3 Weightlifting Books

I bought a bunch of weightlifting-related books recently, some from IronMind and some from Amazon.com. Today I’ll briefly review three of them.

Olympic-Style Weightlifting for the Beginner and Intermediate Lifter by Jim Schmitz. Bought from IronMind.

This is not really a book, per se. It looks awfully like course notes — right down to the terse language and printing approach (printed and bound by a photocopying machine — apparently from a copy of a copy of a copy).

I don’t recommend this book as a purchase for lay readers. Some coaches might find it useful as a source of programs, but I think the programs given in Everett’s book are easier to study and apply. Overall: not recommended.

The Development of the Clean and Jerk by Dave Webster. Bought from IronMind.

This book was published in 1965. It’s a fun read because of Webster’s chatty style and FONDNESS FOR CAPITALISATION to emphasise his points.

For coaches it provides some useful diagrams that could be recreated for coaching the clean.

Readers should bear in mind that this book was written before weightlifting rules were amended to allow the bar to touch the thighs or hips during the second pull.

Recommended for serious buffs and advanced coaches; otherwise you can give this one a miss.

The Sport of Olympic-Style Weightlifting: Training for the Connoisseur by Carl Miller.


Of the three reviewed here, this is my favourite. It’s not suitable for beginning lifters as it has almost no introductory material. Where it really shines is as a resource for coaches. The discussion of the effect of anthropometry on technique is missing from every other Oly book I’ve so far read and it is, by itself, worth the price of admission.

Recommended for coaches.

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