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I bought this book after I read "The Gift of Injury" and the training philosophy is awesome. Unlike most programs out there today, this book focuses on lifting for the long term, and not going all out for a short time. This book will help you lift for many years to come. The tips and cues in this book are incredible. I definitely recommend this for any lifter who wants to get stronger and lift longer.
This is a fantastic book on the principles of training. It is obviously targeted towards those who enjoy powerlifting, but the principles are relevant for anyone involved in any kind of athletic pursuit.
A few of the positives about this book: 1. Brian lays everything out with simplicity. He covers a wide range of topics including periodization, deloading, warm-up, nutrition, technique, and the mental approach to training. The nice thing is every chapter on these topics provides simple to implement ideas and strategies that will improve the quality of your training and health.
2. Brian obviously has reached the pinnacle of his sport so it’s awesome to learn from someone who has been to the top. But he has also dealt with debilitating injuries that nearly cut his career short. Having been to the top and bottom of his sport makes the book relatable to us mere mortals. Brian is not just some elitist condescendingly shouting his unrealistic dogmas (though Brian is an elite powerlifter) and advanced ideas to the masses. He writes with the intent to help everyone along the training spectrum, from beginners to seasoned veterans. Anyone that can read the English language can understand these principles and learn how to apply them to their specific training goals.
3. Brian is a no-nonsense type of guy. This book is not fancy. It is not flashy. It is straight-forward, basic, and gets the job done. Want to get stronger and stay healthy? Train with the appropriate intensity at the appropriate times and recover. That’s the jist of it. And this book does an excellent job detailing how to do that. From volume and intensity, to nutritional considerations, to warming up… Applying these principles will get you stronger while maintaining your health. Obviously powerlifting is judged by the raw amount of weight lifted, but rarely if ever should a training day be an all-out, nose-bleed and blackout inducing psychedelic experience. Train hard, and go for the big weights when you are scheduled to peak.
Overall, this is one of the best training books I’ve read. I highly recommend it to anyone who is a coach, or to athletes who are coaching themselves. This will help cut through all the training confusion out there and get you back to the things that have been proven to work through the years.
I first remember listening to Brian on Scott Iardella's podcast talk about the book back in April of 2017--and I purchased the e-book a couple of weeks later. Before learning about 10/20 life I started Wendler's program (5,3,1) in 2016 and ended up with a pretty scary back injury while deadlifting one morning. I still remember right as the bar reached my knees hearing a loud pop, and after I dropped the bar, feeling numbness in my right butt cheek and down both legs. Pretty scary experience but it taught me a lot. With that said, once I heard Brian's story on the podcast I became fascinated with his and Dr. McGill's recommendations and started to incorporate the big three into my weekly routine to keep my back healthy. I wish at that time I had incorporated his training philosophy but still experimented with other programs until I began preparing for my second PL meet. I competed in my first meet in Oct of 2018 in the 82.5kg weight division (Raw) while doing my coaches traditional progressive overload program, which did work well and I had a good first meet. As I began training for my second meet meet in July of 2019 I switched to a Westside style of training and it just broke me. I actually had to pull out due to a lower back injury and a partially torn pec. It was at this point I went back to the book and decided to give his training philosophy a chance. I had a good feeling that deloading every 3rd week was going to help me because I always felt over trained and the injuries were just accumulating. My experience with the pre-contest training guide was great. I was making progress every week and while I was still sore and the workouts were hard--I wasn't injured and I could feel my strength building. I know a lot of guys feel like the weight feels super heavy coming off a deload but for me after every deload I came in fresh and felt super strong. This was also a great primer for going into the meet as I felt like his recommendations for the last heavy lifts were spot on and I peaked well. While I didn't hit the total I wanted in my second meet I was still able to add 38 lbs to my meet total and walked away healthy and ready to train. I'm currently using Brian's philosophy in the off season and my coach and I will utilize it for my 3rd PL meet later this year. I highly recommend the book if you're intererested in powerlifting and want to not only get strong but stay healthy in the process. This is one resource that is chock-full of advice and info that will help you reach your goals.
I have a hard copy and a Digital Copy of this book. It's that good. I've ran 1020Life a few times and it's a great Program, but really that's just a small part of this book. My favorite part and most useful is the Tips, Coaching Q's and Accessory Exercises for all the Sticking points on the main 3 lifts. I find myself flipping to these pages weekly.
This is a must read for anyone looking to get stronger which should be everyone. You don’t have to looking to squat 1000 lbs or compete in a meet to get a lot of this book although if you are then this is a must read. Brian gives you what you need to know for warm up, work out and rest in a simple to understand and simple to implement way.
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Brian lays out simple, yet very effective principles that anyone can apply in the gym. His work with Dr. Stuart McGill helped me do my own rehab for sciatica. Then the guidelines in 10/20/Life got me back to being the strongest I’ve ever been. I’m a bodybuilder, but I still apply Brian’s mentality to my training!
I bought this book in March and i really love it- I've followed Brian's lifting career for a long time and always admired his accomplishments- he puts everything together in this book and it's great/ i would highly recommend this to anyone that's a beginner to an advanced powerlifter. Also would recommend for anyone that wants programming to get stronger