Synopses & Reviews
The exercise will never hurt you--only improper form causes injury. Master the essentials of proper weight training and be safe while performing the squat, lunge, leg press, lat pulldown, reverse fly, bench press, chest fly, shoulder press, shoulder raise, biceps curl, triceps extension, plank, and more!
With over 350 full-color, step-by-step photos, Weight Training Without Injury's unique, revolutionary approach teaches right from wrong at every step with meticulous attention to detail. Stellabotte and Straub's mission is simple: to enable you to master proper form and prevent injury when lifting weights. This book blends 50 years of experience and success with current scientific research (over 90 peer-reviewed publications are referenced)--all explained simply and organized in a clear format that is easy to follow. The techniques learned here can be applied to exercises found in any bodybuilding, strength training or resistance training manual or program, making Weight Training Without Injury indispensable for the beginner, the seasoned gym goer, and the professional trainer.
"Stellabotte, a personal trainer and veteran of the U.S. Navy, and Straub, an exercise physiologist, have built a clear and comprehensive manual that lays out the foundational basics of how to use weights and explicitly demonstrates the differences between safe, or 'correct,' movements and injury-causing “incorrect” ones. The book is divided into seven sections, kicking off with a crucial introduction to selecting the right workout regimen. Subsequent sections focus on different parts of the body: legs, back, chest, shoulders, arms, and the all-important core. Along with the essential weight exercise for the body part in question, these sections go over necessary equipment, key points for safe and effective movement, and 'Master Techniques,' the more advanced exercises. The writing is clean and straightforward, effectively communicating what to avoid and what to do, as incorrect form can be dangerous. Color photographs appear on nearly every page illustrating the authors’ tips. This guide is essential for anyone who hopes to get into weight training, and it should be mandatory reading before setting foot into any gym." (BookLife) Publishers Weekly
"Weight Training Without Injury is an indispensable, user-friendly guide, especially for the beginning lifter ... photos of correct (and incorrect) body positions ... for every step, make it possible to master proper technique when lifting weights..."
N. Travis Triplett, PhD, CSCS,*D, FNSCA, Professor of Exercise Science, Appalachian State University
"... The methodologies in this book are sound, with scientific backing, and are presented in a very organized and easy-to-read manner. I definitely recommend this book to everyone that wants to train with great technique and excel in their respective fields." Jon Sanderson, MS, CSCS, RSCC, SCCC, USAW, FMS, TPI, Head Strength and Conditioning Coach, University of Michigan, Men's Basketball, Men's/Women's Golf
"I absolutely love Stellabotte and Straub's book Weight Training Without Injury! ... It has a strong focus on feet and hand placement, head and neck alignment, spine and hip range of motion, and shoulder and knee joint stability. Science in the weight room--LOVE IT!" Stew Smith, CSCS, Former Navy SEAL, Tactical Fitness Author, Special Ops Team Coach at the US Naval Academy, Founder of Heroes of Tomorrow and Stew Smith Fitness
"A clear and comprehensive guide, backed by scientific evidence and decades of real-life experience. A must-have for anyone needing to weight train safely--which is just about everyone."
Frank Winton, MD, Family and Sports Medicine
"... Weight Training Without Injury is brilliant--it educates the novice, as well as the professional, on how to train without injury."
Dave Draper, Mr. America, Mr. Universe, Mr. World in several competitions, 1965-1970, Author of Brother Iron, Sister Steel: A Bodybuilder's Book
"... The attention to detail is unparalleled among other texts in the field. If you were going to read and use only one book on weight training, this would be it!" Christopher M. Powers, PT, PhD, FACSM, FAPTA, Professor, USC Division of Biokinesiology & Physical Therapy
"... The chapter on proper squat exercise alone is so important that I have already changed the way I teach this exercise in my practice."
Stuart C. Marshall, MD, Orthopaedic Surgeon, Specializing in Sports Medicine and Trauma
About the Author
Stellabotte, a US Navy Veteran and an expert in
bodybuilding, has developed weight-training programs with a focus on
proper form and injury prevention for over 50 years. He has trained
movie stars, champion bodybuilders, professional athletes (including Los
Angeles Dodgers baseball team and Oakland Raiders football team
players), and members of the general public. From 1970 to 1989, he
founded and directed southern California's Manhattan Beach Athletic Club
for Men and the Manhattan Beach Athletic Club for Women, two of the
largest facilities of their kind in America. His knowledge and
experience result from years of research, including study with monks who
practice martial arts in China; extensive coursework in kinesiology,
anatomy, and neurology; and scrutiny of proper muscle function through
examination of his own body in front of mirrors. Weight Training Without
Injury, co-authored by one of his star students, Rachel Straub, is
Fred's legacy. It shares his knowledge, acquired over a lifetime, with
Rachel Straub, MS, CSCS, is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Carnegie Mellon, where
she received her BA in chemistry with university and research honors.
She holds master's degrees in exercise physiology and nutritional
sciences from San Diego State University and a third master's degree in
biokinesiology (with a focus on biomechanics) from the University of
Southern California. She has been certified as a strength and
conditioning specialist by the National Strength and Conditioning
Association and is the co-author of scientific papers in the fields of
biomechanics, sports medicine, nutrition, and computational chemistry,
published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine, Journal of
Strength and Conditioning Research, Journal of Electromyography and
Kinesiology, Nutrition Research, and Physical Biology and other
journals. Rachel, a skilled investor, currently co-manages extensive
brokerage accounts that are outperforming benchmark indices such as the
S&P 500 and NASDAQ Composite.