Strength Training Manual: Applied Science assists undergraduate students in strength training (ST) and presents a didactic text designed to unite the practice of ST with scientific literature. This text brings awareness to current problems and practical solutions for different groups of practitioners and objectives.
Each chapter discusses a specific topic by presenting current ideas and concepts. At the end of each chapter are tasks designed to help students understand the concept of each chapter, open questions for directed studies, and a quiz to test their knowledge.
About the Author
Chapter 1: Training Principles
Chapter 2: Exercise Selection
Chapter 3: Exercise Order
Chapter 4: Types of Strength Training Routines
Chapter 5: Strength Training Protocols and Acute Strength Training Variables
Chapter 6: Strategies for Developing Different Strength Training Programs
Paulo Marchetti is one of the top researchers in the field of exercise and strength science. The simplicity of the science and its effectiveness does not escape him, which is why this book is a must for next-level thought and activity through the basics!
Bob Alejo, ASCA, CSCS*D, RSCC*E
Senior Associate Athletics Director; Performance and Student-Athlete Welfare
California State University Northridge, CA, USA
Many volumes have been written regarding strength training from a scientific and research perspective which serves to educate new professionals. However, what has been less thoroughly explored are the practical aspects of applying that knowledge in a field based environment. Enter then, this current book, Strength Training Manual: Applied Science, to fill that void. It is a valuable resource for those preparing to work hands-on with clients in the field and equips the user with all the tools required for proper strength training program design in order to elicit maximum results. The book is organized into six chapters which detail the vital aspects of training for strength gains. First, training principles are laid out as the foundation of human adaptation to strength training. Second, differences in selection exercises is elucidated as they relate to individuality and goals. Third, exercise order is explained as an often ignored variable associated with muscular adaptation. Fourth, a myriad of types of strength training are clarified as different choices have different outcomes. Fifth and Sixth, and in final bringing the whole book to a synthesis, protocols and critical variables are defined and described in order to complete the reader’s toolbox. What is exceptional about this text is its ability to combine scientific principles and practical application. This is a unique and overlooked aspect of other books on the market. Additionally, each chapter concludes with practical tasks based on the preceding contents, thought provoking questions designed to incorporate practical application of gained knowledge and a quiz to test that knowledge. These alone are certain to complete the curriculum of anyone teaching this subject matter. Finally, this book is written by Dr. Paulo Marchetti, a true international scholar in the area of strength training and scientific principles. He has, in his own career, duplicated the offerings of this book by merging laboratory research with applied science. I know of no one else who can match his expertise. This text is unquestionably required reading for those wishing to understand the science of human physiological adaptations and apply that knowledge in a field based practical environment. I know you will enjoy reading it as much as I did.
Lee E. Brown, EdD, CSCS*D, ACSM-EP, FNSCA*E, FACSM
California State University, Fullerton
The book’s author, Dr. Paulo Marchetti, is a long-time professional in the strength training field. He has the academic credentials, extensive research publication record, and vast practical experience required to be considered an expert in the field. Dr. Marchetti is an internationally-recognized scholar and practitioner in the field of strength and conditioning, and as such is eminently qualified to author this work. Strength training books come in a wide variety of flavors. Some are little more than pictorial volumes of people performing exercises, with little mention of the scientific details of training. Dr. Marchetti’s presentation of strength training in Strength Training Manual: Applied Science is at the other end of the spectrum. This text provides a concise, detailed, and well-organized presentation of the fundamentals of evidence-based strength training principles. Dr. Marchetti effectively bridges the gap between scientific research and practical application. The text emphasizes the foundational terminology, concepts, and principles of strength training, rather than presenting a detailed analysis of individual strength training exercises. Strength Training Manual: Applied Science begins with a presentation of important foundational principles (some not found in other strength training volumes), including individuality, adaptation, overload, reversibility, specificity, variability, transfer, and periodization. The opening chapter is followed by chapters on Exercise Selection, Exercise Order, Types of Strength Trainings Routines, and Strength Training Protocols and Acute Strength Training Variables, all written to be applicable to students in their educational pursuits and to professionals in the field. This text is aptly named, since it applies science to the topic of strength training. Dr. Marchetti brings his extensive knowledge and experience in the field of strength training in creating a succinct and valuable contribution to the literature on strength and conditioning.
William C. Whiting, Ph.D., FACSM, CSCS
California State University, Northridge