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Secrets of Strength

Below is a link to Earle Liederman’s Secrets of Strength book, first published in 1925.

Secrets of Strength

Throughout the book, you’ll find interesting discussions on topics such as natural vs. acquired strength, the importance of the nervous system, the significance of the hands and wrists for strength, and more.

In Liederman’s words,

“Nearly anyone who earnestly desires to do so can make himself strong; not just ordinarily strong, but very much stronger than the average man, little or big. And to become strong – to add size and strength to your body, or in other words, to develop it – takes much less time than to cultivate the mind.

As you read through his book, you may at times forget that Liederman was born in 1886.  Many of his theories have been falsely touted as modern discoveries in today’s world of strength training.  As you will see, the development of strength is everything but new.  Men from yesteryear performed tremendous strength feats long before the arrival of our modern supplement industry.

As is often the case, there is plenty to be learned from those strength athletes who came before us.



PS – Additional Liederman books can be downloaded at the link below (ex. Muscle Building and The Science of Wrestling and The Art of Jiu-Jitsu).

Earle Liederman Main Page

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12 Comments so far

  1. The Fat Runner September 21st, 2009 1:38 pm

    Thanks – I think these history lessons are fascinating – please keep them coming!

  2. Lew September 21st, 2009 3:47 pm

    Thanks a lot. I grew up on the old style of weight training. The York barbell courses, Bradley Steiner’s material. Nice to see the information is still available, because it is certainly still valid.

  3. John September 21st, 2009 4:51 pm

    Thanks, Ive been reading already away in the book :)

  4. Manveet September 22nd, 2009 3:00 am

    Always appreciate these posts and the resources contained within.

    Thanks Ross!

  5. Jon September 22nd, 2009 5:10 pm

    Where can one find this book to purchase? Has it ever been reprinted?

  6. Administrator September 22nd, 2009 7:25 pm

    @Jon – I believe there is a reprint sold through Amazon, but the entire book can be read online through the Sandowplus site.

  7. Jack September 27th, 2009 3:22 pm

    Thanks! Loved it! So ahead of his time!

  8. David Nilsson October 10th, 2009 7:31 am

    Thanks Ross for sharing this with us.


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  10. Lugubrious January 22nd, 2010 8:05 pm

    I have a signed 1st edition copy of “THe science of wrestling and the art of jiu-jitsu”, it’s pretty cool.

    It is one of 2 books I have that I genuinely cherish.

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  12. Tyciol March 6th, 2012 7:04 am

    Other Liederman books are here

    Even has 2 downloadable PDFs (muscle building, science of wrestling art of JJ)

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