.g. wide stance v Oly stance squat).

    As an overall tone, I've noticed a huge shift towards the C and little for the S when it comes to S&C. Very little of the time that is spent teaching in many schools is towards the C and I put the NSCA at the forefront of that with their lack of practicum associated with the organization these days.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rodja

    It's not a great source of information, IMO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rodja View Post

    For starters, they only touch upon one form of periodization, which gives the impression that it is the superior version compared to others. The only update they've really made to the text in years is adding in plyos (huge amount of irony there) and their techniques they only teach one technique for major lifts and don't expand on other versions at all (e.g. wide stance v Oly stance squat).

    As an overall tone, I've noticed a huge shift towards the C and little for the S when it comes to S&C. Very little of the time that is spent teaching in many schools is towards the C and I put the NSCA at the forefront of that with their lack of practicum associated with the organization these days.
    I had remembered you talking about them only teaching one type of periodizarion.

    Of the organizations that grant certifications which one do you have the most faith in?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbuick View Post
    I had remembered you talking about them only teaching one type of periodizarion.

    Of the organizations that grant certifications which one do you have the most faith in?
    Honestly, they're mainly tools to get your foot in the door and a necessary evil. I have my CSCS for this exact reason. A certification is similar to an undergrad degree in that you only need to pass the curriculum set forth by a certain group of people. It's only when you expand the boundaries of your knowledge via graduate degrees and/or further reading does any of this knowledge really carry weight. This is my opinion, but having a certification doesn't make you qualified in the same way that not having a certification makes you unqualified. DeFranco, Simmons, Wendler, etc. are some examples of guys that don't have a huge list of certifications yet no person in their right mind would question their knowledge.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rodja View Post

    Honestly, they're mainly tools to get your foot in the door and a necessary evil. I have my CSCS for this exact reason. A certification is similar to an undergrad degree in that you only need to pass the curriculum set forth by a certain group of people. It's only when you expand the boundaries of your knowledge via graduate degrees and/or further reading does any of this knowledge really carry weight. This is my opinion, but having a certification doesn't make you qualified in the same way that not having a certification makes you unqualified. DeFranco, Simmons, Wendler, etc. are some examples of guys that don't have a huge list of certifications yet no person in their right mind would question their knowledge.
    That was my understanding as well (I believe we've had this discussion before). I'm looking into getting the same certification if at all possible.

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