What are good weightlifting books for beginners?

Thanks for the A2A! I'll run down my list:

Starting Strength by Mark Rippetoe: The definitive guide to the core set of barbell lifts. It is very dense and completely worth the effort. If you only buy one book, make it this one.

Enter the Kettlebell by Pavel Tsatsouline: The guide to the basic kettlebell routines and lifts. I also think his Naked Warrior is well worth the read.

Never Let Go by Dan John: This is more of a general how-to guide for lifting instead of the mechanics and technique focused Starting Strength guide. You can find articles on pretty much any topic you'd need for a beginner and intermediate weightlifter.

Easy Strength: How to Get a Lot Stronger Than Your Competition-And Dominate in Your Sport by Dan John and Pavel Tsatsouline: This is the next level of training by two giants of sports conditioning and strength. Once you move out of the beginner/intermediate phase, this is the book to figure out how to tune your program for your advanced athletic goals.

Becoming a Supple Leopard by Kelley Starrett: All the muscle in the world is worthless if you're stiff as the tin man. Dr Starrett is the master at increasing your range of motion and preventing injury. Good muscles are strong and long.

8 Steps to a Pain Free Back by Esther Gokhale: Yes, this is another non weightlifting book. But it completely changed my understanding of posture, walking, and the crucial pelvis-to-body relationship. No digital version (WHY?) but the book is well worth reading.

All the best!


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