What do you do if you want to learn more about strength or weight training on your own? Today, many people refer to online resources like YouTube whereby many so called ‘experts’ would you how to lift weights.
However, we may not be able to know their credentials for sure. If you want to learn on more details pertaining to Strength Training, you may buy books written by authorative association like ACE, ASCM or NSCA.
One of the books I had bought is the book on Strength Training by NSCA.
The book “Strength Training” is published under NSCA (National Strength & Conditioning Association). NSCA is the one of the authority of strength training and a lot of syllabus are drawn worldwide based on guidelines by NSCA. And all the findings, similar to ACE, are based on solid and well researched findings by qualified fitness professionals.
The book is well written, with sound explanation about strength workouts, clear pictures of exercises and how to do it correctly. It also discusses about pro and cons of each type of workouts.
At the back flap of the book, the main highlights are mentioned:
- increasing metabolic rate to burn more calories more effectively
- improving bone density to help combat osteoporosis
- increasing muscle mass as well as strength, power and endurance
- preventing injuries
- improving balance, flexibility, mobility and stability
- reducing back and arthritic pain
- decreasing cholesterol and blood pressure to lessen the risk of coronary disease.
It gives details on the type of muscles that each set of exercise worked on and cover free weights and using weight machines. For personal trainers, the book is also useful as it teaches you the correct way to ‘spot’ your clients.
I bought the book from Kinokuniya and it cost me RM81.88 previously.
NSCA is the worldwide authority in the field of strength and conditioning, serving 3000 members from the sports science, athletic, allied health, and fitness industries.