The list author says: "This list is geared towards saving those who find strength training and/or competition lifting to be a serious part of their life much of the time it takes sifting through books to find a quality one that offers something new or vital. Useful, non-fad driven books are hard to find, and if you are serious lifter you know this. As a side note I will say that although I am a strength & power athlete, not a mainstream bodybuilder, I have also included a few bodybuilding books that are top of the line. I feel that a power-bodybuilder holds some common ground with strength athletes such as powerlifters and to a lesser degree strongman competitors and olympic lifters. The modern version of bodybuilders that care solely about muscle size and appearance at any cost and not the functional use of their muscles,strength or their health, however, have nothing in common with me or most strength athletes. Needless to say any books along those lines are not included here. There are plenty of other lists to (mis)guide you down that road. By the way when I mark something as for "beginners" below, I mean people with less then 3 years training. When you start finding repetition in what you read then start moving on to more advanced books, however long that takes. This nonsense I've been seeing all over in reviews, etc. of a new lifter being "less than 6 months or a year" is idiotic...it's a way to make people that don't know very much feel like they are now "veteran lifters" that are somehow qualified to take other lifters under their wing, simply because they've lifted 6 mo. longer than someone else. It takes at least 5 years to really start becoming advanced and thats with your free time being totally consumed with studying the best books as well as actual lifting. If you thoroughly & completely read even the first 5 of these books you will know more than probably 80%+ of people who lift."
"This truly is an encyclopedia of strength. Powerlifting, Olympic Weightlifting, Bodybuilding, Recreational lifting, nutrition, physiology. Its all here and more. This 2nd edition is much, much better than the 1st (though double the price), due largely to editing the grammatical errors and well worth the extra money."
"This book is great. When Michael Yessis puts something on paper it needs to be read by everyone lifter. You'll learn alot from this one. It will open your eyes to alot too. Check it out when you get around to it."
"No frills, not a lot of pics, but has everything you need to get strong right here. This book belongs in every powerlifter or lifter who's just bent on getting really strong's library. The author is great and really did all the work in completly laying out all the programs, all you need to do is plug in your 1 rep maxes and your ready to lift."
"One of the best bodybuilding-type books I've seen and definately THE best on proper utilization of HIT. This book will get you results, and it isn't some hype-filled, model photo-shoot filled crap either. It will likely appeal to most lifters not just bodybuilders. There are no photos, just high quality information."
"A truly unique, must-have classic on how to lift heavy, get big and strong, and do it basically the way it was done 80 years ago. An outstanding book on training without pills, steroids, hype, complexity or machines. Brooks Kubik proved what he writes about having won many lifting championships in drug-free bench press competitions. Note: It only costs about $20 from Brooks' website."
"This is great book, in all its simplicity, it applies to everything strength. Pavel's best book, in my opinion, however is "Beyond Bodybuilding: Muscle & Strength Training Secrets for the Renaissance Man". Amazon never has it, which absolutely baffles me. Get it at www.dragondoor.com"
"Every strength lifter NEEDS this book...period. It covers tons of shrug variations for powerlifter needs, bodybuilder needs...everyone's needs. Shrugs carry over into tons of lifts and athletic activities, so study up!! This book WILL benefit every serious lifter."
"A classic powerlifting book in somewhat of a story-like form. A very good book, though different in style, kind of like The Complete Keys to Progress is. Everyone can learn something from Paul Kelso."
"Steve Justa...well, no one's like Steve Justa. This guy knows a ton, and he'll lift anything, cars, barrels, scrap metal, this guy is everything but conventional and EVERYONE can learn more than a few things from him. Steve Justa is insanely strong, and he lifts in his back yard. His methods work and it doesn't matter if its pretty or looks good on paper."
"If you want to lift big stones as men have done for 100's of years this book will help you get into it. If you don't want to this book may change your mind, and if it doesn't it will still inspire you. Pick it up sometime, you'll enjoy the only book of its kind from the great Steve Jeck."
"Great book for beginners, but a fun read for everyone. This book is old school, no hype, no wheelbarrows full of supplements needed. This book is in the form of short stories, it tells you what you need to know to get big by just eating and lifting."
"Stuart McRoberts newest book. Check it out. Maybe even get it instead of, or before the 3 original "Brawn" books. The Brawn books are good, as well as constantly being updated, however, so check them out."
"The classic book that shunned the hype and B.S. and brought common sense and success, without the drugs, back the the gym. Good for beginners and everyone else. Get Beyond Brawn first, even though this was the 1st book of the series, even the author suggests that."
"The first book to get of the Brawn series, has the most info of them all and has the basis before going on the the Further Brawn book. Gets you pointed on the road to success right away. GREAT FOR BEGINNERS and everyone else."