- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Rodale Books (December 9, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1605299340
- ISBN-13: 978-1605299341
- Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.9 x 10.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 109 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #195,908 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Men's Health Huge in a Hurry: Get Bigger, Stronger, and Leaner in Record Time with the New Science of Strength Training Paperback – December 9, 2008
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About the Author
CHAD WATERBURY's novel training methods are used by athletes, bodybuilders, corporate executives, and fitness enthusiasts. Since 2000 he's been writing for the online bodybuilding magazine T-Nation. He has a master's degree in neurophysiology from the University of Arizona and lives in Santa Monica, California.
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I hadn't worked out in a gym in years, having lived in a tropical paradise where everything I wanted to do beat my body down more than any gym could possibly accomplish. When I finally went back, I had no idea what to do or even how to do it and I had no interest in paying a personal trainer $100/day to show me. This book is like that personal trainer, setting you up on a plan complete with exercises on a schedule. The encyclopedia in the back shows you the equipment and how to use it as well. By the time you get through the year that this program's basic plans take, you'll have enough experience to develop your own advanced plan using the same system.
I know everyone's biology is different, but this plan had me showing results before I was even done with the three week gym introduction. I could see those results in my weight increases in my journal. And by the time I had finished the 5 weeks of the first plan, my strength at least doubled with some bulges in my arms and chest to be proud of.
But, I have been using this book for the past year to help me since my doctor advised me to start going to a gym. Having a plan with heavy, medium, and light workouts was huge. I have spent many years thinking I am supposed to do three sets of 10 reps for every exercise I do.
What was I thinking other than being blind and following other people at the gym because I thought they knew more than me.
The book is pretty easy to read, the workouts with pictures are pretty easy to understand. A second book with more workouts might be a good thing. There are some exercises that my body physically cannot do and extra alternatives are always nice.
If Chad Waterbury were to write another book on working out, I would absolutely buy it.
After getting this book I was convinced that compounds were the way to go. I do not follow the author's routines to the letter because I like to be creative and add some isolation here and there. But this book helped me with 3 core concepts:
-Full body workouts in every workout session
-Use of compounds
Incorporating these 3 elements alone made my training much more effective and believe it or not in just 3 weeks I am impressed by the results. I am not a scale and measuring tape freak, I trust the mirror, and the mirror is showing some visible muscular development.
So, I recommend this book. Even if you don't want to use the routines provided, incorporate the 3 principles above and you will see results.