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Best Books on Olympic Weightlifting

I have Bob Takano’s book on programming. What other books do you all recommend for someone just getting into weightlifting? I’ve heard the well-known The Weightlifting Encyclopedia is dense and not terribly useful to lifters, but I realize opinions vary.


I really like The Muscle and Strength Pyramid: Training from Eric Helms. He has a 6 part series on YouTube that covers pretty much the same material, just visualized on the white board.

From my own Experience, first book I read was Arnold’s Encyclopedia of Bodybuilding. Great book, and even if it’s not giving the most detailed plans in the world, it’s definitely giving enough information to get the job done.

5-3-1 is a fantastic resource for people looking to gain overall athleticism and strength, I’d personally recommend first reading the OG 531 and then picking up 5-3-1 forever

I appreciate the responses, but my question was actually directed toward the sport of weightlifting, not weight training in general. For some reason, the moderator moved this over to the Beginners forum from the Olympic lifting forum; that may be causing some confusion.

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Dan John’s ‘Never Let Go’
also From the Ground up -short ebook on his website(+free!)

edit :yeah has plenty of nuggets on O lifts

Will Fleming articles worth looking up also…

My bad. May be better to post in the olympic lifting forum and get more of the traffic you’re looking for.

No worries, but that’s actually what I did, and the moderator moved my post over here. Hey moderator, if you’re reading, please move my post back to the Oly lifting forum!