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Encyclopedia of Muscle & Strength Paperback – April 24, 2006

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"Readers will appreciate the combination of plain facts and expert advice. Anyone looking to build muscle mass will appreciate this thorough, no-nonsense guide to proper strength-training technique."

Kirkus Reports – Health & Fitness
March, 2006

About the Author

Jim Stoppani, PhD, served as a postdoctoral research fellow in the prestigious John B. Pierce Laboratory and department of cellular and molecular physiology at Yale University School of Medicine, where he investigated the effects of exercise and diet on gene regulation in skeletal muscle. Stoppani was awarded the Gatorade Beginning Investigator in Exercise Science Award in 2002.

Currently, Stoppani serves as senior science editor for Muscle & Fitness and Flex magazines at Weider Publications in Woodland Hills, California. He is a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), and International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN). Stoppani received his doctorate in exercise physiology from the University of Connecticut in 2000.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics (April 24, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736057714
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736057714
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #464,088 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
First I am not formally educated in this subject but I try to follow those who are such as Stoppani, King,etc... I have been reading and training for 12 years and this, hands down is the best and could be the only book of it's kind in my library.

What it is: A comprehensive look at wt. training techniques that are used today and how to manipulate them, all in laymen's terms. It cover's everything you need to design routines or follow his for the rest of your life.

What it is not: A this is the "Miracle" routine you've been waitmg for book. Nor is it random routines that you see in magazines endorsed by enhanced athletes.

If you want a practical and scientific book that is a great read than this is for you whether you are a bodybuilder or power lifter, novice or pro.
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It is hard not to give this book five stars. The author has labored hard and honestly to present deep, extensive, and insightful information on a specialized subject, on which few people could even scratch its surface. Not only his hard labor that earns him credit, but also his open mindedness and intimate association with physical training has that rendered his work believable. This book will survive its author, as one of the best references on planning strengthening routines. Needless to say, its cover design is simple, thoughtful, and smart.

The drawbacks of the book are few, as follows.

1- The book is not encyclopedic as its title suggests. It offers extensive analysis and theories on how to mass muscles but it completely omits spinal integrity, stretching, warming up, and arranging exercise sequence based on progressive load rather than body part.

2- The paragraphs of the book are gloomy and dense without a catching focus or emphasizing key issues. That conceals many insightful information amidst circumstantial text.

3- The author plunges into training essentials without giving any idea about his credentials, achievements, or his objectives of writing the book.

4- The author teamed up with exercise performers of mediocre technical skills. Body curvature is definitive in sorting out skillful athletes from others. Those photographed in the book are not good models (in my opinion).

The highlights of this book project follow.

Chapter 1, "Core Concepts", describes physical strength along 7 dimensions, the 3 types of muscle contraction, and the 6 principles of strength training. It does so in convincing as well as challenging manner.
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I'll cover the drawbacks first:

As a previous reviewer pointed out, nutrition is not discussed. But, that's because the focus of the book is on programs, routines, sets, and exercises. And it covers that material quite thouroughly. I would recommend a highly rated book on atheletic nutrition to supplement this information. I can't recommend any specific one, since years ago I got ahold of a Weider/Muscle & Fitness book on that subject and that was all I needed.

The book doesn't focus on proper *form* for the individual exercises. It's very curse and rudimentary. Because of this, and the sheer density of the books coverage of other topics, I can't recommend this for "beginners" with little knowledge of proper weight training techniques. It's just too involved, even though there are some "beginner workouts". If you've been lifting for several months, and reading Iron Man, Muscle & Fitness, or another magazine for at least six months, you're probably ready for something this advanced. As far as getting some serious education on how to perform the exercises properly (to avoid injury), I'd recommend Strength Training Anatomy - 2nd Editionby Frederic Delavier. That covers the "proper form" subject in sufficient detail to get beginners started in the correct direction.

The best parts of this book are the concepts of building muscle mass, as opposed to building muscular strength, as opposed to building muscular stamina. These concepts were never sufficiently explained to me in the detailed manner that the auther covers in this book. This is advanced, thorough, and excellant. It can be, at times, a bit difficult reading though.
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The book is very well written, and provides a complete, precise set of tables throughout the chapters that allow the novice or advanced bodybuilder or strength athlete to start using proven exercises/techniques to improve their appearance and/or performance. The "Rating" matrices of Time/Length/Difficulty/Results alone were, for me, worth the price of the book. I have read Jim Stoppani's articles in Muscle and Fitness, and am glad I followed-up and purchased his Encyclopedia. An impressive piece of work from an obvious expert.
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By mayhem99 on February 10, 2013
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this wasn't disappointing a bit on the pricey side of strength and training books but worth it. gives you a good bit of in sight in to how to get a program started some examples and so on. the exercise ref part of this book is a joke but cant win them all. Good read either way and worth checking out on kindle.
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