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The New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding : The Bible of Bodybuilding, Fully Updated and Revised Paperback – November 5, 1999
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Arnold Schwarzenegger hasn't competed as a bodybuilder since he won the Mr. Olympia title in 1980, but he remains the sport's No. 1 icon. He hosts an annual bodybuilding contest in Columbus, Ohio, and allows a column to be ghost-written under his name in a muscle magazine. Today's bodybuilders may have bigger muscles than Arnold ever did, but everyone inside and outside the iron game gives him credit for exponentially broadening the popularity of physique training.
With this updated Encyclopedia (it was originally published in 1985), Schwarzenegger wraps his huge arms around the entire sport. He hits the history of bodybuilding, the champions (he's quite generous in his praise of predecessors, contemporaries, and successors alike), the training systems. Some of the information is more bodybuilding lore than science; for example, exercises are said to "expand the rib cage" or develop the "inner" or "outer" chest, all physiological impossibilities. But they're still good exercises, and the book includes every movement imaginable for every muscle group.
If you love the sport of bodybuilding, you'll want this book in your library, if for no other reason than to feast your eyes on the hundreds of photos of the best physiques in the history of the sport. And, in a pinch, the 800-page encyclopedia can fill in nicely for a missing dumbbell. --Lou Schuler --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From the Back Cover
From elite bodybuilding competitors to gymnasts, from golfers to fitness gurus, anyone who works out with weights must own this book -- a book that only Arnold Schwarzenegger could write, a book that has earned its reputation as "the bible of bodybuilding".
Inside, Arnold covers the very latest advances in both weight training and bodybuilding competition, with new sections on diet and nutrition, sports psychology, the treatment and prevention of injuries, and methods of training, each illustrated with detailed photos of some of bodybuilding's newest stars.
Plus, all the features that have made this book a classic are here:
-- Arnold's tried-and-true tips for sculpting, strengthening, and defining each and every muscle to create the ultimate buff physique
-- The most effective methods of strength training to suit your needs, whether you're an amateur athlete or a pro bodybuilder preparing for a competition
-- Comprehensive information on health, nutrition, and dietary supplements to help you build muscle, lose fat, and maintain optimum energy
-- Expert advice on the prevention and treatment of sports-related injuries
-- Strategies and tactics for competitive bodybuilders from selecting poses to handling publicity
-- The fascinating history and growth of bodybuilding as a sport, with a photographic "Bodybuilding Hall of Fame"
-- And, of course, Arnold's individual brand of inspiration and motivation throughout
Covering every level of expertise and expertise and experience, The New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding will help you achieve your personal best. With his unique perspective as a seven-time winner of the Mr. Olympia title and an international filmstar, Arnold shares his secrets to dedication, training, and commitment, and shows you how to take control of your body and realize your own potential for greatness.
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Some of the information is outdated, though. Keep in mind that this isn't really a "modern" book, but most of the information is still applicable to exercise today.
As a Certified Fitness Trainer through the International Sports Science Association, I suggest any fitness enthusiast -- even other trainers -- to pick up this book. It'll brush up on information from the perspective of a bodybuilder himself, and maybe help you retain knowledge since it is displayed in different ways.
There are a *TON* of pictures, and not just illustrations, either, so you know exactly what you're looking for when it comes to the literature.
The book is well-written and contains a ton of information. If you're into exercise, just do yourself a favor and purchase this book.
This is a great reference for different exercises. There are stretches for every muscle group. too.
Some of the stuff is less useful to the non-bodybuilder. (There are chapters on posing and preparing for shows.) But, they are entertaining to read or browse.
I was a little disappointed that anabolism aids didn't receive the same frank and honest treatment that everything else in the book does. Politics and public opinion being what they are, I understand. But, the rest of the book is so open, honest, and useful, that a factual and honest piece on steroids would have fit well.
If you're a hard core meat head (like me) then I highly recommend combining this with ALL of Dave Draper's books.
Step 1. Order the book
Step 2. Read the book
Step 3. Write down the Variation #1 workout
Step 4. Go to the gym and follow the info you just learned
Step 5. Stay with it and change your body and your life.