Book Reviews

High Powered Plyometrics by Radcliffe and Farentinos
Human Kinetics 1999

This book is an excellent addition to your library if you train speed – strength athletes.  It is easy to read and the pictures and demonstrations almost come to life and move with power and explosion.  The scientific basis and practical application make this a must have book.

Functional Training for Sports by Michael Boyle
Human Kinetics 2004

This is a book for the coach, personal trainer, therapist and athletic trainer.  Each of these disciplines will benefit from the knowledge and expertise expressed in these pages.  The exercises, theories, progressions and techniques are excellent and applicable immediately.  This book will make you better the day you finish it.

Athletic Body in Balance by Gray Cook
Human Kinetics 2003

This book is for the speed – strength scientist, cutting edge personal trainer, and the therapist and athletic trainer.  Gray is literally a gifted genius when it comes to the movement screening process and identification of weaknesses and imbalances.  It is easy to read and presents the complex process of screening in an easy usable format.

Science of Sports Training  by Thomas Kurz
Stadion Publishing 1991

This book is a must have for all personal trainers, sport coaches and strength coaches.  It is also very good for therapists and athletic trainers to help understand the theory of training for sport and development of athletes.  All the “secret eastern block” training methods are explained in easy to read detail.  The theories expounded upon and the examples given provide an easily followed path to technically sound program design.

Science and Practice of Strength Training by Vladimir Zatsiorsky

This book is very similar to “Science of Sports Training” by Kurz.  However, the Zatsiorsky book is much more difficult to read, follow and understand.  The science presented is basically the same as in the Kurz book it is just much more difficult to digest.

Supertraining by Siff and Verkhoshansky

This very thick, very long, very detailed book is very thick, very long, very detailed and very hard to read.  The science is excellent, the ideas are good, the verbiage is exhausting and the theories are expounded upon.  If you can finish it, it will help you.