That is 4. Drug free. At 44 years of age. After a seemingly career-ending back injury and surgery. Judd did it back in —and his achievement is still in the Top 20 All Time Historic Squats in his class. And is likely to stay on this list for a long time.

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That is 4. Drug free. At 44 years of age. After a seemingly career-ending back injury and surgery. Judd did it back in —and his achievement is still in the Top 20 All Time Historic Squats in his class. And is likely to stay on this list for a long time. I have met very few human beings as warm and kind as this fine gentleman.

A uniquely balanced individual, Dr. Judd has taken his spiritual, intellectual, and physical development to extreme heights. PSYCH was written in the eighties, the golden age of strength. Iron game insiders like Marty Gallagher will tell you the harsh truth about strength training—it does not get better than the eighties, the era of Coan.

It is the step-by-step manual to athletic superiority for men and women who take charge. The author became a world champion and record holder in a sport for which he had zero genetic predisposition—using the meticulously researched and professionally applied strategies he reveals on the pages of PSYCH. To purchase the Kindle book, click here. I vividly remember the first time I saw him.

The pre-competition scene was typical of most powerlifting meets. The air was charged with excitement and nervousness. Competitors were screaming, pacing, and sniffing ammonia capsules.

All of them were burning up valuable energy, except one. Judd Biasiotto lay asleep on a foam pad. The weight being lifted on the platform reached pounds, yet Biasiotto, who was competing in the pound class, remained fast asleep.

He rose, pulled up the straps of his suit, and started wrapping his knees. I had to laugh. How could such a strong athlete be so foolish as to miss his warm-ups? Within 10 seconds, he brought about a physiological transformation that could only be described as bizarre. His facial features seemed to change before my eyes. The hair on his arms and legs stood up, and his breathing became deep and rhythmic.

His muscles actually seemed to increase in size. The whole scene was a little scary. The lift was ridiculously easy. Eight more times during the meet, Biasiotto repeated his astonishing transformation, and eight more times he made seemingly effortless lifts.

He left me and 1, others wondering where he got his power. Who was this man? People who have seen Judd compete use words like amazing, unbelievable, and unique when talking about him. Looking at him, it would appear that he was a tennis player, or a golfer, indeed not a powerlifter. His muscularity is minimal; however, his strength is awesome. His mental control is something to behold, and something that more lifters need to develop.

Perhaps this explains how the Hulk and Biasiotto are capable of performing such outrageous strength lifts. I often wondered how Judd was able to bring about such changes. Was it hypnosis or was it some other mind control technique?

I wanted to know for certain, and I wanted to be able to use that type of control for my own lifting. I contacted Judd. I found him to be intellectually stimulating and more than helpful. We became close friends, and I discovered a few things about him that I can only describe as amazing.

Furthermore, he has worked with professional baseball teams and numerous athletes in a number of sports. His articles and talks to organizations, such as the International Athletic Association and the United States Sports Committee, have helped Judd to become one of the most renowned sports psychologists and hypnotists in the United States. His insights into individual sports, especially powerlifting, far exceed those of most sports psychologists. He is not just another psychologist consumed by the reward of dealing with team sports.

Judd also understands the emotions, pressures and different psychological needs of the athletes involved in individual sports. Through his research, Judd has learned to control his heart rate, brain waves, and most importantly, his thoughts. The secret to his great strength lies in these abilities. Through scientific means he has achieved world class status with a body that is not genetically constructed for powerlifting.

This book, like his others, is in a class by itself. I promise. When I first started powerlifting, I was at best a joke. In my first seven meets I finished dead last. I hate to admit this, but some guys could have beaten me without even benching. Their squat and deadlift totaled more than I totaled on all three lifts.

Heck, at that time, even women and children could beat me. There was even a joke going around that the U. At least I think it was a joke. She was serious. During my career, I had literally gone full circle-from one of the worst lifters to ever step on a lifting platform, to one of the best. And I did all that with a body that is not genetically constructed for powerlifting. How did I do it? The way I achieved world class status was through my mind.

I learned to play the game of powerlifting above my shoulders. The secret to my success and strength lies in these abilities. The best part of all this is that you can achieve these abilities just as I have. The methods in this book are based on scientifically validated research.

They will work whether you believe in them or not. The only thing that is required is understanding and practice. If you apply the concepts outlined for you in this book, I flat guarantee you that your competition total will increase significantly. Not only was he an over-achieving and champion powerlifter, Biasiotto is a keen observer of the general sports scene and an experienced sports psychologist.

He is also a wonderful writer and story teller. Judd has done it again. Psych joins his other books as both a good read and thoroughly informative. Judd points out that many athletes neglect the sport psychology portion of their training and this concept needs to resonate with both coaches and athletes alike.

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Some interesting thoughts on peak performance, but a bit too woo-woo without enough to back it up. Takeaway: meditation is good for performance. Generally speaking, the more confident the athlete, the more successful he is in his sport. They tend to let their minds get in the way of their progress. Accordingly, when you give them simple solutions to their problems, they tend to dismiss the answer because it sounds too simple for it to work. There is considerable research which indicates that anxiety can completely destroy performance. Conversely, if we surround ourselves with negative and ineffectual people, we will tend to be negative and ineffectual.


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We hope you love the books people recommend! Just so you know, The CEO Library may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page. In my first seven meets I finished dead last. I wasn't just beaten either, at times, I was absolutely destroyed. It wasn't uncommon for me to find myself two or three hundred pounds behind the leaders going into the deadlift. After the deadlift, well, the leaders weren't even in sight.

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