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Bodybuilding Anatomy Paperback – October 6, 2006
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"No one knows bodybuilding anatomy like Dr. Nick Evans. He is the master of the human physique."
”Bodybuilding Anatomy is an instant classic - a reference that readers will refer to again and again as they journey down the path of building exceptional muscle and strength.”
Editor in Chief
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About the Author
Nick Evans, BSc, MD, FRCS (Orth), is an orthopedic surgeon specializing in sport injury. He studied medicine at the University of London, England, and trained in orthopedic surgery at the University Hospital of Wales. Evans gained additional skills in arthroscopic surgery at the Southern California Center for Sports Medicine and the University of California at Los Angeles.
Evans is a highly regarded authority on strength training, nutrition, and weight training injuries. He is an expert on musculoskeletal anatomy and has written for numerous scientific publications. Evans is the author of the book Men’s Body Sculpting and was a regular columnist for MuscleMag International and Oxygen Women’s Fitness magazines. He is also featured in several instructional DVDs on weight training.
Evans practices and resides in North Yorkshire, England.
ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR
William P. Hamilton is a medical illustrator with extensive anatomical training and 30 years of experience. He illustrates kinesiology columns in Muscular Development, Fitness Rx for Women, and Fitness Rx for Men, and he has written articles and done illustrations for Pure Power magazine. Additionally, Hamilton has more than 40 years of weightlifting and bodybuilding experience, having competed in both disciplines. He holds a master's degree (postbaccalaureate certificate, or PBC) in medical illustration from The Ohio State University, is a board-certified medical illustrator (CMI), and serves as an active member of the Association of Medical Illustrators, Graphic Artists Guild, and Guild of Natural Science Illustrators. Hamilton resides in Marquette, Michigan, with his wife, Jacqueline.
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It really doesn't touch on anything outside this basic premise.
Still, I think this is an *essential* book for beginner and intermediate bodybuilders and health enthusiasts, the science is simple and easy to understand, the illustrations are PERFECT and very informative, the book is nicely organized.
My favorite thing about the book is how it explains different grips and position and how subtle differences in technique can target different areas and help you make the best out of your workouts, very handy reference.
To summarize, while book doesn't offer anything too complex or advanced; I still think it's essential for anyone who takes the sport seriously, and at $13.5 (at the time of this writing), you can't go wrong!
EDIT: I borrowed "Strength Training Anatomy" from a friend, and I must say, it contains much, MUCH more information than "Bodybuilding Anatomy". But that's not to say it's better or worse! Here are some key differences:
*As stated, STA has much more information than BBA, they're not even comparable in this department.
*The drawings in STA are more complex but sometimes less informative.
*STA has much more information on the given exercise, while BBA focuses more on different grips and trajectories.
*STA also covers more ground when it comes to injuries and such (something BBA doesn't really touch on at all).
*BBA is much easier to read through and understand, it's much more "user friendly".
*BBA explains how the muscle group works and how it is composed before starting with the exercises. STA has none of that, goes straight forward to exercises.
Which one should you get? If you're a beginner/intermediate lifter, go with BBA, otherwise, go for STA.
This makes the distinctions between areas worked when holding with different grips and widths etc with good diagrams.