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.
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.
I had the russian book: a system of multi year training in weightlfting, but its heard to read. Weightlifting encyclopedia is also great. If you go through the chapter on programing it lays out the russian system in numbers in tables for example
a certain clasification of lifter would do x procent of power snatch, x procent of clean and jerk lifts in the prep period and so on everything is specified,(number of reps, rep ranges they did, tonnage…) so you can see what they trained like.
I realize you said you are a beginner but if you want to put a program together i think this is what you need eventualy. If you are getting into weightlifting you will need to invest a significant amount of time into learning technique and how to train…