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Encyclopedia of Bodybuilding: The Complete A-Z Book on Muscle Building Hardcover – September 26, 2008
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The size of the book is huge, over 2 inches thick with a listed shipping weight of 6 lbs.
The pictures are numerous and marvelous. The text is well and clearly written. The formatting is beautiful and practical.
This is a beautiful book by an expert, Robert Kennedy, who obviously loves his topic. If bodybuilding is your thing, this is a must have in your library.
On the history of BB the major players like Arnold is covered (known steroid user who had his pic removed from the Gold's Gym- guess he doesn't wnat to be remember as such) while leaving out such greats as Bob Paris, who lets you see the other side of BB in his book "Gorilla Suit- My Adventures in Bodybuilding", not just the idealistic views we get from the media and the BB mags.
The book is well worth the money for what you can get it on line, it will inspire anyone trying to body shape themselves, and insider look of how to get there, but not a complete one even with all the photos and well written 800 pages.
At first I was biased for big name books like the Bill Pearl books, Arnold books, among many I have, and almost passed on this sale price buy book and I am sure others may have as well, but I say to them just get this book and you will see it has a rather excellent glossary of defined terms, shocking sections on the aformentioned abuses, along with just plain ole good information even on how to lift weights.
As for myself, I am old school on "how to" books, and I would have preferred either diagrams or several pics of start to finish on how to do lifts, like in other books, but all is explained in detail in words and a simple picture pose of what is being talked about, like if talking about long bar barbell curls, then there is a pic of someone muscular doing that in one pic, unsure if there are some who need overly simple diagrams of simple step by step to do the particular action with like four pics each, which is why this book may actually cater to those who are really into weightlifting already even though there are beginning to advanced bodybuilding sections and meant to cater to all levels of lifting, though total beginners need this book especially, even if it is just for the references of what to avoid like dangerous actions and abuse that can cause injury of muscle or joints, or disfigure, or kill either immediately or in the short term, to long term.
I don't believe in the "if you only had to have one book, then such and such is it", since there is no such thing on any one subject, you need this book along with several or more other big ones to get the total picture, and you can even get a few used and underpriced like I did, though I bought this book on sale under $30 new, but knowing now what is inside I know it is worth the full price of $40 for sure if it were not on sale.