Book review #5: “Juggernaut training: a thoughtful pursuit of strength” and “Weightlifting technique triad”


Yes, I’m still doing these. Every. Single. Day. I must admit I’ve learned a ton in the past months. The challenge of reading everyday has brought me more consistency and overall, I am definitely reading a lot more than last year ever before.

I’ve been watching a lot of videos of Juggernaut Training systems recently. There videos cover strength-related subjects with great depth and in a very clear and overviewable manner. Buying 2 of their ebooks was a no-brainer.

 

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Book number one was called “weightlfting technique triad” by Max Aita, a weightlifting coach. In it, he talks about a system to score how well of a technique an athlete has, and what excercises can be done to adress issues.

Unfortunately, the book is basically a stretched out version of something that could have been half as long. It starts with some technical analysis, interesting things, but not very in depth. After that, Aita continues with a loooooong list of excercises, with all pro’s and cons for each of the three elements of the technique triad.

 

Book number 2, “Juggernaut training: a thoughtful pursuit of strength” was unfortunately also a letdown. The lack of structure and total randomness in which he sometimes seems to hop from 1 subject to another, is disappointing to say the least. Devoting a small piece on back rehab is ok, but 10 pages on it as a side note? Even worse when considering 3 of those pages are so poorly scanned that they are totally unreadable. I even double-checked in the original pdf file, where they were also blurred.

At the end, there was a large part with programs involved. Unfortunately, there was zero explenation to be found on the reasoning behind why this happened. Instead, the auther chose to repost the same program multiple times – changing just a few numbers every page – and call it a seperate program. To truly make an athlete understand what he/she is doing, he/she needs to know the reasoning behind it. This is quite absent in the book.

A common in these books are the enormous amount of spelling errors and lack of punctuation. I don’t mind an error from time to time, but at some point it was extremely annoying, having to reread sentences multiple times and trying to figure out what the auther tried to say. Especially near the end of Aita’s book, big spelling errors and lack of commas, capital letters and points were on every single page, often twice or more.

Overall: quite a letdown, considering how great their YouTube videos are. Would not recommend.