I am very excited to write this book review because it means this book, which I have been anxiously waiting to hold in my hands for a long time, is finally out and it is available. You can find it in hardcopy or eBook form. This book is about a topic that is near and dear to my heart: it is about Powerlifting. Indeed, that is the title: All About Powerlifting. And why is this review going to be so biased? Why can’t I be my usual impartial, charming self? Because I wrote it!
Most of you reading this blog have attended NPTI, and as such you know me and you know the type of work I put out. I feel confident you will not be disappointed if you choose to pick up this book. I started working on it almost 10 years ago and it is the result of literally thousands of hours (and tens of thousands of dollars) of effort. This is something that was on my bucket list and I am proud of how it turned it. Maybe it will sell a lot, of course that would be great; maybe my extended family will simply be getting this book as a Christmas present for the next 2 decades as I try to get rid of it, who knows? I am happy with the end result and that is all I can control.
I know you all are not powerlifters and that is okay. What is powerlifting at its essence? It is simply strength training performed at a high level. And that is why I firmly believe that personal trainers, fitness enthusiasts, weekend warriors, meatheads, CrossFitters, athletes, and anyone who likes to lift weights will enjoy, and greatly benefit, from this book.
It is a good sized book, if you know me you know I like to go into significant detail if I am explaining a topic. It is 486 pages, 19 chapters, and broken down into 6 sections which include:
- What powerlifting is, what it is not, and the history of powerlifting
- How to perform and train each of the competitive lifts along with the rules of competition
- Key nutritional information for health and performance along with how to make weight for a competition
- How to use the powerlifts and strength training for other athletes (such as football players and CrossFitters) and serious fitness enthusiasts
- The "day of a meet" related issues including how to warm-up, how to select one's attempts, and what powerlifting competitions are like
- In-depth interviews with some "Super-Elite" powerlifters of the past and present, including Kirk Karwoski and Jennifer Thompson, just to name a few
For better or worse, I write the way I speak. The hope is the tone is conversational and easy to read while at the same time making the more complex points easy to understand. If I had to use an analogy I would say the book is like a combination of Rippetoe’s Starting Strength and Arnold’s Encyclopedia of Bodybuilding, a theme that a few of my reviewers have noted as well.
If you are going to spend a lot of time in the gym or if you work in the field, you want to make sure you have good quality information to operate from. You want to know why things work and then how to make them better. That is the whole point of this book. How do you perform the key lifts? How do you make them better? What other areas (nutrition, conditioning, warming up, supplemental training) do you need to address?
Just to be explicit, I obviously can’t write an honest book review of my own book, so I am not even going to try. I am proud of it and I really think you will like it. Initial feedback has been positive but only time will tell. I do believe that if you like to lift weights (and I know that you do) you will like this book.
The book is available for purchase here: