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Publisher's Summary

There is a difference between exercise and training. Exercise is physical activity for its own sake, a workout done for the effect it produces today, during the workout or right after you're through. Training is physical activity done with a longer-term goal in mind, the constituent workouts of which are specifically designed to produce that goal. Training is how athletes prepare to win, and how all motivated people approach physical preparation.

Practical Programming for Strength Training - 3rd Edition addresses the topic of training. It details the mechanics of the process, from the basic physiology of adaptation to the specific programs that apply these principles to novice, intermediate, and advanced lifters.

  • Each section completely updated
  • Better explanations of the proven programs that have been helping hundreds of thousands of lifters get stronger more efficiently
  • Expanded novice section with the details of 3 different approaches to the problem of getting stuck and special approaches for the underweight and overweight trainee
  • Expanded intermediate section with 18 separate programs and 11 detailed examples
  • Expanded advanced section with detailed examples of 9 different programs
  • Expanded special populations section with example programs for women and masters lifters training through their 50s, 60s, 70s, and 80s
  • Day-to-day, workout-to-workout, week-by-week detailed programs for every level of training advancement

The most comprehensive audiobook on the theory and practice of programming for strength training.

©2014 The Aasgaard Company (P)2019 The Aasgaard Company

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  • Dan
  • 2021-05-19

Needs a PDF

Definitely would benefit having a PDF, particularly for the programming. Content is great as expected.

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good but could use a pdf download

It is a very comprehensive book, but really should have a pdf download for the missing images.

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  • Adam Whisler
  • 2020-07-01

Do not purchase

Should absolutely NOT purchase this audio book. The content is legitimate, intelligent, and understood. I have an MS in Exercise Physiology and am CSCS certified, and I was listening while driving a trip. I figured I could pick up a few things listening and refresh a few concepts, as good professionals should often do. However, throughout the book, it’s admittedly stated that “those of you that care to see the table should buy the hardback copy of the book.” How about being a professional author and caring instructor through providing a PDF file for your audible readers as opposed to the lack of information provided in tables and graphics. Novels all over audible provide PDFs with important tables and information, and the fact that this book does not do so is extremely disappointing. I was hoping for more.

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  • colin
  • 2020-05-18

Extremely biased, but some good info

Much of this book should be taken with a grain of salt, including his oddly discriminatory views on cardio and endurance training and literally saying "health is not of concern, strength is", as if the two are mutually exclusive. That being said, this also has a lot of great information on strength programming and progressive overloading. This book, in conjunction with "starting strength" are necessities for anyone looking to get started in or up their game with strength training properly. Could go without Mark's sarcasm and dismissive tone about anything that doesn't agree with his ideas, but overall a good book to have and go over from time to time.

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  • John P
  • 2020-06-05

Excellent book

If you desire to improve your training for yourself and/or clients, this book is a must.

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  • Mario K.
  • 2019-09-09

What Are You Waiting 4 ?

Words cannot describe how grateful I am to you Mark . Sharing your wisdom with us & now in an audiobook ! :)
Simply amazing , best gift ever !
Thank You Mark & Andy .

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  • J Wright
  • 2021-05-11

Rip is the man

Uncle RIP is the man!!
This book will change your life!🤙🏼🤙🏼🤙🏼💪🏼💪🏼💪🏼
Get it—- get stronger— be more useful.

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  • David Urwin
  • 2022-04-24

Very informative, can be overwhelming

It was very informative. Very good takeaway principles. A lot of references to graphs and things in the hardcover book which you don’t have access to but the principle and information are still applicable.

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  • the wiseman
  • 2022-02-18

Great info, no supplemental pdf.

This book is foundational for program design. They do a great job working through exercise selection, rep/set schemes, weekly planning, rest, and more for the Novice, Intermediate, and Advanced lifter - as well as older lifters, younger, and post rehab.
The book is primarily text, especially the early chapters discussing the physiological background behind the recommendations they will later give for novice, intermediate,... because of this I am glad to have had the audio book. As the book progresses, several graphs or charts are referenced that the audiobook listener does not have access to and the author reading through a weekly schedule is cumbersome. this is my first audiobook with images referenced that does not provide the images!
I purchased the hard copy as well, probably the exact goal of editors and authors. I do believe providing ALL images and weekly schedules would be practical but I would have liked a PDF with the graphs that were referenced and that would have been easy for the audio producer.
All that said I am happy to have the audio version of this book - having it without any supplement is better than. not having it available!

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  • Rock
  • 2022-01-25

Strongly disagree with the negative reviews.

This book took me from a 135lb bench press at 185lbs body weight— to a 315lb raw bench at 220lbs body weight. My squat from 220 to 465, and my deadlift from 225 to 505. I think anyone who has the dedication learn proper technique will find this book enlightening. It just takes time.

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  • Berry
  • 2022-01-07

Explains a lot

Helps you explore what to do after Starting Strength to keep lifting but not wear your self out. covers many different programs, some I've never even heard of it. helps take the guess work out of programming.

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  • B. Vanderford
  • 2021-04-14

Actionable Advice. All else is a waste of time.

A friend of mine and I started barbell training at the same time. Nearly identical starting height / weight / body type / build. I went the Starting Strength / PPST route, and he went with some overly complex nonsense. Both of us lift M/W/F. 2 years later, I'm squatting / deadlifting 5 plates on an intermediate program (Texas Method from PPST), and considering competing... and he's still not squatting / deadlifting 3 plates. Needless to say, he finally bought Starting Strength and is finally reading it. Don't waste your time with other programs. Mark knows what works, why it works, and after reading you will too. Not to mention, listening to Mark actually read the Audio book and ripping weesh academics a new one in his sarcastic tone is hilariously awesome.