Book Review – Insane Training: Garage Training, Powerlifting, Bodybuilding, and all-Out Bad-Ass Workouts

Posted: December 1, 2014 in Product Reviews
Insane Training

Insane Training

Title: Insane Training: Garage Training, Powerlifting, Bodybuilding, and All-Out Bad-Ass Workouts

Published: October 2014, St. Martin’s Griffin books

Author: Matt Kroczaleski

-World champion/record holding powerlifting as well as a NPC bodybuilder. 220 lb class world record holder: 2552 lbs: 1003 lb squat, 738 lb bench, and 810 lb deadlift.

Main Theme: Discusses how to lift for maximum strength, use any equipment to train, push yourself to the limits, work through plateaus, and “become the ultimate INSANE TRAINING beast!” (back cover)

Content Summary: Explores the 3 main lifts, expands on more versatile equipment and training techniques, and includes many full length sample programs.

Content Analysis: This book is very organized and easy to read. Uses great wordage and not many editorial errors. It is full of great quotes such as the one on pg. 8

“…I’m referring not only to the correct use of form but also proper weight selection, intelligent programming, appropriate assistance exercises, and knowledge of how changes in technique affect both the primary muscles used and the amount of weight that can be moved.”

Many sample programs show the insane style of training. Discusses proper resistance band training in Chapter 5 more in-depth than other sources. Gives good PR for and Only 2 negative things. Some people could say (not this reviewer) is that the book contains too many programs and doesn’t focus enough on 1 or 2. This is Kroc’s style. Mix it up and train insane. But, the cover and title imply odd-shaped implement training and not much is said about this. I expected more on this end of things in addition to barbell and dumbbell training.

Conclusion: Overall I would highly recommend this book for intermediate to advanced athletes looking to better themselves with intense programming opportunities.

  1. Laurie Dreier says:

    As someone outside of the “norm” on weight training, I like this book because I do understand most of it (the rest – I ask questions to understand). Why do I like it? First of all: I have so much respect for Matt Kroczaleski and his background story. Second, I got this book for my birthday from my weight-lifting son who is my trainer. He has it also, so we discuss the contents together. Third, I have already learned so much from it and I’m able to apply things to my workouts as I adapt them for my age and my abilities.

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