In strength training, there are many books that are well thought of as ‘classics.’ One great example from way back in 1926 is Super Strength by Alan Calvert, and another more recent example is ‘Dinosaur Training’ by Brooks Kubik. I’m talking about the books that are well-known and highly regarded, in terms of the quality of information as well as the reputation of the author.

If you are seriously interested in training you can’t help but run into classics like these either though word of mouth or through your own individual research. Even if they haven’t read them, most people are at least familiar with the titles and so they are pretty well-known in most circles.

There are, however, some outstanding training books that have somehow slipped though the cracks. To me, these books are like buried treasure since they often contain information written from a totally different perspective than the typical stuff you’ll find.

You would be every surprised at some of the names who have written training guides – many people you would not expect although most are written by very obscure authors who simply thought enough of their experience to put it down on paper in order to teach others what they have learned.

Quite by accident, I ran across a great training book written by ‘Bombardier’ Billy Wells, a well- known English prize fighter from the early part of the last century. Wells was British Empire Champion from 1911 until 1919 and was the winner of one of the first Lonsdale Champion belts. Evidently he had quite a bit of personality outside the ring and it is certainly reflected in his writing. As far as what “Bombardier” recommends: plenty of physical training (usually Boxing related drills and calisthenics), fresh air, healthy living, a sound diet, mental clarity, building ‘nerve’ force and other methods of training that are as simple as they are effective.

Mr. “Bombardier” also wasn’t afraid to say what was on his mind either and has some pretty interesting observations on a few topics that I will share with you at a later date.

Train hard
John Wood