posts on 6/7/2012 1:36:14 PM
The Power Cycle is a useful and entertaining guide to gaining functional strength. Though primarily concerned with physical strength and power, the author does write about bodybuilding and strength sports, both of which he is obviously well-acquainted. The last part of the book is a fascinating account of incredible true feats of strength and alone is worth the price of the volume.
posts on 2/25/2012 8:37:54 PM
I was fortunate to be able to get one of the rare copies of "Heroes of Legend" and I must say it was the perfect read for a beach vacation - entertaining, interesting, fast-paced light reading. He speaks of sequels. I'm waiting.
posts on 11/29/2011 12:55:54 AM
I've just read The Power Cycle by Collier Hageman. Finally someone tells in simple language how to get strong! I watched Hageman in Olympus Gym, and will attest that he is one strong dude! I saw him one more than one occasion do calf raises with 940 lbs. for 3 sets of 15 reps, no cheating. The shrug contest he writes about that he got into with another trainer was done with similar weight, on a machine. And he writes that the other trainer outlifted him, but it isn't true! Buddy cheated like a dog, bending his knees and lifting the weight partially with his legs, while Hageman used proper form up to 850 lbs. and with the addition of the final 2 90 lb. weights he could no longer do a rep with proper form, so he stopped. I did triceps with him one day and he did 3 sets of 10 reps on a Bodymasters overhead tricep extension machine with the entire weight stack of 250 lbs., again with proper form. The best I could do on this very difficult machine was 180 lbs., and I'm a bigger guy than him by at least 40 lbs.! Point being, he knows what he's talking about. Any one that Dr. Squat Fred Hatfield recommends is worth listening to on the subject. The final chapter has some amazing records from the strength world, many of them I'd never heard about. The book is easy to read - it took me part of an afternoon, and it left me wishing there were more. I hope he writes another!
posts on 12/30/2007 8:49:06 PM
Collier Hageman has written an enjoyable and very readble, if somewhat elementary fantasy novella. Though simplistic in plot it is rich in narrative detail and the author creates a wonderfully rich and imaginative world, populated by interesting people and creatures. Excellent for light reading, and suitable for anyone from young teen through adult who enjoys a good escapist fantasy.
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