Developed by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and now in its fourth edition, Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning is the essential text for strength and conditioning professionals and students. This comprehensive resource, created by 30 expert contributors in the field, explains the key theories, concepts, and scientific principles of strength training and conditioning as well as their direct application to athletic competition and performance.
The scope and content of Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning, Fourth Edition With Web Resource, have been updated to convey the knowledge, skills, and abilities required of a strength and conditioning professional and to address the latest information found on the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) exam. The evidence-based approach and unbeatable accuracy of the text make it the primary resource to rely on for CSCS exam preparation.
The text is organized to lead readers from theory to program design and practical strategies for administration and management of strength and conditioning facilities. The fourth edition contains the most current research and applications and several new features:
- Online videos featuring 21 resistance training exercises demonstrate proper exercise form for classroom and practical use.
- Updated research—specifically in the areas of high-intensity interval training, overtraining, agility and change of direction, nutrition for health and performance, and periodization—helps readers better understand these popular trends in the industry.
- A new chapter with instructions and photos presents techniques for exercises using alternative modes and nontraditional implements.
- Ten additional tests, including those for maximum strength, power, and aerobic capacity, along with new flexibility exercises, resistance training exercises, plyometric exercises, and speed and agility drills help professionals design programs that reflect current guidelines.
Key points, chapter objectives, and learning aids including key terms and self-study questions provide a structure to help students and professionals conceptualize the information and reinforce fundamental facts. Application sidebars provide practical application of scientific concepts that can be used by strength and conditioning specialists in real-world settings, making the information immediately relatable and usable. The web resource provides students with lab activities in fillable form for practice and retention of information. Further, both students and professionals will benefit from the online videos of 21 foundational exercises that provide visual instruction and reinforce proper technique.
Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning, Fourth Edition, offers an expanded ancillary package for instructors. Instructors receive access to a 61-video collection, including the 21 videos available in the web resource, plus an additional 40 videos demonstrating resistance training exercises, plyometric exercises, and exercises using alternative modes and nontraditional implements, bringing practical content to the classroom. Working along with the instructor guide and presentation package, a test package has been added to assist instructors in evaluating students’ understanding of key concepts.
Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning, Fourth Edition, provides the most comprehensive information on organization and administration of facilities, testing and evaluation, exercise techniques, training adaptations, program design, and structure and function of body systems. Its scope, precision, and dependability make it the essential preparation text for the CSCS exam as well as a definitive reference for strength and conditioning professionals to consult in their everyday practice.
Accessing the Lab Activities
Chapter 1. Structure and Function of Body Systems
N. Travis Triplett, PhD
Chapter 2. Biomechanics of Resistance Exercise
Jeffrey M. McBride, PhD
Chapter 3. Bioenergetics of Exercise and Training
Trent J. Herda, PhD, and Joel T. Cramer, PhD
Chapter 4. Endocrine Responses to Resistance Exercise
William J. Kraemer, PhD, Jakob L. Vingren, PhD, and Barry A. Spiering, PhD
Chapter 5. Adaptations to Anaerobic Training Programs
Duncan French, PhD
Chapter 6. Adaptations to Aerobic Endurance Training Programs
Ann Swank, PhD, and Carwyn Sharp, PhD
Chapter 7. Age- and Sex-Related Differences and Their Implications for Resistance Exercise
Rhodri S. Lloyd, PhD, and Avery D. Faigenbaum, EdD
Chapter 8. Psychology of Athletic Preparation and Performance
Traci A. Statler, PhD, and Andrea M. DuBois, MS
Chapter 9. Basic Nutrition Factors in Health
Marie Spano, MS, RD
Chapter 10. Nutrition Strategies for Maximizing Performance
Marie Spano, MS, RD
Chapter 11. Performance-Enhancing Substances and Methods
Bill Campbell, PhD
Chapter 12. Principles of Test Selection and Administration
Michael McGuigan, PhD
Chapter 13. Administration, Scoring, and Interpretation of Selected Tests
Michael McGuigan, PhD
Chapter 14. Warm-Up and Flexibility Training
Ian Jeffreys, PhD
Chapter 15. Exercise Technique for Free-Weight and Machine Training
Scott Caulfield, BS
Chapter 16. Exercise Technique for Alternative Modes and Nontraditional Implement Training
G. Gregory Haff, PhD, Doug Berninger, MEd, and Scott Caulfield, BS
Chapter 17. Program Design for Resistance Training
Jeremy M. Sheppard, PhD, and N. Travis Triplett, PhD
Chapter 18. Program Design and Technique for Plyometric Training
David H. Potach, PT, and Donald A. Chu, PhD, PT
Chapter 19. Program Design and Technique for Speed and Agility Training
Brad H. DeWeese, EdD, and Sophia Nimphius, PhD
Chapter 20. Program Design and Technique for Aerobic Endurance Training
Benjamin H. Reuter, PhD, and J. Jay Dawes, PhD
Chapter 21. Periodization
G. Gregory Haff, PhD
Chapter 22. Rehabilitation and Reconditioning
David H. Potach, PT, and Terry L. Grindstaff, DPT
Chapter 23. Facility Design, Layout, and Organization
Andrea Hudy, MA
Chapter 24. Facility Policies, Procedures, and Legal Issues
Traci Statler, PhD, and Victor Brown, MS
Answers to Study Questions
About the Editors
Contributors to Previous Editions
A text for those preparing for the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) examination and for upper-level undergraduates taking courses in the exercise sciences related to strength training and conditioning. Also a reference for strength and conditioning specialists, coaches, athletic trainers, physical therapists, personal trainers, and other sport science professionals.
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G. Gregory Haff, PhD, CSCS,*D, FNSCA, is the course coordinator for the postgraduate degree in strength and conditioning at Edith Cowan University in Joondalup, Australia. He is the president of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and a senior associate editor for the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. Dr. Haff was the United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA) Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year for Research and Education and the 2011 NSCA William J. Kraemer Outstanding Sport Scientist award winner. He is a certified strength and conditioning specialist with distinction, a UKSCA-accredited strength and conditioning coach, and an accredited Australian Strength and Conditioning Association level 2 strength and conditioning coach. Additionally, he is a national-level weightlifting coach in the United States and Australia. He serves as a consultant for numerous sporting bodies, including teams in the Australian Football League, Australian Rugby Union, Australian Basketball Association, and National Football League.
N. Travis Triplett, PhD, CSCS,*D, FNSCA, is a professor and chairperson of the department of health and exercise science at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. She has served as the secretary-treasurer of the board of directors for the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and was the 2010 NSCA William J. Kraemer Outstanding Sport Scientist award winner. She has served on two panels for NASA, one for developing resistance exercise countermeasures to microgravity environments for the International Space Station, and was a sports physiology research assistant at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Dr. Triplett is currently a senior associate editor for the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research and is a certified strength and conditioning specialist with distinction as well as a USA Weightlifting club coach.