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The Men's Health Big Book of Exercises: Four Weeks to a Leaner, Stronger, More Muscular YOU! Paperback – December 22, 2009
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About the Author
ADAM CAMPBELL, is the fitness director for Men's Health and a National Magazine Award-winning writer. He holds a master's degree in exercise physiology and is a NSCA-certified strength and conditioning coach. Campbell has appeared on Good Morning America, The Early Show, and VH-1.
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It does have a TON of exercises with pictures and tips on how to do them correctly, and thus, it's a good reference book. The organization of the exercises, however, is poorly executed. While they appear in their proper categories, such as "back," there are no further details about the many exercises that follow as to which particular parts of the back that the exercises target.
It also doesn't indicate which exercises are compound, mass-builders, which are isolation exercises, and which are in the middle. Unless you really know what you're doing, you won't know what exercises to do and why.
The workout programs given in the book seem to be thrown together kind of haphazardly, and while they'll keep you "busy" in the gym and are better than being completely random, they're not the most effective in terms of building muscle and getting stronger. If you get bored of routines easily, you might like the fact that there are many variations that you can do for each muscle group.
The nutritional section calls for a diet high in protein, moderate in fats, and low in carbs. This is fine for losing weight if done correctly, but definitely is not optimal for building muscle. Scientific studies have clearly shown the connection between high carb intake and building muscle. In fact, if you don't eat enough carbs, you'll not only be short on the glycogen necessary for muscle synthesis, you'll have a VERY hard time eating enough overall calories to build any appreciable amount of muscle.Read more ›
What I liked about this book is the sheer number of exercises; they are the reason I continue to use this book every now and then. Each exercise comes with at least one clear picture and has some handy little performance tips scattered around. However, this being the main event of the book, there are a number of omissions that I would consider flaws.
First, there is no connection between the discussion of the anatomy in the beginning of each section and the exercises. It's great that you are shown the different muscles that make up the back, but in the 60 or so exercises that follow, there is no way of finding out which muscle or part thereof is targeted by which exercise. Also, if you give 15 variations of one particular exercise, it would have been logical to mark the variations in terms of level of difficulty. No such luck.
Basically, the book first gives some fairly detailed information on an entire muscle group (albeit with some less than great illustrations), but then simply dumps a long list of exercises on you. Though the number of exercises provided is much smaller, the book ...Read more ›
-it devotes a chapter to answering questions we all have about lifting, questions such as "how fast should I lift?" or "how many repetitions should I do?"
-the exercises are organized by body part, so you get a bunch of ex's for the chest in Chapter 4, a bunch of exercises for the back in Chapter 5, and so on. Easy to navigate around in this book.
-included is a section on warm-up exercies- which a lot of people forget about doing. Here you'll find a lot of stretches.
-there's a workout plan towards the end of the book for just about every need you might have. For example, you'll find a workout plan for the crowded gym, for fat loss- even for vertical jumping. Neat!
The book ends with a section on cardio, and a section on nutrition. As you can see, while it is a "big" book of exercises (and kinda heavy too), its also a very "complete' book as well. Also recommend Bulletproof Your Shoulder if you have a shoulder problem that interferes with your workouts. Happy training!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Comprehasive book have alot of information needed for beginer or expert pepolePublished 5 days ago by Mohanad Naiel
Bought the book got new device was setting up family account now it's telling me to buy the book again! Such a crock of s***!Published 1 month ago by Ryan
Great resource for anyone into fitness from novice newbie to trainers. This book list so many exercises its worth it weight in gold. Read morePublished 2 months ago by mack n cheese
Great Tips, and the pictures help a lot when figuring out the exercises.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
This a great book for muscle specific exercises. Hundreds of exercises that are fully illustrated and described for perfect form. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Violin Lover