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Best Powerlifting Books Everyone Should Read

Until you’ve consumed all of the best Powerlifting books, can you even claim to be a true fan?

1. Powerlifting (2012)

Best Powerlifting Books Everyone Should ReadPowerlifting. The name says it all–strength, power, intensity, concentration, determination. The sport’s physical and mental demands are unlike any other, as are its athletes who must always be committed and focused on success. Now, hall of famer and nine-time world powerlifting champion Dan Austin has teamed with strength and conditioning expert Dr. Bryan Mann to create the sport’s most comprehensive resource. Powerlifting breaks down every aspect of the sport, including fueling, preparation, and execution of the three primary lifts: bench press, squat, and deadlift. This hard-core guide…
Author(s): Dan Austin, Bryan Mann

2. Practical Programming for Strength Training (2014)

Best Powerlifting Books Everyone Should ReadThere is a difference between Exercise and Training. Exercise is physical activity for its own sake, a workout done for the effect it produces today, during the workout or right after you’re through. Training is physical activity done with a longer-term goal in mind, the constituent workouts of which are specifically designed to produce that goal. Training is how athletes prepare to win, and how all motivated people approach physical preparation. Practical Programming for Strength Training 3rd Edition addresses the topic of Training. It details the mechanics of the process, from the basic physiology of adaptation to the…
Author(s): Mark Rippetoe, Andy Baker

3. 10/20/Life Second Edition: The Professional’s guide to building strength has gotten even bigger and better (2017)

Best Powerlifting Books Everyone Should ReadIf you like Starting Strength or 5/3/1, you’re going to 10/20/Life! 10-and-20 weeks at a time, for a lifetime of positive momentum in training and in LIFE. This philosophy is a life-long approach for any level of lifter or athlete. Many recreational lifters utilize the protocols in this book to have a better plan in the gym, with no plans to ever compete. On the other hand, many competitive lifters from Beginner to Pro use this approach with great success! From The Author, Brian Carroll: “With 10/20/Life, my objective is to teach you to get the results you…
Author(s): Brian Carroll

4. Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training, 3rd edition (2011)

Best Powerlifting Books Everyone Should ReadStarting Strength has been called the best and most useful of fitness books. The second edition, Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training, sold over 80,000 copies in a competitive global market for fitness education. Along with Practical Programming for Strength Training 2nd Edition, they form a simple, logical, and practical approach to strength training. Now, after six more years of testing and adjustment with thousands of athletes in seminars all over the country, the updated third edition expands and improves on the previous teaching methods and biomechanical analysis. No other book on barbell training ever…
Author(s): Mark Rippetoe, Jason Kelly

5. 5/3/1: The Simplest and Most Effective Training System for Raw Strength (2nd Edition) (2011)

Best Powerlifting Books Everyone Should ReadThe success of the 5/3/1 Method has been nothing short of extraordinary. For the 3 years, the response towards this simple but brutally effective training system has been overwhelming. This is because it works. And works for just about anyone willing to put in the discipline and work that getting stronger requires Elite level lifters to absolute beginners have all used the 5/3/1 Method; the basic tenets of strength training have and will never change. Big exercises, constant progress, and personal records will never go out of style. High school and college coaches are now using the 5/3/1 with their athletes with amazing…
Author(s): Jim Wendler

6. The Raw Westside Bundle: Using The Conjugate Method for Raw Powerlifting (2017)

Best Powerlifting Books Everyone Should ReadThis bundle includes THREE books, plus a bonus section for frequently asked questions about using the Westside system for raw lifting.You get:”Powerlifting: The Westside System For Raw Lifting”. The original #1 best selling short guide detailing what EXACT adjustments to make to the Westside system for raw lifting.”Westside for Raw Powerlifting: Periodization 101″. Learn how to structure a complete training cycle using a simplified form of block periodization…done the Westside/Conjugate way.BONUS: “The Ultimate Weight Cutting Protocol”. How to effectively cut 8-10 pounds in 1 week for your next…
Author(s): Jacob Rothenberg

7. 5thSet for Powerlifting: Methodology for Training & Competition: Second Edition (5thSet Methodology) (2017)

