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    I'm currently looking to improve all around strength as I have started training Muay Thai and Jiu-Jitsu. I want to train to increase maximal strength so I have dense lasting muscle that carries over to speed and power. I've been looking into a few books but was wondering if anyone has read these and can recommend them.

    1. Pavel Tsatsouline "Beyond Bodybuiliding"
    2. Tudor Bompa "Periodization: Training for Sports"
    3. Tudor Bompa "Periodization: Theory and Methodology of Training"

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    Starting Strength by Mark Rippetoe. You can get digital version on amazon for $10.
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    • #3
      +1 for starting strength as a great resource on proper form and a good all-around strength program. If you are looking for something more theoretical, try _science and practice of strength training_ by V.M. Zatsiorsky. Very dense, but interesting. Body-weight programs can be found in You Are Your Own Gym, Convict Conditioning, or Never Gymless among many others.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by MightyMouse View Post
        Starting Strength by Mark Rippetoe. You can get digital version on amazon for $10.
        +1 pretty much the only people training for strength that need more than Rippetoe already have elite coaches. Get SS and also practical programming.
        Lifting Journal

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        • #5
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          I love Jim Wendler's 5/3/1

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          There is a huge difference between talking about how to do something and getting it fucking done.

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          • #6
            A lot of people seem to like Body by Science. I've been learning quite a bit as I go through it, and may shift my workouts some as a result.

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            • #7
              Convict Conditioning.
              Eating primal is not a diet, it is a way of life.
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              • #8
                Thanks guys! I've actually been doing a little bit of Convict Conditioning recently. I definitely like but it seems extremely hard to progress in certain steps? Where are you currently at and have you found anything that really helps push through plateaus?

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                • #9
                  I'm currently stuck at level 2 of pull ups and I think 3 x 30 rows is way too many since I can only do 3 x 16 but tdo the 2 x 10 full pull ups. I've decided to do my first set as max pull ups (want to hit 20) then the next two as rows, when I hit 2 x 30 for the rows then I'll move up.

                  As for pistol progressions, I couldn't do it with my foot on a bball, so I held a weight out infrount of my for balance and thats working really well.
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                  My training journal if anyone is interested

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                  • #10
                    Also as for Starting Strength, does it get much into Periodization? I know from reading sections of Tudor Bompa's books that there is much talk about strength training and converting it to power, strength endurance, strength speed etc and periodization of them.

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                    • #11
                      Also anyone have good results on the Stronglifts 5x5 program?

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by galensjp01 View Post
                        Also anyone have good results on the Stronglifts 5x5 program?
                        People have, but from the research I've done SS is superior. Basically you get similar results with doing 3 sets instead of 5. And...you get to do power cleans! Nuff said.
                        KFCialis - It may be boneless...but you won't be! - Stephen Colbert

                        My Powerlifting journal in preparation for my first meet - http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread54184.html

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by galensjp01 View Post
                          Thanks guys! I've actually been doing a little bit of Convict Conditioning recently. I definitely like but it seems extremely hard to progress in certain steps? Where are you currently at and have you found anything that really helps push through plateaus?
                          I am between level 5-7 on most things. I agree there can be some sticking points so I sort of play it by ear. ie someone said x amount of rows and kept stalling I would add a 3rd set and try pullups in that set. If I could make the basic standard I would keep pushing it.
                          On the squats there was one move putting one foot on a ball to squat and it didn't work so I skipped that step and went onto the 1/2 half legged squat.
                          Ii have not done so but you could also look at some of the progressions from PBF to get past sticking points too.
                          Eating primal is not a diet, it is a way of life.
                          PS
                          Don't forget to play!

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by galensjp01 View Post
                            Also as for Starting Strength, does it get much into Periodization? I know from reading sections of Tudor Bompa's books that there is much talk about strength training and converting it to power, strength endurance, strength speed etc and periodization of them.
                            It starts to, then his book Practical Programming is all about it- it's perhaps the best strength training book I've read.
                            Lifting Journal

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by galensjp01 View Post
                              Thanks guys! I've actually been doing a little bit of Convict Conditioning recently. I definitely like but it seems extremely hard to progress in certain steps? Where are you currently at and have you found anything that really helps push through plateaus?
                              Creativity. Make one exercise harder, or the next easier.
                              I added weights to my squats for a while.
                              I do split-leg one-arm pushups, because I can't with my feet together yet.

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