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Product Details

  • Series: Ironman Magazine Series (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (January 11, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0809228114
  • ISBN-13: 978-0809228119
  • Product Dimensions: 3.4 x 4.2 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #420,450 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is just jammed pack full of good information and it's a very good book to read no matter if you're a rookie or a vet.
W. Reed
[Good job, Pete.] This chapter will let you see why steroids and other drugs are such a disaster for the long-term health of bodybuilding athletes.
BookGuy
If you want a systematic and comprehensive guide to bodybuilding exercises and their performance then Arnold's is what I would recommend.
CPTScott

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32 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Bill Pearl - 5-Time Mr. Universe on April 10, 2000
Format: Paperback
Ironman's "Ultimate Bodybuilding Encyclopedia" is years overdue. I could have achieved my bodybuilding goals much faster and saved years of trial-and-error if this book had been available when I was in the competitive stage of my career.
The book takes the guess-work out of training and is loaded with photos of the greatest bodybuilders performing the exercises. There is nothing about the book that I can find fault with. As always another tremendous job by Pete Sisco and Ironman.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Justin Coleman on January 13, 2000
Format: Paperback
Ironman's Ultimate Bodybuilding Encyclopedia is exactly what I needed to really jumpstart my workouts. Most books on the topic of weight-trainging are written by a single person and, therefore, only express one person's experiences. However, everyone is different; what builds muscle for one person may leave another no larger than 6 months before. This book gives multiple opinions by some of the country's most renowned body builders. Sometimes their opinions conflict, sometimes they coincide. Regardless, the reader is given a very thorough overview of the different possible routines to follow. In addition, this book provide the most eye-opening section on the negative effects of drug-use in body-building that I have ever seen; it really makes you think.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Barron Laycock HALL OF FAME on January 9, 2004
Format: Paperback
Other than regular access to a good gym with all the right equipment and all the necessary nutrition, nothing is so important to the aspiring bodybuilder than information, and everyone from the neophyte to more experienced muscle bombers will find everything they need to grow into the body they dream of in this wonderful bodybuilder's encyclopedia. Culled from a variety of sources from deep within the culture of the west coast bodybuilding havens of Venice Beach and Santa Monica, this compendium of relevant information and sage advice has been produced by veteran bodybuilding coach Peter Sisco, who used extensive interviews with bodybuilding stars and the mounds of information produced by research technicians associated with Ironman magazine, who also produced a wide variety of helpful publications such as this one. You will find everything you need here, from the best way to flare your quadriceps to the best way to widen your shoulders by bombing the lateral heads of the deltoids.
Given all this, the book is both highly informative and quite inspirational, showcasing a number of recent bodybuilding luminaries, using both photographs and drawings to illustrate correct exercise performance, useful training techniques, and the latest in scientific breakthroughs that are on the very cutting edge of what contemporary bodybuilders are using to constantly attempt to get even bigger, stronger, and more striated and cut. Using the treasure-trove of Ironman's photographic archives, Sisco has produced one of the best single volume works covering the waterfront of bodybuilding yet. It compares well to the standard Weider's "Ultimate Bodybuilding", Schwarzenegger's version of the book, and even Bill Pearl's superb "Keys To The Inner Universe". This is a book that works well for the bodybuilding enthusiast wanting or needing a handy reference volume he can throw in his gym bag and read between sets at the local iron dungeon. Enjoy!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By BookGuy on June 1, 2001
Format: Paperback
This book is a compilation of articles from Ironman Magazine. They've been carefully chosen by the editor, Pete Sisco. The articles on training are the best ones that the magazine has to offer. As with all bodybuilding books, you'll want to pick-and-choose which routines and advice you want to adopt. I thought the book was a 4-Star book rather than a 5-Star book for the following reasons: 1) The section on Nutrition was weak. It didn't really address cutting edge nutrition questions, but focused--unusually, I thought--on variations (e.g., vegetarianism), and 2) it's a 2-color book. This is probably a nit, but the magazine is 4-color, and 4-color photos reproduced as 2-color lose something (especially if they haven't been "color corrected"). But these aren't really slams on the book as a whole...4-Stars is pretty good. The one thing I wanted to say above all else, is that Pete Sisco has done the bodybuilding world a huge service by including the anonymous interview with a "Top Pro" bodybuilder and his use of steroids and other drugs. What an eye-opener. [Good job, Pete.] This chapter will let you see why steroids and other drugs are such a disaster for the long-term health of bodybuilding athletes. I hope younger bodybuilders will read that chapter especially, and make the commitment to train as "naturals". It's a really good book, and you'd do well to have it in your bodybuilding library.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By CPTScott on August 23, 2006
Format: Paperback
I've been reading this Ultimate Bodybuilding Encylopedia for the last few weeks and I find it very useful and motivating.

This is very different than Arnold's encylopedia, not better or worse just different. If you want a systematic and comprehensive guide to bodybuilding exercises and their performance then Arnold's is what I would recommend. Note that (in my opinion), many of the routines are geared more for someone w/ performance enhancing drugs and would severly overtrain most natural bodybuilders. Still, Arnold's book is incredibly comprehensive and has been updated since the original release.

The Ironman encyclopedia is more of a collection of articles from Ironman issues over the years. The great thing about that is you get a variety of points of view and approaches which is excellent.
The price of the book is VERY inexpensive compared to what one would have to pay if you were to buy the same volume of valuable information in magazines.

Personally I'm not a big fan of the overall direction bodybuilding has gone with the extreme juice monsters, but this book has a mix of material that can cater to a natural bodybuilder as well as those into the more extreme aspects of the sport. In addition to the many excellent articles, there are photographs which contain bodybuilders from both "schools" of bodybuilding which is not something you find very often.

I've recently purchased the Ironman Natural Bodybuilding Book which is also excellent for those interested in focusing specifically on a drug free approach (though certainly some of the extreme supplementation used by "natural" bodybuilders almost approaches a middle ground between completely natural and pharmaceuticals).
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