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Olympic Weightlifting: A Complete Guide For Athletes & Coaches

Olympic Weightlifting: A Complete Guide For Athletes & Coaches - Greg Everett This book contains a ton of information, including just about everything you need to learn the olympic lifts. However, while it's all there, the organization and writing style make it difficult to parse through and find exactly what you need. I guess I'm comparing this book to the gold standard - Rippetoe & Kilgore's "Starting Strength" - but I found it hard to separate the "need to know" from the other stuff. Starting Strength seemed to lay out information in a simple, straight forward fashion where you could mentally outline a series of steps to follow to succeed at a lift. While all the steps for olympic weightlifting are definitely in this book, they are muddled with all sorts of other discussions and don't stick in your mind as distinctly. Further contributing to this is Everett's writing style, which can be very mechanical and dry. I often found myself re-reading the same sentence multiple times either due to boredom or just tangled phrasing. I think this book will work very well as a reference manual - as something I'd go back and check when I'm curious about some specific detail of a lift - but I don't think it's a great choice for learning the lifts from scratch.