Book Review of Iron Sport Strength Method

Book Review of Iron Sport Strength Method

Sep 17, 2012

I picked up a copy of Iron Sport Strength Method by Steve Pulcinella (ISBN: 9781479160112) this past week via Amazon for $25 plus shipping. When I first opened the package I was a bit surprised – only about 40 pages. I’ve normally read books in this genre that use 100s of pages to tell their story. Often they are painful to read or require an advanced degree to understand the lessons, let alone the language.

Instead of the usual qualifications, awards, bragging and other nonsense used to add filler, this book is as straight to the point as the author’s message. First, while he does provide some self-qualification, including what interested him in strength training, it is light enough and just enough to help someone who doesn’t know who the author is and that he is not just some ‘Joe’ who’s typed up a book.

From the opening where he advises you: “Please do NOT bother consulting your physician before embarking on this routine or any other training program. Most doctors generally don’t know jack s**t about strength training and could not possibly begin to fathom your burning desire to be huge and superior.” the book continues to be informative and very entertaining.

Basically, it wasn’t a drag to read.

There is a sense of ‘macho’ in the book and there is, believe it or not, a sense of modesty that prevails in those who have been successful in their pursuit of iron and a true passion for the sport.

While the author states that it is not a book for someone who is unfamiliar with strength sports such as strongman or powerlifting, as it does not spend an inordinate amount of time on: how to perform the lifts; how to compete; or other such fillers. The graphics and pictures are well chosen, the stories entertaining and the description of the method and variations provides enough detail to create a program. I would actually recommend it for anyone’s training library.

Cover art and design was the product of Jennifer “Iron” Sibbert-Flores of IRON&emotion Design which is also well done and appealing.

In the end I found Iron Sport Strength Method an appealing book and the method and philosophy sound enough to try it out after WPC Worlds. (Note: I never recommend radical changes to programming leading into competition without deep reasons). Of course we will follow that progress.

**Note: this review is the opinion of the author and does not represent an endorsement of Iron Authority or the author as to the application of the method in the book.**


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  1. great points altogether, you just gained a new reader. What would you suggest in regards to your post that you made some days ago? Any positive?

  2. Howard Penrose /

    I am assuming you are talking about the return from vacation. In that case, two things: 1) careful about doing your first bench shirt while training for a raw meet (elbow tendonitis); 2) keep your arms in while sleeping on a plane (beverage cart); 3) don’t do a lot of vacation walking if you are really close to a meet (I’m at 3 weeks from that vacation and just getting back to the pr’s I made just prior); 4) No matter what, find good food and beware of too much salt!! – especially in restaurants – it takes days to drop that water weight; 5) don’t train too light when you go to a gym while traveling; 6) take along any supplements you use, such as protein and multi-vitamins; and, finally, 7) hydrate, hydrate, hydrate – people don’t realize that the atmosphere on a plane and hotel room is really dry, especially when aircraft are pressurized to 10,000 feet (which also results in a few other physically draining effects).

    If you are traveling before a meet, something I am going to discuss more in a later post, give yourself a day or two. Of course I am not following that advice going into Vegas… 🙂

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