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"Without question, this book is a must for anyone interested in strength training or in teaching strength training. No other book more clearly represents the functional anatomy of nearly every resistance training exercise. The illustrations are highly detailed and the material is accurate. This book will spend very little time on your bookshelf because you will constantly be referring to it."

David R. Pearson, PhD, CSCS Associate Professor of Exercise Physiology Ball State University, Muncie, IN

About the Author

The former editor-in-chief of the French magazine PowerMag, Frédéric Delavier is currently a journalist for the French magazine Le Monde du Muscle and a contributor to several other muscle publications, including Men’s Health Germany.

Delavier is a gifted artist with an exceptional knowledge of human anatomy. He studied morphology and anatomy for five years at the prestigious Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris and studied dissection for three years at the Paris Faculté de Médicine.

Delavier won the French power-lifting title in 1988 and makes annual presentations on the sports applications of biomechanics at conferences in Switzerland. His teaching efforts have earned him the Grand Prix de Techniques et de Pédagogie Sportive. Delavier lives in Paris, France.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 124 pages
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers (September 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736041850
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736041850
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 7.7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (878 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #150,938 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is an excellent weight training reference for insight into the anatomy of the major muscle groups, and the exercises best suited to train specific muscles.
The book is broken down into seven major muscle groups: arms, shoulders, chest, back, legs, buttocks, and abdomen. Within each muscle group are multiple exercises, each comprised of detailed anotomical illustrations, instructions on performing the exercises, and key information such as variations (for specific focus on particular muscles) and warnings (to aviod injury).
Using this book, one could easily select a variety of exercises to build a total body workout program. The selection of exercises also allows for some routine variation to keep one's workout from getting stale.
The illustrations are of an exellent quality, as are the materials. The pages are of heavyweight paper, with a semi-glossy finish.
Although I rated this title highly, I did so with the understanding that it suits a very specific purpose, and is not a general purpose introduction or guide to weight training. This is an ANATOMY REFERENCE, specific to selected weight training exercises. It does not contain any other information concerning weight training, diet, exercise, etc. In fact, there is not even a brief introduction by the author, simply the reference material itself. But, in terms of its intended purpose, it is an excellent reference. If you already have some sort of "Bodybuilding Encyclopedia", you probably already posess much of the information contained in this title. Having no interest in the history, self-promotion, and general testosterone driven attitudes of many of those types of titles (as well as the phonebook sized package), I much prefer this concise book as an exercise reference.
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All too often we do our workouts without a thought to the muscles we're working. That's a major mistake. I like to plan each workout around the muscles I want to work. I want to know how much weight I need to devote to each muscle group and why. That's where this book comes in.

For example, last night I planned today's workout using this book. I wanted to work the compound muscle groups of the upper body and also hit the triceps and biceps. So I looked in the book.

First, let's take a look at the contents and how the book is laid out.

Part I: Develop Your Bodybuilding Program

Equipment
Diversify Resistance for Maximum Effectiveness
How a Muscle Gains Strength
Mechanisms of Muscle Enlargement
How Muscles Increase Their Endurance
Contraindications to Bodybuilding
Clearly Define Your Objectives
Quantify Your Objectives
20 Steps to Developing Your Program
Rates of Progress
Role of Diet
Warm-Up Techniques
Cool-Down (Return to Calm)
Keep a Workout Notebook
Analyze Your Workouts
Using Video
Techniques for Increasing Intensity
Inroad Theory
Theory of Absolute Strength
Train to Muscle Failure?
Beyond Failure
Cheat Repetitions
Forced Repetitions
Tapering
Rest Break
Negatives
Stop-and-Go
Burn....
Continuous Tension
Unilateral Training
Supersets
Circuits
How Should You Breathe While Exercising?
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I buy lots of fitness and strength training books, and this one is by far the best I've purchased. The book may look small, but it provides an extensive listing of exercises and includes tips about variations that will change how you work each muscle. This is important for a couple of reasons.
To maximize your gains in the gym, you have to constantly change your program so that your body doesn't hit a plateau. Regularly incorporating new exercises will also keep you from becoming bored with your workout. This book will show you how using a rope attachment with the pulley works a different part of the triceps as opposed to doing bench dips or doing a kickback. Also, the illustrations show you the auxiliary muscles that are recruited during compound movements like presses and deadlifts.
At first I was worried that the book might be too much for me to absorb, but it's not because the author does not get overly-technical with the explanations. The text is concise, yet thorough, and the pictures are highly detailed.
This is a wonderful reference book, and I highly recommend it.
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None of the reviews thus far have addressed how Strength Training Anatomy and the Strength Training Anatomy Workout books differ, so you might be wondering which one to buy.

Strength Training Anatomy, 3rd Edition, is a reference book--it's got really cool drawings with tips for common techniques at the gym. It's no-nonsense and great for weight-lifters who have a great routine already but want to optimize it, or for the intellectual athlete who wants to gain a greater understanding of muscles in motion.

The Strength Training Anatomy Workout will teach beginners how to start and athletes how to optimize strength for their sport. It goes into breathing techniques while lifting, how many sets and reps one should perform, how often to work out, etc. Delavier and Gundill have lots of drawings, pre-planned routines including those to supplement other sports, and succinct advice to get the most out of every technique. Important to note, it focuses on working out with weights and resistance bands and eschews gym equipment. If you want to work out at home, it's great, if you want to join a gym, you'll need Volume II.

Strength Training Anatomy Workout Volume II will show you how to make the most of the gym if you want some serious strength training. It has many different routines, the low-down on all the equipment you'll find at the gym, great advice on optimizing every technique, and even more drawings to help guide you to excellent technique. This is the book to get if you want to get into body building.

Overall, these books are great. Delavier and Gundill translate their extensive anatomy and weight-lifting knowledge into language anyone can understand and information is succinct so reading's a pleasure. Do they work? I gained 15 lbs in 6 months after having plateaued with my previous, self-made routine.
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