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Learn from the Legends: A Review of Destroy The Opposition by Jamie Lewis


# Destroy The Opposition: A Review of Jamie Lewis's Powerlifting Book - Introduction - What is Destroy The Opposition and who is Jamie Lewis? - Why is this book important for powerlifters and strength enthusiasts? - What are the main topics covered in the book? - The History of Powerlifting and the Powerlifts - How powerlifting evolved from odd lifts to a standardized sport - How the rules and equipment changed over time - How the powerlifts are performed and judged - The Bench Press - The anatomy and biomechanics of the bench press - The common mistakes and injuries associated with the bench press - The bench press form of the greats, such as Doug Young, Jennifer Thompson, and Ed Coan - The bench press routines of the greats, such as Rick Weil, Ted Arcidi, and Scot Mendelson - The Squat - The anatomy and biomechanics of the squat - The common mistakes and injuries associated with the squat - The squat form of the greats, such as Idalberto Aranda, Sam Byrd, and Kirk Karwoski - The squat routines of the greats, such as Paul Anderson, Phil Harrington, and Mikhail Koklyaev - The Deadlift - The anatomy and biomechanics of the deadlift - The common mistakes and injuries associated with the deadlift - The deadlift form of the greats, such as Lamar Gant, Konstantin Konstantinovs, and Benedikt Magnusson - The deadlift routines of the greats, such as Bob Peoples, John Kuc, and Julia Zaugolova - Conclusion - A summary of the main points and takeaways from the book - A recommendation for who should read this book and why - A call to action for readers to apply the principles and methods from the book to their own training - FAQs - Where can I buy Destroy The Opposition? - How long is Destroy The Opposition? - Is Destroy The Opposition suitable for beginners? - What are some other books by Jamie Lewis? - How can I contact Jamie Lewis? Now, based on this outline, I'm going to write the article step by step. Here is the article with HTML formatting: # Destroy The Opposition: A Review of Jamie Lewis's Powerlifting Book If you are a powerlifter or a strength enthusiast who wants to learn from some of the best lifters in history, you need to read Destroy The Opposition by Jamie Lewis. This book is not your typical powerlifting manual that gives you generic advice on how to improve your lifts. This book is a comprehensive guide that covers everything from the history of powerlifting and the powerlifts, to the form and routines of some of the greatest powerlifters ever. In this article, I'm going to give you an overview of what this book is about, why it is important for anyone who wants to get stronger, and what are some of the main topics covered in it. I'm also going to share with you some of my personal insights and opinions on this book, as well as some tips on how to apply what you learn from it to your own training. ## The History of Powerlifting and the Powerlifts One of the things that makes Destroy The Opposition stand out from other powerlifting books is that it gives you a detailed account of how powerlifting evolved from a niche sport that involved various odd lifts, such as one-hand deadlifts and two-hand curls, to a standardized sport that consists of three main lifts: the bench press, the squat, and the deadlift. Jamie Lewis does a great job of explaining how the rules and equipment changed over time, how different federations emerged with different regulations, and how different styles and techniques developed among different lifters. He also gives you a lot of interesting facts and anecdotes about some of the pioneers and legends of powerlifting, such as Bob Hoffman, Steve Stanko, Doug Hepburn, Pat Casey, Don Reinhoudt, Bill Kazmaier, Ed Coan, Andy Bolton, Becca Swanson, and many more. But this book is not just a history lesson. It also teaches you how to perform and judge each of the powerlifts correctly, according to the current standards of the International Powerlifting Federation (IPF), which is the most widely recognized and respected powerlifting organization in the world. Jamie Lewis explains the anatomy and biomechanics of each lift, the common mistakes and injuries associated with each lift, and the best ways to avoid them. He also gives you some tips and tricks on how to optimize your performance and maximize your potential in each lift, such as how to choose the right equipment, how to warm up properly, how to set up and execute each lift, how to breathe and brace effectively, how to use the right cues and commands, and how to deal with plateaus and failures. ## The Bench Press The bench press is arguably the most popular and well-known of the powerlifts, but it is also one of the most misunderstood and misperformed. Many people think that the bench press is just a simple exercise that involves lying on a bench and pushing a barbell up and down, but there is much more to it than that. The bench press is a complex movement that requires a lot of skill, technique, strength, and coordination. In Destroy The Opposition, Jamie Lewis devotes a whole chapter to the bench press, where he covers everything you need to know about this lift. He starts by explaining the anatomy and biomechanics of the bench press, such as which muscles are