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Scientific Principles of Strength Training Powerlifting book

Scientific Principles of Strength Training Powerlifting book

by October 16, 2015

Clear and straight forward writting about 7 principles in stength training. It goes way beyond rep and set schemes and outlines the current research in stremgth training.


If you are looking for a simpel read about some magical program or the best exercises you will be disappointed. this give you the fundamental toolbox for designing your own program, but nefore that you need to read through this not so easy to understand text.

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All in all, for intermediate readers and aspiring strength athletes a great book that will give you the neccessary principles to succed. I would recommend it to all who enjoy reading through a more complicated text. But it is well worth the read and struggle.

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“Checking in at nearly 400 pages, Scientific Principles is co-authored by Dr. Mike Israetel (author of The Renaissance Diet), Dr. James Hoffmann (Exercise Science Professor at Temple University) and Chad Wesley Smith (Top 10 Raw Powerlifter of All-Time). This trio of authors has given Scientific Principles a unique combination of scientific and practical knowledge, not found in any other text. ”

Moreover Israetel has his own diet/training service which works with some of the best athletes in America. High level CrossFitters and olympic lifter are his clients. You can also check out his informative blog.

This qutote from the advertising site says it quite good. This powerlifting book by Mike Israetel, James Hoffmann  and Chad Wesley Smith is a well-written and researched based book. It explains 7 princepels of powerlifting success and ranks them in order of importance.

I loved the clear structure of this book and the implication section of each principle. It is not a “cookie cutter”/”one size fits all” approach, it is a scientific way of programming for powerlifting success and goes way beyond simpel repetition and set schemes. It outlines the basic physiology behind strength training and gives you are good insight how you need to train youtself or your clients. It is not a easy read ( still more readable as opposed to Supertraining by Mel Stiff though), but it is worth it.

You need to bear in mind that there is not much new information and some things are definitely available online, it is more of a overview or summary of the existing strength training research. But this is excatly why I like this book so much, it cuts through all the misnformation in the internet and gives you facts on which you can rely on. Moreover those facts are coupled with the experience of the auhtors, which is great, because all of them are accomplished athletes and powerlifters. Escpecially Chad Wesley Smith knows some things about powerlifting. Just lok up his bio and you will understand. At the end of this book there is a “Myths, Fallacies and Fads in Powerlifting” section which clears up all myths in powerlifting. This is a great section and should be a must-read for every powerlifter, strength athlet or even bodybuilder.


To conclude, I would defintelity recommend this book to everyone who is looking for the next step in his powerlifting career. You will gain fundamental knowledge about strength training and the newest research to this date. Moreover, there is a summary for building and periodize your own program or hypertrophy/strength/peaking block. That quite comprehensive and I used those guielines with great success.

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