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Mad Skills Exercise Encyclopedia: The World's Largest Illustrated Exercise Encyclopedia Paperback – October 2, 2013
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This is not an encyclopedia, this is more like a comic book. There are a lot of tips and tricks to master the techniques of many of these exercises, and this is simply not very detailed.
While I appreciate the fact this was a labor of love, I find it hard to believe that beginners get much out of it, although it does remind more advanced trainees of exercises they might have forgotten about.
I like this book, but I don't love it, nor could I really recommend it over some of the outstanding instructionals out there. Sorry, Ben. I was hoping for something more in depth with a higher production value.
So all in all, this movement bible has added variety and challenge back into my kinda stale routine, while actually being more fun to do. And perhaps most surprisingly, I have captured my kid's interest too and that was a bonus.
Well done Mad Skills!
So what should you expect? Exactly what's on the cover - an encyclopedia of various exercises and movements, hundreds of them. One aspect of this book that I appreciate is that it keeps a tight focus on the goal - to introduce the reader to as many different movements as possible.
Inside the book you will see exercises sorted by the body part that they hit hardest (legs, chest, etc.) Each exercise comes with a short description and unique and awesome illustrations to help you through the movement. The descriptions aren't overly technical - if you're looking for a primer on perfect deadlift form, you'll want to pursue some further resources, but they are sufficient to get you started.
What's important to realize is that this book is focused. There are some short passages on creating exercise routines and a brief introduction, but this book is aptly titled an encyclopedia. It inspires and informs. Ben isn't pushing any program on anyone - just providing information. It's a welcome change from most fitness reads on the market today.
I loved the wide variety of movements including gymnastics movements, parkour, and weight training. There's bodyweight movements, kettlebells, ring work, you name it and it's probably represented to some degree here. The illustrations are modern and fantastic, and there are enough movements in here for a lifetime. It's the first book of it's kind that I've ever seen, and sets the bar high for all future attempts.
DO BUY this book if you are looking for inspiration and information. You won't be disappointed.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I WISH I had gotten this book when I first began training. This book is a great introduction to everything someone needs. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Kristofer Ryan
Loved this. A lot of the exercises were familiar - as a professional sometimes it's easy to get stuck doing a lot of the same things, so this helped refresh my memory and get some... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Stephanie Spotts
I loved the book!
In my personal life this book has definitely helped me improve my workouts. Read more
Not a bad attempt at an impossible subject - listing a variety of exercises across a broad spectrum. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Raymond Dryden Functional Fitness
Good illustrations on how to perform the exercises but no information on specific muscles that you are actually working. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Thebeez1979
so many exercises and variations of them. shows exercises with and without weights. love this book and use it as reference for my exercise program. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Antonio Leal
Mad Skills Exercise Encyclopedia is a great basic reference for a wide variety of exercises ranging from the beginner level all the way up to exercises most suited for those with a... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Lisa Marie