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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (September 1, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0809247151
  • ISBN-13: 978-0809247158
  • Product Dimensions: 3.4 x 4.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,151 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Barron Laycock HALL OF FAME on January 8, 2004
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As someone who has actually been tossing around the iron for longer than I personally like to admit (try 1960 on for size), I have always found this particular book to be a wonderful reference book for the practicing bodybuilder, one he or she can employ to solve persistent problems, answer a technical question, or browse in search of alternative exercises working a particular muscle group from a specific angle. For example, the fact that each exercise emphasizes not only how to correctly perform the exercise, but also stresses which aspects of the muscles are most stressed, hence which are likely to most benefit from regular use of the exercise in a complex routine.
There are many aspects of the book which could use to be revised to improve it, such as its reference to newer machines and new technology in general is a bit lacking, and it also is a bit dated in that it trades heavily on Weider's long association with famous bodybuilders of the classic period of the 1960s and 1970s. For old horses like me, that is neat, but it may not play well to some of the younger enthusiasts. Yet the fundamental facts found in the book are still quite credible, and the fact that it is a paperback issue you can actually drag along to the gym with you is to its credit. I recommend it for the reasons I mentioned, although I would also suggest you purchase a copy of Arnold's own version of a how-to manual, as well as Bill Pearl's superb "Keys To The Kingdom". The more recent Iron Man version is also an excellent resource, especially for the intermediate bodybuilder ready to spread his wings and intensify his workout. Enjoy!
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By David Wilkerson on December 31, 1999
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As an ACE-Certified Personal Trainer and Nutrition Specialist, I have to give this book a high recommendation. The beginner will get a good introduction to physique development. The more experienced will get ideas for adding variety to their programs. The photos are a bit misleading for the beginner - you'll never look like that unless you use drugs. However, all the technical information is good, and I like the presentation. This book is a real bargain!
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Gary Perkins on April 24, 2000
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I personally thought this book was a real winner. I have read this book many times cover to cover, yes this takes a while. I use it for reference all the time. It spells out exactly what and how to do all exercises. It also contains great photography of the stars in action. This also contains much information, many pages, great pictures, and pure content for the price. The only other book that is comparable is Arnold's Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jeff on August 28, 2004
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Yes, I've read quite a few: Ironman's Encyclopedia, Arnold's Encyclopedia, Power Factor Training, Bodybuilding 101, and while most of these books do provide great advice, the ultimate game plan for mass and strength is printed in this book, waiting to be read by the confused bodybuilder, like I was.

From what I've read in this book, the training principles like the flaming "supersets" and the blood-gushing "giant sets" can be easily found in this book and I have had excellent results with mass/strength gains from other Weider Principles.

What makes this terrific encyclopedia unique is that you aren't reading any other pro bodybuilder's routine that supposedly makes you gain great mass because it did for them. Not like that here. Weider has split the sections of the book into beginner, with appropriate training principles and great advice on how to increase resistance (weight) within a reasonable amount of time; an intermediate bodybuilder section about supersets/confusion/instinctive principles; the advanced bodybuilder with double split programs and the Tri-Set Principle with even more, like the Resto-Pause Principle--extreme way to pump up your biceps, especially in the motivational advice of Weider.

I also love reading the bodypart sections. You'll read Mike Christian's way of training the back and chest, Samir Bonnout's philosophy of building bigger biceps. They tell you like it is.

There's a very fine line between a bodybuilder who loves to change routines often and a bodybuilder who sticks with it like Arnold and Larry Scott have. I chose to go back into the "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" routine, where if a certain exercise works for you at a certain weight/reps, stick with it!
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36 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Joseph P. Nicholson on April 2, 2010
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Joe Weider destroyed bodybuilding. Prior the rise of the Weider empire, and the drugs and mis-information that are a huge part of it, bodybuilding was a healthy endeavor. Before the early 1960's bodybuilders actually got big and stayed big for deacdes without drugs. Training programs were sensable and healthy. A guy like Grimek or Clancy Ross could compete at a natural 220 lbs., look great for deacades and live to a ripe old age. Weider and the drug culture that he promoted ruined all that. Weider created a system where the only way to win was to get bigger and bigger year after year. Of course this means taking more and more drugs. All the while Weider is raking in the cash while guys like Andreas Munzer and Mohammed Benaziza (sp?) died horrible deaths chasing down that Sandow trophy. Their blood is on Weiders hands. To all the young guns tempted by Weider and the glossy magazines (muscle comics), realize this.....it's all an illusion. You can't have what you see is those ridiculous magazines. There is nothing in those magazines that is going to help you in any way. They exist solely to sell suppliments that you don't even need. There is a better way. Forget Weider and the fantasy he sells. Study the ways of the old timers who got big before drugs were even available. They got big and stayed big. They were as strong as they looked. They were as mentally healthy as they were physically healthy. They didn't wind up killing themselves like DeMayo, or killing others like Bertil Fox or Craig Titus. There was a Golden Age of bodybuilding that existed before you or I were even born. Ironically, this is the only time that Joe Weider, himself, ever had ANY muscle. Back then men got big by using what worked and scrapping what was nonsense. These days no one is getting big. Forget Weider and the unatainable fantasy he sells. Work towards something that you can actually achieve.
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