Best Powerlifting Books Everyone Should Read5thSet is an easy to use training system for the sport of powerlifting. That includes a periodization model, a system for routine composition, procedural guidelines to transition from and to different phases within a mesocycle or between mesocycles, and very precise instructions concerning execution. All that said, I believe the 5thSet, being a better powerlifting training system than those previously available in neat, written form, can be a more widely useful tool than it appears to be. So why is the 5thSet a better powerlifting training system? The chief reason is that it solves the paradox…
Author(s): Swede Burns

8. Powerlifting: A Scientific Approach (2015)

Best Powerlifting Books Everyone Should ReadPowerlifting: A Scientific Approach is the Holy Grail of powerlifting information. Written in the 80’s by world famous Fred “Dr. Squat” Hatfield, it remains one of the best books ever written on the subject. Packed full of charts and rare pictures of powerlifting legends, Powerlifting covers the correct way to train and design your program, how to safely diet, nutrition for powerlifting success, procedures and tricks of weighing in, and how to prepare for the day of the meet. Powerlifting takes the beginner through a weight-training program designed to develop the sound fitness…
Author(s): Hatfield Ph.D., Frederick C

9. All About Powerlifting (2014)

Best Powerlifting Books Everyone Should ReadIf you like lifting weights, if you want to learn more about strength training – you will love this book. Powerlifting is a sport that tests your constitution, discipline, dedication, and pushes your body to its limits while yielding great physical results at the same time. Powerlifting is helping athletes of today reach new heights and shatter records previously believed untouchable. In this brand new one-of-a-kind book you will discover the secrets to the world’s strongest sport. This 486 page tome includes information on how to perform and train each of the competitive lifts. It…
Author(s): Tim Henriques

10. How To Deadlift 600 lbs. RAW: 12 Week Deadlift Program and Technique Guide (How To Lift More Weight Series) (2018)

Best Powerlifting Books Everyone Should ReadAre you tired of always deadlifting the same weight, making little to no progress? Do you wish you could deadlift 600 lbs or more? Or do you want to learn how to master both your conventional and sumo deadlift technique; including how to correct both the biggest and most detailed mistakes so many people make? Start from any level and set a NEW Deadlift max every 12-Weeks! First, you don’t need special supplements, crazy overload techniques or piles of food to increase your Deadlift. All you need is the proper lifting technique, workouts, and program to guide you towards your goals! And this complete Deadlift Program and…
Author(s): Ryan J. Mathias

11. Powerlifting Over 50: Mastering the Skills for an Empowered Body and Life (2016)

Best Powerlifting Books Everyone Should ReadPowerlifting training can skyrocket a man’s strength, health and confidence. This book is for the mature athlete or fitness enthusiast who wants to experience the huge benefits of power training. Competing is optional. For mature athletes, there are always some risks associated with lifting “big iron”. Great gains are possible if an athlete follows the “training smart” system in this book. Training smart involves three distinct things: mastering the athletic skills needed in powerlifting; doing sport specific conditioning; and mastering proper lifting…
Author(s): Richard Schuller

12. Strength Training Revolution: Grow Bigger and Stronger with the 4-Step Training System that Redefines Strength for Intermediate-Advanced Barbell, Powerlifting and Strength Athletes (2019)

Best Powerlifting Books Everyone Should ReadIf you’ve encountered plateaus with your current strength training program and you can’t seem to get over this slump no matter what you do, then keep reading…What’s your max squat? How much ya bench? What’s your best deadlift? Can you press your bodyweight?Today, pushing quantifiable expressions of strength, like your maxes, is becoming increasingly ubiquitous.However, though strength may be specific, – it’s about resilience, capability and adaptability.It’s survival of the fittest after all, not the strongest. – technicality via neuromuscular efficiency,…
Author(s): Andy Xiong

Best Powerlifting Books Everyone Should Read

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some powerlifting books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

The Powerlifting Program Design Manual

Author(s): Chad Wesley Smith
Publisher: , Year: 2018, Size: 26 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2362434

Powerlifting Over 50 Mastering the Skills for an Empowered Body and Life

Author(s): Richard Schuller
Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub, Year: 2016, Size: 7 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2281449

Powerlifting

Author(s): Dan Austin, Bryan Mann
Publisher: Human Kinetics, Year: 2012, Size: 6 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1197359

Please note that this booklist is not absolute. Some books are really hot items according to Chicago Tribune, others are drafted by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant resources you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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