View Full Version : Oltime Strength Book recommendations?
01-31-2010, 09:01 AM
I was looking at the Super Strength Training website at;
There are some really great looking classic strength books to pick from. I thought some by Paul Anderson, Mark Berry and Alan Calvert looked particularly interesting, but I'm not sure where to start.
To those who have read some of these, which ones would be top on your list to start off with?
01-31-2010, 09:13 AM
01-31-2010, 03:52 PM
Thanks Lyle, lots of stuff there to keep me busy there. The price is good too:)
Which of the older training books are generally regarded as being the most relevant still today?
You can look for yourself, since that site lets you read most of the books online. I've been working my way through some of them, and a lot of the stuff in the ones I've read is a bit different from how most people train now. Lots of one handed stuff - one handed snatches and cleans, one handed presses, the bent press, etc. As I'm reading through some of these, I'm quite surprised to learn that many of the old-time strongmen didn't squat, or at least they didn't write it down in the programs they're recommending.
And I think it was in George Hackenschmidt's book where his lifestyle recommendations are: no alcohol, no coffee, no sex until you've already developed a good amount of strength, don't eat too much meat. Hmmm. I wonder how well that was received :D
01-31-2010, 05:50 PM
Great shit. Everyone should take some time to read of few of these just to put everything today in context.
This is my favorite: http://www.sandowplus.co.uk/Competition/GoodBrothers/Fundamentals/good01.htm
Biting on a clean piece of leather daily until the jaw muscles are tired is very good for the gums and helps strengthen the teeth because of greater blood circulation, therefore resulting in healthier teeth. The author has devoted many hours to this exercise and has achieved remarkable results.
02-03-2010, 07:34 AM
I finally got to take a look through some of the old books from the previously mentioned site last night. Some different ways of thinking for sure a hundred years ago. But that's just it, it was a hundred years ago, and yet there's still more fucked up magic Brocus-Pocus in the MODERN bodybuilding rags.
The basic recommendation to cut fat in Al Treloars's Muscular Development is to focus on meat and eggs, eliminate sugar and starches, eat plenty of greenvegetables while creating an overall decrease in overall food intake.
From the same book, to gain weight, use heavy resistance in all exercise, take frequent breaks as needed, lead a stress free life, get plenty of rest.
There's plenty of odd things in most of the books, such as a heavy focus on bathing techniques, but overall, everybody should find something to enjoy amongst them.
ps.- I'm not sure if I am the first to coin the above mentioned term of Brocus-Pocus, however, I would like to submit an official request to change my current screen name to such:)
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