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.