All About Program Design by Tim Henriques – Product Review

All About Program Design CoverIt’s been a while since I did a product review, predominantly because I didn’t have anything to review.  Well now I do (actually two products, the other will be another article) the first of which is All About Program Design by Tim Henriques.  Tim is the Director of the Virginia branch of the NPTI , The National Personal Training Institute, an online certification program.  Tim is also the author of the book All About Powerlifting, a thorough and utterly comprehensive book on the topic that I have reviewed previously.  When I say comprehensive I mean it, there are something like 40 pages describing the strict curl, a lift that isn’t common but is contested from time to time.  FORTY PAGES.  Anyhow.

As part of his work with the NPTI Tim has written and released All About Program Design which, as the title suggests is aimed at just that.  Let me make it clear from the get-go that this is focused on more general training as might be seen by the general public or what the typical personal trainer might be utilizing. It is not sports or powerlifting specific.

 

The book itself is 152 pages and takes a good look at the different components of fitness  (strength, endurance, body composition, endurance, flexibility) along with subcomponents (power, explosiveness, speed, agility, quickness).  We might quibble gently over terminology here but that’s nitpicky even for me which is saying a lot.  Next the book provides an overview chart of how the different components/subcomponents of fitness would be loaded in terms of number of exercises, reps, sets, loads and rest interval.  In one way this seems out of place in that it comes before the discussion of the other components but in another it provides a fantastic overview of each one.  Having read the book, you can refer back to this chart and have all the information in one place.

The specific terms such as sets, reps, tempo, etc. being used in the book are also defined in this section and I do want to specifically comment on that.  In my experience, there are many training books or manuals that come out that don’t do this.  No, I’m not naming names but it’s not uncommon to see people comment that the book was good except for the fact that there was terminology being used that was never explained.

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Jacob Shepis and Abel Csabai Podcasts

So it’s probably time that I put up at least some content that is NOT related to The Women’s Book.  But since the several articles I’m working on are a bit stalled, I thought I’d cheat and put up links to some recent podcasts I’ve done.

JPS Podcast on Women

This was a two part podcast (because I talk too much) on women’s issues.   In the first part we talked about hormone levels in general and blood work in specific.    I’ll be honest that the latter is absolutely not my area of expertise but I did my best.

In Part 2 we talked about some topics I never really had time to get into detail on in previous podcasts (since there is just too much information).  Namely we discussed PCOS (Poly-Cystic Ovary Syndrome), changes at Menopause and issues relating to women’s psychology (primarily in the weight room).

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The Women’s Book Charity Donations

The Women's BookJust a quickie little post about The Women’s Book.  First off let me say thanks to everybody who has purchased it.  Playstation games aren’t inexpensive these days.  And I hope everybody is enjoying it.

Most importantly, I wanted to remind folks that, at the suggestion of my friend Lisa (inspired by the Cards Against Humanity Pink Box), I not only made the cover pink but decided to charge a $5 Pink Tax.  Just $5 added to the price.

However, this was done with the plan to donate that $5 per book sold to The Women’s Sports Foundation, a group aimed at providing advocacy, research and resources to promote women’s sports.  I had connected with them prior to the release of the book to set things up and will be making a donation at the end of the year to them.

And the main thrust of this post is to let folks know that, as of February 28th, the total donation is already up over $12,000 and I am palpably excited to write them a check in December.

And while clearly this would not have occurred had the book not actually been eventually completed, it wouldn’t have occurred at all if people hadn’t continued to support me and buy the thing.  And I simply wanted to say thanks to folks, along with letting them know what their purchase is concretely impacting other than my Playstation game library.

And finally since it’s related, I wanted to make people aware of a movie trailer I came across on the Women’s Sports Foundation page itself called the Battle of the Sexes.  This is based on the real event that occurred in the late 70’s (I just remember it) with Bobby Riggs, determined to prove the superiority of men over women, challenged tennis phenom Billie Jean King to a match.  Steve Carell is the perfect loudmouthed braggart for the role and it should be a hoot to watch.  Without spoiling it, let’s just say that Riggs was better at talking than tennis.

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