Beyond Bodybuilding by Pavel
This book changed my life. I say this without hyperbole.
Other great reads
“Powerlifting Basics: Texas Style” by Paul Kelso. One of those books where, you read it the first time and think it’s cute and has some funny stories, and then the more times you read it, the more stuff you get out of it. I make it a policy to read it at least once every year.
“Super Squats”. Yeah, the whole “30lbs in 6 weeks” thing is gimmicky, but it’s a great read on the history of the squat and highly motivating. I originally picked up the book just to see what all the fuss was about for 20 rep squats, and by the time I was done with it (which was in one sitting, since I couldn’t put it down) I was comitted to starting the program the next day.
If you want real “No BS”, as in zero fluff or filler, Matt Kroczaleski’s new book “Insane Training” is just that. Very dry, lots of percentages and programs, but lot of good stuff. I’m presently running his bench program, just finished week 5, and everything is moving great so far.