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5 Must-Read Books About Strength Training

By January 13, 2018 May 7th, 2019 No Comments

It’s been said that knowledge is power.

And, in the realm of strength training, knowledge can quite literally lead to more power.

The more you know, the better you can lift.

It really can be that simple.

Yet, strength training is plagued with BroScience, glossy magazines and tips like:

Because, dude, if you’re not squatting in Vibrams and eating Jelly Beans mid-set, you’re not going to see any Gainz, right?

• Note: The worst thing is, that’s is a genuine tip I was given once. I still have no idea how you eat a jellybean mid-set.

I’m all about cutting through that noise, though.

Giving you reliable, researched information from the mouths of the industry’s great.

And, this post is no difference.

If getting stronger, bigger and more powerful is you goal, then this article can be considered your must-read list for the next few months:

1. Never Let Go, by Dan John

Dan John is a maverick.

He finds ways to put complex methods into simple, easy to digest format you can use instantly.

This is essentially a compilation of blog posts and stories from throughout his career, which give incredible insight into the world of strength training – and how to be at your strongest.


2. 5/3/1, by Jim Wendler

Boring but big.

That’s champion power lifter Jim Wendler’s creed in life.

And this book outlines it perfectly.

How to:

• build strength without killing your body,
• creating constant progression
• and reducing training injuries.

All in a training method that takes less than 45 minutes to complete.

3. Starting Strength, by Mark Rippetoe

All the foundations you’ll ever need to strength training are outlined here. And, I mean, everything.

• From the correct breathing techniques,
• to how you should really be setting up for a Dead lift
• and why you should be Low-Bar Back Squatting.

There is nothing in this book that doesn’t provide valuable insight into the world of strength training.

It’s probably been proven that just reading it makes you stronger, too.


4. Power to the People!, by Pavel Tsatsouline

Pavel brought training from the Eastern Bloc to America, and revolutionized an industry in one fell swoop.

• He’s the reason you see Kettlebell’s in gyms countrywide, for example.

In this book, he outlines how using just two lifts can be all you need to get truly strong. This is all about the progression and how you can become so much stronger, with little effort at all.


5. The Encyclopedia of Underground Strength and Conditioning, by Zach Even-Esh

If you’re looking to remain a little more athletic, but still get strong, this book is for you.

Zach outlines how to train like an athlete for strength, without every compromising your performance.

And, you should definitely read it.