BRIDGING THE GAP
RESEARCH and PRACTICALITY
Two good weight lifting references
There are two books about the form and description of weight lifting exercises which are available that I feel are excellent resources.
The first is: Strength Training Anatomy by Frederic Delavier and published by Human Kinetics. The visuals are quite extensive and most of the descriptions are clear.
I am sure Frederic Delavier is disappointed that some typographical errors passed by the editorial staff before the book's release. But they are minor and infrequent.
One example is on the squat exercise diagram on page 80. In the picture the vastus medialis is mis-labeled and reversed with the vastus lateralis, and the rectus femoris is incorrectly named the vastus intermidius (both arrows point to the rectus femoris. The intermedius is a deep, not superficial muscle). The muscles for the squat exercise on pages 82 and 83 are correctly named.
Like I said, overall it is an excellent text. Please don't let the graphic anatomical pictures dissuade you from using the book.
The second book is also by Delavier and geared towards women. The title is aptly named: Women's Strength Training Anatomy. The book is also published by Human Kinetics.
Either book will provide a great reference.
Written by Dr. Sternlicht for www.jeffshealthclub.com on 1.30.06