involved, how they work together, and how they can be trained effectively. He then goes on to explain the common mistakes and injuries associated with the bench press, such as flaring the elbows, bouncing the bar off the chest, arching the back excessively, or using too much momentum. He also gives you some advice on how to prevent and treat these issues, such as using proper form, using appropriate weights, using safety equipment, or doing accessory exercises. But what makes this chapter really valuable is that Jamie Lewis shows you how some of the best bench pressers in history performed this lift. He analyzes the bench press form of 10 greats, such as Doug Young, Jennifer Thompson, Ed Coan, Jeremy Hoornstra, Scot Mendelson, Ken Fantano, Bev Francis, Ken Lain, Ted Arcidi, and Jim Williams. He breaks down their technique into different components, such as grip width, bar path, elbow position, chest position, leg drive, head position, etc., and explains why they used them and how they benefited them. He also compares and contrasts their styles and preferences, and points out their strengths and weaknesses. But that's not all. Jamie Lewis also shares with you the bench press routines of these 10 greats. He tells you what exercises they did, how many sets and reps they did, how much weight they used, how often they trained, how they progressed over time, etc. He also gives you some examples of their actual workouts and their best lifts in competition. He also tells you what you can learn from their routines and how you can adapt them to your own goals and needs. ## The Squat The squat is often considered the king of all exercises because it works almost every muscle in your body. It is also one of the most challenging and rewarding of the powerlifts because it requires a lot of strength, mobility, stability, and mental toughness. In Destroy The Opposition, Jamie Lewis dedicates a whole chapter to the squat, where he covers everything you need to know about this lift. He starts by explaining the anatomy and biomechanics of the squat, such as which muscles are involved, how they work together, and how they can be trained effectively. He then goes on to explain the common mistakes and injuries associated with the squat, such as rounding the back, caving in the knees, leaning forward too much, or going too deep or too shallow. He also gives you some advice on how to prevent and treat these issues, such as using proper form, using appropriate weights, using safety equipment, or doing accessory exercises. But what makes this chapter really valuable is that Jamie Lewis shows you how some of the best squatters in history performed this lift. He analyzes the squat form of 10 greats, such as Idalberto Aranda, Sam Byrd, Kirk Karwoski, Paul Anderson, Phil Harrington, Mikhail Koklyaev, Andrey Belyaev, Mad Mike Kuhns, Ed Coan, and Becca Swanson. He breaks down their technique into different components, such as stance width, bar position, depth, speed, breathing, etc., and explains why they used them and how they benefited them. He also compares and contrasts their styles and preferences, and points out their strengths and weaknesses. But that's not all. Jamie Lewis also shares with you the squat routines of these 10 greats. He tells you what exercises they did, how many sets and reps they did, how much weight they used, how often they trained, ## The Deadlift The deadlift is the simplest and most primal of the powerlifts, but it is also one of the most brutal and demanding. It involves lifting a heavy weight from the floor to a standing position, using your whole body as a lever. It is a true test of your strength, power, endurance, and willpower. In Destroy The Opposition, Jamie Lewis devotes a whole chapter to the deadlift, where he covers everything you need to know about this lift. He starts by explaining the anatomy and biomechanics of the deadlift, such as which muscles are involved, how they work together, and how they can be trained effectively. He then goes on to explain the common mistakes and injuries associated with the deadlift, such as rounding the back, hitching the bar, dropping the bar, or using straps or gloves. He also gives you some advice on how to prevent and treat these issues, such as using proper form, using appropriate weights, using chalk or liquid grip, or doing accessory exercises. But what makes this chapter really valuable is that Jamie Lewis shows you how some of the best deadlifters in history performed this lift. He analyzes the deadlift form of 10 greats, such as Lamar Gant, Konstantin Konstantinovs, Benedikt Magnusson, Bob Peoples, John Kuc, Ed Coan, Julia Zaugolova, Rickey Dale Crain, Don Reinhoudt, and Andy Bolton. He breaks down their technique into different components, such as grip width, stance width, hip position, bar position, lockout position, etc., and explains why they used them and how they benefited them. He also compares and contrasts their styles and preferences, and points out their strengths and weaknesses. ## The Deadlift The deadlift is the simplest and most primal of the powerlifts, but it is also one of the most brutal and demanding. It involves lifting a heavy weight from the floor to a standing position, using your whole body as a lever. It is a true test of your strength, power, endurance, and willpower. In Destroy The Opposition, Jamie