Designing scientifically-based resistance training programmes

19 May 2014, 09:07

This is a guide to developing individualised training programmes for both serious athletes and fitness enthusiasts.

In this updated and expanded fourth edition, two of the world’s leading experts on strength training explore how to design scientifically based programmes, modify and adapt existing regimes to meet the needs of special populations, and apply the elements of programme design in the real world.

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Diabetes risk in women reduced by resistance training

16 January 2014, 13:10

High intensity interval trainingThat’s the finding of an eight year study, published in the journal PLoS Medicine, which tracked the health of nearly 100,000 nurses in the US.

The results show that muscle building exercises, such as lifting weights and doing press-ups, are linked with a lower risk of diabetes.

The reduced diabetes risk seen in the study, was an additional benefit to those also gained from doing aerobic workouts that exercise the heart and lungs.

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The essential guide for all fitness professionals

7 December 2011, 14:55

The second edition of NSCA’s Essentials of Personal Training is the most comprehensive resource available for current and trainee personal trainers, exercise instructors and other fitness professionals.

Unmatched in scope, this text remains the leading source for personal training preparation and professional development.

It focuses on the complex process of designing safe, effective and goal-specific resistance, aerobic, plyometric and speed training programmes, with special attention to the application of principles based on age, fitness level and health.

Price: £52.99 | €63.60
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Five common fitness myths women should ignore

22 September 2011, 16:31

Women often subscribe to fitness fads, hearsay and offbeat diets to get fit.

According to top trainer Irene McCormick, women must stop succumbing to pop culture in order to see greater strength and muscle definition. “It’s staggering the amount of misinformation that surrounds women and exercise,” says McCormick.

“With respect to the myths and misinformation, it’s no wonder women are so confused regarding what they should and should not do to achieve a strong, lean, healthy body.”

In her forthcoming book, A Woman’s Guide to Muscle & Strength, due to be published in in the UK and Europe in April 2012, McCormick dispels five common fitness myths and explains why strength training should be a part of every woman’s fitness regimen.

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AAKG does not increase blood flow

18 August 2011, 14:47

A new study has found that a popular nutritional supplement that is claimed to lead to greater muscle strength by increasing blood flow to working muscles, does not in fact have any appreciable effect.

In recent years, various nutritional supplements have been developed containing arginine-alpha-ketoglutarate (AAKG) and it has been claimed that the supplement-enhanced blood flow to working muscles during resistance exercise provides greater muscle strength than that achieved purely by exercise.

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Strength training counteracts muscular atrophy in old age

13 June 2011, 10:43

New research published Deutsches Arzteblatt International concludes that progressive strength training counteracts muscular atrophy in old age.

People can typically lose up to 30% of their muscle strength between the ages of 50 and 70 years and maintaining muscle strength in old age is enormously important in order to maintain mobility and lead an independent life.

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