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Your favourite lifting/bodybuilding/strength books

PostPosted: Thu Apr 08, 2004 1:13 pm
by JP
Thought it would be nice to hear if you have read any interesting books about the subject?

My favourite one is Dinosaur Training by Brooks Kubik

I like it because it has a humorous, no-nonsense approach and really gets you exited about the world of strength :)

PostPosted: Fri Apr 16, 2004 9:18 am
by JP
hmmm... i guess people don't spend too much time on books about these subjects then :)

PostPosted: Sat Apr 17, 2004 10:36 am
by Pete
I don't really have a "favourite" book, or author, as I think too many approaches can lead to success with training. At the moment I've just read the 1930's book "Physical training simplified" by Mark Berry, which was great.
A quick quote which may dispell a few myths about old time strength trainers. In the old days they used the term "physical culture" to describe those who trained with weights & aimed at a healthy lifestyle (the two were synonyms in those days). This is from pge 49 of the above book:

[quote]...On the other hand, mention the term physical culture, & the average person thinks vegetarianism...

So, you see not eating meat as part of a healthy, training lifestyle must have been considered the norm (or at least common) for this to be believed (Mark Berry was a relapsed veggie at the time of writing this book).
I try to get a new book at least every other week about training old & new, I prefer training aimed at the non-steroid user, as that's the only field I'm interested in, but I read so many great works, with great training & ideas, that it's hard to pick a favourite, just one I've read recently that I like a lot.
As a side note I'm using the Mark Berry bar bell course for my training at the moment (had to modify 2 moves as it gave me slight tendonitus, but ok now :) ), & I'm really enjoying it (double progreesion squats, going from 20 to 30 reps, is damn tough though, & leg pressing with a barbell is totally novel & humbling experience after using a leg press machine!)

PostPosted: Sat Apr 17, 2004 10:42 am
by stateofflux

Leg pressing a barbell? I think we need to see some photos of how that is done!!!


PostPosted: Sat Apr 17, 2004 11:19 am
by Pete
I've got a couple of pics of John Grimek doing them, so if I can fathom how to work these adding pics things I'll bung up the pics in the weightlifting section tomorrow (with some very necessary warnings :!: )


PostPosted: Sat Apr 17, 2004 10:21 pm
by Oak
I have read most of my info from the internet. Lots of opinions! :shock:

The only weightlifting books that i have read are some by Bill pearl. I think that i should read a lot more.

A lot of the books that i have read about other sports such as athletics have contained sections on weightlifting.

Oak :D

Favorite books

PostPosted: Mon Apr 19, 2004 1:18 am
by VeganEssentials
Okay, here's my top picks (in no particular order) -

Dinosaur Training by Brooks Kubik (changed my outlook on lifting forever!)

Rock, Iron, Steel by Steve Justa (makes you want to go out and lift everything you can get your hands on!)

Mastery of Hand Strength by John Brookfield

Any issue of MILO (technically a magazine, but reads like a book.)

Paul Anderson, The Mightiest Minister (not really a training book, but the story of Paul Anderson and his lifting is quite a good read!)

Those definitely do it for my as far as lifting info and inspiration!


PostPosted: Mon Apr 19, 2004 1:05 pm
by Myrddin
Ryan all of your favorite books are available for Ironmind! And I thought I was a big Ironmind fan :shock:

Ironmind publications

PostPosted: Mon Apr 19, 2004 4:12 pm
by VeganEssentials
Yes, Ironmind is basically where almost all of my lifting-related reading material comes from. I have to honestly say that everything they've put out that I have read has done a lot to impact my training, so I put their works at the top of my list. So many different lifting styles to cover, ranging from hand strength to lifting rocks to olympic lifting that it is almost impossible NOT to find yourself trying everything at some point. Definitely the best cure for feeling stagnant in your workouts when you need something new to try!