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Molding Mighty Legs: (Original Version, Restored) Paperback – November 22, 2011
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About the Author
GEORGE F. JOWETT - Man of many talents, leading pioneer of organized weightlifting in the United States. Founder and President of American Continental Weight-Lifters (ACWL), key figure in convincing the AAU to adopt Olympic weight lifting as a official amateur sport in the USA. Editor of Strength magazine from 1925 to 1927, author of many books and booklets relating to the strength field, the best being "The Key to Might and Muscle." Jowett published his own magazine "The Bodybuilder" from 1936 to 1937 (10 issues), George also peddled a very successful physical culture course (Jowett's Body Sculpture). He advised both Bob Hoffman and Joe Weider in the early days of their magazines. Man of immense strength and muscular power, in some circles considered "The Father of American Weightlifting." George F Jowett was born in the UK December 23, 1891 and died in Canada July 11, 1969.
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I have become interested in the old time strong men, because they did not train merely to look good in a mirror but to develop real, functional strength. I have built my own gym with minimal equipment and was looking for some different leg exercises I could do at home.
The first half of the book is a detailed discussion of leg anatomy. Even though I have read a little about anatomy before, I found the discussion useful. As Jowett points out, "deep knee bends" or squats do not hit all of these muscles.
He gives possibly a good argument against doing leg presses (basically, that they can distort the lower back).
One of the exercises, "Number 8", I turned into an isometric exercise for part of my routine (see Ross Enamait's Never Gymless : An Excuse-free System for Total Fitness), which seems promising.
Jowett gives a rather weak argument against doing squats (basically, that it is hard to hold the bar properly, and that the heart has to work hard to send blood to your legs during the exercise).
Do not expect the book to give you old-time heavy lifts. Instead, most of the exercises, while they target the various muscles outlined in the beginning of the book, are bodyweight exercises that would quickly turn into endurance exercises once the user becomes proficient at them. In my opinion these exercises would tone and strengthen, and develop balance (which is often overlooked). They may be good for someone who travels, and they are reminiscent of some of the martial arts drills I have done (particularly those emphasizing the hip flexors). They are not bad in themselves and may fit your needs. However, I have a hard time believing that they will develop what I would consider "mighty" legs, giving you the strength of a Jowett or a Sandow.
The book is very short for the price, and there were a few typos. The diagrams are adequate but the printing quality is low. On the other hand, this is a print-on-demand book (it even has the date printed on the back page - the date I ordered it), and I am happy that it is available in print at all.
Jowett is a good writer, and I intend to read more of his books (I am currently reading Molding A Mighty Grip, which is more entertaining, and plan to read The Key to Might and Muscle). But unless this book meets the needs I describe above, I would recommend passing this one by.
- Update (6/22/13)
I finished reading Molding A Mighty Grip, which I found more entertaining and useful. I recommend it.
I forgot to mention that all of the Mighty series books can be found online for free.