|Bill Pearl's "Keys to the Inner Universe"|
|an example of the detail in the book|
|Two of the first powerlifting books|
Lambert's book, "Power Technique" was a collection of photo sequences of champion powerlifters. For a young fan of the sport like myself, seeing pictures of the lifters whose names I had only seen in the record books was like opening a window to a new world. Imagine what it was like 30 years ago, the record setting performances of the day were documented in Powerlifting USA months after they occurred and there was no readily available video (There were videos available of meets like the Budweiser World Record Breakers in Hawaii but they were expensive so I was able to buy very few of those). Pictures were the most available media we had to help us visualize legendary feats of strength. My dreams of deadlifting 700 lbs (still unrealized) or competing at a Senior Nationals* were largely fueled by the pictures and the words in books and magazines.
*I eventually made it to a Nationals but not the USPF Senior Nationals, the premier national meet of its day.
|Dr. Fred Hafield's books|
|The first nutrition book that blew my mind|
There are other coveted books in my collection but those are the ones that I value the most because they are part and parcel of the memories of my journey to chase ever more strength. Even now, when I re-read them, I remember what it was like to be excited by their promise of bigger squats, bench presses, and deadlifts. Maybe in 30 years, I'll hold an antique Kindle, read an e-book of today, and think the same thing, but even if I don't, I hope the lifters starting in today's times carry with them fond memories of the media and resources of their day that fueled their passion.