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In Part 2 of this series we’ll answer the all too commonly debated topic of lifting belts. More specifically – should you wear a lifting belt, and if so, when? The short answer to this question is – yes.  You do need a lifting belt if you are going to lift seriously, but probably not […]

So there are lots of questions about Squats and everything and anything related to Squats and Squat Training. Today, I decided to opt out of writing The Definitive Squat Manifesto and instead select three random points of discussion that I am often asked about.  And as I’ve said before, if you get asked the same […]

THE BARBELL PRESCRIPTION:
STRENGTH TRAINING FOR LIFE AFTER 40
by Jonathon M. Sullivan, Andy Baker, Nassim Nicholas Taleb

The Barbell Prescription: Strength Training for Life After 40 directly addresses the most pervasive problem faced by aging humans: the loss of physical strength and all its associated problems – the loss of muscle mass, bone mineral loss and osteoporosis, hip fractures (a terminal event for many older people), loss of balance and coordination, diabetes, heart disease related to a sedentary lifestyle, and the loss of independence.

The worst advice an older person ever gets is, Take it easy. Easy makes you soft, and soft makes you dead. The Barbell Prescription maps an escape from the usual fate of older adults: a logical, programmed approach to the hard work necessary to win at the extreme sport of Aging Well. Unlike all other books on the subject of exercise for seniors, The Barbell Prescription challenges the motivated Athlete of Aging with a no-nonsense training approach to strength and health – and demonstrates that everybody can become significantly stronger using the most effective tools ever developed for the job.

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PRACTICAL PROGRAMMING FOR
STRENGTH TRAINING
by Mark Rippetoe & Andy Baker

Widely considered to be the most comprehensive book in print on the programming of strength training, Practical Programming details the multi-year process that a trainee might follow from a raw beginner to intermediate to the advanced level.

Practical Programming takes an in-depth look at the physiology of adaptation, and lays out detailed plans of how a trainee should structure their training programs at the novice, intermediate, or advanced levels. The text includes programs for anyone from the competitive Power Lifter, to the 65 year old novice, to the 15 year old kid picking up a set of weights for the first time.

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ABOUT ANDY BAKER

With over 15 years of dedicated experience as a personal trainer and strength coach, Andy Baker is one of the most sought after strength and fitness experts in the industry. Andy has provided strength & conditioning coaching to hundreds of elite athletes, as well as high achieving adult fitness clients who want to change their lives through his methods. In addition to opening Kingwood Strength & Conditioning* in 2007, Andy has been a featured speaker at many prominent industry events, and is the co-author of the best-selling Practical Programming for Strength Training with industry icon Mark Rippetoe.   In 2016, Andy released his second book The Barbell Prescription:  Strength Training for Life After 40 with Dr. Jonathan Sullivan

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