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Essential Books

Simple question:
What are the books you find have been the most essential to your bodybuilding career?

Have any videos you want to throw in the pile as well?

Refute anyone else’s recommendation?

Although I follow more of a WSB style these days, “Brawn” by Stuart McRobert had a huge impact on my training several years back.

I still highly recommend it.

LA

Dinosaur Training. It’s a masterpiece.

. . . But you’re the guy who doesn’t want to get “too big”. Maybe this book isn’t for you.

This isn’t about what I would do. The question is what books have you found essential to your bodybuilding efforts.

I second Stuart McRobert–look for Beyond Brawn.
Frank Zane put out a book a few years ago that included his training diaries with sets, reps, weights. It also has some of his poetry and he’s no Coleridge but it’s worth a look.
Arnold’s Encyclopedia is great for exercise descriptions although I think the proposed routines are not for anyone who’s not juicing–too many sets, too many days, etc.

Arthur Dreschler’s Weightlifting Encyclopedia is excellent if you plan on performing the full versions of the Olympic Lifts. It’s comprehensive.

The Poliquin principles. I learned a lot when it first came out.

Power to the People by Tsatsouline

Serious Strength Training by Bompa, DiPasquale, and whatsisname

Hardcore Bodybuilding: A Scientific Approach by Hatfield

Science and Practice of Strength Training by Zatsiorsky

Supertraining by Siff

Brawn/Beyond Brawn by McStuart

The Internet has been much more useful to me than my vast (costly) library.

Agreed, T-Nation is a gold mine.

First stop on my list:

Lifestyle Changes - Lonnie Lowrey
http://www.lifestyleschanges.com/

Gourmet Nutrition/No Nonsense Nutrition
http://www.johnberardi.com/products/

The Black Book of Training Secrets - Christian Thibaudeau
http://www.charliefrancis.com/store/Scripts/default.asp

[quote]Ross Hunt wrote:
It’s comprehensive.[/quote]

Very comprehensive.

My top 4 books for bodybuilding are (in order):

  1. Get Buffed # 1 by Ian King

  2. Science and Practice of Strength Training by Zatsiorsky

  3. Supertraining by Siff

  4. The Black Book of Training Secrets - Christian Thibaudeau

T-Nation is a gold mind of information, read all the past training info.

Some of these have already been mentioned, but here it goes:

  1. Modern Trends in Strength Training
    Charles Poliquin

  2. Get Buffed
    Ian King

  3. The Science of Martial Arts Training
    Charles Staley

  4. The Poliquin Principles
    Charles Poliquin

Sorry:

Forgot to mention the Westside DVD: Special Strengths

& and Poliquin CD: The Science of Body Building

One other book that no one seems to ever mention: Brother Iron Sister Steel by Dave Draper.

Bamit, what did you find useful from the Special Strengths DVD? I was trying to figure out just what kind of stuff it covered.

Does anyone have comments about Pavel’s
“Beyond Bodybuilding”?

Science and Practice of Strength Training by Zatsiorsky

Supertraining by Siff

Strongest Shall Survive by Bill Starr

The Coach’s Strength Training Playbook by Joe Kenn

Fats that Heal, Fats that Kill bu Udo Ursamus

Mananging the Training of Weightlifters
A System of Multi Year Training in Weightlifting by Medvedyev

The Complete Keys to Progress by McCallum

Winning Ways: Succeed in the Gym and Out by Randall J. Strossen

Although, in your case I might suggest Men’s Health…either the mag or one of their books.

[quote]BOSS wrote:
My top 4 books for bodybuilding are (in order):

  1. Get Buffed # 1 by Ian King

  2. Science and Practice of Strength Training by Zatsiorsky

  3. Supertraining by Siff

  4. The Black Book of Training Secrets - Christian Thibaudeau

T-Nation is a gold mind of information, read all the past training info.
[/quote]

BOSS:

That is a great list.

Personally, I think that Christian Thibaudeau is actually very much under rated as an author and strength coach. This guy has some great concepts that not only work for him, but for the less gifted (like me) as well. I predict some big things ahead for Christian!