You can't always have a strength coach at your side. When you train on your own, you'll benefit greatly from understanding the fundamentals of strength and conditioning. If you want to get the most out of your training, read Strength and Conditioning: A Concise Introduction, by STACK Expert John Cissik.
Cissik's comprehensive guide details the theory behind his evidence-based approach to training. You will have an understanding of how and why you perform a specific set, rep and weight scheme; and even how your muscles adapt to become larger and stronger.
The book goes a step further by breaking down individual components of a workout. It explains how to design a program with specific goals in mind, including size, strength, power, speed, agility and meeting the needs of athletes in different sports, down to the position. Strength and Conditioning also provides detailed exercise descriptions of several key lifts and exercise modifications to account for injuries.
We particularly enjoyed how Cissik connects various training philosophies to make sense of how they relate to each other. On the surface, it can be difficult to factor in the many considerations that must be accounted for when creating a training program. However, Cissik shows how each one relates to and impacts the others, and he offers examples of how to implement his recommendations.
If you are looking to develop a solid foundation in strength and conditioning principles, Strength and Conditioning: A Concise Introduction is a great read for you. The book can be purchased on Amazon for $44.95. Also, be sure to check out Cissik's articles on STACK.com.
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