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Men's Health: The Book of Muscle : The World's Most Authoritative Guide to Building Your Body Hardcover – October 17, 2003
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You might think that the subtitle, "The World's Most Authoritative Guide to Building Your Body," is hyperbole, but The Book of Muscle from Men's Health delivers as promised. Australian strength coach and former powerlifting champion Ian King and Men's Health fitness director Lou Schuler cover everything you want to know about your muscles and what makes them grow, complete with dietary recommendations, exercises for every muscle group, and exercise routines. Each muscle group is illustrated and discussed, with 149 pages of clearly described, well-photographed exercises using a variety of equipment. A section on workout routines helps you put together your own program, from beginner to advanced.
Schuler's guy-talk style makes the book enjoyable to read, even on days when you have no intention of going to the gym. The artistic drawings of muscle groups, full-color photographs of beginning and ending positions of every exercise, and stunning close-ups of buffed body parts make The Book of Muscle is as beautiful as it is practical and motivating, an exceptional gift for the fitness guy in your life, and well worth the price. Highly recommended for men wanting to get in shape or stay there. --Joan Price
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The World's Most AUTHORITATIVE Guide to Building Your Body
You probably know a lot about building muscle. You know which curl is the best for your biceps, you do every possible exercise for your abdominals, and your 20-set bench-press routine is the envy of everyone in the gym. So why haven't you gotten the results you want?
This book has the answer. In fact, it probably answers every question you've ever asked about how your muscles work: What makes them grow? What makes them show? Why didn't that champion bodybuilder's routine work for you?
But The Book of Muscle does more than just explain how your muscles work. It also gives you comprehensive muscle-building programs from a world-class trainer.
Ian King has spent 2 decades as strength coach to world-champion and Olympic athletes. He is in wide demand as a lecturer on athletic preparation and physique development, and he is a popular contributor to Men's Health magazine and T-mag.com, the most popular bodybuilding Web site on the planet. Now, for the first time, he brings his extraordinary knowledge and unique muscle-building systems to a book meant for regular guys who like to work out and want to see better results than they've gotten from conventional programs.
Here's what you get from The Book of Muscle that you can't get from any other book:
Three complete 6-month, progressive workout programs created by Ian King to optimize muscle growth by juxtaposing opposing muscle actions
Ian King's revolutionary training-age system to help you determine which program is right for you
Complete abdominal training that ensures you'll not only get that coveted six-pack but also develop the muscles that prevent injuries and produce better performance on the field--any field
Vital advice on warming up, stretching, and recovering between workouts
The latest and best information on how you need to eat to make your muscles grow
If you've never before bought a workout book, this should be your first. And if you've tried all the others, this is the one that finally delivers everything you have ever wanted to know but couldn't find in one place.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Ian King is an Australian strength coach and former powerlifting champion who has trained world-class athletes on four continents. A certified strength-and-conditioning specialist, he has a bachelor's degree in movement science and a postgraduate diploma in education from the University of Queensland in Brisbane. He lives in Brisbane with his wife and two children.
Lou Schuler is fitness director of Men's Health magazine and a certified strength-and-conditioning specialist. He is coauthor of The Testosterone Advantage Plan and The Men's Health Home Workout Bible. He lives in Allentown, Pennsylvania, with his wife and three children.
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Unlike most of the lifting books that I've looked at, The Book of Muscle actually presents information and a workout plan that works for more than just those who are discovering weightlifting for the first time and will see huge improvements from any program. Those who are already very familiar with High Intensity Training (Killing yourself and then resting completely the next day or two) might not find much new here, but it still lays out the science of all the lifts, stretching, nutrition, and resting in a well-written and interesting style. Unlike many books, The Book of Muscle lays out the workouts in tables that can be photocopied and taken to the gym, or you can easily transfer the info to a spreadsheet, which is what I do.
I'm looking forward to using the advanced routine to pack on another twenty pounds.
Content: Like most work out books, this one is no exception, over half of the pages are pictures of exercises with good description of how to set up each exercise, often with slight variations to increase or decrease difficulty. Another third of this book is dedicated to 6 month routines set up in 3 week phases. This book offers 3 different routines, for beginners, intermediate and advanced lifters.
The advantage to this book seems to be a slight periodisiztion programmed into each "phase" of the work out routine. In this he emphasizes either a rep-scheme, a tempo, or an alternating weight protocol.
I am sure I can elaborate more on the uniqueness of this book. My complaint, is that after about 5 years of owning this book, the pages are coming out of the hard cover. Unfortunately I cannot say that this has happened from over use, I used it when it was new, and it sat on my shelf for 4 years... now I'm picking it back up, and I'm afraid it wont last through the whole 6 month routine.
Let's start with the good points: it has a lot of inspiring pictures which aren't of steroid enhanced body builder types. They are more 'normal' looking: physiques that are attainable to most guys prepared to implement the nutritional advice and lift hard. It's written with the familiar MEN'S HEALTH easy going style. This is both good and bad. It's good in that it makes it an easy read. However, sometimes 'easy read' ends up translating as 'basic' with too much emphasis on the simplified to make the complex understandable.
And this was the issue I had with it. Though it does have some good new information in there (to me), it wasn't nearly enough. Most of it was stuff that anyone who has followed MEN'S HEALTH for a time would have read over and over again. Yes, it is compiled into one easy read but I would have liked it to have gone into considerably more complex detail to justify me forking out the cash on this book.
The programs are generally good, though I question why there are core exercises at the beginning of some of them.
It's copyright and dated as first released 2003, where as I was led to believe this was a NEW book, not merely updated. For that reason too I found myself questioning some of the information wondering how up-to-date and cutting edge it really was.
All in all it feels like a good starter book about muscles but not the be-all-and-end-all book its touted as.
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