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Youth Strength Training
with Avery D. Faigenbaum, EdD, CSCS;
professor in the department of health and exercise science at the College of New Jersey
andWayne L. Westcott, PhD, CSCS;
fitness research director at the South Shore YMCA and adjunct professor of exercise science at Quincy College (MA)

The benefits of strength training for youth are clearly documented. Yet teachers, fitness instructors, and youth coaches are often not sure how to proceed, and they end up watering down adult versions of strength-training programs.

That is definitely not the way to go. But authors Avery Faigenbaum and Wayne Westcott, with their 50 years of combined experience in teaching youth strength-training classes and coaching, can tell you the way to go-and back it with the most current research on instructional techniques and program design for youth.

Long recognized as leading authorities on strength training, Faigenbaum and Westcott guide you in designing efficient, enjoyable, and productive programs for kids of varying abilities in elementary school (ages 7 to 10), middle school (11 to 14), and high school (15 to 18). You will focus first on broad-based, balanced muscle development, and then move into comprehensive, sport-specific strength-training programs.

In addition, Youth Strength Training will teach you;

  • productive protocols for warming up and cooling down;
  • procedures for enhancing joint flexibility;
  • innovative ways to incorporate resistance exercises into physical education classes, sport practice sessions, and exercise facilities;
  • proper exercise technique for 111 resistance exercises using weight stack machines, free weights, medicine balls, elastic bands, and body-weight resistance.
Much has changed since the authors first wrote a book on strength training for youth, and those changes-including information in the areas of nutrition, hydration, and recovery to maximize the effects of strength training and minimize the risks of overtraining-are incorporated in this book. Additional changes, based on the authors' studies, are reflected in workout frequency, exercise repetitions, related training components, and other factors that affect program design and conditioning results. All programs were fashioned with the latest NASPE standards in mind.

Faigenbaum and Westcott have included new information on periodization and long-term planning, perceived exertion scale for youth, overtraining and undertraining, dynamic warm-ups and static stretches, new exercises, effective instruction of youth, and plyometrics.

Through strength training, kids as young as 7 can safely develop a strong musculoskeletal system that can help them improve their health and fitness and also withstand the rigors of sport participation.

Youth Strength Training is the definitive source to guide you in designing and overseeing the programs of the kids you work with, whether you're in a school, fitness center, or home setting. If you want to see high rates of strength development and spark a lifelong interest in strength-building activities, rely on Youth Strength Training.

248 pages. 2009.

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Stretching Exercises Encyclopedia
with Oscar Moran, professor of Physical Education, a national weightlifting and bodybuilding trainer, fitness sports technician, sports nutrition technician and an expert in martial arts

This book provides a general theory of muscle stretching. Anatomical illustrations cleverly explain the different muscle groups involved in each exercise. In addition each exercise includes practical information about the movements needed to be performed, the posture that needs to be adopted, common mistakes to be avoided, the principal and secondary muscles worked with each exercise, all linked together with a series of useful tips and advice.

Any athlete will realize how regular stretching can improve their physical body shape and their quality of life.

239 pages. 2009.

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Complete Body Development with Dumbbells
with Mark McKown, Professional basketball fitness coach;
Fitness coach of Karl Malone

Training with dumbbells is an excellent route to good muscle balance and symmetry, thus a better physique, increases in muscle size and strength , and an improved overall body control. This book will introduce you to the means to developing a great individualized program and the keys to focusing your efforts. It is for male and female readers aged 17-55, athletes, coaches, weekend warriours, body builders/sculptors, and folks interesed in gerneral fitness.

127 pages. 2007.

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Core Strength
with Paul Collins, award-winning personal trainer with more than 20 years experience;
creator of The Body Coach

Core Strength features practical, easy-to-follow exercises to help kids and adults, athletes, coaches and fitness enthusiasts alike to build their strongest body ever using their own body weight. The Body Coach, Paul Collins, provides step-by-step coaching, with detailed descriptions of over 100 exercises.

As a substitute for lifting heavy weights, Core Strength provides body weight exercises for strengthening, toning and reshaping every major muscle group in the body and staying in shape all year round.

These exercises are summarized for your convenience along with bonus core strength routines specifically for post-pregnancy, rotator cuff injuries, kids, running, racquet and bat sports, ball sports, balance sports, swimming and golf.

197 pages. 2007.

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Strength Training for Women
with Paul Collins, award-winning personal trainer with more than 20 years experience;
creator of The Body Coach

Strength Training for Women has been developed as a training guide as more women begin to understand the health benefits of this activity.

Strength Training for Women is written in five parts. First, you will be educated about general strength training terminology. Second, major muscle groups of the body will be pinpointed, providing strength training exercises used in a gym using hand weights (dumbbells), barbells, various cable, pinloaded and weighted machines. Third, you will be provided with a series of strength training routines for use in the gym. Fourth is a body weight workout routine that can be performed at home or whilst travelling. Fifth is the take anywhere hand weight routine for the whole body.

Through regular participation in strength training, many women find a positive outcome with body image, confidence and self-esteem since the body changes shape as fat is reduced and lean muscle is maintained.

143 pages. 2009.

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