In My Head

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Below are my favorite books and resources for weightlifters (though not necessarily about lifting)…enjoy! They are listed in random order, not by impact. (I intentionally put the technical weightlifting material in a separate list.) 

Disclosure: Please note that some of the links to these books or other resources are affiliate links. There is no additional cost to you, and I will earn a commission if you decide to make a purchase. I recommend these books because they are from my own book collection and will be very beneficial for developing a winner’s mindset. Other resources I recommend I’ve either made use of myself or know and trust the creator enough to promote it. Please only purchase them from here if you feel the same way.

  • The 48 Laws of Power – Robert Greene
    This is a legit alternative to “Art of War” which everyone talks about but no one can actually bear to read because the style is so dry.  Great part about this book is that it does not have to be a cover to cover read.  You can pick it up and thumb through as desired.  This one resides permanently next to my bed for casual evening reading and could also be a great El Bano staple.  Mastery by Robert Greene is another highly recommended read (in fact read anything he’s written).
  • The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph – Ryan Holiday
    A recent read, I loved this one.  Manages to take the dry art of Stoicism and blend it with high level practical application along with nice story examples.  Stoics are known for political savvy but consider the level-headed, calculated behavior of the world’s best athletes.  Those with the longest chains of success tend to be Stoic while the emotionally driven stars flame out.
  •  Free Throw: 7 Steps to Success at the Free Throw Line – Dr. Tom Amberry
     Artie Drechsler found this and made it required reading for all of us who lifted for him.  This book details the process of a 73-year-old guy who set the world record for consecutive free throws (2,750).  He describes how a set routine can be used to produce a desired outcome even while under pressure.   I used the concepts to create my pre-lift routine.  Though geared to basketball the correlation to lifting weights is clear.  It is a quick read and highly recommended for lifters at any level.  This one is a rare find and won’t be available on kindle.
  • Way of the Peaceful Warrior – Dan Millman

    One of the first books that had an impact on me. I love this book and read it for the first time as a teenager.  I have re-read it at least 5 times since.  Not everyone has been as fortunate as me to have a real life “Socrates” to guide them but this fictional journey is written by an Athlete and carries a great message.  Whatever you do please do not associate this book with the sh!t sandwich of a movie that came out in its likeness several years ago.  In fact forget I mentioned there was a movie just go with the book.

  • Bones of Iron – Matt Foreman 

    Because Matt is the man and as much fun to read as talk to in person.  Should be in the resource section but who cares, read this.

  • The White Prisoner: Galabin Boevski’s secret story – Ognian Georgiev, Chris Feetom, Velizar Stefanov and Ilko Germanov  
    Whoever is behind the social media campaign to promote this book is a f’n genius.  That effort alone is worth the purchase.  Boevski’s brief but awesome career came just before everything went online and we loved getting rare videos of him lifting.  This story glosses over his actual drug use and what seems to be constant disagreement with others.   He also positions himself as a victim on multiple occasions so after reading this I don’t know if I like him more or less.  That doesn’t matter because we don’t have enough of these types of books/stories available so the high ratings it has received could be tied to our demand.  Clearly written by a non-native english speaker it is still enjoyable and easy to follow.
  • When Pride Still Mattered: A Life Of Vince Lombardi –  David Maraniss 
    Yes this is a great book about a football and coaching legend.  As an alum of both his high school (St. Francis Prep) and college (Fordham University)  I did the Vince Lombardi academic ghost tour and I’ve always been fascinated by him.  Lombardi’s storied run with the Green Bay Packers made him an American symbol of leadership, discipline, perseverance and an obsession with winning.  If you like football great, if not there is a lot to be gained from reading this.

    Weightlifting Resource Books:

    The Weightlifting Encyclopedia – Arthur Drechser

    I am partial to this because Artie is my coach. I’ve known him since I was 16 and recall reading draft chapters as a junior lifter.  The book does not follow a true encyclopedia format.  The title is valid because in regard to Olympic Style Weightlifting Artie leaves no stone unturned.  If not available on Amazon you can order this directly from I’d love for Artie to update this or break it down in to smaller vignettes as I think people will readily digest this content in focused bites.  Maybe one day.

    Weightlifting, Olympic Style – Tommy Kono

    Kono is a legend and his work is a must read.  He wrote the introduction to Artie’s Weightlifting Encyclopedia.  For obvious reasons I’m a fan of his take on mental preparation.  This has become increasingly difficult to find so if you can get your hands on it at a reasonable price or borrow it do so without hesitation.


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