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7/29/2011 11:00:28 PM -
SST Manual for Coaches Book Review

I was fortunate enough to recieve a copy of the new Special Strength Training Practical Manual for Coaches bY Dr. Verkhoshansky recently. Yosef, the guy behind Ultimate Athlete Concepts, sent me a copy, and asked me to check it out. Ive got to say, I am impressed with the book. It is only 222 pages long, but contains a TON of good, RELEVANT training information. You can check out the table of contents with this link, just to get an idea of what the book covers.

Introduction and Table of Contents

It also has a few appendices that coaches will find relevant. I was particularly interested in the one covering the Russian Throwers programs, as well as the one one warming up. Even covers some bodybuilding stuff.

As for some of the improvements in this volume versus the original? Dr. Verkhoshansky says it best in the introduction I linked above. Some others have mentioned a bit better translation from Russian to English, but I think I was mostly oblivious to it until someone pointed it out to me.

Should also note that like his, and many other Russian Coaches books and manuals, this is based in theory, and if you get it looking for something laid out for you set by set and rep by rep, you may not like it. it DOES include loading examples, but as an idea to supplement the training, not as a direct implementation of it.

This is definitely a good read, and has some very valuable training knowledge in it. I would highly recommend picking it up, and if you're on the fence, well, you're missing out if you don't get it.




Another great manual from Dr. Verkhoshansky,
Jason Pegg


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