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Men's Health Ultimate Dumbbell Guide: More Than 21,000 Moves Designed to Build Muscle, Increase Strength, and Burn Fat Paperback – July 24, 2007


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books; 1 edition (July 24, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159486487X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594864872
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,797 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

MYATT MURPHY has written articles on exercise, lifestyle, nutrition, and sports for more than 40 worldwide magazines, including Esquire, Fitness, GQ, Men’s Health, and Sports Illustrated. A frequent guest on CNN News and Good Morning America, he is the author of Men’s Health Gym Bible and Men’s Health The Body You Want in the Time You Have.

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From magazines, books and illustrated novels, Murphy has strived to become one of the most versatile writers in the business of writing. Never content with penning one specific genre or style, he's spent the past decade trying to put his stamp on as many forms of literature as possible.

His ability to match any magazine voice has made Murphy one of the most widely-used, easily-adaptable writers in the magazine industry. He's worked with almost all of today's top magazine editors and is relied on consistently to deliver top-notch, entertaining copy. To date, Murphy has published over 900+ features, departments and editorials with over 50+ of the top international men's, women's and general-interest magazines. Working under four separate pseudonyms (both male and female), he's written on nearly every possible topic, including fitness and exercise, hard health matters, sex and relationships, celebrity profiles, first-person humor, gear, nutrition, travel and general service.

Myatt Murphy has written over 1,000+ departments & feature stories and continues to write on fitness and exercise, travel, lifestyle + exercise, nutrition, celebrity, first-person humor and relationships for over 50 national magazines including: Better Homes and Gardens, Cooking Light, Cosmopolitan, Details, Esquire, Fitness, Glamour, GQ, Health, Instyle, Maxim, Men's Fitness, Men's Health, Men's Journal, Muscle and Fitness, New York Times, Outside, Parents, People, Playboy, Prevention, Redbook, Self, Shape, Sports Illustrated, Success, The Knot, The Nest and Yahoo.

Murphy also ghostwrites for TV and movie celebrities. Some of his clients have included Jaclyn Smith, Laila Ali, Ice T and many other media celebrities.

Customer Reviews

To your dumbbells you will probably want to add a bench or, at the least, a fitness ball.
Susanna Hutcheson
While not all the exercises were easy for me to complete, all the directions were easy for me to follow.
Amazon Customer
The book gives many useful ideas for exercises with dumbbells, to work many different muscle groups.
Cheryl K

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108 of 117 people found the following review helpful By J. H. on January 7, 2008
Format: Paperback
Just about everything you ever wanted to know about dumbbells. The book is divided up into three parts. The first part, the truth about dumbbells, explains all about the different types of dumbbells. The second part, the master moves, shows you the exercises you can do with a dumbbell which includes many pictures and instructions. This part makes up about 80% of the book. And finally, part three, a million moves for your muscles, essentially provides the reader with tips and suggested routines.

A great resource if you're into dumbbells, readers who lift regularly might also be interested in Bulletproof Your Shoulder to prevent shoulder problems a lot of lifters eventually get.
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62 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Anthony J. Robertson on August 8, 2007
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I like this book. It would have been perfect except for the fact that "Dumbbell Training for Strength And Fitness" by Matt Brzycki is better. This book is broken down into three parts: The Truth About Dumbbells, The Master Moves, and A Million Moves for Your Muscles. Essentially, this is a good book for someone who wants to master basic movements and then advance by combining exercises for dual body parts. With this in mind, it is an excellent resource for someone with dumbbells and a few props: adjustable bench, swiss ball, and a step.

The first section gives an excellent introduction to dumbbells & pros and cons of different types of equipment. I personally use the Powerblock dumbbells. The second section has pictures of each basic, intermediate, and combined set of exercises. Part three is small, but has example exercises and helps you to customize a workout.

There was one odd thing about the book. There is a picture of a kettle bell on one of the introductory pages, but there isn't a mention of them or their use anywhere in the book. This was an unexpected surprise and then letdown. In all it is a great book. It only gets four stars because it *does not* give the ideology behind different workout techniques: high intensity training, pre/post exhaust techniques, progressive workload, 21s, 3X3 workouts, supersets, forced negatives, etc.

My advice is to buy this book or Brzycki's and also get Arnold's The New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By ChillyLos on July 15, 2010
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The book's basic design is that it shows you the core dumbbell exercises (about 40) like bench press, lunges, shoulder press, etc. Then in each section it details how by doing things like changing your grip, foot position, using a bench, etc. you can perform variations of the core exercises. That's how it comes up with the 21,000 moves.

It's a good value if you are new to using dumbbells or if dumbbells are the only type of resistance training that you are planning to do. I like the section entitled "Combine & Conquer" where it shows you how you can combine moves into one exercise in order to expedite your workout. Note, all the pictures in this book are in black & white.

However I think another book, The Men's Health Big Book of Exercises: Four Weeks to a Leaner, Stronger, More Muscular YOU! by Adam Campbell (or the Women's Health Big Book of Exercises), is a better value. This book has pretty much the same dumbbell exercises but also has body-weight exercises, cable exercises and free weight exercises. It has good sections about nutrition and and sample workouts. The pictures are in color. This book is appropriate for beginners to advanced; and home-only exercisers to gym rats.

Lastly, almost all the exercises in these books can found on the internet, for example at websites like [...] or [...]. However, I like to have a book of exercises to refer to when I'm looking to change up my workouts.
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60 of 70 people found the following review helpful By B. Robert Young on March 22, 2008
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The book has some good features but they don't outweigh the negatives. The exercises have great descriptions of how to do them but they lack the the list of what not to do. The exercises are grouped alphabetically which I thought was a good idea until I tried to do them. Since exercises are usually done in a specific order having them alphabetical it takes more time to find the ones you want to do first. Also, not every exercise book gives each exercise the same name. The book also lacks in listing good routines to get you started.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By P. Leung on August 8, 2007
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Purchased this book last week and was very impressed on what could be done with just a pair of dumbbells. Even the experienced lifters in the gym were trying some of the exercises and lifts. This book was discussed and passed around the gym -- even personal trainers were reading it. I would say it's a must buy for novice, advance lifters and personal trainers and their trainees.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By William S on August 5, 2007
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This is the second Myatt Murphy book I've ordered (the first being The Body You Want in the Time You Have), and both have been great assets for building a workout routine that suits me. Myatt's work is great because he doesn't talk down to his readers and understands that workouts need to be adjusted to someone's goals and schedule. Instead of just presenting a series of workout and saying "do this", you can select workouts to your needs.

I don't know what the first reviewer was smoking, whatever it was seems to have impacted his judgement and grammer. If you have a set of dumbbells and are looking for a comprehensive list of workouts to use them with, you can't go wrong with this great book!
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