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Essentials of Exercise & Sport Nutrition: Science to Practice

The definitive exercise and sport nutrition book for athletes, strength and conditioning specialists, athletic trainers, exercise physiologists and researchers interested in optimizing training adaptations and performance.


Essentials of Exercise and Sport Nutrition: Science to Practice is an up to date and highly referenced assessment of the state of the science and practice of exercise and sport nutrition. It is authored by one of the world's leading sport nutrition scholars and co-founder of the International Society of Sport Nutrition, Dr. Richard B. Kreider. Dr. Kreider has conducted extensive research on exercise and sport nutrition and consulted with numerous teams, coaches, and athletes for over 30 years. He brings a scientific and applied perspective to discussing the latest research and how it can be applied to optimize performance in an easy to understand manner. Additionally, the book provides summary recommendations, training programs, and meal plans for beginners through athletes as well as for individuals who want to lose and/or manage their weight. This book is a must have for students studying exercise physiology, nutrition, and kinesiology as well as coaches, athletic trainers, strength and conditioning specialists, dietitians, sports medicine professionals, personal trainers, and sport scientists.


We all have a desire to look and feel good. Many of us also want to perform to the best of our ability whether it is in the weight room, in sports, or at work. Research has shown that exercise, proper nutrition, and adequate recovery are important factors that affect health and human performance. Although it would seem that educating the public about proper exercise and nutrition would be rather straight forward, there is a great deal of conflicting and confusing information available regarding exercise and nutrition. The purpose of this book is to provide an evidence-based overview of the essentials of sports nutrition for students and practitioners.


Chapter 1 - The Diet Foundation
Chapter 2 - Carbohydrates
Chapter 3 - Protein
Chapter 4 - Amino Acids
Chapter 5 - Fat
Chapter 6 - Vitamins and Minerals
Chapter 7 - Water & Fluid Replacement
Chapter 8 - The Training Table
Chapter 9 - Dietary Supplements
Chapter 10 - Muscle Building Supplements
Chapter 11 - Performance Enhancement Supplements
Chapter 12 - Recovery Nutrition
Chapter 13 - Weight Loss Strategies
Chapter 14 - Weight Loss Supplements
Chapter 15 - Performance Enhancement Programs
Appendix A - Training Programs
Appendix B - Meal Exchanges & Plans



This book has been translated into Spanish by Mayra A. Márquez, Professor Diego A. Bonilla, & Prof. Jorge L. Petro from Colombia.  The Spanish version can be purchased below in the bookstore.


Colombia Book Signing

Medellín, Colombia - February 14-16, 2019.  Dr. Kreider and Mayra A. Márquez signed covers of the Spanish version of the book at the International Conference on Fitness 3.0 and ExpoFitness 2019. Professors Diego A. Bonilla & Jorge L. Petro were also hand to announce the release of the book this spring.  Thanks to all who posted their pictures to Instagram and Facebook!








Get your copy of the latest in exercise and sport nutrition by purchasing the following books.

Essentials of Exercise & Sport Nutrition: Science to Practice
RB Kreider

$89.95 plus S&H - Hard Cover

The most  up to date and highly referenced exercise and sport nutrition book available! Essentials of Exercise & Sport Nutrition overviews the latest science in an easy to understand and apply manner for people interested in optimizing health and performance through exercise and nutrition. Essential overviews the available scientific evidence and provides summary recommendations, training programs, and meal plans for beginners through athletes, as well as for individuals who want to build muscle, lose and/or manage their weight, and/or optimize performance. It's a must have book for exercise science and nutrition students, personal trainers, sport dietitians, strength and conditioning specialists, and exercise and sport nutrition researchers.    

ISBN: 978-1-6847-0588-7 (hc)

Essentials of Exercise & Sport Nutrition: Science to Practice
RB Kreider

$79.95 plus S&H - Paperback

ISBN: 978-1-6847-0589-4 (sc)

Essentials of Exercise & Sport Nutrition: Science to Practice
RB Kreider

$59.99 - eBook (ePub and pdf version)

ISBN: 978-1-6847-0587-0 (e)

Essentials of Exercise & Sport Nutrition: Science to Practice
RB Kreider

$59.99 - eBook (Amazon Kindle version)

ISBN: 978-1-6847-0587-0 (e)

 Available now via Amazon.com  

Principios del Ejercicio y Nutrición Deportiva: De la Ciencia a la Práctica

RB Kreider con Mayra A. Márquez, Prof. Diego A. Bonilla y al Prof. Jorge L. Petro 

$79.95 (USD) plus S&H - Pre-publication rate

La publicación saldrá cualquier día! Principios del Ejercicio y la Nutrición Deportiva: De la Ciencia a la Práctica es una revisión actualizada de la evidencia científica disponible en lo relacionado con el ejercicio físico y la nutrición deportiva. Su autor es uno de los principales investigadores de nutrición deportiva a nivel mundial y cofundador de la Sociedad Internacional de Nutrición Deportiva, el Dr. Richard B. Kreider. El Dr. Kreider ha realizado extensas investigaciones sobre el ejercicio y la nutrición deportiva; además de intervenir y asesorar a numerosos equipos, entrenadores y atletas durante más de 30 años. Este libro presenta una perspectiva científica y aplicada de fácil comprensión que integra las últimas investigaciones para la optimización del rendimiento. Además, proporciona recomendaciones prácticas de programas de entrenamiento y planes de alimentación dirigidos a principiantes y deportistas, así como a personas que desean reducir la masa corporal y mejorar su composición. Este libro es una valiosa fuente de consulta para estudiantes y profesionales de nutrición y dietética, medicina deportiva, fisioterapia, entrenamiento deportivo y educación física; al igual que, entrenadores personales, especialistas en fuerza y el acondicionamiento físico, entre otras áreas relacionadas.

