Topic in Focus: Welcome to Strength and Conditioning

Building strength correctly takes more than time and motivation; it also requires reliable, authoritative instruction. To aid fitness professionals as they help clients, students, and athletes become stronger and healthier, Human Kinetics Library is proud to offer our new Strength and Conditioning collection, a library of ebooks and videos to support training programs at all levels.

Scroll down to discover free-to-access content highlighting key areas of this new, innovative collection: from building the perfect fitness program, to incorporating high-intensity interval training into your workout, to sport-specific conditioning and injury prevention.

Explore these resources and learn how Human Kinetics Library’s new Strength and Conditioning collection can help you power up your training!


Elite Physique: The New Science of Building a Better Body

The science of building a better body involves the ability to assess physicality at the start of a fitness journey. Whether you’re evaluating your own fitness level or that of your trainees, Dr. Chad Waterbury’s Elite Physique: The New Science of Building a Better Body provides straightforward assessment methods to apply at the start of a workout program, including ways to analyze posture, balance, mobility, and endurance.

Click here to learn more about assessment strategies you can integrate into your own workout programs.

Then, watch the videos on Deadlifts, Half-Kneeling One-Arm Overhead Press and Zercher Squats for a sampling of Dr. Waterbury’s practical instruction.


Eat. Lift. Thrive.

When it comes to fitness programs for women, one size definitely does not fit all. Health coach and researcher Sohee Lee, CSCS, CISSN, knows that the key to a successful fitness journey involves finding the right tools and strategies for each individual.

In this free-to-read chapter from Eat. Lift. Thrive., Lee prescribes the right steps to help women create their own programs that not only address key fitness goals, but consider factors including time constraints, equipment availability, injuries, and more.


Smarter Workouts: The Science of Exercise Made Simple

Fitness professionals know that exercising better means exercising smarter. In his book Smarter Workouts: The Science of Exercise Made Simple , fitness expert Pete McCall explains the effects of correct exercise and offers practical workouts that focus on mobility training, core strength, and metabolic conditioning.

In this sample introductory chapter, McCall sets physical trainers up for success by examining fundamental beliefs about strength conditioning through a scientific lens, exploring the impact that correct—and incorrect—exercise can have on muscle fibers, fascia, the skeletal system, and more.


Stretch to Win

The journey to full fitness requires more than just strength and power. The best strength training programs are accompanied by attention to mobility and flexibility as well. In Stretch to Win, Ann and Chris Frederick offer the tools, stretches, and instruction to create an effective flexibility program for any sport or activity.

In this provided introductory chapter, the authors map out ten principles for optimal flexibility, part of the established Stretch to Win system designed to help increase mobility, power, speed, agility, range of motion, and overall performance.


Soccer Anatomy

Different sports require different strength and conditioning programs, to both heighten an athlete’s performance and protect against injury. As one of Human Kinetics Library’s series of sport-specific training resources, Soccer Anatomy , by Donald T. Kirkendall and Adam L. Sayers, offers 95 specific exercises with step-by-step directions and anatomical illustrations designed for soccer players.

Click here to read this sample chapter about injury prevention programs conceived and approved by The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA).


The HIIT Advantage: High-Intensity Workouts for Women

High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is an effective technique for achieving maximum strength results in minimal time. For those professionals offering conditioning programs for women, fitness veteran Irene Lewis-McCormick’s The HIIT Advantage: High Intensity Workouts for Women offers an authoritative guide to this method of burning fat and improving performance, and is accompanied by a video library with demonstrations of 24 key exercises and an original 30-minute workout.

Read Lewis-McCormick’s introduction providing an overview of HIIT, explaining its background and benefits.

Then, watch the videos on Burpees, Cycle Lunges and Speedskaters to see Lewis-McCormick’s HIIT expertise in action.


Power Yoga: Strength, Sweat, and Spirit

Increasing strength means more than pushing heavy weights around. In particular, fitness devotees know that integrating yoga into their regimen helps boost overall strength, flexibility, and focus. Power Yoga: Strength, Sweat, and Spirit is your guide to unlocking the benefits of regular yoga practice, offering dozens of warm-up, power, peak, and cool-down poses designed for maximum effectiveness.

Read this sample chapter to learn how power yoga can be added to existing sport and conditioning programs to help your athletes increase their fitness and performance.

Sport in Focus: Swimming

No matter what time of year, swimmers at every level can enjoy health benefits from their time in the water. This specially-selected collection of titles offers advice for all swimmers, from the outdoor triathlete looking to increase strength and speed to the beginner seeking more confidence in the pool. Explore the chapters below and discover tips and insights from professional coaches, instructors, and swimmers.

Teaching Technique

Swim coaches and instructors know that swimmers must understand and apply the right technique in order to improve. In this chapter from Developing Swimmers (2011), award-winning coach Michael Brooks defines key benchmarks for assessing a swimmer’s potential and strengthening technique, both at the whole body level, and in the nuance of particular strokes. Click here to read Brooks’ chapter on Teaching Technique Effectively.

The Art of the Freestyle

Freestyle is more than just the fastest competitive stroke; it’s fundamental for all swimmers looking to keep their bodies fit and flexible. In this chapter from his formative instructional guide The Swimming Drill Book (2017), United States Swimming (USS) coach Ruben Guzman presents practical tips for the freestyle stroke from body position, to breathing, to kicking and a strong two-arm coordination. Click here to read Guzman’s chapter on Freestyle.

The Science of Swimming

It may sound obvious, but there’s a science to moving through water effectively. In The Science of Swimming Faster (2015), editors bring together coaches, athletes, trainers, and researchers to consider how scientific application can help competitive swimmers shave crucial seconds off their time. Click here to read a chapter by Timothy Wei, Russell Mark and Sean Hutchinson exploring Fluid Dynamics, Propulsion, and Drag.

Preparing for the Marathon

Swimming in a marathon requires a unique set of physical and mental skills. In his book Open Water Swimming (2011), professional marathon swimmer and coach Steven Munatones offers athletes his insight and expertise on preparing, training, and competing in different types of open-water events. In this free-to-read chapter, Munatones gives helpful advice for swimmers preparing for full marathons.