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Must Haves

Hey everyone!

I was wondering what you guys possess in terms of books or dvds out of the strength industry?

What do you think is a “must-have” for an athlete (any category?)

Greets,
Matrick

Read everything you can on Elitefts.com a few times. Read all the articles on PLing on this site a few times (Tate’s Eight Keys, etc.)

Read them again every several months, I know I often forget the most basic stuff.

-boom

Off the top of my head…

Starting Strength
Elite FTS Squat and Deadlift Exercise Index
Elite FTS Bench Exercise Index
Under The Bar - Dave Tate

I reckon the no. 1 book any trainee should get is a notebook.

starting strength and practical programming are probably the two books that will have the greatest impact on your training.

The best texts available are Supertraining by Siff, Science and Practice of Strength Training by Zatsiorsky, and any of the Russian Research manuals.

Westside’s DVDs really kick ass as well…

[quote]Dominator wrote:
The best texts available are Supertraining by Siff, Science and Practice of Strength Training by Zatsiorsky, and any of the Russian Research manuals.[/quote]

These books are more classic masterpieces to be able to go to for a question here and there. But the information in them to me isnt as applicable in the trenches.

I would have to say Starting Strength, by far is the most valuable tool I have. It is priceless. Many people in my opinion will not truly understand the classic exercises well until they read this book. Just excellent read.

[quote]Shadowzz4 wrote:
These books are more classic masterpieces to be able to go to for a question here and there. But the information in them to me isnt as applicable in the trenches.
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Isn’t applicable in the trenches? It’s the basis for all work done in trenches! Then again, you do have to be pretty qualified to get anything out of them, so I guess maybe a book spelling out sets and reps is more appropriate for some.

Hey everyone, I found a very good list on ericcressey.com under resources. another good one is on elitefts.com - under articles.

thanks for the help everyone. I have a pretty darn good (and long …) list.

Common Sense and the ability to listen to somebody tell you what you already know.

The high/low manual is worth the price.

Will

where can i get the james smith manuals???

[quote]Dominator wrote:
Shadowzz4 wrote:
These books are more classic masterpieces to be able to go to for a question here and there. But the information in them to me isnt as applicable in the trenches.

Isn’t applicable in the trenches? It’s the basis for all work done in trenches! Then again, you do have to be pretty qualified to get anything out of them, so I guess maybe a book spelling out sets and reps is more appropriate for some.
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I disagree. I think while these books are great. And I was talking more about the Zatsiorsky book than supertraining, but the information in the book in my opinion was either fairly obvious, or more useful to olympic lifters. Like I said, great read, but doesnt get into the nitty gritty, more strength training theory than practical.

Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding
EliteFTS’s Exercise Index DVD’s
EliteFTS’s Training booklets

I want to get Supertraining when I’m done reading the bible.

The Defranco DVD is pretty good and like said above Elitefts articles.

yeah i got the defranco dvds htey are awesome. can anyone please tell me where i can get the james smith manuals? i searched through the internet but no one seems to sell them anymore.