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Men's Health Ultimate Dumbbell Guide: More Than 21,000 Moves Designed to Build Muscle, Increase Strength, and Burn Fat Paperback – July 24, 2007
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About the Author
MYATT MURPHY has written articles on exercise, lifestyle, nutrition, and sports for more than 40 worldwide magazines, including Esquire, Fitness, GQ, Men's Health, and Sports Illustrated. A frequent guest on CNN News and Good Morning America, he is the author of Men's Health Gym Bible and Men's Health The Body You Want in the Time You Have.
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Top Customer Reviews
A great resource if you're into dumbbells, readers who lift regularly might also be interested in Bulletproof Your Shoulder to prevent shoulder problems a lot of lifters eventually get.
The first section gives an excellent introduction to dumbbells & pros and cons of different types of equipment. I personally use the Powerblock dumbbells. The second section has pictures of each basic, intermediate, and combined set of exercises. Part three is small, but has example exercises and helps you to customize a workout.
There was one odd thing about the book. There is a picture of a kettle bell on one of the introductory pages, but there isn't a mention of them or their use anywhere in the book. This was an unexpected surprise and then letdown. In all it is a great book. It only gets four stars because it *does not* give the ideology behind different workout techniques: high intensity training, pre/post exhaust techniques, progressive workload, 21s, 3X3 workouts, supersets, forced negatives, etc.
My advice is to buy this book or Brzycki's and also get Arnold's The New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding.
It's a good value if you are new to using dumbbells or if dumbbells are the only type of resistance training that you are planning to do. I like the section entitled "Combine & Conquer" where it shows you how you can combine moves into one exercise in order to expedite your workout. Note, all the pictures in this book are in black & white.
However I think another book, The Men's Health Big Book of Exercises: Four Weeks to a Leaner, Stronger, More Muscular YOU! by Adam Campbell (or the Women's Health Big Book of Exercises), is a better value. This book has pretty much the same dumbbell exercises but also has body-weight exercises, cable exercises and free weight exercises. It has good sections about nutrition and and sample workouts. The pictures are in color. This book is appropriate for beginners to advanced; and home-only exercisers to gym rats.
Lastly, almost all the exercises in these books can found on the internet, for example at websites like [...] or [...]. However, I like to have a book of exercises to refer to when I'm looking to change up my workouts.
The kindle version is useable if your already familiar with the book and wanted a quick referrence. The difficult part of the kindle version was the formatting was difficult to review based on a image on one page then the description several pages later. This wasn't practical when you wanted to workout and experiment with different variations of the exercises.
The appeal for the kindle version was it's portability, abillity to highlight or add comments to sections. Another valuable feature is the abillity to copy and paste text to be used when designing your own workouts whether in a word processor or spreadsheet. Please note that the copy and paste feature is availabe on the desktop kindle reader only.
Based on my experience with kindle version of the books, I'm leaning toward using some of the workout apps. They're easier to use during a workout. For designing and research of workouts I found the e-version to be helpful.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's all very much common knowledge or common sense. Anybody who has ever picked up a dumbbell could write this book. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Neil
There are too much of what I consider "Fillers". For example, way too many pages are spent on variations of each exercise with pictures. Read morePublished 3 months ago by S.S.
Very good book on the subject. Lots of different exercises working every major muscle group.Published 8 months ago by Steven Roberts