weightlifting books

Whether you’re just starting strength training, are hoping to lose a few pounds, or are an advanced lifter looking to amp up your routine and bulk up with some additional knowledge, one of these weightlifting books will be perfect for you. These selections will give you the technical know-how to take charge of your sessions and include options both for newbies and pros.

1. Bigger Leaner Stronger

Bigger Leaner Stronger: The Simple Science of Building the Ultimate Male Body is popular fitness guru Michael Matthews’ comprehensive book on losing weight and building muscle. This book includes sections that dispel common exercise rumors and cover a variety of workout material.

The core of Matthews’ book is an outline of a new lifestyle. Bigger Leaner Stronger explains a routine that will help readers become “leaner and stronger” through mental discipline, improved diet, and a number of specific workouts. To sum, Matthews advertises that readers need ​only exercise for three-to-six hours a week to get fit.

2. Strength Training Bible for Women

Each of the three authors of Strength Training Bible for Women: The Complete Guide to Lifting Weights for a Lean, Strong, Fit Body have strong credentials. Both William Smith and David Kirchsen have degrees in physical education or exercise science, while Julia Ladewski is a certified strength and conditioning specialist and an elite, competitive powerlifter.

This paperback book is designed specifically for women. It includes step-by-step workouts as well as simple tips for general exercise. The book includes advice for beginners and experts as well as routines for the gym or at home. Eighty percent of reviewers gave the book five stars with many noting the book’s clarity and brevity while it explained proper technique and exercise anatomy.

Another notable book on weightlifting for women is Michael Matthews’ Thinner Leaner Stronger, a companion book tor Bigger Leaner Stronger.

3. Strength Training Anatomy

If you’re as interested in how exercise affects your body as you are in building muscle, Frédéric Delavier’s weightlifting book, Strength Training Anatomy, is right for you. This French journalist’s book gives readers an in-depth look at how various weight-training exercises work on the muscles, bones, ligaments, tendons, and tissue via countless, detailed, color illustrations.

The popular book is best used for reference and geared toward athletes and experienced gym-goers. All in all, the purpose of the book is to help readers understand exactly how various exercises work on the body to help improve effectiveness.

4. The New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s The New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuildingwas originally published more than a decade ago, but this 800-page book is still a “#1 Best Seller” on Amazon because it covers absolutely everything. The reference book tells readers how to sculpt muscles, eat better, and start a more fruitful workout routine. The book also includes pictures and diagrams and can help readers get lean or bulk up.

5. You Are Your Own Gym: The Bible of Bodyweight Exercise

Who said you need to go to the gym for a great workout? Exercise expert Mark Lauren’s You Are Your Own Gym: The Bible of Bodyweight Exerciseteaches readers about how to use their own bodyweight as a home gym. Focused on resistance training and “rapid” workouts, Lauren uses special forces-style workouts along with nutritional advice to help readers develop full exercise regimens at home. The book outlines a number of workouts for different skill and age ranges as well as educational material on how and why bodyweight workouts can be effective.

In addition, Lauren’s app serves as a nice complement to the book. Both bodyweight experts and beginners recommended the book.

6. Big Books of Exercise

The Men’s Health and Women’s Health Big Books of Exercise provide a great way for any beginner to get into weightlifting. Both books are written by Men’s Health journalist Adam Campbell, who holds a master’s degree in exercise physiology. These books will help beginners understand the basics of weightlifting and other workout techniques to begin to feel comfortable in the gym or at home and to develop a regimen. The books include hundreds of photos and specific routines from top trainers, such as 12-week workouts. They’re also useful for those looking to exercise during an injury recovery or older athletes looking to keep fit.

7. Olympic Weightlifting

Written by Olympic weightlifter and coach Greg Everett, Olympic Weightlifting is a comprehensive book for both competitive weightlifters and their coaches. This book is focused on helping athletes in the sport of weightlifting rather than amateur exercise enthusiasts who are looking to bulk up.

Praised a number of USA weightlifting coaches for its accuracy and helpfulness, Everett’s book covers everything from the foundational steps of breathing to the proper forms of the snatch, clean and jerk. It also includes nutritional advice and a select number of workouts. Everett has an entire section on correcting common Olympic weightlifting errors.

8. Starting Strength

Considered the bible of barbell workouts, Starting Strength is a master’s-level course in the six major exercises. If you want a simple yet challenging routine that will yield sizable results, then you should have a copy of this book in your gym bag at all times.

9. The New Rules of Lifting for Women

The New Rules of Lifting for Women tailors its content toward teaching women how to lift weights without injury and in a way that will enhance their female form. It focuses on sculpting, rather than building, so it’s perfect for anyone who’s worried about bulking up.

10. The Year One Challenge for Men

If you are looking for a quick fix, The Year One Challenge for Men is not it. However, if you’re a dedicated person who wants a workout journal that contains a full year-long program to help keep you on track, then this book will be your new best friend.