Below I’ll give you my selections for the best Strength Training books by a few categories. I will cover these and other great books more in depth later.
- Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training, 3rd edition (2011)
- Practical Programming for Strength Training (2014)
- Strength Training Anatomy, 3rd Edition (2010)
- Strength Training (2016)
- The Strength Training Anatomy Workout II: Building Strength and Power with Free Weights and Machines (2012)
- The Strength Training Anatomy Workout: Starting Strength with Bodyweight Training and Minimal Equipment (2011)
- Strength Training: The Complete Step-by-Step Guide to a Stronger, Sculpted Body (2009)
- The Muscle and Strength Pyramid: Training (2019)
- Thinner Leaner Stronger: The Simple Science of Building the Ultimate Female Body (Second Edition) (2019)
- Delavier’s Women’s Strength Training Anatomy Workouts (2014)
- 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)
- The New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding : The Bible of Bodybuilding, Fully Updated and Revised (1999)
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Starting 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.
There 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.
With new exercises, additional stretches, and more of Frédéric Delavier’s signature illustrations, you’ll gain a whole new understanding of how muscles perform during strength exercises. This one-of-a-kind best-seller combines the visual detail of top anatomy texts with the best of strength training advice. Many books explain what muscles are used during exercise, but no other resource brings the anatomy to life like Strength Training Anatomy.
Strength Training (2016)
In an age when information is everywhere, the challenge is finding safe, effective, and evidence-based science. Cue the National Strength and Conditioning Association, the world’s leading organization in strength and conditioning. The first release of Strength Training redefined exercise instruction with no-nonsense, straightforward science. Now the new second edition raises that bar even further.
The Strength Training Anatomy Workout II: Building Strength and Power with Free Weights and Machines (2012)
The anatomy of strength, size, and definition! Over 1 million readers have turned to Strength Training Anatomy for the most effective exercises in strength training. Now put those exercises to work for you with The Strength Training Anatomy Workout, Volume II.
The Strength Training Anatomy Workout: Starting Strength with Bodyweight Training and Minimal Equipment (2011)
Over one million readers have turned to Strength Training Anatomy for strength training’s most effective exercises. Now put those exercises to work for you with The Strength Training Anatomy Workout. The Strength Training Anatomy Workout is your guide to creating the body and the results you want. Strengthen arms and legs; increase muscle mass; sculpt chest, back, and core; firm glutes; increase hip flexibility . . .
Providing exercises for all parts of the body and taking you step-by-step through each movement, highlighting exactly which muscle should be working when, Strength Training is the ultimate personal trainer. With an emphasis on clear demonstration of optimum technique, detailed outlines of the muscles used, and advice on avoiding common pitfalls, Strength Training provides the maximum safeguard against the danger of injury, and helps you stay at peak fitness.
Navigating the available fitness information online can be confusing and time-consuming at best, and a minefield of misinformation at worst. One inherent problem is that information online is always presented as supremely important and as the next ‘big thing,’ without context or any understanding of priorities.Enter The Muscle and Strength Pyramid books.
Thinner Leaner Stronger: The Simple Science of Building the Ultimate Female Body (Second Edition) (2019)
If you want to be fit, lean, and strong as quickly as possible . . . regardless of your age . . . you want to read this book.Here's the deal:Losing fat and building lean muscle isn't as complicated as the fitness industry wants you to believe. This book is the shortcut.
Delavier’s Women’s Strength Training Anatomy Workouts (2014)
Delavier’s Women’s Strength Training Anatomy Workouts delivers the exercises, programming, and advice you need for the results you want. Based on the anatomical features unique to women, this new guide sets the standard for women’s strength training.
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)
If 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 readingWhat’s your max squat? How much ya bench? What’s your best deadlift?
The New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding : The Bible of Bodybuilding, Fully Updated and Revised (1999)
From elite bodybuilding competitors to gymnasts, from golfers to fitness gurus, anyone who works out with weights must own this book—a book that only Arnold Schwarzenegger could write, a book that has earned its reputation as “the bible of bodybuilding.”Inside, Arnold covers the very latest advances in both weight training and bodybuilding competition, with new sections on diet and nutrition, sports psychology, the treatment and prevention of injuries, and methods of training,…
Best Strength Training Books You Should Enjoy
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Strength Training: For Men and Women Over 50 Reclaim Your Health & Fitness, Lose Fat, Get Toned & Build Muscle (Life After 50)
Author(s): Diaz, Alicia; Davidson, Lee
ID: 3193589, Publisher: , Year: 2022, Size: 6 Mb, Format: pdf
Blood Flow Restriction Training: More Muscle Mass and Strength with BFR Training
Author(s): Lloret, Toni
ID: 3212438, Publisher: , Year: 2022, Size: 4 Mb, Format: mobi
Science and practice of strength training
Author(s): Andrew C. Fry; Vladimir M. Zatsiorsky; William J. Kraemer
ID: 2532537, Publisher: , Year: 2021, Size: 23 Mb, Format: pdf
Please note that this booklist is not final. Some books are really best-sellers according to Washington Post, others are composed 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.