My husband and I were discussing what stages of weight training each of us is in. I am in the Maximum Transition (MT) phase and he is in the Maximum Strength (MS) phase. He asked a few questions about how many repetitions he should be doing and how many weeks. My answer; um, you could check my blog. Said he, “So now you won’t talk to me, I have to talk to the blog?”. I chortled but I think he was hoping for some sympathy.
There is a certain convenience in having some of my thoughts about training collected and recorded. With 30 years of running experience, I get asked the same questions with some regularity.
A recent question in response to my post on weight training was a recommendation for a current book on the subject that is easily available. I asked my weight training consultant, champion triathlete Beverley Coburn of Active Age Fitness for her thoughts.
Here they are:
“Really like the book, Encyclopedia of Muscle & Strength by Jim Stoppani (Human Kinetics). This book has everything in it for building programs for beginners up to bodybuilders. I especially like the details. Stoppani describes the muscles and exercises for each muscle group i.e. shoulders with isolation and compound exercises for the front, rear and medial deltoids – great for developing muscle balance. Another book that has great pics is Strength Training Anatomy by Frederic Delavier.
I’ve seen Strength Training Anatomy in bookstores for around $25. Encyclopedia of Muscle and Strength, I purchased on-line through Human Kinetics – possibly in bookstores too (somewhere around $25-$35).”
Would someone you love, like to receive this as a Valentine’s gift?