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Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding Paperback – March 15, 1987

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  • Paperback: 736 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Reprint edition (March 15, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671633813
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671633813
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 8.8 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,245 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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*Note* There is a revised edition of this book.

The Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding is the largest tome of bodybuilding information found in any publication, finishing up at around 800 pages with approximately 1000 pictures and weighing in at a whopping 5.8lbs, making it the only book that gives you a workout while reading it. Arnold divides his massive manuscript into a number of sections, starting with the history of bodybuilding, competitions, the gym experience and training techniques (the core exercises) before rounding up with various poses and additional information on bodybuilding supplements and diets. Arnold advocates trying to find pictures of a bodybuilder who fits your size and figure and then aiming to replicate their results. Arnold himself used Reg Park as a model for his first teenage foray in the gym while in subsequent years built each body part up using different bodybuilding models to achieve his own unique juggernaut definition. This is but a tiny fraction of the kind of good quality recommendations that the Encyclopedia comes up with. Bodybuilders (bbs) everywhere refer to the `encyclopedia' for its awesome display of photographs of superhuman bbs throughout the ages. There is no lack of snaps that detail the human anatomy. You will likely run through the book many times to find that muscle group or separation that you missed the first time. It is startling how much anatomy you need to get around before you can understand what impact each exercise has on the developing muscle. This is a fully fledged subject that will have your attention for years to come and there is no better place than to start here.
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By A Customer on October 23, 1999
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I like the section on the history of bodybuilding. It shows how people went from being fat powerlifters to creating a cut physique. Most of these guys are big but don't have veins all over them, which is better than some of today's "champs." I have to commend Arnold for building a big but still proportionate body. Arnold's "beginner" programs will kill a beginner and may even stress an experienced bodybuilder into overtraining. Good book, lots of different exercises, good photos, interesting history.
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What I find most valuable about this book is that it provides you with almost every movement done in body building. This is especially helpful in learning how to do a particular movement correctly and without hurting yourself. Everything is explained and illustrated very well. True the nutrition side is lacking but as mentioned in other reviews but that is not the focus of the book.
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Great Book and a classic in the Body Building arena…I was 1st put on to Body Building back in the mid ‘80s from my uncle who was really into fitness. Since then I have adopted those traits and have been working out for nearly 20 plus years. There is a newer version of the book that all of the members of my team bought and I decided to go back and buy a used version of the original to compare the new one to. Aside from the updates the vision remains the same, as well as the principles that all basic body building adheres to. It’s good to see the old greats and the history of the profession in pictures and words. Body Building today is larger and way more defined but seemingly unattainable by the average fitness Joe. Yet books like these help keep me grounded in my goals and help me when I hit some rough patches in my workouts. I’m an all natural fitness persona who has the fitness philosophy of using fitness to be able to accomplish everyday normal tasks as well as the occasional extraordinary tasks that require more than the average 3 sets of 10-12 reps can attain. But I still follow the fundamentals; I will never be an Arnold, or a Franco Columbu, or a Sergio Oliva, but I admire them all – all the same.
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I bought this book and not the revised because I knew Arnold was 100% involved in this copy. The revised addition... no confidence in that being the case. Body building or just trying to get back into shape again; number 1.
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Another 'Arnold' book - this is a must have for any bodybuilders library. If you buy 1 book this is the one to buy. This book covers everything, training, contest prep, diet, posing, and much more - nothing is left out, this is the bible of bodybuilding. Even if you do not agree with Arnold's training 'style' this is still the best bodybuilding book you will ever own. NBAF 'very best'.
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I had this book 15 years ago and lent it out. I desperately couldn't find it and needed to order another. I liked it so much, I wanted another copy, as my original is GONE forever. Sure it has photos and comments from a bunch of BIG guys, but it also contains very useful and very honest approaches to building muscle. It was one of the first books to contain all the exercises to isolate each body part and develop them exclusively. It was a great purchase the 2nd time around, as well the 1st!
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I utilized this book for my bodybuilding competive days.Mistake was to loan out my original book.Never saw it again. Purchased a copy for my sons and son in laws.Great to learn about straight up training and nutrion.
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