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Product Details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (September 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0809237288
  • ISBN-13: 978-0809237289
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 8.1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,616 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I can't believe the people that have complained about this book.
Richard A. Hicks
Dr. Hatfield's enthusiasm is infectious, his attitude positive, and his anti-steroid stance a very, very good thing.
Peter J. Raia-jr
Anyway, this is still an excellent book (I think one of the best on the topic).
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Cannon on March 2, 2001
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Fred Hatfield is indeed one of the clearest thinking writers in the iron game and I think that intermediate level weight lifters in particular will appreciate the information in this book. However, I will say that his website contains even more information than this book provides. From reading his website, he frequently strikes a condescending attitude toward bodybuilders, so I thought it somewhat curious that he would write a book on bodybuilding. Although overall it's a good book, I found myself wanting some parts fleshed out more. For example, how to cycle intensity isn't addressed adequately, nor is how long to rest between workouts. These are questions that intermediate weightlifters grapple with much more frequently than some problems that Mr. Hatfield discusses at length such as how to maintain a proper diet and I wished that he would've discussed those concerns in greater detail. I recommend this book, but I recommend Mr. Hatfield's website more.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Reader on May 11, 2006
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I got good results with this book. Carefully following his diet and workout plans, I increased my upper arms measurement by half an inch in just 2 months. I'm not promising it will work that well for everybody, but I am one satisfied customer.

Maybe you could find all this information on the web, but because of the nature of the web, information tends to be in small articles or discussion groups and mixed in with a fair amount of misinformation, conflicting opinions, and advertising. So, I think it is best to read a few books like this one and then supplement with the internet information.

This book is not just an encyclopedia of every conceivable exercise and variation (if you want that, there are other books out there), it's not just a bunch of unrelated magazine articles shoved into a book format (there are plenty of those kinds of books too), it's not just a bunch of fluff with a picture of a grunting bodybuilder on every page (although it is adequately illustrated), and it's not just the expression of one person's bodybuilding philosophy based purely on anecdotal experiences (Hatfield has tremendous experience, but also makes every effort to modify his methods based on the latest available scientific information).

Hardcore Bodybuilding shows you how to cycle intensity, how often to work out, recovery time for different body parts, recommended exercises for different body parts, how to do the exercises, what to eat, how often to eat, how to cycle your diet to lose fat and gain muscle, how long it will take, how to estimate percentage body fat, what supplements to take, etc. You are expected to develop your own plan of attack to fit your schedule and goals, but all the concepts are there with examples to get you started.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Richard A. Hicks on January 11, 2006
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I can't believe the people that have complained about this book. I will answer them all. First off I have owned this book for 10 years and still get new information out of it. It has been the best 15 dollars that I have ever spent.

One guy said the program is too rigid.

What? You are supposed to use the information to come up with your own program. Didn't you even read it. This book will tell you "how" to create a great body. It is not a simple do this type of book. No. This book is for people who want to know why they are supposed to do things, not just a simple recipe to follow. But even then, yes, the most in dept routine (as an example) is there for you to study. It is there so you will understand the concepts so you can create your own system. Why do you think there are 425 pages on information in this book? It is not so you simply follow the example routines on pages 55-60. It is so you will learn how to develop your own system depending on what your goals are.

One guy said there are better books out there.

Yeah right, I've been looking for ten years. I foolishly bought books from other "name" people in bodybuilding and they were almost useless. Sure they went over how to do certain exercises and had many pictures in them, but did any of them have a break down of every type of skeletal muscle fiber and the best way they respond to movement (exercise)? No, not one of the "other" books did. The only books that I saw that anything even near the amount of fundamental knowledge about bodybuilding in them were medical in nature and cost over 50 bucks. None on the market have this much vital information for only 15 dollars. That's why in ten years it's the only bodybuilding book that I still have. I gave the other ones away to people who wanted some info.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 18, 2000
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I bought this book with some reluctance because there are so many titles one the subject. However, I have read a lot of Fred Hatfield's columns in the magazine's and figured he knows his stuff to be around for as long as he has.
The book has been WONDERFUL! Dr. Hatfield makes a great case for his approach so I tried it. I have gained 16 pound of muscle in 8 months! I have been thrilled with the range of information presented in the book and thrilled with the results! I have used the information and found it to be right on, no nonsense and straight forward.
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