In order to maximize your exercise routines in the gym, you should also exercise your mind when it comes to familiarizing yourself with information regarding Olympic Weightlifting. Many people are surprised to find out that they are doing their routines incorrectly, not resting enough, or simply being counterproductive to all the hard work they are putting in. This review is for three books that any Olympic weightlifter should consider reading to take their physical fitness to the next level. These books are great for beginners who are unsure where to start with lifting, or for those who are looking to fine-tune their own methods and habits.
Olympic Weightlifting: A Complete Guide for Athletes and Coaches.
The holy grail of Olympic Weightlifting books, and the first one that anyone should pick up, is, “Olympic Weightlifting: A Complete Guide for Athletes and Coaches.” The book is written by Greg Everett, who is no stranger to the Olympic Weightlifting circuit. With years of training and competition experience, Everett puts all his knowledge into this book. It includes detailed descriptions of each and every element of the sport, as well as many detailed photographs to compare your own workouts to.
Contents of the book include foundations to the sport, information on lifts like the snatch and the clean & jerk, how to correct your mistakes, exercises to supplement your training with, how to program your training routines (including recovery and rest), and the importance of nutrition. It also has a section for what to prepare for and expect at competitions.
This is the most interesting and relevant book available on Olympic Weightlifting for the sport today. Whether you are a beginner and read it from beginning to end to familiarize yourself with the sport, or you have been training for years and simply need to check on a particular topic, this book is easy to read and reference.
This book is also helpful for coaches. The way Everett explains the precision of the sport is helpful with the addition of the photos. Even though it may seem like Olympic Weightlifting is extremely fast, it is very important to pinpoint every detail of your lift.
The book also offers a DVD that you can watch and compare your lifts to in real time. Coaches can refer to the book and the DVD to make sure the athletes they are training are doing everything the need to, in order to maximize their potential.
If you are going to have any book to reference for your Olympic Weightlifting goals, this needs to be it. From beginning to end, it helps athletes and coaches in ways that are superior to other books. There is no other book that is as well rounded and informative as “Olympic Weightlifting: A Complete Guide for Athletes and Coaches.”
The Weightlifting Encyclopedia: A Guide to World Class Performance
If the Complete Guide for Athletes and Coaches is the industry standard for new school Olympic Weightlifting, then “The Weightlifting Encyclopedia: A Guide to World Class Performance” is the tried and true classic. Published in 1998, this book was ahead of its time and athletes should reference it for information that has helped the top athletes in the world get where they are today. The author, Arthur Drechsler, was an international athlete, coach and judge in the sport.
This book is a culmination of his 30-years of experience, as well as an offering of exclusive interviews with many of the greatest athletes in the sport. Before the Internet gave us tons of information at our fingertips, the book provided interviews and information from weightlifters from Eastern Europe. This was truly a major benefit at the time of its publication and is still wonderful to reference even now.
There are many special highlights in this book. An entire section is dedicated to developing flexibility and the importance of stretching. Many people are surprised to find that many Olympic weightlifters, while massive in size and stature, are as nimble and flexible as a ballerina. This section will go over the importance of this part of the sport.
Another highlight is the information directed at women and young athletes. There are many rumors in circulation about women and adolescent athletes. The Encyclopedia puts many of the false information to rest, while telling you how to train and perform safely no matter your age or gender.
Although the sport is continually and rapidly changing, the information that is available in this book is still relevant and important. The only downsize of the book is its size. Because it is so complete in its references and knowledge of the sport, it is not as easy to navigate and find information as The Complete Guide from Everett.
Power Trip: A Guide To Weightlifting for Coaches, Athletes and Parents
Without listing another book by Greg Everett (his book, “Olympic Weightlifting for Sports” is great for helping athletes, outside of Olympic Weightlifting, train and exercise. It’s so good, I may reference it in future posts), the final book that every Olympic Weightlifter should have is, “Power Trip: A Guide To Weightlifting for Coaches, Athletes and Parents.” In addition to Power Trip, athletes can purchase its accompanying DVD to introduce themselves to the exercises and techniques to optimize your training.
The book is written by Don McCauley, who is a prominent name in Olympic Weighting. For almost 30-years, McCauley has coached athletes in Olympic Weighting, powerlifting, throwing and strength and conditioning. He hosts weightlifting camps for athletes and coaches and is also on the Ethics Committee for United States Weightlifting.
This book will go over much of the information provided by McCauley at his camps and clinics. It makes this list because it truly helps parents of athletes understand the sport and how to benefit your child-athlete maximize their potential. While not specifically aimed at adolescents, it is certainly an informative text for the younger generation and it is also easy to read. It is also easy to reference and very explanatory for parents to understand a sport they may otherwise be unfamiliar with.
Furthermore, it helps coaches understand their athletes and the best routines and exercises that they should be training. If you are unable to attend one of Don McCauley’s camps or clinics, you can still find a lot of information in this book and further your knowledge of the sport.
Olympic Weightlifting is a very unique sport that is govern by the IWF . Most people only see larger-than-life men and women throwing weights around and grunting while doing it. However, there is a science behind the technique and forms of lifting, as well as how to replenish the body to keep it at its peak for the sport.
Some athletes may think that they already know everything that is important when it comes to weightlifting and training. Others may be concerned that they do not know enough, which makes them afraid to go to the gym and even begin. But no matter what you think you do or don’t know inside the gym, you can certainly pick up one of these books and educate yourself on the entirety of the sport.
Whether you are a man, women, or child, this is where you start to work towards your Olympic Weightlifting goals.