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Beyond Brawn: The Insider's Encyclopedia on How to Build Muscle and Might Paperback – September, 2007
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With respect to scope, this book is geared toward how to train, training cycles and related issues and building a good foundation. Although it is well-written, it doesn't have many diagrams and doesn't include detail on exercises. For this, I recommend Build Muscle Lose Fat Look Great: Everything You Need to Know to Transform Your Body and Starting Strength. These are REALLY... the only two books you need.
My background is that I have a graduate education in biochemistry, psychology and physiology. I was a Physiology Teaching Fellow, researcher and a personal trainer at one time. Currently, I am reviewing some of the new books out there and this author is particularly impressive. If you are going to get one of the Stuart McRobert books, I would get Build Muscle Lose Fat.... However, they are complementary and in my opinion, you would be cheating yourself not to get both. Build Muscle Lose Fat focuses more on proper technique, general training guidelines, etc.
One interesting inclusion in this book is a calculation scheme for ideal symmetry. This is great for setting realistic goals and I also like that this author is drug free and favors a natural approach. As a biochemist, I think his nutrition guidelines are very good, but I think he is overly cautious.Read more ›
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.
UPDATE: I wanted to post an update after two months of experimenting. I would still give this book 5 stars, but I have found a new favorite source of information, Westside Barbell. Louie Simmons is The Man.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Add small increments to the bar on a weekly basis! Dang now you get it right?!?!?!!
If your a beginner, (and even a seasoned lifter) do not waste another second. Buy this book. I started working out at age 16 and plateaud by the time I was about 22. Read morePublished 4 months ago by aztekk
Tends to say the same things over and over....just add 1 pound per week kind of thing. Makes you believe there is no upper limit to your strength. Read morePublished on December 31, 2013 by Steve
I came across BEYOND BRAWN as I was surfing the net one night. It was recommended by another site I had visited. Read morePublished on December 30, 2013 by lou
McRobert has done a wonderful job with this book. The formula that he proposes is the one that actually works: heavy compound exercises with adequate recovery and slowly increasing... Read morePublished on October 15, 2013 by R. Erindi
I bought this book having perused Martin Berkhan's website. I had been looking for a good weightlifting book and I liked what I had read on Martin's site, so I gave this a shot. Read morePublished on August 23, 2013 by R. Garnica
I'd read on numerous weight lifting forums that this was the book to buy, but I was disappointed with it. Read morePublished on January 25, 2013 by Erin
I am a hard gainer and also a former Marine.
I have been lifting for 10 years. I got Beyond Brawn less than a year ago because recommendations for it kept coming up in... Read more