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Old 07-28-2011, 01:11 AM   #1
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My reading list (Oly lifitng and Nutrition)

Hello everybody,

I decided to order some good books from Amazon in the topic of Oly lifting and nutrition, because I want to learn more about these topics and I think books are excellent to expand our knowledge. (And books are sometimes more accurate than the articles by different authors on the Internet...)

However, I'm a high-schooler and for this reason I haven't got too much specialist knowledge but I'm very interested in these topics. So I'd like to order that kind of books which are readable and aren't too scientific.

I think about these books:

-Olympic Weightlifting: A Complete Guide for Athletes & Coaches by Greg Everett
-Never Let Go: A Philosophy of Lifting, Living and Learning by Dan John
-Good Calories, Bad Calories by Gary Taubes
-Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It by Gary Taubes
-In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto by Michael Pollan

Please check out this 'reading list' and I was wondering if you could recommend maybe other good books. And again, I'm 17 and I'm looking for books which are readable and easily understandable.

Many thanks in advance,
Balázs
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Old 07-28-2011, 06:31 AM   #2
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Re: My reading list (Oly lifitng and Nutrition)

Re: weightlifting, try 'Power Trip' by Don McCauley, it is written in a simple language and explains many things in an intuitive way.
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Old 07-28-2011, 06:45 AM   #3
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Re: My reading list (Oly lifitng and Nutrition)

You'd be silly not to get:

Starting Strength - Mark Rippetoe and Lon Kilgore

and for more intermediate knowledge:

Practical Programming for Strength Training - Mark Rippetoe and Lon Kilgore


Also, I recommend NOT getting Good Calories Bad Calories. It is very very dense. Just stick with Taubes' newest book, as it was specifically written to be more readable.
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Old 07-28-2011, 07:37 AM   #4
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Re: My reading list (Oly lifitng and Nutrition)

I would not recommend Gary Taubes. Lyle McDonald's "A Guide to Flexible Dieting" is very readable, informative, and practical.
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Re: My reading list (Oly lifting and Nutrition)

Robb Wolf's the Paleo Solution - much easier to read then Cordain's stuff.

Good information to know even if you choose not to follow Paleo.
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Old 07-29-2011, 12:02 PM   #6
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Re: My reading list (Oly lifitng and Nutrition)

Thanks for the replies, guys!

To the weightlifting:
'Power Trip' seems to be an informative, readable book with lots of pictures as I see it on Google Books. But what about Everett's book? I have seen its content on Amazon and it writes about many thing from the proper warm-up through the nutrition to flexibility but it's maybe harder to understand and isn't easy to read. If you had to choose between this two books (and if you were 17 yrs old), which one would you order?

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You'd be silly not to get:

Starting Strength - Mark Rippetoe and Lon Kilgore
My problem is with Starting Strenght that it isn't specially an Oly lifitng book, in my opinion.

To the nutrition:
I have already read a good book which is written in Hungarian and deals with Paleo diet. It gathers together many results of researches. (And I decided to follow a mostly-paleo diet & lifestyle, I try to omit all processed foods and sweets and eat a bunch of fruits and vegetables every day.) So I'd like to buy a book which doesn't deal specifically with Paleo but it's a standard comprehensive work in the field of nutrition.
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Re: My reading list (Oly lifitng and Nutrition)

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Thanks for the replies, guys!
'Power Trip' seems to be an informative, readable book with lots of pictures as I see it on Google Books. But what about Everett's book? I have seen its content on Amazon and it writes about many thing from the proper warm-up through the nutrition to flexibility but it's maybe harder to understand and isn't easy to read. If you had to choose between this two books (and if you were 17 yrs old), which one would you order?
Everett's book is good but I think 'Power Trip' will be easier to understand and follow.
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Also, I recommend NOT getting Good Calories Bad Calories. It is very very dense. Just stick with Taubes' newest book, as it was specifically written to be more readable.

+1. Tough read.

"In defense of food" gives you everything you need- and you can get the rest for free off messageboards and podcasts.

I like "Power to the People" and "Enter the Kettlebell." Add those if you are throwing cash around.
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Re: My reading list (Oly lifitng and Nutrition)

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I'd like to buy a book which doesn't deal specifically with Paleo but it's a standard comprehensive work in the field of nutrition.
Then you need Essentials of Human Nutrition Jim Mann and Stewart Truswell but if I were you I'd get the revised fourth edition which is out in December rather than buy the current edition.

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Old 07-29-2011, 02:53 PM   #10
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Everett's book is good but I think 'Power Trip' will be easier to understand and follow.
Personally, I disagree. As someone who's read both, Everett's book is better for a beginner and I like his programming better. His explanations are easier to understand than McCauley's, IMHO!!
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