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HIThopper 12-26-2007 12:21 AM

Good Books?
Hi folks

Looking for some good books to read whilst on holidays from work.

Im gonna buy Bill Starrs Only the strong and wondered if anyone had read Rips 2 new books.Strong Enough and the basic barbell log.I can get a slight discount if I buy them all at once.I just wanted to get some opinions on the new books before I buy em.

Also feel free to give up some other good titles to buy aswell.

Thanks to anyone who replies. :)

marv 01-05-2008 08:51 PM

Let me know what there like mate I am interested also.

_Wolf_ 01-05-2008 10:45 PM

i like ripp's books. they're pretty helpful and a good reference at times. but that doesnt mean i follow anything to the "T"...i only follow what Eric tells me to a "T" hehe...well, i try to...

Ripps books are alright. he doesnt advocate some stuff which i have found useful for me - unilateral work, etc..

Another good book is supposed to be Chad Waterbury's book from t-nation. with chad waterbury though: he looks so closely at the small pciture he forgets the big picture. always. thats why i hate his concept of 8 week programs, etc...thats no way to train. but i like his policies of unilateral work, slow progression using percentages, using different set rep schemes, more variation per exercise, etc etc....

if i had more cash lying around i would buy mel stiff's supertraining as well..ive heard that the book is supposed to be pretty brilliant.

ill see if i can think of any others but ripp and chad comes to mind. i think christian thibaudeau's books are alright but apparently he focuses a lot on oly lifts which arent my thing.

marv 01-05-2008 11:47 PM

I would like to read Supertraining by Dr Mel Siff, I just had a look on amazon 1 copy $250. Anyone know were to buy a cheap copy? I would also like to read Science and practice of strength training by Vladimir Zatsiorsky.


_Wolf_ 01-06-2008 07:29 AM

amazon has used copies for $250??? damn....i aint gonna be getting that book for a LONG while...

HIThopper 01-07-2008 12:03 AM

Cool guys ill grab starrs book and read up, the first thing I did was check for supertraining and Science and practice of strength training by Vladimir Zatsiorsky. NO WAY am I gonna pay that much I just cant afford that.!!

marv 01-11-2008 12:20 AM

Hey Hopps,
I just ordered Zats science and practice of strength training, cant wait to check it out. I wonder if there is a copy of supertraining available for download. I might have a look.


EricT 01-12-2008 09:25 AM

Just recognize guys, that these are more along the lines of textbooks. They won't give you a lot of sample routines and things like that...and even if they did they might be worthless to you yourself. If these books resulted in someone just talking theory all the time but never actually experiminting in the gym to figure out how any info applies to you I'd be tres disappointed. You won't "learn" anything from these books. It's just info untill you learn how and when to apply it.

I've seen guys on "other" forums that discuss the theory out of these books in threads that go on for 20 pages....and not once is one actual training experience or idea shared :lame:

I guess that brings me to a point that may help. Stop thinking that if you stop doing what you've been "told" and experiment with new things that you are going to get weak overnight if it doesn't work out!

marv 02-23-2008 11:29 PM

Hey Hopper,
thought I would let you know supertraining is only $56 on elitefts.


HIThopper 02-24-2008 12:57 AM

Thanks for the heads up Beast, but I gotta get some shoes first, I just need to find an Australian supplier, any ideas where I could buy some anyone?

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