Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Strength Training Past 50 - Book Review

The newest edition of Strength Training past 50 has been updated with twenty more exercises (83 versus 63 in the 2nd edition). Many new professional references have been added to reflect current research. 

Both authors are well-known experts in the exercise and weightlifting fields. Westcott, a fitness director for the YMCA and strength training consultant, has authored or co-authored twenty fitness books and more than 300 professional articles. Baechle is an Exercise Science professor & chairperson for Creighton University, Executive Director of the National Strength & Conditioning Association and a United States Weightlifting Coach. 

The Exercise Finder tables in the beginning of the book make it easy to locate which body part you want to work on, which exercise to do (using machines, free weights or alternative equipment) and a page number to go to for more information. Assessment activities and rankings are included in chapter 2 so you can get a current baseline of fitness and know what goals to set.

Other chapters include; applying the principles of training, learning basic exercise techniques, specific machine and free-weight exercises, basic and advanced training programs and sport-specific programs.
The photographs are clear, black & white and include men and women performing the exercises. Exercise techniques are simple yet complete. Athletes, whether novice, intermediate or advanced will find useful information in this book. The workout plans in the later chapters are worth the price alone, though the rest of the book is filled with great information.

Westcott, Wayne & Thomas Baechle. Strength Training Past 50. 3rd edition. Human Kinetics, NY. 2015. Print.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

The Women's Guide to Triathlon- Book Review

USA Triathlon. The Women's Guide to Triathlon. Champaign: Human Kinetics, 2015. Print.

There are eighteen chapters in this book, each authored by a female writer or writers who are themselves triathletes and/or coaches and experts in swimming, biking, running or nutrition. 
Many black and white photographs using female athletes demonstrating proper form are included in the book. Chapters discuss mental training, nutrition, running, swimming and biking techniques, traveling to races, training plans from sprint races to a ½ Ironman distance, off-road triathlons and more. 
Novices will find the chapter on triathlon gear especially helpful. All triathletes can benefit from the tri-specific strength training exercises in chapter two and alternative exercises for triathletes in chapter five. 
Chapter three, on nutrition, has important information specifically for women. Included is; eating properly to recover from workouts, the influence of the menstrual cycle, estrogen levels, proper protein and carbohydrate levels, the timing of when and what to eat while training and sample menu plans. All female athletes would benefit from reading this chapter. 
This book will be helpful for triathlon coaches and athletes, whether the athlete is just beginning in triathlons or has extensive experience in the sport.

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Flip This MOOC!

Using Gagne's Nine Events of Instruction as a template.

1. Gain Attention - Sarah Ade, "If you love to read" video.

2. Describe the Objective(s)
At the end of this lesson co-workers will be able to;
  • Explain what a MOOC is
  • Understand Gagne's Nine Events of Instruction
  • Begin to understand the FLIP method of teaching
  • Locate quick MLA help to share with students
3. Recall
4. Present Material
  • What is a MOOC and who cares anyhow?
  • Gagne's Nine Events*

5. Provide Learner Guidance
  • In groups discuss Flip Method. Useful or not? 
6. Practice New Skill - Elicit performance (class discussion)

7. Provide Feedback (instructor responses and student responses)

8. Assess Performance (review objectives - were they met?) Use Polleverywhere.

9. Enhance Retention (handout, blog address).

*Image obtained from http://insdsg619.wikispaces.com/Gagne

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Citation Assessment Games

Two interesting websites for assessing students in their understanding of citation styles are;

The Tic-Tac-Toe citation game from James Madison University (MLA only)


The Citation Game from Williams College Libraries. (APA, MLA, Chicago, ACS or a combination).

Monday, January 13, 2014

"If you love to read" song

This teacher has a great voice (Sarah Ada) and the message in the song is appropriate for libraries.

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Super Librarian

Stumbled across this when looking for videos to use with one-shot library instruction classes. Not sure I would use this, but it's cute and funny.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Developing Speed - Book Review

Jeffreys, Ian, ed. Developing Speed. Champaign, Illinois: Human Kinetics, 2013. Print.

An excellent book for youth, high school and college coaches who want to teach their athletes how to accelerate quickly. Just being a fraction of a second quicker gives an athlete a big advantage, this book will help them get to a new level. Athletes can use this book on their own; though it would be helpful to have someone make sure they are doing the drills correctly. Developing Speed will help readers understand the principles behind creating sport specific programs. Tables are included to assess speed for high school through college age athletes.

Sport specific chapters include; baseball, basketball, football, ice hockey, rugby, soccer, tennis and track. Drills are suggested with photographs and diagrams providing helpful hints on correct technique.

An authoritative source by the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

Published September, 2013, LibraryThing.com and Amazon.com