Supertraining by Mel Siff

by Kilo on August 24, 2011


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I’ve been hearing about Supertraining by Mel Siff for about as long as I’ve been lifting seriously. It’s hard to search the web for strength training material for very long without running into mentions of the book.

I have been going through the Mel Siff blog and it is rough going for me. On the other hand, many people I respect refer to it as the Bible of strength training.

I’ve been doing some searching around the web on various forums and sites, and here are a few opinions I’ve found up Dr. Siff’s book:

  • If this is your first foray into exercise science, I’d start somewhere else
  • Supertraining is almost unreadable
  • Very deep and thorough book
  • The only community that I know that references this book – in any fashion – is the powerlifting and strength coach community
  • Not for the layman
  • Don’t think it’s not worth it, but don’t expect to sit down and read it cover to cover.. it’s very dense and thick. It’s like a textbook

Lyle Mcdonald has said that reading Supertraining is an extremely unpleasant experience, but also included it in his list of Recommended Reading on the Monkey Island forum (you have to register, but it’s free). In my opinion, the list is worth registering for.

I can’t remember whose house I was at, but there was a copy of Siff’s book there and I leafed through it briefly. It was, as other reviewers stated, more like a textbook than anything. Tables, charts, gigantic words…not stuff that I’m against, but not anything that I was interested in dissecting.

Have any of you read it? Do you find it useful? Overwritten?



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