¡Ordene ahora para obtener acceso al archivo pdf de pre-publicación mientras espera la publicación de la versión en español del libro! 

ISBN 978-1-64633-799-6

Principios del Ejercicio y Nutrición Deportiva: De la Ciencia a la Práctica

RB Kreider con Mayra A. Márquez, Prof. Diego A. Bonilla y al Prof. Jorge L. Petro 

$59.99 (USD) - Kindle e-Book

Amazon Kindle Version

ISBN 978-1-64633-799-6

Principios del Ejercicio y Nutrición Deportiva: De la Ciencia a la Práctica

RB Kreider con Mayra A. Márquez, Prof. Diego A. Bonilla y al Prof. Jorge L. Petro 

$59.95 (USD) - PDF e-Book

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ISBN 978-1-64633-799-6

Exercise & Sport Nutrition: Principles, Promises, Science, Recommendations
RB Kreider, BC Leutholtz, FI Katch, V Katch

$56.95 plus S&H purchased separately or $39.95 plus S&H with purchase of Essentials

Available now while copies last! The definitive book for health and fitness enthusiasts, coaches, athletes, and exercise and sport nutrition professionals who want credible information about how to get in shape through proper exercise, diet, and nutritional supplementation. The ultimate resource for people joining fitness clubs, students taking weight training / fitness classes, and students taking sport nutrition courses. Written by some of the most experienced and well-respected exercise and sports nutrition experts in the country! A must-have book for people who want to get in shape, improve performance, and optimize health and well-being! Over 550 pages of research proven exercise and nutrition information, weight gain and weight loss programs; performance enhancement strategies, training programs for beginners through highly trained athletes, & high carbohydrate and high protein diets! 

Purchased separately through Amazon

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Creatine the Power Supplement
MH Williams, RB Kreider, JD Branch

Available via Amazon or Human Kinetics - Softcover

Learn how creatine supplementation affects performance with this authoritative source drawn from the latest research findings. Creatine: The Power Supplement is the first book to provide scientific analysis of creatine supplementation on exercise performance and athlete health and safety.

The subject of numerous studies during the 1990s, creatine is a naturally occurring substance necessary for synthesizing phosphocreatine that is used by the muscles during high-intensity exercise. Supplementation programs significantly increase the body's supply of creatine and phosphocreatine, resulting in the muscles' capacity to quickly re-energize after exertion.

Creatine: The Power Supplement presents a detailed analysis of:

  •  Scientific literature discussing the effects of creatine supplementation on various forms of exercise, sport performance, and on body mass 
  • Creatine requirements and metabolic functions
    - Supplementation protocols and the effects on muscle creatine stores
  • Possible adverse effects of creatine supplementation
  • Legal and ethical considerations regarding creatine use by competitive athletes
  • The historical evolution of creatine use

Creatine: The Power Supplement is the most comprehensive book available on one of the most popular supplements in sports.

Overtraining in Sport
RB Kreider, A Fry, M O'Toole

Available via Amazon or Human Kinetics - Hardcover

Overtraining in Sport is the first comprehensive text on the physiological, biomedical, and psychological aspects of overtraining and overreaching in sport. Thirty-three leading researchers contribute 17 chapters to this multidisciplinary review of recent findings.

Since the research is multidisciplinary, information is presented in an easy-to-understand manner and background information is provided for those who may not have a comprehensive understanding of each subject area.

Overtraining in Sport is divided into seven sections: Section I examines the prevalence, physiological responses, and methods of monitoring and preventing overtraining in endurance athletes. Section II discusses overtraining in strength/power athletes and their responses to changes in factors such as resistance volume and intensity. Section III considers medical consequences of overtraining, including cardiovascular and hematological responses, neuroendocrine responses, and musculoskeletal and orthopedic effects. Section IV covers immune system responses to overtraining and possible interventions to prevent immunosuppression. Section V documents nutritional factors that may play a part in overtraining. Section VI discusses the psychological aspects of overtraining and covers potential treatment and prevention methods. Section VII summarizes the current status of overtraining research and points to future research needs and directions. 

This valuable reference should be on the bookshelf of anyone with a serious interest in the potential effects of training too often or too intensely.


“This is the most comprehensive, well-written, and practical exercise and sport nutrition books I have seen in years!"

Susan M. Kleiner, PhD, RD, FACN, CNS, FISSN - Cofounder of ISSN and author of POWER EATING

“This book is a superb text from one of the co-founders of the ISSN and pioneers in advancing the science of exercise and sport nutrition. it is a must-have for anyone who wants to keep pace with the rapidly expanding body of research in this dynamic field!"

Jose Antonio, PhD, FACSM, FNSCA, - CEO of the International Society of Sports Nutrition

“This book contains actual scientifically sound advice that is applicable in the here and now - thus athletes, coaches, sports nutritionists and others will benefit from having this book as one of their resources for performance enhancement an improved exercise recovery." 

Doug Kalman, PhD, RD, CCRC, FACN. Co-founder of the ISSN and Vice President of Scientific Affairs, Nutrasource

“So many books on exercise come from the same old mold and offer little information. This book has broken that mold and presents answers to questions that only these researchers dare to ask." 

Gary Heavin, Founder and former CEO of Curves International


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