Our High Intensity Training Interview this month commemorates the new release of the historical 25th anniversary edition of the outstanding book “A Practical Approach To Strength Training”, written by this month’s guest, Matt Brzycki.
Through his prolific writing over the last 25 years, Matt has been one of the biggest proponents anywhere of productive, safe, and time-efficient–in other words, practical–strength training methods.
Matt has nearly 30 years of experience at the collegiate level as a coach, instructor and administrator. This includes work as a Health Fitness Supervisor at Princeton University (May 1983 to September 1984), Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at Rutgers University (September 1984 to July 1990) and a variety of positions at Princeton University including Strength Coach and Health Fitness Coordinator (August 1990 to December 1993); Coordinator of Health Fitness, Strength and Conditioning (December 1993 to March 2001); Coordinator of Recreational Fitness and Wellness Programs (March 2001 to June 2007); and his current role as Assistant Director of Campus Recreation, Fitness (June 2007 to present).
He served in the US Marine Corps from 1975 to 1979, earning various distinctions including the Leatherneck Award (for rifle marksmanship), meritorious promotion to the rank of sergeant, Meritorious Mast, Good Conduct Medal, Certificate of Merit, Drill Instructor Ribbon and rifle expert badge (three awards). After completing his four-year enlistment, Matt enrolled at The Pennsylvania State University where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Physical Education in 1983. In college, he was a competitive powerlifter and bodybuilder.
This fourth edition of A Practical Approach To Strength Training is a long awaited update of the classic book that has been a widely-used resource in the fitness industry, selling over 35,000 copies. Many of the chapters have been overhauled with the latest information on strength and fitness–new chapters include anaerobic training, metabolic training, flexibility training, power training, weight management and nutrition. The book also describes nearly 100 exercises that can be done with free weights, machines, and manual (partner) resistance. In my opinion, this book is a must-have in the fitness library of anybody who is serious about strength training.
In this exclusive interview, Matt reveals tons of fascinating, funny, and useful information, like:
- What it took to write a book back in the ’80′s compared to today (hint: there was no Microsoft Word back then)
- The behind-the-scenes evolution of the book over the years
- The 2 strength training principles that you must apply to your training to succeed
- The most important study on exercise performed in the last 25 years, and it what the results mean to you
- How practical strength training approaches have changed in the last 25 years (surprising)
- The biggest “Urban Myths” in the fitness industry today
- How to properly evaluate various training techniques
- And much, much more!
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