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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.
The book is big. I mean really big and hardback. It is broken down into several smaller books with chapters. It would be of much better use had it been several paperback books bought together. Then each "book" could be used as needed. It's tough to lug it around just to read a section on routines.
Overall it's a good reference book to have around. It is very informative, but the last half is just for body builders.
1- This book does not hide any of the truth of body building from the ups and history all the way to the lows and steroid, HGH Synthol etc... This book explains everything from the history, lifestyle, nutrition, supplements, workout routines of the pros. Although some people would not give it a good rating because it has a chapter devoted to the seedy side of bodybuilding I for one feel that is the truth and the truth of the bodybuilding lifestyle has it place in fact I hope guys read it and then get taken back by all the downfalls and side effects of using steroid, HGH and Synthol.
2- The real only downfall is that it does explains a lot of the exercises needed to build the bulk and has the workout routines of the big boys but it does not fully cover all the details of the specific exercises that Arnolds encyclopedia covers cause it is an encyclopedia of bodybuilding and an encyclopedia should have details on how to perform the specific exercise but I guess that would add another 100 pages to list the details of each exercise for each muscle.
Anyway this is an awesome book if you don't like it for the content I think it's still heavy enough to do some light curls with
5 stars good read.
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.