Go Ahead - Waste Your Time!

For years, athletes feared that lifting weights would make them "muscle bound". Most of them are over that fallacious notion now. The good news is that athletes of every kind, from baseball players to boxers, from golfers football players, are lifting weights. The bad news is that many are almost completely wasting their valuable training time. They do the wrong exercises and the wrong number of sets and reps. They lift to their maximum too often or not often enough. They use dangerous techniques that place them at unnecessary risk of injury. In short, (except for those who are training primarily so that they can develop big - though virtually non-functional - arms), they are frittering away, and perhaps even shortening, their competitive careers . What a shame. And all for only one reason...

They don’t know any better! Many athletes don’t know that bigger muscles aren’t necessarily stronger muscles (and carrying around 20 pounds if unnecessary "muscle" tissue isn’t much better than carrying around 20 pounds of fat). Many athletes don’t know how to make their limited training time as effective as possible. Still more athletes don’t understand the value of performing Olympic lifts and related exercises and only a very small number of athletes know how to perform those exercises correctly.

What to do? Well, if you wanted to know how to prepare the most delicious foods in the world, would you talk to a fast food microwaver or seek out a gourmet chef? If you wanted to learn world class logistics for moving packages around the globe, would you chat with the shipping clerk at your local hardware store, or would you visit the world headquarters of Federal Express? Well then, if you want to know how to increase your strength and power, should you consult with your local aerobics instructor, a bodybuilder who trains primarily for appearances (e.g., for size and cuts), or the strongest and most powerful athletes in the world - Olympic style weightlifters? If you know the answer to that question, read on. But let me warn you…

There is a problem with some weightlifters and their coaches. While many of them have the knowledge needed to develop athletes of a caliber that the world has rarely seen, they want to be, or coach, competitive weightlifters. Most such coaches have neither the time nor the inclination to train athletes from other sports. Moreover, there are so few truly knowledgeable weightlifting coaches in the world that you could drive for hours and not find one (although you should certainly try). But there is another kind of help available. It’s The Weightlifting Encyclopedia (WLE) and The Weightlifting Encyclopedia Video Companion (WEV). They won't replace a coach (and we urge everyone to find one) but these resources will enable you to put any instruction you receive to the greatest use. And our guess is that knowing what is in them will impress most weightlifting coaches enough that they'll be happy to help you.

WLE takes you behind the scenes so that you can understand how the best athletes and coaches in the world of weightlifting teach technique, construct training programs, manage their diets, train their all important minds, select equipment, deal with injuries and even prepare for weightlifting competition (if you are so inclined). Moreover, there is a section of the book that discusses how athletes from other sports can modify and utilize the Olympic lifts in their training. The book includes the most extensive collection of strength training methods ever published. But there is much more...

WLE does not limit itself to training methods developed and promoted in the US. The book has a broad international approach. There are extensive presentations on the training methods of the great Russian and Bulgarian weightlifters, as well as those of lesser known but incredibly successful programs in countries like Greece and Cuba. In addition, while the book covers the "latest" training methods, it recognizes that many of the methods that have been around for decades are just as effective today as they were when they were invented. What does this mean to you?

It means that this book places at your finger tips the broad and varied universe of training methods, not just those of someone trying to sell a particular method as "the" only way to train effectively. It’s like entering a huge cafeteria with every food you could imagine and you can choose whatever foods you wish. Except its even better. The cafeteria is "open" all of the time, the food never spoils and you’ll never grow overweight by consuming it. Even better still, you have an expert guide to tell you what is in each food, what it tastes like and what nutritional benefits you can expect to derive from consuming it.

The Weightlifting Encyclopedia Video Companion (WEV) was created as a companion to The Weightlifting Encyclopedia (WLE) book and it's just as comprehensive in its own way (a full three hours in length). It demonstrates many of the techniques, technical rules and assistance exercises (such as full squats and power cleans) that are used by competitive weightlifters. Because no one should simply come in the gym and try the competitive lifts and their variations, teaching sequences that break these lifts down into readily learnable pieces are presented as well. Finally, the types of equipment that are used by weightlifters are shown.

In some cases the video expands upon what is in the book, in other cases the book covers material about a subject that the video approaches from a different angle. In still other cases, the book covers material in detail that the video does not address at all (e.g., training for strength and power, mental preparation, diet and nutrition, coping with injuries, preparing for a competition, motor learning theory and biomechanics). In essence, the book and video complement each other.

The author of WLE and writer/director of WEV has had more than 30 years of experience as a competitive weightlifter and coach. A former world record holder in weightlifting, he has spent his life studying strength training and trying out virtually every method ever devised for building strength on himself and his athletes, as well as on the athletes of other leading coaches (who often contact him about a difficult training problem).

If you'd like a fuller explanation of what is covered by the book and video you may want to look at the table of contents of the book and video.

Order a a copy of WLE and WEV today (there is a discount if you order both at the same time). You can order right now and have it in your hands in days. Or you can wait, and find out that your toughest competitors have already beaten you to it!

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Last Revised: September 27, 1999