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Jim Stoppani's Encyclopedia of Muscle & Strength-2nd Edition Paperback – October 17, 2014
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Jim Stoppani's Encyclopedia of Muscle & Strength
Finally, a research-based book that covers all aspects of optimizing the development of muscle and strength.
- Definitions of key terms and concepts;
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- Explanations of the role and importance of each muscle group;
- Latest nutrition information for losing fat and increasing muscle mass;
- Presentations of the best exercises, including body weight, for adding strength and mass; and
- Descriptions and examples of many types of workouts and programs and their effects
About the Author
Jim Stoppani, PhD, received his doctorate in exercise physiology with a minor in biochemistry from the University of Connecticut. After graduation, he 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 muscle tissue. For his groundbreaking research he was awarded the Gatorade Beginning Investigator in Exercise Science Award in 2002 by the American Physiological Society. From 2002 to 2013 Stoppani was senior science editor for Muscle & Fitness, Muscle & Fitness Hers, and Flex magazines. He is currently the owner of the JYM Supplement Science and jimstoppani.com.
Stoppani has written thousands of articles on exercise, nutrition, and health. He is coauthor of the New York Times bestseller LL Cool J's Platinum 360 Diet and Lifestyle (Rodale, 2010) as well as Stronger Arms & Upper Body (Human Kinetics, 2009) and PrayFit (Regal 2010). He is also coauthor of the chapter "Nutritional Needs of Strength/Power Athletes" in the textbook Essentials of Sports Nutrition and Supplements (Humana Press, 2008). Dr. Stoppani is the creator of the popular training and nutrition programs Shortcut to Size and Shortcut to Shred, Dr. Stoppani has been the personal nutrition and health consultant for numerous celebrity clients, such as LL Cool J, Dr. Dre, Mario Lopez, and Chris Pine.
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I encourage a potential buyer to try the sample (Kindle) to review the expansive Table Of Contents, and read the first two provided chapters to enjoy the quality of writing--a true pleasure to read--and to appreciate the overall content of this book. Some might be reluctant to purchase the book for $15, but, with no advertising, no BS, just straight science-backed information, this nearly 600-page tome has the "meat" of at least 30 bodybuilding magazines--maybe more. Lovely and worthwhile to find it all in one place.
I appreciate that Jim has a science background (even if this fact is over-touted online, in particular the kitschy test tubes and food-colored water on some of those videos--silly!), but there is no questioning the fact that he backs up his opinions with facts in this encyclopedic book. MOst books, including classic such as Arnold's encyclopedia, are anecdotal evidence based on the one man's experience. While Stoppani does share his experiences, it is refreshing to find actual citations to scientific studies within the text; the author appears to be a man on a mission to find scientific truths, rather than relying on anecdote or myth.
Finally, I can attest that this book (other than the first fifty pages or so) is not a simple re-hashing of basic information that anyone who has hung out at a gym for three-months would know; it is an advanced program of fitness routines, specific exercises, and nutritional advice for those who already know the basics, but who want to take it to the next level.
Pleased with the purchase. I appreciate the Kindle format for my Paperwhite, iPad, and MacBook, as the photos, figures, and charts are displayed well. I had thought that I wanted the paper version to allow flipping to pertinent sections, but one reviewer mentioned the cheaply thin paper (tsk tsk, Human Kinetics Publishing) and I wanted this book in pristine form for life. Some books stink in Kindle format, but this one is readable and excellently formatted by a professional publisher (Human Kinetics, Champaign, Illinois) and not just a Kindle self-published mess. The copy here is clean, as are the photos and images, and pleasing to the eyes and mind.
Enjoy! Thanks, Dr. Stoppani.
He has several workout plans for different levels of experience. He also explains WHY you do certain things. For someone who is learning, this was GREAT.
My only beef with this book is that diet section. He does have some detail, but its very short compared to the rest of the book. It also can be unclear in some sections on how to approach for different weights, particularly with the meal plans. However, if you read between the lines you can quickly figure out what he is getting at with his advice.
By the way, all of his "shortcut" programs are here.