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Beyond Brawn: The Insider's Encyclopedia on How to Build Muscle and Might Paperback – September 1, 2007


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Product Details

  • Series: Brawn
  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Cs Pub USA; 2 edition (September 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9963916368
  • ISBN-13: 978-9963916368
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 0.9 x 6.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #883,700 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"For bodybuilding instruction, Beyond Brawn is par excellence featuring an unprecedented depth of practical, relevant and readily applicable training information. Even more than that, the book is a training partner, friend and labor of love. A truly exceptional Book!" -- Jan Dellinger, York Barbell Company

About the Author

Stuart McRobert has over 30 years of training experience, has had over 300 articles published, was the editor of a training magazine for 15 years and is the author of four other books on exercise and physique transformation.

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Reading Beyond Brawn, it felt almost like McRobert was mentoring me personally.
Mark in LR
This book says yes to all of that, and it also says "Yes, you will get there, if you just stick with it for long enough."
N. Parr
His books are well-organized, to the point and contain accurate information without hype.
Patrick D. Goonan

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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful By James Robert on April 12, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
This is probably the most comprehensive book I've ever read on bodybuilding--almost to the point of being overwhelming.

It covers every aspect of weight training that you could possibly want to know about, such as compound and isolation exercises, training heavy vs. training light, the "big five" exercises that everyone should be doing, the foundations of a good diet, planning your training "cycles," exercise selection, how to design your own training programs, and more.

This book is written in laymen's terms and care was taken to fully explain all ideas as simply and clearly as possible. It does a good job addressing the fundamentals first and building on them. The principles and methods it teaches have been around for decades and are backed by science and actual experience--something that is becoming increasingly rare in the health and fitness industry as it is just glutted with hype, broscience, and lies (mainly thanks to magazines and the Internet).

If you follow the advice given in this book, you'll make great gains and you'll do it safely. You'll work hard for it as there are no shortcuts in building a strong, aesthetic physique, but when you're gaining 1 - 2 pounds of lean mass per week, you'll be more than willing to work your butt off in the gym.

P.S. I also just finished Bigger Leaner Stronger: The Simple Science of Building the Ultimate Male Body (The Lean Muscle Series) and really liked it. It helped me get a whole understanding of health and fitness and I REALLY like the workout program, which is similar to what's taught in Beyond Brawn. If you're new to working out, then I really suggest that you pick it up.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Patrick D. Goonan on September 10, 2007
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I like Stuart McRobert in general. His books are well-organized, to the point and contain accurate information without hype. He is also realistic about what can be achieved and not achieved based on your genetics. At the same time, he is enthusiastic and very motivational.

With respect to scope, this book is geared toward how to train, training cycles and related issues and building a good foundation. Although it is well-written, it doesn't have many diagrams and doesn't include detail on exercises. For this, I recommend Build Muscle Lose Fat Look Great: Everything You Need to Know to Transform Your Body and Starting Strength. These are REALLY... the only two books you need.

My background is that I have a graduate education in biochemistry, psychology and physiology. I was a Physiology Teaching Fellow, researcher and a personal trainer at one time. Currently, I am reviewing some of the new books out there and this author is particularly impressive. If you are going to get one of the Stuart McRobert books, I would get Build Muscle Lose Fat.... However, they are complementary and in my opinion, you would be cheating yourself not to get both. Build Muscle Lose Fat focuses more on proper technique, general training guidelines, etc.

One interesting inclusion in this book is a calculation scheme for ideal symmetry. This is great for setting realistic goals and I also like that this author is drug free and favors a natural approach. As a biochemist, I think his nutrition guidelines are very good, but I think he is overly cautious.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dale on November 29, 2011
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After reading Beyond Brawn, I now believe even more firmly that abbreviated training with plenty of rest days is the way to go. There is plenty of good information here about performing exercises and designing routines. But unfortunately McRoberts did not apply this less-is-more approach to his writing. If the flab of repetition and filler were removed, the book could be reduced to half its size without cutting into the muscle. In sum: worthwhile, but not great.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Matt on September 29, 2010
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Overall I enjoyed the book and the author's approach to building a stronger body. He offered some excellent ideas for short/medium/long term goal setting in regards to strength, fat %, and creating a way to monitor measurable progress. His exercise selection and theory seems good to me although I have not tried it yet myself.

The author does hold a real grudge against his genetics (and 95% of all people's genetics) that prevented him from growing to freakish levels. He brings up the fact that he is a "hard gainer" many times through evey chapter. It gets a little old because it really came off as complaining in my mind. He was likely trying to drill certain ideas into your head (ie. you are not special, you are not gifted genetically, you will not compare to any elite athletes no matter how hard you work, etc) It came off to me as a bit of a downer which made it difficult to continue reading although I finished the book.

Overall a good book and plan to place into action but presented at times in a negative manner that might not motivate some people.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Locksmith on July 23, 2008
Format: Paperback
I wish I had this book when I started lifting. It would have saved me years of frustration because it tells it like it is, nothing gimmicky or faddish here. It would have allowed me to bypass all the pitfalls that most lifters fall into because of too much enthusiasm and gullibility and too little wisdom, not to mention too much misinformation coming from the magazine publishers whose only real goal seems to be to promote their advertisers' products. Yes, McRobert is a bit on the conservative side, but for a long, healthy life of lifting most people need to be.

Two other books I highly recommend are McRobert's book on exercise technique and form, and Clarence Bass' book Challenge Yourself.

Happy lifting!
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