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Beyond Brawn: The Insider's Encyclopedia on How to Build Muscle and Might Paperback – September 1, 2007
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"For bodybuilding instruction, Beyond Brawn is par excellence featuring an unprecedented depth of practical, relevant and readily applicable training information. Even more than that, the book is a training partner, friend and labor of love. A truly exceptional Book!" -- Jan Dellinger, York Barbell Company
About the Author
Stuart McRobert has over 30 years of training experience, has had over 300 articles published, was the editor of a training magazine for 15 years and is the author of four other books on exercise and physique transformation.
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This is not the book on how to look great for the beach in three months ... not even a book on how to have a shot at being the next Mr. America. It is a book on what to do if an average guy wants to deadlift 500 pounds after a couple of years of training. Sure, that doesn't sound like much, but can you lift it? And how long have you been training? Beyond Brawn will take you there.
I bought the book and read it cover to cover. I liked it so much that I decided to buy one of Stuart’s other books: BUILD MUSCLE, LOSE FAT, LOOK GREAT. I read that book cover to cover as well. Both books are very well written and the wise instruction on how to structure your workouts is thorough, straightforward, and very helpful.
Even though I have been training for 44 years, BB and BMLFLG still provided me with a ton of helpful information, and lots of material that was fresh and new for me. If I had come across this information many years ago I would have saved myself years of mediocre results. Today, thanks to BB and BMLFLG, I am training smarter and more efficiently.
I have incorporated Stuart’s methodology. I am deep into my first training cycle, and very pleased with my progress.
The best compliment I can give both books is that they have become resource guides. I refer to them often when I feel like I need to make adjustments or brush up on some things. It is like having a coach at my finger tips. At the end of the day, though, it is about results . . . I have not been disappointed, and nether will you.
Today I look forward to my workouts; I am more focused than I have ever been. Much of the material in these books is about finding your passion, being focused. At the age of 58, to be working out as hard as I am, is a privilege.
The author persuasively contradicts the vast majority of what has been written about strength training, providing true and invaluable guidance for the large majority of people who are not genetically gifted to be superior athletes. (But his advice would surely be helpful to natural athletes too.) Most people should use shorter but more intense workouts that are properly balanced with their genetically-determined ability to recover and grow stronger. This is a very different message from the standard line that says everyone should be doing three complex, full-body workouts every week. McRobert provides specific advice for creating and using a workout schedule that fits one's ability and other activities. And he persuasively explains and argues for using proper exercise technique, resulting in exercise that is very intense but unlikely to produce injury. I am grateful to the author for guiding me in the right direction, and I feel very fortunate to have read about these books on the Amazon site.