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The weight training programs you need for the body you desire—now with video

Whether you've been a regular at the gym for years or are just getting started, Fitness Weight Training: Enhanced Edition contains proven programs for attaining the body you want.

Expanded, enhanced, and improved, this new edition of the perennial best-selling guide provides an overview of weight training. From equipment selection to exercise technique, Fitness Weight Training: Enhanced Edition has the information you need to get to work quickly, safely, and correctly, along with 40 videos illustrating many  exercises found in the book.

Best of all, you will find 75 programs for muscle toning, body shaping, and pure strength training. Just determine your objective and use the color-coded six-week-long workout zones—or levels of difficulty and intensity—to achieve your goal. With more than 60 of the most effective exercises to choose from, you can tailor your routine to the time, energy, and equipment available,

Make every minute in the weight room count. Make Fitness Weight Training: Enhanced Edition your workout guide and achieve your goals for training.

This enhanced e-book with video is now available for purchase through the Apple iBookstore and Amazon's Kindle store and is compatible with iOS devices—iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch—using the iBooks or Kindle app. It is also available via Barnes & Noble for use on the NOOK Color or NOOK Tablet.

“If it's important for you to make the greatest gains from your time in the gym, then this latest edition of Fitness Weight Training is the only training guide you need.”

Dan Wagman, PhD, CSCS

Publisher and Editor in Chief, Journal of Pure Power (JOPP)

“If you've been looking for a customizable program to improve your fitness level and ensure results, then look no further than Fitness Weight Training.”

Stephen Cabral, ND, CSCS

2011 Personal Trainer of the Year

“Authored by the leading experts in resistance exercise, Fitness Weight Training, Third Edition, is the consummate resource for implementing a productive strength training program.”

Wayne L. Westcott

Author, Strength Training Past 50

Fitness Weight Training does an excellent job of simplifying the complexities of exercise and providing clear instruction on developing a program. I'd recommend this book to anyone who is seeking to start a fitness regimen.”

Brad Schoenfeld, MSc, CSCS, CSPS, FNSCA

Author, The MAX Muscle Plan

Fitness Weight Training is an excellent resource for beginners as well as athletes.”

Avery D. Faigenbaum, EdD, CSCS


College of New Jersey

“Baechle and Earle are masters at helping people get the most from a fitness program based on scientific principles with practical application.”

Irene Lewis-McCormick, MS, CSCS

Author, A Woman's Guide to Muscle and Strength

“The third edition of Fitness Weight Training is my go-to resource for clients and athletes.”


Pro-Active Sports Therapy

Author, Facilitated Stretching





Part I Prepare to Weight Train

Chapter 1 Weight Train to Improve Fitness

Chapter 2 Know Your Equipment and Understand Its Proper Use

Chapter 3 Success Starts Here

Chapter 4 Steps to Starting Your Program

Chapter 5 Weight Train the Correct Way

Chapter 6 Weight Training Exercises


Part II Training by the Color Zones

Chapter 7 Green Zone

Chapter 8 Blue Zone

Chapter 9 Purple Zone

Chapter 10 Yellow Zone

Chapter 11 Orange Zone

Chapter 12 Red Zone


Part III Advanced Weight Training Programs

Chapter 13 Designing Your Own Program

Chapter 14 Combining Weight Training and Aerobic Exercise

Chapter 15 Weight Training to Improve Sport Performance


AppendixA: Workout Charts for Weight Training Programs

Appendix B: Sport-Specific Weight Training Exercises



About the Authors


Thomas R. Baechle, EdD, CSCS,*D (R), NSCA-CPT,*D (R), is a professor and chair of the exercise science department at Creighton University. He is a cofounder and past president of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), and for 20 years he was the executive director of the NSCA Certification Commission.


Baechle has received numerous awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the NSCA and the Excellence in Teaching Award from Creighton University. He has more than 35 years of experience competing in and coaching weightlifting and powerlifting and presenting and teaching on these topics. Baechle has authored, coauthored, or edited 15 books, including the first and second editions of Fitness Weight Training, four editions of the popular Weight Training: Steps to Success, and three editions of Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning, all published by Human Kinetics.


Roger W. Earle, MA, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D, has over 25 years of experience as a personal fitness trainer, competitive sport conditioning coach, and behavior modification facilitator for people of all ages and fitness levels. He lectures at national and international conferences about designing personalized exercise and training programs, weight management, and exercise motivation. Previously, Earle was the associate executive director and the director of exam development for the NSCA Certification Commission, where he was responsible for reviewing and editing the CSCS and NSCA-CPT exams and writing study resources with Baechle, including coediting the first edition of NSCA's Essentials of Personal Training and the second and third editions of Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning.


In addition, Earle coauthored the first and second editions of Fitness Weight Training and the third and fourth editions of Weight Training: Steps to Success. While at Creighton University, Earle served as the head strength and conditioning coach and a faculty member of the exercise science and athletic training department.