Book Review: "Power
To The People!"
Brian Stramel, CPT
To The People” is
perhaps the best book I’ve ever read on strength training. In it Pavel Tsatsouline
details how to build extremely high levels of full body strength using
only 2 exercises, 20 minutes a day and less than $150 in equipment
(said “equipment” being a 300lb barbell set, look for sales or buy
The best part is because this is
low volume, heavy weight work you do not get very sore (after a short
adaptation period, I don’t get sore at all) and don’t pack on much (if
any) muscle. You just get crazy-strong.
You do this by lifting heavy
weights (with safe and stable form) for low repetitions. Pavel does a great job of
explaining how to properly lift while protecting your back as well as
techniques to increase your stability.
My back has never felt better than after I started
doing heavy dead lifts.
I have used the methods in the
book off and on for a few years and worked up to a 450 lb dead lift at
about 185 lbs bodyweight.
The only real downside to the book
is it is a little short and there are a lot of ads at the end. That really didn’t bother
me much as the book thoroughly covered the subject (the whole idea of
it was to be simple) and I learned a lot.
It also has an interesting section detailing the
“Russian Bear” program that elite Spetsnaz (Soviet Special Forces)
soldiers used to pack on lots of muscle in a short amount of time.
If you want to get strong and
toned without adding bulk, this method is for you. If getting “yoked”
(that means big) is your thing, using this method for a month will
allow you to add more weights in your traditional bodybuilding routines
leading to better gains.
Check out other products for men and
women, including my review on Kettlebell
Solutions for Speed and Explosive Strength, Mike Mahler.
Enter the Kettlebell book and DVD here!