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Powerlifting and Strength Training Literature:

    Strong Enough? Thoughts from Thirty Years of Barbell Training Mark Rippetoe takes us through the stories only 30 years of training strength athletes could produce.  With a wry wit and a keen memory he gives us a glimpse of the landscape we can all relate to. Starting Strength (2nd edition)Mark Rippetoe: Includes an in depth look at the biomechanics of the squat, bench press, dead lift and military press. In addition, the author covers assistance exercise and recommends a basic template for the lifter.
    Science and Practice of Strength Training, Second Edition
    Vladimir M. Zatsiorsky, together with William Kraemer, are both noted researchers and coaches, having trained more than 1000 elite strength athletes. Together they bring their knowledge to this scholarly text, lifting strength training out of the dungeons populated by trial and error, and bringing it into the open crisp for the dedicated athlete or coach wishing to excel.
    Supertraining
    Yuri Verkhoshansky and Mel Siff, much like the authors of Science and Practice of Strength Training take the hit and miss knowledge base of the average athletes training method and place it firmly on the foundation of extensive and thorough research compiled over years of training elite athletes.
    Periodization-5th Edition: Theory and Methodology of Training Tudor O. Bompa, PhD, is recognized as the world’s foremost expert on periodization training. He developed the concept of periodization of strength in Romania in 1963 as he helped the Eastern Bloc countries rise to dominance in the athletic world. Since then, Bompa has used his system in training 11 Olympic and world championship medalists and elite athletes.G. Gregory Haff, PhD, is an assistant professor of exercise physiology in the School of Medicine at West Virginia University in Morgantown. Haff has published more than 50 articles, centering his research on performance effects in the areas of strength training, cycling, and nutritional supplementation.

Casual Mathematical Reading and Mathematical Study Aids:

    How to Ace Calculus: The Streetwise Guide A welcome compliment to the weight calculus tombs used in most classes at the college level. The authors focus on the necessary knowledge base without overloading the student with too many examples. The approach is light hearted and fun, something that seems as foreign to calculus as sock puppets and caviar. How to Ace the Rest of Calculus: The Streetwise Guide, Including Multi-Variable Calculus The follow up to ‘How to Ace Calculus: The Streetwise Guide’
    The Math Gene: How Mathematical Thinking Evolved And Why Numbers Are Like Gossip Devlin is one of the premier expositors of the genre, weaving mathematics into a beautiful tapestry accessible to the layman while preserving the richness for the professional.

Strength Equipment and Accompanying Guides for the Aspiring Individual

Kettlebells:

    Marcy VKBS50 50-Pound Kettlebell Weight Set A basic kettlebell set to start out with. Includes four kettlebells: 5, 10, 15 and 20lbs. _ Body Sculpting with Kettlebells for Women: Over 50 Total Body Exercises A companion text for women for use with the basic kettlebell set.
  1. Enter The Kettlebell! Strength Secret of The Soviet Supermen A companion text for use with the basic kettlebell set.

General Fitness:

  1. Harbinger 331600 9-Foot Beaded Jump Rope A beaded jump rope with bearing handles.  Jumping rope was a child’s toy from your school days but can be a tool for improved fitness and weight loss.
  2. Jump Rope Training For Weight Loss And Toning With Buddy Lee A companion text for Harbinger 9-foot beaded jump rope.  United States Olympian Buddy Lee teaches four easy steps to mastering the art of rope jumping for fitness, improved sports performance, weight loss and toning of muscles in only 5-10 minutes a day.
  3. Valeo Dual Ab Wheel One of the most simple and effective pieces of core training equipment out there.  Make no mistake using the ab wheel is hard work, but if it were easy, everyone would have six-pack abs and refuse to work with their shirt on.

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