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ISBN-13: 978-0736094641 ISBN-10: 0736094644 Edition: 1st
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“Powerlifting is a winner. Every person who ventures into the gym should focus at one time or another on building strength through powerlifting, and this is the definitive insider’s book packed with advice on training and nutrition. Authors Dan Austin and Bryan Mann, with dozens of national and world records between them, have dedicated their lives to the singular purpose of educating men and women in developing their ultimate potential. I’m impressed not only with the breadth of the content but also with the highly detailed plans to help you make significant improvements on each of the three major lifts. This book will make a huge difference in your degree of success, whether or not you are competing.”

Robert Kennedy -- Publisher, RK Publishing (Publishers of MuscleMag, Reps, and Oxygen Magazines)

Powerlifting serves as the ultimate resource for anyone wanting to take their performance to another level.”

Christian Cantwell -- 2008 Olympic Silver Medalist, Shot Put; 2009 IAAF World Championships Gold Medalist, Shot Put; 2010, 2008, 2004 World Indoor Championships Gold Medalist, Shot Put

"I wish I had Powerlifting when I started in this sport. Dan Austin and Brian Mann demonstrate the smartest and safest methods of developing maximum strength."

Bill Gillespie -- Head Strength and Conditioning Coordinator, Liberty University

About the Author

Dan Austin is the assistant head strength coach at the University of South Carolina. He has been at the university since 2003, working with the football and men's soccer teams. Before joining South Carolina, he was the head strength coach at Oklahoma State University, Mississippi State University, UNLV, Tennessee State University, and Austin Peay State University. While at Oklahoma State, he was voted the Big 12 Conference's Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year.

A native of Greenville, South Carolina, Austin earned his bachelor's degree in health physical education from Newberry College and a master's degree from Austin Peay State University. He has been a strength and conditioning coach for more than 20 years.

Austin is certified by USA Weightlifting, the International Sport Sciences Association, the National Association of Speed and Explosion, and the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association. He is also a level II specialist in sport conditioning. He is a masters collegiate strength and conditioning coach, which is the highest certification a strength coach can achieve.

Austin has been powerlifting for 30 years and was voted into the Powerlifting Hall of Fame in 2011. Throughout his career he has won 9 world powerlifting championships and 15 national championships while holding several world records in the deadlift and combined total weight. He was voted the greatest 148-pound powerlifter of all time and was the first lifter under 148 pounds to deadlift over 700 pounds.

Bryan Mann has been involved in the sport of powerlifting since 1996. Since then, he has set numerous records as a high school, teen, and junior athlete. Throughout high school and college, Mann was a four-time national and two-time world champion in powerlifting for the Natural Athlete Strength Association and was considered among the top 20 athletes in the world for his age.

As an assistant director of strength and conditioning at the University of Missouri, Mann is responsible for assisting with the player development program for football and baseball as well as for Missouri's women's basketball and soccer teams. In addition to these team duties, he is the director of research and development. While at Southwest Missouri State, Mann worked with great athletes such as Philadelphia Phillies first baseman and league MVP Ryan Howard, Texas Rangers pitcher John Rheinecker, Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Shaun Marcum, and NCAA basketball’s all-time scoring leader Jackie Stiles.

Mann received his degree in health promotion from Missouri State University in 2003, a graduate certificate in sports management in 2004, a master’s degree in health education and promotion in 2006, and his PhD in 2011. Mann is recognized as a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and is certified as a strength and conditioning coach (SCCC) from the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics; 1 edition (April 12, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736094644
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736094641
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,518 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dan Austin is the assistant head strength coach at the University of South Carolina. He has been at the university since 2003, working with the football and men's soccer teams. Before joining South Carolina, he was the head strength coach at Oklahoma State University, Mississippi State University, UNLV, Tennessee State University, and Austin Peay State University. While at Oklahoma State, he was voted the Big 12 Conference's Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year.

A native of Greenville, South Carolina, Austin earned his bachelor's degree in health physical education from Newberry College and a master's degree from Austin Peay State University. He has been a strength and conditioning coach for more than 20 years.

