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Power to the People! : Russian Strength Training Secrets for Every American Paperback – December 1, 1999

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"Pavel Tsatsouline has burst onto the American health and fitness scene like a Russian cyclone. He razes the sacred temples of fitness complacency and smugness with his revolutionary concepts and ideas. If you want a new and innovative approach to the age old dilemma of physical transformation, you've struck the mother-lode." -- Marty Gallagher, World Masters Powerlifting champion and Parrillo Performance Press

"Pavel and his book are the best imports from Russia since Siberian Ginseng! A fountain of information... an elixir for the body." " -- Fairfax Hackley, Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Martial Arts Seminar Director

"Whether you're young or old, a beginner or an elite athlete, training in your room or in the most high tech facility, if there was only one book I could recommend to help you reach your ultimate physical potential, this would be it. Simple, concise and truly reader friendly, this amazing book contains it alleverything you need to knowwhat exercises (only two!), how to do them (unique detailed information you'll find nowhere else), and why. Follow its advice and, believe it or not, you'll be stronger and more injury-resistant immediately. I guarantee it. I only wish I'd had a book like this when I first began training. Follow this program for three months and you'll not only be amazed but hooked. It is the ultimate program for "Everyman" AND Woman! I thought I knew a lot with a Ph.D. and 40 years of training experience...but I learned a lot and it's improved my training significantly." -- Jim Wright, Ph. D., Senior Science Editor, Flex Magazine, Weider Group Editor

About the Author

Pavel Tsatsouline, Master of Sports, is a former physical training instructor for Spetsnaz, the Soviet Special Forces, an articulate speaker, and an iconoclastic authority on flexibility and strength training. Pavel was nationally ranked in the Russian ethnic strength sport of kettle-bell lifting and holds a Soviet Physical Culture Institute degree in physiology and coaching. Tsatsouline has authored three books, Beyond Stretching, Beyond Crunches, and Power to the People!

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Dragon Door Pubn; 1st edition (December 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0938045199
  • ISBN-13: 978-0938045199
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (152 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,161 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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124 of 127 people found the following review helpful By eugene on March 14, 2004
Format: Paperback
i found this review of the book on the sfuk website and found it to be a very detailed and nonbaised. here it is:
Power To The People : Russian Strength Training Secrets

Dinosaur Training author, Brook Kubik, wrote (in Hardgainer mag issue 44).."what do you do if you only have a barbell? - no stands, rack or bench?" He said you deadlift and press. "Don't you think you'd be big and strong all over if you could standing press big poundages and deadlift two or three times as much?"
Tsatsouline takes this philosophy and runs with it in Power To The People.
Tale of the Tape: PTTP is about 125 pages, including a few ads for his other books.
What's the book about?
Maximum strength using minimum exercise and training time
Using bare minimum equipment (a Barbell)
Very few sets & reps
Never train to failure
Flexible training cycles
Whilst it mainly concentrates on strength rather than size, Pavel does include his "Russian Bear" routine
Tsatsouline's book revolves around just 2 exercises, done for just 2 'work sets' each with just 5 reps in each set. Read that again. Yes, just 2 exercises and 2 sets of 5 reps! Your entire workout is done with 20 reps.
The first exercise is the the deadlift. Pavel much prefers it to the squat - although you wonder if it's because Pavel looks more like a deadlifter than a natural squatter.
His second exercise is the Side Press. - the old time strongman lift. Basically you hike a barbell overhead with one hand. Yes that's right, just one hand. Arthur Saxon could hoist over 300lbs that way and Pavel reason's that if you can get strong in that, then that's good enough.
Good Stuff:
Pavel thinks machines are crap - yey!
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121 of 137 people found the following review helpful By . VINE VOICE on April 23, 2004
Format: Paperback
This book is essentialy about deadlifting and overhead pressing. Deadlifting has been the subject of much agreement in the fitness world as the most important barbell movement to enhance athletic performance. The varieties of and tricks for improving DL performance can be put on two pages. Overhead presses are treated as the pushing equivalent of the DL's pulling. SP's are rightfully more imporant than bench presses, or for that matter, perhaps any other single movement. Ok. Another two pages. Pavel makes it a whole forty dolllar book, and charges another forty for two more exercises in another book,(pushups and squats), in his -Naked Warrior-Pavel makes a big point of the superiority of building strength without mass due to the possibility of losing the mass, and thus the strength, in harsh circumstances. The -reality- is that strength built without mass must recieve constant training to be maintained, and is very specific to the way it's trained, while mass is much slower to be lost,(along with its strength), and is applicable to whatever strength you apply it to, with a little bit of training. Unless you are training for powerlifting, the possible damaging effect of the heavy weight eventually needed in this method far outweigh the benefits. (add 10.08/05): In Arthur Jones' "Nautilus Bulletin" #1, chapter 9, Jones essentially recommends the same program in Pavel's book,(overhead presses and deadlifts), with the addition of squats. This was originally published in 1973, and the individual ideas had been stated by Jones long before that. The point is that: 1/this stuff isn't new, 2/the split between 'functional ' trainers and bodybuilders is a modern creation with no meaning to clear thinkers such as Jones, and 3/ it's free!(on the internet).
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Sang O. Kim on July 25, 2000
Format: Paperback
The great thing about the book "Power to the People!" is that it tells the readers what not to do when training for strength and why not. As you read the book, you will keep saying to yourself: "so that's why I'm not getting stronger!" Pavel points out all the things that are wrong with conventional weight training(and there are lots of it)and shows the readers what they need to do to get stronger, but not necessarily bigger. Although there are some technical details that maybe unclear to beginners, Pavel summarizes everything into five principles: 1)Lift heavy 2)two sets only 3) 5 reps only 4)Rest 3-5 minutes 5)Never lift to failure. He explains mechanics of 3 core exercises in meticulous details so just about everyone can do it right, but I think video version of this book will be great too since it's easier to demonstrate actual moves on film. My only complaint is that it didn't have anything about endurance but I guess that's because that's whole another topic. At any rate, it was definitely worth it.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 15, 2002
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Power to the People isn't too thin for the money. It's simply concise. It doesn't fill its pages with useless information, it says exactly what needs to be said. This book serves as a primer into the ways of strength training. After you read this book you'll have a far greater understanding of how strength is achieved without having to wade your way through the mist and muck of conventional fitness wisdom. A great deal of what you'll find in this book goes against what you'd read in the fitness magazines, but I'll guarantee you that you'll get better results from these teachings IF YOU APPLY THE PRINCIPLES CORRECTLY. Let's be honest, how many people follow along with those convential programs only to be left too sore to enjoy life and frustrated that they can't make progress? Then they assume that they're genetically inferior and just stop trying. Too many people are after a one size fits all program to fit all their needs, and even though Pavel provides a few examples of simple but effective, the real magic is in the knowledge and insight you gain into the reality of productive strength training.
In reality, the strongest people around are in agreement with Pavel's philosophy's on many key points. Take a look at Milo magazine or PowerliftingUSA sometime, or have a look at some of the writings of the old time strongmen who Pavel speaks so highly of. You'll recognize some of the same content. Power to the People gives you more than the content, though. It gives you a context to fit it all into.
From personal experience I can say that the changes I have experienced in my life since I began applying Pavel's principles have been dramatic. I'm a great deal stronger, healthier, leaner (if you want to know how to lose fat the Pavelized way check out The Russian Kettlebell Challenge.
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