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  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers (1 Jan 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736002502
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736002509
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 15.2 x 22.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 674,837 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By ChrisGeorge on 10 Dec 2004
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I bought this book based on the good reviews that I read here on amazon. However I'd like to redress the balance as it definitely doesn't deserve 4 or 5 stars. To be fair there is some semi-useful generalised stuff in here but it's patchy and given the title I doubt you will get what you hope for.
I would say if you are looking to build strength in your martial arts (which will also help your flexibility) then get a book specifically on weight training. There are many good titles to choose from but for a helpful and complete guide to the beginner I would recommend Strength Training by Anita Bean.
For stretching I would recommend Scientific Stretching by Thomas Kurtz. This is by far and away the best book on the subject that I have read. You will probably need to search the web for it though as it is currently out of print.
And for your martial arts specific training and drills I would go for Solo Training by Loren Christensen. In fact I would also get Fighters Factbook by him which is superb and probably my most refered to martial arts book - it's literally falling apart now!
Hope this helps and good luck with your training.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Jun 2001
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This book is a splendid piece of training literature. Though aimed at Martial arts the contents can easily be applied to any sport, as the exercises for flexability and torso strength are usefull in the majority of good sports and will improve your overall performance in them. this is a great book and one of the best I have read on conditioning and training for Martial arts.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Mar 2002
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Apart from it's over ambiscious title this book is great. Lots of useful exercises and stretches in well layed out sections with enough explanation.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Great for Beginners 13 Jun 2001
By Christopher Thompson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
If you are new to the world of strength and conditioning then this book is for you. It is very basic and easy to understand. The introductions to each chapter are very comprehensive and provide a good rationale for the exercises to follow. The pictures would also be very helpful for beginners. I would have liked to have seen some more creative and advanced strength and conditioning exercises that were less general and more specific to martial arts, but as I read I quickly realized that this book is not geared toward strength coaches, but rather those students who may not know too much about strength, flexibility, nutrition, or plyometrics. This book would be great for any martial artist who doesn't know how to supplement their in class training with an out of class workout.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
A must read for rapid progress and injury prevention 4 April 2003
By Rob Ryley - Published on Amazon.com
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Regardless of system, progress in the martial arts requires not only proper instruction, but a high level of general fitness. Many martial arts instructors neglect to tell this to their students, probably because they stick to "traditional" training techniques that were developed before the discoveries of sports science.
It is not enough to go to class 3 times a week and expect your body to perform at a high level when you need it to. The masters of old trained every day, and with the exercises in this book, you can too, and get even better results.
Read this and you will have the basic, scientific principles of athletic training at your fingertips. You will learn about the basic components of fitness (flexibility, muscular strength, muscular endurance, muscular power, muscle balance, speed, agility, aerobic and anerobic capacity), and how various systems emphasize different aspects of fitness.
Especially important--the joint stabilization exercises. You won't find very many instructors teaching these. I wish I knew these, as I dislocated my shoulder a few times doing judo and kung fu. They will improve your muscle balance and prevent dislocations. I've incorporated them into my workout routine.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Easy to understand and effective 31 July 2004
By A. Horn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I should say I don't study martial arts. I use this book just for it's good strengthening exercises (although it has good stretches in it, too.) This is a great book for strengthening, especially the torso. I like it because first, the things necessary to do the exercises are inexpensive, second it gives sets of exercises in 4s and 5s, so you can do 2 sets of exercises (I do one upper, one lower body) in about 20-25 minutes. They're very doable, and have a range of reps so you can do what you feel good about without overdoing it. I've been using it for about 6 months now and I love it. In fact, I'm here now because I accidently recycled my copy, so I have to get a new one!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Warnings of health hazards and art-specific advice 8 Oct 2002
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
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Complete Conditioning For Martial Arts by certified strength and conditioning specialist and black belt holder Sean Cochrane is a solid, "user friendly" guide to stretching exercises and training techniques to build the strength, flexibility, endurance, balance, speed, and agility that, in turn, can be applied to improve one's command of martial arts. Black-and-white photographs along with helpful text, warnings of health hazards and art-specific advice characterize this highly recommended addition to personal and professional Martial Arts reference collections and supplemental reading lists.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Not complete....Not necessarily Martial Arts based...DO NOT BUY!!!!! 17 Nov 2010
By PRow - Published on Amazon.com
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Bought this book with the idea that maybe it contain methods, ideas, or techniques to improve martial ability, but it turned out to be a basic cardio, resistance training primer. It has a lot of holes in its presentation and really needs some intense updating to discuss how to design, evaluate and adapt a workout program. The majority of this book is a how-to guide on doing exercises. Whoopy!!!! You can go to any internet site and get that info.

This book needs more discussion on how to actually do and design workouts; not learn exercise forms. Besides, the only useful part of the book is that is does a very brief evaluation of the kids of training a martial artist would/should do for their style, but again too broad and no useful take away info.

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