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Old 04-12-2009, 01:59 PM   #1
Emily Mattes
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Default What are your favorite programming/fitness/technique/history texts?

I want to branch out my understanding of training, programming, physiology, and theory, and in that vein would like to know of more authors and books I should be reading. This is with regards to pretty much any sport.

My focus is Olympic weightlifting, but my interest knows no bounds. Is there some dude who wrote the bible on football tactics? Post it here! A nerd who expounds endlessly on proper programming for hurdlers? That's good too! A history of handbalancing? It sounds cool!

This has come about because while I'm interesting Oly lifting, I realized I haven't read that much written by coaches--especially anyone from Eastern Europe where ostensibly a great deal of valuable information lies.

I mean, the general training books I know of that are good are Dreschler's Weightlifting Encyclopedia. Everett's Olympic Weightlifting, Rippetoe's Practical Programming and Starting Strength, and Sommer's Gymnastic Bodies. I know there are more schools of thought out there, and more information to dig up, but not really where to start looking for it (especially in the case of foreign coaches and trainers).

It is my hope that this thread could become a great general reference for anyone looking to get more in-depth into theory and history of any particular sport, or of muscle development and programming in general.
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Old 04-13-2009, 07:32 AM   #2
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I'll offer my input on the exercise science side.

Supertraining by Mel Siff is a good exhaustive textbook on strength science. I am currently reading it myself.

Here's a recommended reading list I got from somebody else:

1.Review of medical physiology by William F. Ganong
2. Color atlas of physiology by A. Despopoulos
3. Exercise physiology: energy, nutrition and human performance by
Mcardle, Katch&Katch
4. Exercise physiology: human energetics and its applications
by Brooks, Fahy and Baldwin
5. Nueromechanics of human movement R. Enoka
6. Metabolic integration: a human perspective by K.N Frayn
7. Motor Control And Learning: A Behavioral Emphasis by R. Shmidt
and Lee
8. Strength and Power in sport by Paavo Komi
9. Adaptation in sports training, A. Viru
10. Hormones in muscular activity, by A. Viru
12. Science and practice of sport training by. Zatsiorsky
13. Programming and organization by Verkhoshansky
14. Fundamentals of special strength training in sport by Verkhoshansky
15. Special strength training: a practical manual for coaches by
16. Periodization: Theory and Methodology of Training by T. Bompa

I believe #4 is regarded as THE textbook for exercise physiology, but it's advanced, so #3 is a better place to start. Viru is essential to understanding the biochemical changes that our body undergoes during exercise. Verkhoshansky is a must read. Zatsiorsky is a must read as well.
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Old 04-13-2009, 09:03 AM   #3
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The Chemistry of Mind-Altering Drugs: History, Pharmacology, and Cultural Context, Daniel M Perrine.
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Old 04-13-2009, 11:42 AM   #4
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Pretty Much anything written by Pavel Tsatsouline, especially Beyond Bodybuilding

I have several of his books as pdf files, id be happy to share them with you.
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