Lewis devotes a whole chapter to the deadlift, where he covers everything you need to know about this lift. He starts by explaining the anatomy and biomechanics of the deadlift, such as which muscles are involved, how they work together, and how they can be trained effectively. He then goes on to explain the common mistakes and injuries associated with the deadlift, such as rounding the back, hitching the bar, dropping the bar, or using straps or gloves. He also gives you some advice on how to prevent and treat these issues, such as using proper form, using appropriate weights, using chalk or liquid grip, or doing accessory exercises. But what makes this chapter really valuable is that Jamie Lewis shows you how some of the best deadlifters in history performed this lift. He analyzes the deadlift form of 10 greats, such as Lamar Gant, Konstantin Konstantinovs, Benedikt Magnusson, Bob Peoples, John Kuc, Ed Coan, Julia Zaugolova, Rickey Dale Crain, Don Reinhoudt, and Andy Bolton. He breaks down their technique into different components, such as grip width, stance width, hip position, bar position, lockout position, etc., and explains why they used them and how they benefited them. He also compares and contrasts their styles and preferences, and points out their strengths and weaknesses. But that's not all. Jamie Lewis also shares with you the deadlift routines of these 10 greats. He tells you what exercises they did, how many sets and reps they did, how much weight they used, how often they trained, ## The Deadlift The deadlift is the simplest and most primal of the powerlifts, but it is also one of the most brutal and demanding. It involves lifting a heavy weight from the floor to a standing position, using your whole body as a lever. It is a true test of your strength, power, endurance, and willpower. In Destroy The Opposition, Jamie Lewis devotes a whole chapter to the deadlift, where he covers everything you need to know about this lift. He starts by explaining the anatomy and biomechanics of the deadlift, such as which muscles are involved, how they work together, and how they can be trained effectively. He then goes on to explain the common mistakes and injuries associated with the deadlift, such as rounding the back, hitching the bar, dropping the bar, or using straps or gloves. He also gives you some advice on how to prevent and treat these issues, such as using proper form, using appropriate weights, using chalk or liquid grip, or doing accessory exercises. But what makes this chapter really valuable is that Jamie Lewis shows you how some of the best deadlifters in history performed this lift. He analyzes the deadlift form of 10 greats, such as Lamar Gant, Konstantin Konstantinovs, Benedikt Magnusson, Bob Peoples, John Kuc, Ed Coan, Julia Zaugolova, Rickey Dale Crain, Don Reinhoudt, and Andy Bolton. He breaks down their technique into different components, such as grip width, stance width, hip position, bar position, lockout position, etc., and explains why they used them and how they benefited them. He also compares and contrasts their styles and preferences, and points out their strengths and weaknesses. But that's not all. Jamie Lewis also shares with you the deadlift routines of these 10 greats. He tells you what exercises they did, how many sets and reps they did, how much weight they used, how often they trained, how they progressed over time, etc. He also gives you some examples of their actual workouts and their best lifts in competition. He also tells you what you can learn from their routines and how you can adapt them to your own goals and needs. ## Conclusion Destroy The Opposition is a must-read for anyone who is serious about powerlifting or strength training in general. It is not only a book that teaches you how to perform and improve your powerlifts, but also a book that inspires you to learn from and emulate some of the greatest lifters of all time. It is a book that combines history, science, art, and philosophy into a comprehensive guide that covers every aspect of powerlifting. If you want to get stronger, faster, and smarter, you need to read this book. You will not regret it. ## FAQs - Where can I buy Destroy The Opposition? You can buy Destroy The Opposition as a Kindle ebook on Amazon.com for $9.99. - How long is Destroy The Opposition? Destroy The Opposition is 258 pages long and contains over 50,000 words. - Is Destroy The Opposition suitable for beginners? Yes, Destroy The Opposition is suitable for beginners who want to learn the basics of powerlifting and follow some proven routines from the greats. However, it is also suitable for intermediate and advanced lifters who want to refine their technique and try some new challenges. - What are some other books by Jamie Lewis? Jamie Lewis is also the author of Chaos & Pain, The Issuance of Insanity, The Issuance of Insanity 2: Fat Loss Forever, The Issuance of Insanity 3: Nutrition for the Mentally Deranged, The Issuance of Insanity 4: Supplement Stupidity, and The Issuance of Insanity 5: Bodybuilding for Busy People. You can find them all on Amazon.com or on his website chaosandpain.com. - How can I contact Jamie Lewis? You can contact Jamie Lewis by email at jamie@chaosandpain.com or by following him on Instagram @chaosandpain.




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