How Can I Get Stronger and Prove it Too?

You started training as a powerlifter, or a bodybuilder, because you wanted to become as strong as you could be, maybe the strongest who ever lived. And you certainly have gotten very strong. But no matter how strong you are, you are always looking for more strength. On the other hand, maybe you are getting a little tired reading about miracle training courses or super supplements that are all guaranteed to make you a champion, when you know from experience that most of these kinds of claims are nonsense. If you've been powerlifting, maybe you have become a little disenchanted with the sport because of the dueling Federations, inconsistent judging and drug testing, "hydraulic" lifting suits, the gnawing sense that countries outside the US are beginning to kick our butts internationally and the lack of powerlifting’s success in achieving the status of an Olympic sport (bodybuilding has a long way to go in the latter regard as well). Let’s talk solutions - not problems...

Solution One - Get tons of new training ideas at once. You have heard about the training secrets of the Eastern European Olympic weightlifters, many of whom squat with 700 or 800 pounds all the way down, with no wraps (and all of this when the squat is only an adjunct to their training for the Olympic lifts). You’ve heard of Doug Hepburn, Paul Anderson and other greats of yore. You’ve also heard bits and pieces, often inaccurate ones a that, about physiology of exercise and other areas of sports science Well what if all of this were brought together into one volume? It has been. And if you are out simply to improve your strength, there is no better source than that one volume. It’s called The Weightlifting Encyclopedia (WLE). But that’s not all...

Solution Two - Maybe you have toyed with the idea of trying the Olympic lifts, or seeking Olympic glory, or just in participating in a sport where dueling Federations, equipment hassles, inconsistent drug testing and the like simply don’t exist. Well if you’ve ever even thought of giving Olympic style weightlifting a try, then WLE and The Weightlifting Encyclopedia Video Companion (WEV) may be just what you are looking for. WEV demonstrates the techiques, assistance exercises, teaching sequences and equipment used by competitive weightlifters. Click here to view the contents of the book and video

Packed with nearly 400,000 words of information, there is simply no source of information on strength and power training that exceeds WLE. From the 13 page table of contents, to the nearly 150 resources in the annotated bibliography, to the complete index and the hundreds of sub-headings, you’ll find WLE an incredible information source. And if you ever want to consider making the transition to Olympic lifting, whether you want to continue powerlifting and/or bodybuilding or not, there is no better place to look than WLE. From the chapter on understanding weightlifting technique, to the separate chapter on teaching and learning it. From the guidance to selecting equipment to the careful explanation of the rules, to advice an finding a coach or starting a club, you’ll find it in WLE. That’s why Fred Hatfield, "Dr. Squat" called WLE "...the most important book ever written on Olympic lifting" or why Ed Coan has said "I just received a copy of your book. It’s incredible! You explain everything so clearly that even long time powerlifters can learn to do the Olympic lifts if they follow your instructions. They can get some great information on getting stronger too."

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 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 Weightlifting Encyclopedia and Video Companion - they could just be a powerlifter’s, or a bodybuilder's, best friends! Order now.

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Last Revised: September 27, 1999