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An Introduction to Olympic-Style Weightlifting [Paperback]

John Cissik , M. Cissik John
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July 3, 1998 0070434883 978-0070434882 2nd
An introductory text with the primary focus on the techniques associated with the Olympic lifts and their assistance exercises. This text explains how to perform each exercise and why things should be done the correct way. Also includes an extensive "common error" section

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 140 pages
  • Publisher: Learning Solutions; 2nd edition (July 3, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0070434883
  • ISBN-13: 978-0070434882
  • Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 8.2 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,802,593 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Cissik is the president and owner of Human Performance Services, LLC which helps athletics professionals solve their strength and conditioning needs. John has written ten books and over 70 articles on strength and speed training in everything from Muscle and Fitness to IRONMAN to track and field and strength/conditioning coaching publications. He has worked with all levels and specializes in education, strength training for track and field, and speed/agility training.

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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book! October 27, 1998
This book is MUCH better than the first edition. The beginning of the book is a concise description of the Olympic exercises and associated assistance exercises. This is good for the beginning lifter. The second half of the book is on workout design. It is EXCELLENT and draws heavily on EASTERN EUROPEAN texts (They always have the best lifters!). The book is worth buying for this section. Powerlifters and fitness buffs can use the principles outlined here to greatly improve their progress. Every chapter is heavily referenced for those who are interested in learning more.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No-nonsense, old fashion Weightlifting September 1, 2006
My first impression when I opened a light and skinny envelop of the delivered book was that of opening some business correspondence letter. The book is only 132 pages, of black and weight print that could be produced on a home printer, the era preceding of hp-laser or inkjet. Though the first edition came in 1997, it immediately revived my memory of the struggle to print and publish my own book on those days. It is a painful experience for authors to meddle with so many hurdles in order to get their information to the reader. Then, there is my bias in favor of a fellow weightlifter attempting to maintain a dying sport form retiring to history archives.

In total contravention to the inclusive format of Drechsler's Weightlifting Encyclopedia and El-Hewie's Essentials of Weightlifting and Strength Training, Cissik sticks to the hardcore of old fashion Weightlifting. The classical two lifts; Clean and Jerk and Snatch, are described, together with their immediate supporting exercises. The back, front, and overhead squat; deadlift with various handgrips and height of pull; goodmorning in standing, seating, and ground positions; pullover, and stretching is all that trainees need to advance in weightlifting. That is a bold and daring confrontation of appealing consumerism that thrives on promoting expensive machines, fancy exercise accessories, and endless exercises that do little, if any, good to fitness.

The simplicity, clarity, and accuracy of Cissik's Introduction outweighs it poor production quality and attests to the author's courage to stand tall on substance. Although, the book is intended as an introduction, the above mentioned attributes make the book practical and convenient for modern day busy people.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Rare Find December 28, 2009
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There are not many books published on the sport of Olympic and Olympic-style lifting as the sport's popularity has dropped steadily since the American dominance in the 1960's when the great Tommy Kono was on the lifting platform. I was hard-pressed to find many books on the sport, but was delighted when I found this one. Cissik does a good job of explaining the complicated techniques involved in the various Olypic (style) lifts. As one who never did the lifts but is trying to learn how, this book is spot on. Learning such moves without the aid of a coach is extremely difficult, but Cissik's explanations and photos are the next best thing to live instruction or even video. He also gives the reader sample programs and routines to follow to get ready for lifting competition. The book is no high-tech glossy, but a real world, down and dirty manual for learning the sport. The print, presentation, and format of the book has an almost scholarly feel, perhaps even unconsciously so which seems fitting considering where the sport of Olympic Lifting now resides in contemporary America.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid info. August 14, 2006
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Cissik did a very thorough job researching Olympic-style weightlifting - in fact, this text reads like a research paper/thesis. Having said that, the text might be a little too formal for some.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars not impressive January 23, 2009
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no real value for $31.
Book presents quite accurate information on teaching the lifts, but some pictures show wrong positions.
Contrary to Everett's book, the title clearly states that the book is for beginners. The third star is strictly for this honesty.
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