February 26, 2005

10 responses to Towards lofty theoretical heights

  1. Kris Says:

    Bought Supertraining from Voimaharjoittelu.net for 59€ (discounted from 75€). At close to 500 pages, it should keep my thoughts occupied for a while. Shipping costs 8€. Also got the Dynamic Bench Manual for 14€.

    Total cost of project so far: 67€

  2. Kris Says:

    Got a used copy of Power by Hatfield for £2.04 + £3.94 postage from Amazon.co.uk (converted total 8.70€). Used copies started at $1.75 at Amazon.com, but the higher shipping costs made the US option a few euros more expensive plus it would have taken longer to arrive.

    This is likely to be the last purchase for a few weeks. Simply put, the rewards a long paternity leave brings with it are not of a monetary kind…

    Total cost of project so far: €75.70

  3. Scott Says:

    As someone who is invariably surrounded by books, this sounds like an excellent project. How long is your paternity leave?

  4. Kris Says:

    Three weeks left to go. Technically, my paternity leave begins tomorrow; this last week coincided with a week-long winter holiday effective in all schools in Helsinki. Eighteen days is the maximum length of the state-subsidized paternity leave here in Finland, but there is also an option to extend it by 12 days towards the end of the maternity leave (count me in!). Still, most fathers don’t make use of the full paternity leave since compensation is small compared to your normal salary and is paid retroactively (hence the call to restrain book shopping for the moment).

    Will only be at work three days after this leave, then schools close for the Easter holiday… As a teacher, I can also look forward to a paid summer holiday between June and mid-August. I consider myself very fortunate to have so much family time scheduled. God knows, teachers earn every vacation they get. ;-)

  5. Scott Says:

    Just came across a site that may be of interest (assuming you haven’t stumbled across it already) :

    Super Strength Books

  6. Kris Says:

    Thanks for the tip! Måns told me about this very site a while ago; I hear they sell hardcopies of a lot of the old strength manuals available at “Sandow and the Golden Age of Iron Men” http://www.sandowplus.co.uk/

  7. Kris Says:

    Summer vacation is here, time to stack up on more reading material for the reading project. Just placed an order worth $83 plus $31 airmail ($144 total or 93€) with Sportivny press for the most essential translated Russian texts, namely

    A System of Multi-Year Training in Weightlifting, A.S. Medvedyev
    The Training of the Weightlifter, R. A. Roman
    Managing the Training of Weightlifters, N. P. Laputin
    Fundamentals of Special Strength Training in Sport, Y. Verkhoshansky

    Total cost of project so far: 169€

  8. Kris Says:

    Thumbs up for Sportivny Press! The package arrived today. Delivery time comparable to Amazon, which is something I cannot say of some other web stores I’ve dealt with. The manuals are decently thick A4 size. :-)

  9. Måns Says:

    Perhaps I also get to thumb through some of them..? :)

  10. Kris Says:

    Why only some? You must read ALL! There will be an exam.

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