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May 27th, 2009 at 12:06 pm

A-Z of training books

Need some inspiration for your next training book? Or even your first? Check out the list below. There are over 30 books here and although I know them all by reputation, I haven’t read them all. I am keen to hear opinions both of the books on the list and any other great titles I have left off. Let me know and I will add them to the list.

Training books A-Z

Tudor O. Bompa & Mike Carrera – Periodization Training for Sports (2005)

Tudor O. Bompa – Periodization: Theory and Methodology of Training (1999)

Tudor O. Bompa, Lorenzo J. Cornacchia, and Mauro G.Di Pasquale  – Serious Strength Training (2002)

Mike Boyle – Functional Training for Sports: Superior Conditioning for Today’s Athlete (2003)

Donald A. Chu – Jumping into Plyometrics: 100 Exercises for Power and Strength (1998)

Donald A. Chu – Explosive Power and Strength: Complex Training for Maximum Results (1996)

Gray Cook – Athletic Body in Balance (2003)

Alwyn Cosgrove & Lou Schuler – The New Rules of Lifting (2008) – read my review

Alwyn Cosgrove, Lou Schuler & Cassandra Forsythe – The New Rules of Lifting for Women (2008)

Frederic Delavier  – Strength Training Anatomy, 2nd edition (2006) – read my review

Frederic Delavier  – Women’s Strength Training Anatomy (2002)

Arthur Drescheler – The Weightlifting Encyclopedia: A Guide to World Class Performance (1998)

Ross Enamait – Infinite Intensity – read my review

Ross Enamait – Never Gymless

Mohamed F. El-Hewie – Essentials of Weightlifting and Strength Training (2006)

Greg Everett – Olympic Weightlifting: A Complete Guide for Athletes & Coaches

Steven Fleck & William Kraemer – Designing Resistance Training Programmes (1998)

Steven Fleck, William Kraemer & and J. Steven – Periodization Breakthrough!: The Ultimate Training System (1996)

Dan John – Never Let Go: A Philosophy of Lifting, Living and Learning (2009)

Steve Justa – Rock, Iron, Steel: The Book of Strength (1998)

Brooks Kubik – Dinosaur Training: Lost Secrets of Strength and Development (1996)

Graeme Marsh – The Complete Guide to Training with Free Weights (2008) – read my review

Stuart McRobert – Build Muscle, Lose Fat, Look Great: Everything You Need to Know to Transform Your Body (2006)

Stuart McRobert – Insider’s Tell-All Handbook on Weight-training Technique (1999)

Mark Rippetoe – Starting Strength: Second Edition (2007) – read my review

Mark Rippetoe and Lon Kilgore – Practical Programming for Strength Training (2006)

Mark Rippetoe – Strong Enough? Thoughts from Thirty Years of Barbell Training (2007)

Mel C. Siff  – Facts and Fallacies of Fitness

Mel C. Siff – Supertraining (2003)

Christopher Sommer – Building the Gymnastic Body (2008)

Bill Starr – The Strongest Shall Survive: Strength Training for Football (1976)

Jim Stoppani – Encyclopedia of Muscle and Strength (2006)

Randall J. Strossen – Super Squats: How to Gain 30 Pounds of Muscle in 6 Weeks (1989)

Christian Thibaudeau – Theory and Application of Modern Strength and Power Methods (2007)

Pavel Tsatsouline – Power to the People: Russian Strength Training Secrets for Every American (2000)

Vladimir M. Zatsiorsky – Science and Practice of Strength Training, Second Edition (2006)

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  • 1

    FYI: Dan John’s “Never Let Go” is out. I got my copy last week.

    -Fred. on May 27th, 2009
  • 2

    Olympic Weightlifting: A Complete Guide for Athletes & Coaches

    Petr R. on May 28th, 2009
  • 3

    I tried to find a “general” comment area but didn’t. I just wanted to tell you that whatever changes have been done to the site, I can no longer read it directly using Firefox. Text is black on black background (with links showing in Red).

    Tracey on May 29th, 2009
  • 4

    @ Fred: I have just ordered it. Really looking forward to it!

    @ Petr: Cheers, thanks for the suggestion

    gubernatrix on May 29th, 2009
  • 5

    @ Tracey: thanks very much for letting me know. I haven’t consciously changed anything so I’ll have to investigate!

    gubernatrix on May 29th, 2009
  • 6

    Tracey, thanks again. It turned out to be the Amazon code but all should be well now.

    gubernatrix on June 2nd, 2009
  • 7

    Christopher Sommers book: Building the gymnastic body
    Gymnastic strength training exercises and some additional info.
    Info on the book:


    His site, and especially the forum is good if you are looking bodyweight exercises.

    Rolfe on June 3rd, 2009
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