Serious Strength Training, Paperback
3 out of 5 (1 rating)


Boost your workouts to reach your highest goals. The previous two editions of "Serious Strength Training", Bompa's best-selling guide to boosting workouts and achieving even the loftiest of strength goals, have sold over 100,000 copies.

Now Bompa teams up with strength training nutrition expert Mauro Di Pasquale and former bodybuilder Lorenzo Cornacchia to provide readers with the most authoritative resource available for hard-core strength training.

The book focuses on the six key phases of strength training - anatomical adaptation, hypertrophy, mixed, maximum strength, muscle definition and transition - taking a direct and prescriptive approach to its content while infusing it with the latest scientific research on bodybuilding, instead of relying on the authors' personal opinions.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 368 pages, 41 black & white illustrations, 213 black & white halftones
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Exercise & workout books
  • ISBN: 9781450422444



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Maybe I'm just a bit saturated due to all of the strength training blogs/studies I read these days, but I wasn't as impressed with this book as I was hoping I would be. I felt like the months-out level of periodization was just excessive (though maybe for bodybuildings/powerlifters who need to "peak" for an event, it might make sense). I'm also not sure I agree with the super-high rep protocol for burning fat -- I think you'd lose some muscle with that approach. Also, it barely touched on the issue of steroid use -- yet was full of pictures of clearly juiced IFBB pros. I understand that this issue is generally swept under the table in the lifting world, yet I think it clearly needs to be addressed one way or another if you're going to showcase lifters who are benefiting from their use. The diet, at least, was interesting, and did deviate sharply from the typical chicken-breast-and-broccoli bodybuilding prescription.

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