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Manufacturer: Human Kinetics Publishers
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Binding: Paperback
Dewey Decimal Number: 613.711
EAN: 9780736046817
ISBN: 073604681X
Label: Human Kinetics Publishers
Manufacturer: Human Kinetics Publishers
Number Of Items: 1
Number Of Pages: 208
Publication Date: 2003-09
Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
Studio: Human Kinetics Publishers

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Renowned strength and conditioning coach Mike Boyle guides you through a complete system that focuses on training your body the way it will be used during competition to develop movement skills, body positions, and explosive power essential for all sports. Through detailed exercise progressions you will achieve your full athletic potential. The book provides tests that allow you to assess your strength and determine where you need to start in the progressions. The progressions focus on training for the torso, the upper body, and the lower body.

As you master each progression, you will be preparing to perform your best in any situation with notable improvements in stability and balance, reaction time, core strength, and power. This whole-body, sports-applied program makes Functional Training for Sports your guide to today’s most effective and efficient training.


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Summary: functional training for sports
Comment: like the title says. I'm a veteran personal trainer and find this book to be one of the most useful in my library. Clear & concise, thoughtful. Indispensible.

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Summary: Great Read
Comment: This book is excellent and worth the read. It shows how Mike Boyle trains his athletes and gives you different ideas/exercises on how to train athletes. The only problem I have, is that it is too text heavy without enough pictures to explain the text. Even with this being said, you can figure out how to do the majority of the exercises based on the text alone. If you want to learn how to train athletes properly, I would definitely get this book.

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Summary: Functional training
Comment: Is ideal for personal trainers, athletes or anyone who wants to improve sports skills and knowledge, its a great complement for diferents sports

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Summary: Changed my approach to working out
Comment: I don't remember if this was the first book I read on 'functional training' but it is the one I kept and remember best. It is interesting that Mike Boyle wrote in a T-Mag article that he wished the title didn't include "Functional Training" since that term has become associated with all sorts of wierd balance drills and exercises on swiss balls.

The big idea is that general fitness counts. The ability to perform movements that are common to lots of sports and actitivies will improve your performance as an athlete.

The reality of things is that even star athletes do not have perfect bodies. Their left and right sides don't match, don't have equal strength.. they can pull better than push, they can't explode from a squatted position, etc.

This is a good book - nearly a great book. Not the easiest read I think think coaches, athletes, and serious fitness folks will get the most out of it. "Bigger, Faster, Stronger" may be better for high school atletes, and "Core Performance Essentials" better for the recreational athlete. But no matter how you look at it, this is a worthwhile book to have.




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Summary: "Functional Training for Sports" by Michael Boyle is the place to start for anyone wanting to revamp their fitness regimen.
Comment: This is the guy to read when you are ready to give up the bodybuilder- based mythology most of us have built our conditioning programs on since the 60's.

Boyle's site is the #1 source to research topics like functional movement, core training, plyometrics and the like. I bought his book after reading every page on the site and in my opinion it represents the cutting edge of athletic performance programs.

Check out sites for Boyle, Verstegen and Gray Cook if you're interested in changing your program to one that will last your lifetime and give you a more stable, functional body. If I'd been reading these guys when I was an active athlete instead of the memoirs of various "physical culturists," I'd have saved myself a lifetime of back pain and been a much better athlete into the bargain.

Still, there's no short cuts, and I guess you have to make the mistakes you're going to make along the way so you'll appreciate the truth when you finally stumble onto it. If you'd like to save yourself a few of those mistakes, though, and you're flailing around the gym listening to bad advice, take it upon yourself to do a little research with Boyle and his peers. You'll save yourself years of wasted effort, and develop a much more useful body in the bargain.


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