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The Science of Enhancing Progressive-Resistance Training

By Douglas Garfield
2004, Motioneering, Inc.

Strength Training to Improve Athletic Performance
August 14, 2005 - By Mike Muha

Doug Garfield's latest book, "RepMotions" reintroduces progressive resistance training as a practical resource for general athletes and medical and exercise professionals involved in training their patients and clients. Unlike his last two books, RepMotions dives deep into the research and empirical findings to describe the science behind progressive resistance training.

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Armit: Power for Poling
By Douglas Garfield
2004, Motioneering, Inc.

Effectively Increases Poling Power and Core Strength
4, 2004 - By Mike Muha
When you're skating uphill, 60-70% of the force that moves you is from poling. Unfortunately, many skiers spend an inordinate amount of time working on leg strength and endurance (running and biking) and neglect the upper body. Doug Garfield's new book & exercise equipment combination, Armit, Power for Poling, offers help!

High-Powered Plyometrics
By James C Radcliffe & Robert C. Farentino
1999, Human Kinetics

Plyometrics for the Nordic Skier
September 26
, 2004 - By Mike Muha
If I had to choose only one plyometrics book for the endurance athlete - especially cross country skiers, I'd recommend High-Powered Plyometrics. Two reasons drive my recommendation: the excellent quality of the pictures and text explaining each drill and a training program specific for Nordic skiers. 

Jumping into Plyometrics, 2nd Edition
By Donald A. Chu
1992, Human Kinetics

A General Plyometrics Reference, But Not Ski Specific
September 18
, 2004 - By Mike Muha
This book is broad in scope, trying to cover plyometrics for just about every sport there is. There's quite of bit of interesting reading, and I learned a great deal about how plyometrics are used in other sports. But I had trouble trying to apply what I learned to cross country ski training without quite a bit of thought and effort. 

Fitness Cross-Country Skiing
By Steven E. Gaskill
1998, Human Kinetics

A Practical Introductory Guide to Training
August 28
, 2004 - By Mike Muha
Fitness for Cross Country Skiing is a practical guide for introducing skiers to the concept of training. It's greatest strength is that it provides a large number of sample workouts for both winter and summer, at different intensity levels, with many alternatives for using your bike, inline skating, running, hiking, swimming, and even exercise machines. Gaskill allows you to leverage the equipment you have to increase your fitness.

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The New Steady Ski for Nordic Athletes
By Douglas Garfield
2003, Motioneering, Inc.

Great Balance, Stabilization & Strength Training Book
6, 2003 - By Mike Muha
This book convinced me that I must actively work on balance and stability drills to be a better skier. It provides many drills you can do at home, and shows an evolutionary way to get more out of your weight sessions. 

Teach Yourself Visually: Weight Training
By maranGraphics Development Group
2003, maranGraphics

Great General Strength Book
October 26, 2003 - By Mike Muha
I've been lifting weights for years without any instruction, but I always knew I was missing something: proper form. It was with great pleasure that I stumbled on to "Teach Yourself Visual: Weight Training." This book provides excellent examples of what to do and what not to do when using free weights, weight machines, stretch cords and exercise balls for general and core strength. Recommended.

Lactate Threshold Training
By Peter Janssen, MD
2001, Human Kinetics

Poor Editing Cripples Training Book 
September 1
, 2003 - By Mike Muha
The good news is, I actually did learn a few things from this book. The bad news: this book is very poorly written, edited, and organized, many of the graphs lack labels or units of measure, and much of the book has little to do with lactate threshold training.


Chasing the Olympic Dream

By Pete Vordenberg
2003, Out Your Backdoor Press

"Momentum" a Joy to Read!
January 22, 2003 - By Ernie Brumbaugh
Few books capture the moment, the graceful motion or the exhilaration of the event they are written about. What a joy to have read one of those books that does and especially one about our sport, cross-country ski racing. Peter Vordenberg has capped an incredible career, although shorter than he had hoped, with what I believe will be one of the best sports books ever written.