Dan John's Olympic Lifting Books

Hey everyone. I’m new here on the forums, I’ve been lurking for a short while now and decided to join up. I’m a weightlifter looking to get stronger in the olympic lifts, and I found a thread on these forums where a lot of people praised Dan John’s books on olympic lifting.

There were a few links there to his books in that thread, however, the links were sadly broken (the thread dates back to 2008).

I wanted to ask which books you would recommend that I read? You’re probably gonna say “All of them!” Well, I would love to. I managed to download “From the ground up”, and will be reading all of it today.

Aside from this one particular book, what other books should I look into if I want to get stronger in the olympic lifts? Currently I got 3+ years of experience as a weightlifter.

Thanks for reading!

go to Dan John’s website and order the videos for the olympic lifts. ‘Never Let Go’ is an awesome book, but more general strength and philosophy than olympic weightlifting. I learned the lifts from Harvey Newtons book ‘Explosive Lifting for Sports’, but looking back, I wish that Greg Everetts 'Olympic Weightlifting: A Complete Guide for Athletes and Coaches" had been my starting resource, along with it’s companion dvd.

Thanks a lot for the advice, Blue! I’ll make sure I do that sometime soon :slight_smile: Any other advice on weightlifting books and resources is more than welcome.


Arthur Drechsler’s Weightlifting Encyclopedia was given to me as a gift about 10 years ago, and to this day remains the one book on lifting that I have NOT read, on account of it containing far too much info for someone just starting out. Now that I have taken a look through my training books, I have decided to finally give it a full read. All of my other training books are more sport training or bodybuilding related. I have been looking at buying the translated russian manuals on sale at elite fitness systems, and I’ve heard nothing but good thing about Tommy Kono’s books.

Thanks again Blue. I’ll be giving the encyclopedia a look if there’s the possibility of doing that. I’ll look up Tommy Kono’s books as well.