Friday, February 13, 2009

Strength Books

Over on Zach Even-Esh's member site Undergound Strength Coach there is a discussion going about "What are you favorite strength-related books?"

Here are a few of mine, with some commentary:

Beyond BodyBuilding, Power to the People, Enter the Kettlebell-

All by Pavel and available from Dragondoor. To put it simply, if not for Pavel, I wouldn't be writing this blog or doing what I do right now. It is tough to narrow it down, but these are my favorite three strength books he has written to date.

The Mighty Atom: the spiritual Journey of Joseph Greenstein-Ed Speilman

An amazing story of a man who did things that are beyond strong, venturing into impossible. Hard to find, I got my copy from Dennis Rogers.

The Purposeful Primitive - Marty Gallagher

One of the best books I have ever read from a a man who has been deep in the trenches for a LONG time.

Destroying the Dogma: Real world Fatloss-Alwyn Cosgrove

A fitness professional's guide to developing and implementing effective fat loss programming from one of the most trusted guys in the business.

Rock, Iron, Steel-Steve Justa
Gripmaster's Manual-John Brookfield

Both available from Iron Mind. Outside the box stuff from two very strong men.

Keys to Progress-John McCallum

Also from Iron Mind. Enteraining, informative look at the way it was done in the days before drugs.


Dan Cenidoza said...

Great minds think alike, my friend.

Spiritual Journey is probably my favorite book ever, training or otherwise. I read that one in about 24hrs... just couldn't put it down.

After that it's a toss up between Dinosaur Training, Power to the People and Rock Iron Steel (although I would probably rate them in the order listed if I had to). All 3 of these books opened my mind about different training concepts.

Nautilus Bulletins #1 & #2 were eye openers as well.

Iron Tamer said...

Dino is cool, but I disagree with his rant oon period ization.

Adam said...

I will add
"Molding a mighty grip", "The way to live" and Dino training. Even though Brooks stacked against periodization, cycling and took the HIT thing Far, it is still a pivol book in what i call the modern strength age.