The Powerlifting Program Design Manual

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Do you want to understand how to design more effective powerlifting programs? The Powerlifting Program Design Manual by Chad Wesley Smith has been created to help you better understand how to:

-Assess an athlete’s qualifications and needs

-Determine Minimum Effective and Maximum Recoverable Volume

-Find an athlete’s Optimal Frequency

-Distribute volume over the course of the training week

-Create a Phase Potentiation strategy to maximize meet performance and long term results

-Select exercises that are optimal for a specific phase and to address an athlete’s unique weak points.

-Periodize training to manage fatigue and maximize overloading opportunities.

Chad Wesley Smith is regarded as one of, if not the best raw powerlifting coach in the World. Having helped hundreds of athletes add hundreds of pounds to their totals. Male or Female, Juniors to Masters, Lightweights to Superheavies, across all major federations and in the biggest meets in the World, his results are unparalleled. No other coach in the World has coached lifters at all the current biggest meets in the World, including Big Dogs, IPF Worlds, US Open, Pro Raw, USAPL Nationals, The Arnold Grand Prix/Pro American and Record Breakers. Learn the principles that guide Chad’s program design and how to practically apply them for yourself to your and your athletes training.

Checking in at over 200 information packed pages, The Powerlifting Program Design Manual, will equip you with the knowledge you need to not only create an effective program but to keep adjusting and developing programs for all types of lifters for a lifetime of training. Also included with The Powerlifting Program Design Manual is video of Chad’s 90 minute presentation, Individualizing Powerlifting Training, from the 2018 Juggernaut Performance Summit in Long Island, NY.


  1. grogmo (verified owner)

    This is the Holy Grail of Powerlifting Program designing.
    I’m a coach for nearly 15 Years now and many of my Athletes earned national titles and keep improving from competition to competition ….
    but after reading this book, it brought my programming for them to the next level.
    Great work from Chad Wesley Smith. Should be a must read for every coach to come!

  2. Jaremy (verified owner)

    This book is a huge boon for anyone writing programs for powerlifters. Now that I’m writing my own programs it was a necessity for me and I’m glad I bought it!

  3. Amber Herrod (verified owner)

    This book has so much information in it. It is easy to ready and will eventually get me to the place I feel I need to be in my training.

  4. Juhani Salo (verified owner)

    No joke – this has EVERYTHING. If you’re into PL or even remotely interested on the topic, get this. This book is vast! If think to yourself “does this book cover…?” then the answer yes, it really does!

  5. Austin Lind (verified owner)

    This is a very good read that gives light to many aspects of powerlifting programming and is very informational. However, there are a few grey areas that aren’t explained in much detail.

  6. rnavarro2003 (verified owner)

    So far The Powerlifting Program Design Manual, coupled with The Scientific Principles of Strength Training book have been helpful. (I purchased both at the same time)

    At 58 yoa I am very new to weightlifting beyond using basic cable machines at my local gym. I was always “focus on cardio and meh when I have time for strength training” kind of guy. Multiple ankle surgeries and age related joint pain from mostly arthritis (mainly knees) have made cardio very difficult. Weightlifting has helped me to return to getting in shape, losing weight, and gaining muscle. But I am (1) in the strictest sense a novice and (2) leery of injuring myself. This is where the books have helped.

    There is a lot of material. A lot! I’m using the books in conjunction with Juggernaut’s YouTube channel. (I recommend subscribing.) So I’m moving slowly through the material and trying to learn. But so far I’m very pleased at what I’m learning, while frequently reminded of how little I knew about the benefits of strength training.

  7. Ryan Stafford (verified owner)

    This book is amazing. I’ve gone through it three times and find something new each time. Please be aware: there’s A LOT of content in there. It may be a bit overwhelming at first. But if you stick with it, you will get a pretty solid foundation for powerlifting programming. I’ve never been able to sit down with a blank spreadsheet and write a fully customized program before now. I am very happy that I purchased this book! I highly recommend it!

  8. Ville-Pekka Palmgren (verified owner)

    This was the book i needed! I am a novice lifter (1 year) and this book gave valuable information on how to design the training for it to be beneficial to me on the long term. Also this gives very good knowledge to designing power building programs for other athletes. I think the next book i will get is the book on Recovery. Awesome info, well worth the 37 dollars! Information is good for a lifetime 😉

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