This book draws heavily on the author's experiance in preparing the weightlifting, athletics and swimming teams of the former USSR. It is a well presented foundation for learning the concepts behind the soviet method of strength training. The book is primarily directed towards an academic or coach'sperspective, however the motivated home enthuasiast can benefit from Dr. Zatsiorsky's's knowledge.
The layout is simple and methodical. It begins with the basics of strength and conditioning. These first chapters are of great benefit to neophytes and sports scientists alike. The book then progresses to cover training, timing and exercising.This includes a great deal of data gathered from soviet athletes. Dr Zatsiorsky goes into detail on the scientific basis of the development of strength and condioning with regard to the neural system.He particularly stresses the use of strength training for injury prevention, and the specificity of the exercise selection and loading patterns.
I have used these principles when coaching young Shot Putters who went on to break national records here in Ireland.
An excellent book, not geared towards bodybuilding or power lifting, rather a scientific explanation of the basis of strength development.
The type of person who would benefit the most is one who is seeking knowledge of these principles to apply to their particular sport, IE Athletics, Rugby, Rowing and gymnastics et cetera.
Many thanks to the author for helping me to "think outside the box".