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Biology for Bodybuilders: One of the world's most successful drug-free bodybuilders shares his training secrets and explains the key scientific concepts that will help you get healthier and stronger. Paperback – April 20, 2011
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Doug Miller is actually a very smart guy, very introspective, in the vein of Layne Norton and the other academically oriented bodybuilders in the sport today. I only bought this book because of some great, in-depth interviews I'd read online; see a few of the links below. Unfortunately, this book essentially rehashes what's in these interviews (freely available), even using the exact same pictures of Doug, and then throws in a few (poorly organized) chapters on muscle physiology (which are themselves inferior to the parallel articles on Wikipedia). A lot of this feels like filler material in an attempt to get the book over 99 pages, which it does, but just barely.
I'm disappointed. I read the table of contents online before I bought the book, as well as a few sample pages, but I suppose I was expecting more depth, or at least a new angle. What I have feels like a sloppily arranged high school project. At least Amazon has a great return policy, but it's still a hassle to have to repack the book, write this review, etc.
I think Doug has the talent (both intellectual and physical) to write a great book that will stand among the Mark Rippetoes and the Marty Gallaghers and the Stuart McRoberts. But this isn't it.
Doug as a champion bodybuilder = AwEsOmE! Doug as an author = Don't quit his day job. Hope this helps.
Biology for Bodybuilders is written in the first person by Doug, which is one of the appealing aspects of the book. This also allows Doug to say that his co-authors disagree with him sometimes, even as he outlines what works for him. Both Glenn and Kevin are described as following Paleolithic dieting approaches. Doug follows a more old school bodybuilding approach to dieting - e.g., he eats grains, and has multiple balanced meals everyday.
This relaxed approach to team writing neutralizes criticism from those who do not agree with Doug, at least to a certain extent. Maybe it was done on purpose; a smart idea. For example, I do not agree with everything Doug says in the book, but neither do Doug's co-authors, by his own admission. Still, one thing we all have to agree with - from a competitive sports perspective, no one can question success.
At less than 120 pages, the book is certainly not encyclopedic, but it is quite packed with details about human physiology and metabolism for a book of this size. The scientific details are delivered in a direct and simple manner, through what I would describe as very good writing.
Doug has interesting ideas on how to push his limits as a bodybuilder. For example, he likes to train for muscle hypertrophy at around 20-30 lbs above his contest weight. Also, he likes to exercise at high repetition ranges, which many believe is not optimal for muscle growth. He does that even for mass building exercises, such as the deadlift.Read more ›
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This book really gave me a clear vision of how to proper nutritionate my body, timing for maximal gains etc. He does explain the biology of the body, how cells are built up etc. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Rasmus Lind
Great book. Breaks down all the science of bodybuilding. A must read if your serious about bodybuilding.Published 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
I have over 100 books on weight lifting and this one is uniquely informative. No vulgar language but good insights into weight lifting. A class act. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Disappointed
Good information on bodybuilding biology and muscle function, a tad bit boring unless you're a biology major. Read morePublished on February 16, 2013 by Eduardo Reyes
Very good book! worth the read! There is not to many books that can help with natural bodybuilding, but this book does a very good job!Published on November 29, 2012 by Brandon Rohrig
I would recommend this book for the novice or the advanced athlete in this sport or even the trainers in this sport. Read morePublished on August 21, 2012 by MasterTrainerV
This is a very informative book. As the title suggests it is geared toward bodybuilding and the biology. I like that the author chose not to dumb down the information. Read morePublished on July 17, 2012 by cactsbob
Finally a book that chronicles some of the lessons that took me YEARS to learn in the gym. Very comprehensive, factual, and I can see how this book would greatly benefit any class... Read morePublished on August 19, 2011 by whatkey