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Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding Paperback – March 15, 1987

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  • Paperback: 736 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Reprint edition (March 15, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671633813
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671633813
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 8.8 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,675 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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*Note* There is a revised edition of this book.

The Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding is the largest tome of bodybuilding information found in any publication, finishing up at around 800 pages with approximately 1000 pictures and weighing in at a whopping 5.8lbs, making it the only book that gives you a workout while reading it. Arnold divides his massive manuscript into a number of sections, starting with the history of bodybuilding, competitions, the gym experience and training techniques (the core exercises) before rounding up with various poses and additional information on bodybuilding supplements and diets. Arnold advocates trying to find pictures of a bodybuilder who fits your size and figure and then aiming to replicate their results. Arnold himself used Reg Park as a model for his first teenage foray in the gym while in subsequent years built each body part up using different bodybuilding models to achieve his own unique juggernaut definition. This is but a tiny fraction of the kind of good quality recommendations that the Encyclopedia comes up with. Bodybuilders (bbs) everywhere refer to the `encyclopedia' for its awesome display of photographs of superhuman bbs throughout the ages. There is no lack of snaps that detail the human anatomy. You will likely run through the book many times to find that muscle group or separation that you missed the first time. It is startling how much anatomy you need to get around before you can understand what impact each exercise has on the developing muscle. This is a fully fledged subject that will have your attention for years to come and there is no better place than to start here.
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By A Customer on October 23, 1999
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I like the section on the history of bodybuilding. It shows how people went from being fat powerlifters to creating a cut physique. Most of these guys are big but don't have veins all over them, which is better than some of today's "champs." I have to commend Arnold for building a big but still proportionate body. Arnold's "beginner" programs will kill a beginner and may even stress an experienced bodybuilder into overtraining. Good book, lots of different exercises, good photos, interesting history.
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What I find most valuable about this book is that it provides you with almost every movement done in body building. This is especially helpful in learning how to do a particular movement correctly and without hurting yourself. Everything is explained and illustrated very well. True the nutrition side is lacking but as mentioned in other reviews but that is not the focus of the book.
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Another 'Arnold' book - this is a must have for any bodybuilders library. If you buy 1 book this is the one to buy. This book covers everything, training, contest prep, diet, posing, and much more - nothing is left out, this is the bible of bodybuilding. Even if you do not agree with Arnold's training 'style' this is still the best bodybuilding book you will ever own. NBAF 'very best'.
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By A Customer on November 9, 2001
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This book was the original motivator to get me into the gym in the early 90's. I recall sitting day in and day out reading and re-reading this book. While it might not be the most up-to-date, it still hits all the key areas. Let's face it, there are only so many different workouts you can do to hit a particular muscle. This book covers them all. Lacking in diet information should not sway your decision to purchase, as you can find in depth diet information from EAS for free. I lost the book and am finally ordering my second copy. Can't wait to start looking it over again.
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Many of the reviews for this book say either "it's the absolute best!" or that "it sucks!" But one thing to remember is that this is one man's point of view, even if it is one of the most reliable and respected points of view. As to the body building content of the book, it is excellent, although it contains some holes due to when it was written. (However, there is a new edition, revised and updated in hardcover, released this year.) This book provides a lot of inspiration and insight as well as instruction and information. The area of diet in the book is under-done, but again this is probably due to the time it was written, so I would suggest an extra source for diet and nutrition information, although most of the basics are covered at least somewhat. (Check out Franco Columbu's nutrition book.) The beginning bodybuilder may find it difficult to begin directly from this book, but then he says in the book to attach to someone who is more experienced, so that you don't get left in a sink or swim situation. Anyway, overall, this book is fairly excellent.
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This is a late review but there is only a few reasons to go out of your way to get this version. I can draw some political connotations this day in February but I'll hold back. There is some information that the Governor cut out from the 2nd edition The New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding : The Bible of Bodybuilding, Fully Updated and Revised and can only be found in here. It's not really necessary to have this because of the revised 2nd edition but if your curious in how the Governor helped disadvantaged citizens it's all in here. And some other information for the Arnold fan and historian. See my other review on the 2nd edition.
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