Men’s Health Power Training: Build Bigger, Stronger Muscles with through Performance-based Conditioning

One of the nation’s elite strength and conditioning coaches presents a unique training program designed to help men achieve functional strength and muscular balance throughout their bodies

For decades, the conventional measure of an individual’s strength was the amount of weight he could bench press. Now, that measure is being challenged by expert trainers like Robert dos Remedios who argue that the variety of movement patterns used in functional training is the real key to getting bigger, stronger, and more powerful. In Men’s Health Book of Strength, this acclaimed collegiate strength and conditioning coach describes in detail the methods he has used to develop hundreds of Division I scholarship athletes, including several current NFL players.

The key features that make this book a standout in the fitness field include:

• exercises geared toward functional strength that can be utilized in real-world situations, from playing sports to lifting furniture

• training sessions that are short, intense, and highly effective

• compound, multijoint exercises that replace the less-effective isolation exercises found in many fitness books

• no-nonsense dietary information utilizing a new and innovative food pyramid developed by the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition that will optimize strength gains, recovery, and physical progress

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  1. 74 of 76 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    A good book for maximizing strength gains and improving athletic performance, March 30, 2012
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    This book focuses on training for functional strength and power (the amount of force your muscles can generate), which means training in a way that aligns with how you actually use your body.

    It teaches the right fundamentals of muscle and strength building, such as the importance of muscle overload, of training primarily with free weights, of sticking to compound exercises, of training explosively, of training the whole body, and more. These are the true foundation of a big, strong physique, and are often overlooked by guys.

    Functional training also focuses on full body routines, not single body part splits like what most of us are used to. I don’t know if I agree that split training is a “thing of the past,” as the book claims, but I think that you need to decide based on your goals. I have friends that are big, strong, lean, and athletic, and they do a “normal” split routine. I have friends that are athletes and have to focus on functional strength and mobility, and while they could out-run, jump, and maneuver my split-routine friends, they don’t LOOK as good (hey, it’s important).

    I liked that the training program given in this book don’t eat up a ton of time. There are 2-, 3-, and 4-day weekly programs, and if you opt for the 4-day, you’ll spend no more than an hour in the gym each day. The book tells you everything you need to know to do the program correctly, from how long to rest between sets, to exercise tempo, to warming up correctly, to the exercises to do each day, and more. It’s very thorough.

    I found the nutrition section a bit lacking as it didn’t fully explain how to tailor and tweak your diet for muscle building (bulking) and fat loss (cutting). The problem with this is that nutrition DRASTICALLY affects your training gains–the commonly accepted adage is that nutrition determines 70% of your gains. So if you train correctly but eat poorly, you will make a fraction of the gains you could make if you ate well.

    SUMMARY

    You will like this book if you’re more interested in getting strong than getting as big or lean as quickly as healthily possible. The workouts are INTENSE circuit routines–if you’ve never felt like puking during a work out, you will. If you follow this program, expect significant strength gains with moderate muscle gains.

    P.S. I recently finished Bigger Leaner Stronger: The Simple Science of Building the Ultimate Male Body (The Lean Muscle Series), and I highly recommend it. It teaches many of the same principles of this book, but it’s slanted toward the guy that wants to build muscle or lose fat quickly and effectively. Its workout program is very straightforward and sensible, it fully explains how to manipulate your diet based on your goals, and it has some great advice regarding supplements. Check it out.

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  2. 149 of 159 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    this book is changing my life, October 18, 2007
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    Robert A. Yoho MD “reader doc” (Pasadena, CA, USA) –
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    This review is from: Men’s Health Power Training: Build Bigger, Stronger Muscles with through Performance-based Conditioning (Paperback)
    I’m 54 years old and have been lifting since I was 18. I’ve read countless weightlifting (mainly bodybuilding) books starting with Arnold’s stuff in the 70’s. I’m a physician. I’ve been exposed to very little of the material here, but as I understand it, much of it is used currently for athletic training such as football. This thing is packed with great material and I’ve been working at mastering some of the ideas for several months. The olympic lifts and compound (multiple sets together) exercises are just fantastic. I’m no longer interested in bodybuilding but being strong and healthy and not wasting a lot of time, and this program seems to have it all. Buy this book, I think it will change your life. Be careful with the weight you use, very careful; unless you are well conditioned already you can easily hurt yourself. I’ve never written one of these reviews before but this time I’m compelled.

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  3. 44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Training with a program! Finally, October 25, 2007
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    J. P. Kunze (North Canton, OH USA) –
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    This review is from: Men’s Health Power Training: Build Bigger, Stronger Muscles with through Performance-based Conditioning (Paperback)
    I got this book from the library first but now it’s on my Christmas list. This book is well worth the price!

    I’m sick of getting workout books that just show you a lot of the same old exercises and don’t really give you a program or instruction on how to use the workouts. I believe that is why so many people are gravitating toward workout programs like crossfit, because they actually tell you what to do. I believe the problem with crossfit is that you are constantly working out but there is really no gauge on how much progress you are making or no real goals to accomplish. This book is a very structured book with lots of really creative and difficult exercises, some of which I’ve never seen before. You may have to work your way up to some of the most difficult exercises.
    My first experience going through the full body workout 3 days per week I came closer to puking than I ever had before! It took me about 30mins to calm down after that workout enough to keep my food down. It’s a well rounded program that the author has designed so you can tailor it to your own schedule very easily (which is about the only easy thing about this workout).
    Another thing I really like about this program is the emphasis on unilateral workouts. I tore my ACL a year ago, and had surgery about 10 months ago, and have had a hard time working out and not favoring my good leg. All the unilateral workouts really keep my body balanced and has really been good for my surgical knee as it recovers.
    I can’t talk about long term results yet because the book just came out but so far I’ve been really impressed.

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