The Elite Trainer: Strength Training for the Serious Professional

The Elite Trainer is a synthesis of the very latest thinking in strength training and a comprehensive guide to developing individualized programs for your clients. Intensity, volume, density, repetitions, sets, tempo, time under tension, rest interval, exercise selection and sequence, load selection, duration, and frequency are all covered in detail in easy-to-understand language. Whether you are a seasoned professional or a beginner, The Elite Trainer provides a wealth of information you can put to use immediately.

Key Features

  • The Elite Trainer provides 55 programs and over 100 exercise illustrations.
  • The Elite Trainer covers dozens of training methods and cutting-edge techniques.
  • The Elite Trainer showcases the brilliant artistry of Teiko Reindorf.
  • The Elite Trainer has been thoroughly researched with well over 300 references, including obscure material from Europe that was translated for the book.

Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

The Elite Trainer is a compilation of material from various authorities in the strength game, including Al Vermeil, Alexander Prilepin, Alexie Medvedyev, Alwyn Cosgrove, Andrew Charniga Jr., Angel Spassov, Anthony Ditillo, Arkady Vorobyev, Arthur Jones, Arto Pakarinen, Ben Velazquez, Bill Hartman, Brad Schoenfeld, Brian Mackenzie, Brooks Kubik, Casey Butt, Chad Ikei, Chad Waterbury, Charles Poliquin, Charles Staley, Charlie Francis, Christian Finn, Christian Thibaudeau, Daniel Baker, Dave Tate, David Behm, Dennis Weis, Derek Manuel, Dietmar Schmidtbleicher, Dietrich Buchenholz (Brad Nuttall), Digby Sale, Don Alessi, Doug Hepburn, Doug McGuff, Duncan MacDougall, Eric Cressey, Eric Serrano, Fred Hatfield, George Turner, Greg Wilson, Harold Tünnemann, Helga Letzelter, Ian King, Istvan Balyi, Istvan Javorek, James Krieger, Jeff Everson, Jeffrey Spencer, Jeffrey Willardson, Jerry Telle, Joe DeFranco, Joe Dowdell, Joe Weider, John Berardi, John Davies, John Little, John Wood, Judd Biasiotto, Jürgen Hartmann, Karsten Jensen, Keijo Häkkinen, Kim Goss, Lamar Gant, Lee Burkett, Leonid Matveyev, Lorne Goldenberg, Louie Simmons, Manfred Letzelter, Mark Diaz, Mark Lindsay, Matthew Rhea, Mauro Di Pasquale, Mel Siff, Michael Boyle, Michael Yessis, Mike Mahler, Mike Robertson, Mike Stone, Nelson Montana, Paavo Komi, Paul Chek, Paul Gagné, Pavel Tsatsouline, Per Tesch, Robert Colling, Robert Kennedy, Robert Rakowski, Robert Robertson, Robert Roman, Scott Abel, Steve Holman, Steven Fleck, Stuart McGill, Stuart McRobert, TC Luoma, Terry Todd, Thomas Baechle, Thomas Kurz, Thomas Pipes, Tom McCullough, Trevor Cottrell, Tudor Bompa, Valentin Dikul, Vladimir Zatsiorsky, Warren Young, William Brink, William Ebben, William Hinbern, William Kraemer, Yegyan, and Yuri Verkhoshansky.


The Elite Trainer Review by Steve Holman, Iron Man Magazine Editor-In-Chief

Are you a personal trainer looking for a synthesis of the latest in strength-training facts, methods and programs? A guide that can help you develop individualized programs for your clients? If so, The Elite Trainer by John Paul Catanzaro is for you.

If you, like me, answered no to the above questions but you’re still into efficient, effective strength training and bodybuilding, you, too, should get your hands on this book. It’s packed with so much info, you’ll be immersed in it for days.

Catanzaro is a certified exercise physiologist and certified kinesiologist and owns a private training facility in Richmond Hills, Ontario. Over the years he’s appeared on television, published numerous articles and released two DVDs, “Stretching for Strengthening” and “Warm-Up to Strength Training.” The Elite Trainer is a culmination of his knowledge—and what a treasure trove it is.

The subjects covered include the size principle, training to failure, muscle fiber makeup, sarcoplasmic vs. myofibrillar hypertrophy, single vs. multiple sets, compensatory acceleration training, eccentric training, time under tension, neural vs. metabolic recovery, the rest interval solution, periodization and a huge compendium of exercises and workouts—from basic bodybuilding to two-day hypertrophy splits to escalating density to advanced size and strength. Whew!

I can honestly say that you will refer to this book over and over throughout your career, whether you’re a personal trainer or recreational lifter. It’s an indispensable reference.

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