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    Strength Books

    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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    +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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    Quote 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.

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    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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    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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    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.

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    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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