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  • Paperback: 182 pages
  • Publisher: Catalyst Athletics; First edition (December 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0980011124
  • ISBN-13: 978-0980011128
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #851,317 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bones of Iron is like a glimpse into the mind of Matt Foreman..
Renee L.
As a strength coach, track coach, and athlete myself there were resources for any instance in this book.
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Matt's writing style is very clear and understandable as well as witty and humorous.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bull Ternus on January 18, 2012
Format: Paperback
Matt Foreman is one of the truly "good guys" in Olympic Weightlifting, and his book reads just like he's sitting next to you on the platform sharing the tips that make the difference between a PR and abject failure (which he understands only too well is a thin, thin line...). Foreman's approach is pragmatic, easy to understand and conversational, making it enjoyable to read and applicable to your own training. His wit is only matched by his vast knowledge and experience and both come out in spades in this book. Strength training, and olympic-style lifting in particular isn't rocket science, but many authors write about it as though it is; Matt doesn't try to posture with techno-babble...he wants you to "get it", and his writing style and the myriad of subjects he covers conveys that he hopes you glean something that you can put in your gym bag to help you earn success, whether that's just a PR on your snatch or a national championship. If you're not looking to be befuddled by metaphysics but want an easy, enjoyable read that also share real nuggets of good advice for your own training, this book is for you.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Andy Tysz on January 6, 2012
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Bones of Iron is witty, concise and most importantly, applicable. Matt has a charm about his writing that kept me reading in its entirety at one sitting. It is a must read for any weightlifting enthusiast as it is as informative as it is entertaining!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chris P. on February 3, 2012
Format: Paperback
If you are at all interested in the world of weightlifting (olympic weightlifting, that is) then you should get this book. At this price, how can you not?? Foreman does a stand up job both in his information and delivery about the sport. As other reviewers have stated, he is witty, yet provides great information for athletes and coaches alike. Knowing his name and articles from the Performance Menu provided by Catalyst Athletics, I was excited to get his book and dive in. It might not be before-bed reading for some, but it is for me.

My favorite part about Foreman is his personable nature. I did a blog post about his book and within a day he had commented on the post. Amazing! Indeed, if you want to hear great stories about weightlifting and weightlifters, this is the book to get. If you are looking for more of an instruction book on HOW to weightlift, then I suggest Weightlifting: a Complete Guide for Athletes and Coaches by Greg Everett.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jim Schmitz on February 2, 2012
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I have read Matt's "Bones of Iron" book and found it very good and recommend it for all coaches, especially new coaches. Matt's writing style is very clear and understandable as well as witty and humorous. Most importantly, Bones of Iron is very informative and all lifters and coaches would benefit from reading it. For new coaches there is valuable information they will read about for the first time here. For the experienced coach the information will be reaffirming.

Also, by reading Bones of iron you will get to know Matt's knowledge, love, dedication, and wonderful memories of his weightlifting experiences. So, many of us have had very similar experiences, this book makes one proud to be an Olympic Style Weightlifter
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By upsidedawn on January 30, 2012
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Matt Foreman is a funny, smart, insightful, and self-admittedly extremely handsome writer who also happens to be a darned good Olympic weightlifter. His collection of articles in Bones of Iron covers everything from practical training programming to technique tips to analyses of various international training styles, with many entertaining vignettes from his own athletic life along the way.

Foreman's writing is witty and charming, and you feel like you're listening to a friend telling you stories, giving you advice, and commiserating over a beer-- he somehow manages to impart his vast wisdom without lecturing from on high.

I'm only a beginning weightlifter and I feel like I can already relate to some of the successes and setbacks he describes, but I'm sure this book would be just as wonderful for seasoned veterans. With advice from guys like Foreman to help me, maybe I'll become a seasoned veteran someday too!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 30, 2012
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I knew Matt Foreman from my PM subscription and liked his articles. A lot to learn through it. Things like technique in the O-lift, tips on life, tips on training, tips to find the right mindset etc.
This book is a compilation of a lot of articles Matt wrote for the Performance Menu on [...].
Everyone who likes the O-lift, get better in it and get better in life should buy the book and read it. You can only get better after you finished it. There are tips for everyone in this book.

Long story short. Buy it and get the best out of you.

5 stars is the only review I can give.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James Napier on January 16, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
What a great collection articles! Matt gives us an interesting variety of lifting methodologies via humorous story telling of his experiences in the lifting world. As a master lifter, I found a lot of commonalities in our approaches; however, he has helped me better understand why I should add back in some assistant exercises. I'm looking forward to breaking those plataues again. Thanks Matt!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Colin Rigney on December 27, 2011
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This is a great book for any beginner, intermediate, seasoned weightlifters and strength athletes in general. Matt's writing transcends the typical black and white doldrums of most texts of the same topics as well as his clever expressions of wit and humor laced throughout the book. The book is easy to read without a lot of fluff, meaning that it is a short read with important content throughout.
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