Most helpful positive review
on March 7, 2003
Probably the best overall book on Olympic style weightlifting in existence right now. It truly is an "encyclopedia" regarding weightlifting. I read the whole thing, cover to cover and learned a lot. Its a bit dry...but then a book labeled as an "Encyclopedia" you would expect it would be. But if you are interested in serious weightlifting you will drive on and soak up the info in this book.
My only real complaint with this book is that the author didnt cover the old "clean and press" lift that was eliminated from the olympics in the early seventies. This was THE classic "brute strength lift" and its sad this lift was eliminated. Many Olympic lifters blame the gradual demise of Olympic style lifting in the USA on the elimination of this pure strength lift. Eliminating the clean and press from the olympics led to a loss of interest in olympic style weightlifting in the USA and probably paved the way for powerlifting to take over. I feel that even though the clean and press is no longer an offical aspect of Olympic weightlifting, the author could have included a chapter or half a chapter on the old clean and press. As many guys are still doing this oldtime lift or just learning about it and introducing it into their routines.
It covers the current OL lifts, the snatch and clean and jerk, extremely well