Originally Posted by pg600rr
There seems to be quite a few workout books/guides out there... anyway tried to follow any? A few I have seen on amazon have gotten great reviews but I am not sure that means they are actually worth buying.....
Men's Health Power Training: Build Bigger, Stronger Muscles with through Performance-based Conditioning
I have heard the Javorek Complex Conditioning book is suppose to be great but I cannot find it....
I'm a big fan of the Power Training book you mentioned. It allows you to easily randomize your workouts so you are still working out each muscle group, but not doing the same workout every other day for a couple weeks. It also introduced me to exercises that I had never heard of/thought of (one-legged dead-lifts for instance). I also like the philosophy behind it, basically building functional strength that is meant to enhance/compliment athletic endeavors. It accomplishes this by cutting out most isolation exercises and tweaking familiar exercises so that your core is forced to stabilize yourself and the weight that you are moving. It also separates your basic 12 week program into 3, 4 week phases that concentrate on total fitness, hypertrophy, and strength respectively. There are more things I like about the book, but it would be easier if you just went to your local bookstore, leafed through the book, and maybe copy down a workout or two and try them out for yourself. All that being said I don't think that it is very suitable for beginners as it places pretty heavy emphasis on Olympic lifts, which, if not done correctly, can easily cause pretty serious injuries. So if you decide to go this route, it'd probably be a good idea to get someone to coach you at least for the O-lifts.
I've also heard good things about Crossfit, and done a few of the workouts and yes pretty much all of them will smoke the shit out of you. I have no experience with Crossfit as a sole workout program, and to be honest am more than a little turned off by the cultishness surrounding it and the general smugness of Crossfitters.