Austin is certified by USA Weightlifting, the International Sport Sciences Association, the National Association of Speed and Explosion, and the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association. He is also a level II specialist in sport conditioning. He is a masters collegiate strength and conditioning coach, which is the highest certification a strength coach can achieve.

Austin has been powerlifting for 30 years and was voted into the Powerlifting Hall of Fame in 2011. Throughout his career he has won 9 world powerlifting championships and 15 national championships while holding several world records in the deadlift and combined total weight. He was voted the greatest 148-pound powerlifter of all time and was the first lifter under 148 pounds to deadlift over 700 pounds.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 31, 2012
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As a competitive powerlifter for over thirteen years and author of my own powerlifting book, Monster Squat: A Step By Step Guide to a Bigger Squat!, I know a thing or two about the sport. Almost all of my knowledge I had to acquire the old fashioned way - passed down from training partners and from my own trial and errors. It would have been nice to have a resource such as this book. POWERLIFTING is definitely a great starting point for any lifter that wants to break into the sport of powerlifting. The concepts, exercises and training programs discussed in this book are enough for any lifter to get started on the right path in the sport.

As an experienced lifter, there wasn't too much new to learn but it did put a lot of what I already knew into perspective. My favorite chapter was the one on Powerlifting Mindset. Most books or information found online forget to mention how being in the proper state of mind plays a big role in becoming a great powerlifter and it was good to see that included here.

I would recommend this to any new lifter getting into the sport.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Becky Rich on May 19, 2012
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This book offers a refreshing, no-nonsense overview of the sport of powerlifting. It contains information not just on training and competition, but even nutrition and sport psychology. With so many resources out there that claim the "best" program for increasing the big three, this book gives the reader a basic foundation on which to build and customize his/her own training. While the breadth of the book probably makes it more suitable for those just getting started with powerlifting, any experienced lifter could benefit from its back-to-the-basics approach - I know I did. The chapters of this book include a range of warmups and assistance exercises that any lifter could incorporate immediately. My only complaint would be what I felt was a cursory treatment of the actual execution of the competition lifts, but in its defense, that's something learned in the gym, not from a book. From here on out, POWERLIFTING will definitely be required reading for all new members of our gym.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By LRW on October 28, 2012
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This book is great. It is easy to understand and put the information into practice. Even if you do not have background in powerlifting you will be able to put together your own program to increase your lifts. I have been competing in powerlifting for over 6 years and have trained with serveral top lifters and top gyms in the mid-west. I learned so much from this book. Even if you know a lot, it is worth the price to read this book and pick up a tip or two to help you out. I highly recommend this book to all levels of lifters, coaches, even athletes themselves that want to take their training into their own hands.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Corinne Schoppet on October 28, 2012
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This book provides a great overview of the sport. While I do agree that it would be nice to have some programs to pull out and use for workouts, I like how it taught me how to write my own workouts. I really like the Mindset of Powerlifting chapter. I've never seen anything like it, and it helped me out tremendously at my last competition. I highly recommend this book for all of those getting into the sport.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christopher J Marzarella on April 24, 2013
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Great warm-up for a newbie of the sport. Very detailed in competition lifts, giving each lift it's own area of detail.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anne on March 23, 2013
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This book gives a good overview of the different aspects of powerlifting from how to perform the three powerlifting lifts: bench, squat and dead lift, to competition rules, and preparation. This book is recommended for someone starting or wanting to get to a higher level than beginner-level power lifting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By chris saunders on January 27, 2013
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I found this book to be a excellent read. It is full of valuable information for both the beginner and the advanced powerlifter. There are great chapters on mental preparation, what to eat, how to plan out rest periods the week before meets and so much more. This book is a must read for somebody who is interested in powerlifting for the first time or somebody looking to take their competing to the next level.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mike on May 9, 2013
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This was a great book for beginners in powerlifting, like me. As an older guy I needed more direction than just friends at the gym, so this was a big help. Pictures help a lot and the included features like diet and acessory exercises were good.
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