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Author - Wayne L. Westcott PhD

Wayne L. Westcott, Ph.D., is fitness research director at the South Shore YMCA in Quincy, MA. He is strength training consultant for numerous national organizations, such as the American Council on Exercise, the American Senior Fitness Association, and the National Youth Sports Safety Foundation, and editorial advisor for many publications, including Prevention, Shape, and Club Industry magazines. He is also author of 20 fitness books including the new releases, No More Cellulite, Building Strength and Stamina, Strength Training Past 50, Strength Training for Seniors, Complete Conditioning for Golf, and Strength and Power for Young Athletes. Dr. Westcott has been honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Association of Fitness Professionals, the Healthy American Fitness Leader Award from the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, and the Roberts-Gulick Award from the YMCA Association of Professional Directors, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Governor’s Committee on Physical Fitness and Sports, and the NOVA 7 Exercise Program Award from Fitness Management Magazine. Books Strength & Power for Young Athletes, Human Kinetics, 2000. Complete Conditioning for Golf, Human Kinetics, 1999. Strength Training for Seniors, Human Kinetics, 1999. Strength Training Past 50(Ageless Athlete Series) Human Kinetics Publishers, 1997. Building Strength and Stamina New Nautilus Training for Total Fitness, Human Kinetics Publishers, 1996. Strength Fitness Physiological Principles and Training Techniques, Fourth Edition, Wm. C. Brown Publishers, 1995. Nautilus Strength Training Certification Textbook, Nautilus 1995. Be Strong: Strength Training For Muscular Fitness For Men And Women, Wm. C. Brown Publishers, 1992. Personal Trainer Manual, American Council On Exercise, 1991. (Chapter On Muscular Strength And Endurance). Strength Fitness: Physiological Principles and Training Techniques, Third Edition, Wm. C. Brown Publishers, 1990. Keeping Fit, George W. Prescott Publishing Company, 1987. Strength Fitness: Physiological Principles and Training Techniques, Second Edition, Wm. C. Brown Publishers, 1987. Building Strength At The YMCA, Human Kinetics Publishers, 1987. Strength Fitness: Physiological Principles and Training Techniques, First Edition, Allyn and Bacon Publishers, 1982. Articles Over 300 Articles in Professional Journals Weekly Newspaper Fitness Column Weekly Radio Fitness Show Education B.S. Pennsylvania State University 1971 M.S. Pennsylvania State University 1974 Ph.D. Ohio State University Awards Healthy American Fitness Leader Award, 1995, President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports Lifetime Achievement Award, 1993, IDEA: International Association of Fitness Professionals. Massachusetts Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Honor Award, 1993. American Heart Association Recognition Award, 1992. Association of Professional YMCA Directors Program Service Award, 1983. Wayne L. Westcott, Ph.D., is fitness research director at the South Shore YMCA in Quincy, MA. He is strength training consultant for numerous national organizations, such as the American Council on Exercise, the American Senior Fitness Association, and the National Youth Sports Safety Foundation, and editorial advisor for many publications, including Prevention, Shape, and Club Industry magazines. He is also author of several fitness books including the new releases, Building Strength and Stamina, Strength Training Past 50, Strength Training for Seniors, Complete Conditioning for Golf, and Strength and Power for Young Athletes. Dr. Westcott was recently honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Association of Fitness Professionals, the Healthy American Fitness Leader Award from the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, and the Roberts-Gulick Award from the YMCA Association of Professional Directors, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Governor's Committee on Physical Fitness and Sports, the Fitness Industry Leader Award from the National Strength Professionals Association, and the NOVA 7 Exercise Program Award from Fitness Management Magazine.

Better Approaches To Weight Loss

We just completed statistical analyses of eight years (33 sessions) of data from our Basic Exercise Program. Since 1996, we have conducted exercise classes two or three days a week, almost every hour of the day, in a separate fitness facility, for...

Don’t Neglect The Neck

A few years ago, we conducted a research study with elderly residents of a large nursing home in Orange City, Florida. The 20 study subjects averaged almost 90 years of age, and spent most of their waking hours in wheelchairs. Their major problem...

Strength Training for Seniors

Importance of Resistance Training Men and women who do not perform regular resistance exercise experience progressive muscle atrophy throughout the aging process. Research indicates that inactive adults lose about one-half pound of muscle per year...

Sets

For as long as I can remember, coaches and fitness professionals have debated the merits of single versus multiple-set strength training. I have personally trained in both manners, and I have conducted numerous research studies on the effects of...

Strength Training Benefits

According to the Centers for Disease Control, approximately 90 percent of American adults are so sedentary they could almost be reclassified as statues (1). It should therefore come as no surprise that obesity has increased by almost 70 percent in...

A New Look at Repetition Ranges

In one of our most interesting research studies (7) we investigated how many repetitions people could perform with 75% of their maximum resistance (1RM weightload) in a standard chest exercise (10 degree chest machine). The majority of our 141...

Keep Kids Active

As you are undoubtedly aware, our nation is presently experiencing an epidemic of childhood obesity. Unfortunately, for every youth who is overfat, there are at least two who are underfit. With less emphasis on physical education, and even the...

Research Briefs

Summary The main purpose of this study was to examine the effect of training intensity on muscle deoxygenation, which may be an indicator of muscle tissue damage that is thought to be essential for increases in muscle size (hypertrophy) and strength...