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Joe Weider's Ultimate Bodybuilding Paperback – September 22, 1989
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There are many aspects of the book which could use to be revised to improve it, such as its reference to newer machines and new technology in general is a bit lacking, and it also is a bit dated in that it trades heavily on Weider's long association with famous bodybuilders of the classic period of the 1960s and 1970s. For old horses like me, that is neat, but it may not play well to some of the younger enthusiasts. Yet the fundamental facts found in the book are still quite credible, and the fact that it is a paperback issue you can actually drag along to the gym with you is to its credit. I recommend it for the reasons I mentioned, although I would also suggest you purchase a copy of Arnold's own version of a how-to manual, as well as Bill Pearl's superb "Keys To The Kingdom". The more recent Iron Man version is also an excellent resource, especially for the intermediate bodybuilder ready to spread his wings and intensify his workout. Enjoy!
From what I've read in this book, the training principles like the flaming "supersets" and the blood-gushing "giant sets" can be easily found in this book and I have had excellent results with mass/strength gains from other Weider Principles.
What makes this terrific encyclopedia unique is that you aren't reading any other pro bodybuilder's routine that supposedly makes you gain great mass because it did for them. Not like that here. Weider has split the sections of the book into beginner, with appropriate training principles and great advice on how to increase resistance (weight) within a reasonable amount of time; an intermediate bodybuilder section about supersets/confusion/instinctive principles; the advanced bodybuilder with double split programs and the Tri-Set Principle with even more, like the Resto-Pause Principle--extreme way to pump up your biceps, especially in the motivational advice of Weider.
I also love reading the bodypart sections. You'll read Mike Christian's way of training the back and chest, Samir Bonnout's philosophy of building bigger biceps. They tell you like it is.
There's a very fine line between a bodybuilder who loves to change routines often and a bodybuilder who sticks with it like Arnold and Larry Scott have. I chose to go back into the "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" routine, where if a certain exercise works for you at a certain weight/reps, stick with it!Read more ›
This huge text is organized into seven parts. Part one gives valuable advice to novice bodybuilders. Part two provides advice to intermediate bodybuilders. Part three covers advice to advanced bodybuilders. Part four focuses on body part training. Part five deals with the competitive cycle. Bodybuilding nutrition is covered in part six. The final part gives information on “the psychology of bodybuilding.”
There are weight training routines for every body part. There are hundreds of different exercises shown with photographs of the champion bodybuilders doing them. This is a book every serious bodybuilder will want to have in their personal library as the ultimate reference source of Joe Weider’s training principles. A fantastic book.
Rating: 5 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: The Samurai Soul: An old warrior’s poetic tribute).
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Amazing book, highly recommended. Covers EVERYTHING on bodybuilding from workout routines for ever muscle, dieting, posing, history, grooming, mentally, and much much more. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Ad Rom
This man is the godfather of fitness. If you want some fancy gimmick filled book this is not for you. If you want facts and straight too the point results GET THIS..!!!! Read morePublished 9 months ago by Jay Tidswell
If you're serious about bodybuilding, this book is a must-have. The Weider principles have served as the training foundation for many professionals for good reason. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Calvin
A lot of useful information in the book. A great amount of exercises; What to do, how to do, when to do. Great tips on style, food, mind set. Plus, great photos of the age.Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
"...YOU CAN TAKE THE JEW OUT OF THE GHETTO, BUT YOU CAN'T TAKE THE GHETTO OUT OF THE JEW..." Harry B. Paschall. Joe "WEEDY" has done much to corrupt the IRON GAMEPublished 17 months ago by WAPFfamily