Today we published Seb’s book about Glenn Pendlay: The Glenn Pendlay Method.
It’s a year since we lost Glenn, an absolute weightlifting legend. Before he died, he spoke with Seb a lot about writing a book, so Seb has spent the last year writing this one, which aims to describe and explain Glenn’s ideas and methods.
We hope that the book will preserve Glenn’s ideas and, most importantly, his approach of constant experiment and improvement, for athletes and coaches to come.
We have been working on some other Glenn-related things with his family too – more to come on those soon.
Here’s a bit more about the book:
Glenn Pendlay is arguably the most successful and influential coach in the history of weightlifting in the USA. He produced over a hundred national champions from youth to senior level, as well as multiple Pan American Championships and Games medalists.
In this 216-page book, Seb Ostrowicz, the founder of Weightlifting House, describes in detail Glenn’s philosophy and practice of weightlifting coaching. Along with ideas from Glenn’s writings and the many podcasts they recorded together, Seb shares his personal insights into Glenn’s unique approach.
The book will take you from the three pillars that Glenn held to be fundamental to weightlifting training, to the specifics of methods that he applied while working with athletes.
Fundamentally, this book is educational, explaining and analysing the methods that Glenn used to develop such incredible lifters as frequently as he did.
Whether you are a coach or an athlete, this book is filled with valuable information that will make you think about how you can do things better.
Topics covered include:
- Biography of Glenn Pendlay
- Glenn’s philosophy of coaching
- Methods of strength training
- Athlete categorisation
- Training cycle length
- Example cycles
- From snatches to deadlifts
- Snakes and ladders
- Learning the lifts
- Example training programme
‘When I first considered the possibility of writing a book about weightlifting, I decided I definitely wanted it to be something that a total beginner could read and feel comfortable with. Feel like he or she could apply the information directly to planning the next workout, or week of workouts, and actually have an understanding of the process of developing a training process, and training. Demystify the process, so to speak.’ – Glenn Pendlay (September 2012 blog)
‘In this book I hope to have done as Glenn had always aimed to do, and create as accurate and detailed a description of the Pendlay method as possible, ensuring it not only makes sense to the beginner who is eager to understand the formulation and evolution of a training programme across time, but also to the advanced coaches and athletes who want to challenge and push themselves to understand the intricacies that make good athletes exceptional.’ – Seb Ostrowicz