I was curious as to what kinds of books ya’ll have read regarding exercise, lifting, powerlifting, really anything fitness related and what ya’ll thought of them.
To give an example, I’ll go first with the book I’ve just about finished. But feel free to provide your experience in any format you like.
Westside Barbell Book of Squat and Deadlift
If you’ve every read The Book of Methods, this is very different. It’s very well organized and coherent much unlike the BOM. You get different squat cycles and very detailed explanations of the multiple training efforts. That is the Max Effort, the Sub-maximal effort, Dynamic Effort, and the Repeated effort.
There’s details about how how much weight to use for DE efforts. He even says that for PLers basing a 1RM off of a squat suit, brief, and belt squat to use 50%. BUT, for what he calls ‘sportsmen’ who don’t train with that equipment to use 75-85% of that box squat variant just for one example of the detail and clarification in that book.
I think it’s an excellent read for anyone interested in or already using Westside methods. Between this book, The Max Effort by Jim Wendler, Dave Tates book about benching using the Westside methods, and the Westside thread by StormtheBeach on the forums here, I think you will have an extremely solid understanding of how to use these methods after of course you put many years underneath bar doing so.
Someone else’s turn now!