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Build Muscle, Lose Fat, Look Great: Everything You Need to Know to Transform Your Body Paperback – September 1, 2007
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I was extremely impressed with this book. In one 625 page volume, you get an excellent summary about all aspects of weight training including how to train, basic anatomy, detailed explanations of exercises, how to build a training routine, periodization, etc. It really is one stop shopping and the information on proper form and bulking up is accurate and invaluable. This book also contains many excellent references and backs up what it says.
Although this book is targeted to people who want to lose weight and build muscle, it is entirely appropriate for any bodybuilder, strength trainee, etc. It covers a lot of ground very thoroughly.
Overall, this volume is encouraging in tone, easy to understand and gives you the "why" behind the author's suggestions. Although it is long, it is well-organized with useful diagrams, charts, summaries, photos and descriptions of important exercises. I also have a listmania list on my profile with other suggestions, but this is the one volume I would be certain to own if I could only buy ONE book.
There are trainees out there who are bench pressing 90lbs of iron for twenty reps who praise themselves after doing it, but know in the back of their mind that their right wrist is starting to get a little sore from their workout. When moving onto the barbell curl that wrist just hurts too much to complete a full set. Well "pain is gain" so they drop the set and go back to the dressing room knowing that it will be two weeks before they recover. Try giving the same trainee "Build Muscle, Lose Fat, Look Great" and watch them reduce the bench press from 90lbs to 45lbs for eight reps maximum. "What has gone wrong?" they might ask. "Why have I suddenly gone from brawn to frailty?" The truth is that nothing is wrong. They are just learning to do it right this time... and they will gain more because of it.
While motivation bodybuilding books like "Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding" by Arnold Schwarzenegger, will certainly show you the vast majority of exercises that are required for a great high volume training (HVT) program, it does not go to great length to show you everything that you need to know about doing the exercises correctly and the pitfalls of doing them incorrectly. Danger workouts include the Vertical Machine Press, Straight-Arm Pullover, Bent-Over Barbell Rows, Bent-Over dumbbell Rows, T-bar rows and the One-Arm Dumbbell Row to name but a few.Read more ›
One excellent part of the program is that it uses enough exercises to prevent any muscle imbalance so my shoulders, knees, back and everything else feels fine. People I meet sometime comment on my physique which surprises me because I haven't noticed any change but do feel alot sharper and stronger. If you are able to do a desk job and eat lots, you will do progress alot further than me. I would recommend this book over all the books you can find if you want to get big and strong injury free and don't want to spend all you life in the gym simply getting more and more tired. Of course Stuart's other books are good too but, as this book has a year program from start to finish, it encourages you to stick with it and not switch and mess around with programs too often. Good Stuff!
If you are serious about changing your appearance , this is it. This is the only book, you will ever need.
People, who left negative reviews just did not take enough time to actually follow the program , no amount of reading or motivation will help you out. You'll need good directions, which this book provides and lots and lots of hard work to put in.
If you follow the program the way that author suggests, I guarantee you will see immediate results within a month and a half. I have been following the program for 6 months now and changes in my appearance are dramatic.
I would of never believed that I can look like this. I'm 34 years old and suffering from colitus , so there is no chance in hell that I can eat any supplements , fruits , vegetables or dairy, but regardless of that, just from being on meat and potatos diet, hard work and following "the program" I have gained muscles and lost extra weight. . My shoulders and chest are twice the size after I have been following directions from this book, I feel stronger, I can bench press my "own weight" with ease .
IF you want to be disappointed look for some other book, but for the real results and if you are not afraid of hard work, this is the book for you.
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Waste of money.seems to say all exercises are good.many are not good.Published 16 days ago by james buffer
Just a reiteration of beyond brawn with precisely useless week by week over details of what to lift... Very disappointed.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This is one excellent book, which replaced everything I had read so far, not only on bodybuilding, but also on "dieting," "weight losing," all those trendy and... Read morePublished 7 months ago by marc de brisay
Every part of Training is included in the Most Comprehensive and Thorough Book of its KindPublished 22 months ago by Anthony Alibro
This is a great book for the "average Joe" looking to begin their journey to getting in shape. Read morePublished on June 9, 2014 by Amazon Customer
This book exceeded my expectations...there's even stretches for arthritis, to strengthen the muscles surrounding affected areas. The book was in great shape and arrived quickly. Read morePublished on September 21, 2013 by Nora West
Everything you need to know. And I mean really everything.
The chapter on accessory excercises starts with EYE GYMNASTICS!!!!!!!
So, yeah. E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G
This is a great guide to progressive resistance training--weight training--that can help experienced trainees and novices alike. Read morePublished on November 16, 2012 by mac