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Top 5 Powerlifting Books

Top 5 Powerlifting Books

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  1. Starting Strength
  2. All About Powerlifting
  3. The New Rules of Lifting for Women
  4. Powerlifting
  5. Westside Barbell Book of Methods

1. Starting Strength

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Starting Strength earns this position as the #1 powerlifting book because it perfectly explains all the fundamentals of powerlifting, strength training, and everything in between. This book is written by Mark Rippetoe, who became an author due to his many years of experience in coaching all forms of powerlifting. This novel is highly acclaimed in the fitness community as it lays a great foundation of powerlifting knowledge and motivation for beginners. It is no surprise that Starting Strength is the best selling novel for strength training of all time.

2. All About Powerlifting

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All About Powerlifting is a close contender to Starting Strength as it also elaborately discusses almost everything about powerlifting. This book details the correct forms for squatting, benching, and deadlifting in order to make sure that no beginner injures themselves. This book also provides nutritional advice in supporting this strength training workout. Furthermore, this book has written interviews with experienced and popular powerlifting coaches to hear their input and advice into the world of powerlifting. All About Powerlifting was authored by Tim Henriques, the director of the National Personal Training Institute for Virginia, Washington D.C., and Maryland, and has set various records.

3. The New Rules of Lifting for Women

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The New Rules of Lifting for Women is an incredible read as it debunks the idea that females cannot push the limits like men can. This book argues that the best way for women to become stronger and lose fat is to lift and do strength training, and leave behind the usual aerobics. It encompasses a workout plan focusing on powerlifting, conditioning, and a nutritional plan to ensure that women are eating the necessary supplements. This book was written by Lou Schuler, Cassandra Forsythe, and Alwyn Cosgrove.

4. Powerlifting

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Powerlifting is one of the most popular powerlifting books to motivate and give advice to lifters. This book is intended for athletes who already know the basics of powerlifting, such as proper forms for the different lifts, and offers nutritional support and programming to improve a lifter's routine. This is one of few books that discusses not only the physical strength gained in powerlifting, but also the mental strength gained as well. The author, powerlifting Hall of Famer Dan Austion, explains his whole view of powerlifting, from the preparation through the execution and to mental strategies to keep your mind aligned with your lifting goal.

5. Westside Barbell Book of Methods

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This book, Westside Barbell Book of Methods, is a book encompassing all of the routines and methods that the most well-regarded and renowned powerlifters complete at the prestigious, invitation-only, Westside Barbell club in Columbus, Ohio. Westside Barbell Book of Methods was written by the founder of Westside Barbell gym and legendary powerlifter, Louie Simmons. He published the book in 2007. Simmon's credibility alone makes this a great book, but it is written very well and offers sound, research-based advice making this book in the top five most popular powerlifting novels today.



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