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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.
Top customer reviews
Purchased a hardback copy and SO glad I did. The pictures are very detailed, clear, and helps visual learners really refine their techniques and forms. Like any Encyclopedia, it's not meant to read front-back; but it's an AMAZING reference source. I purchased several months ago and am still learning something new every time I pick this up. I love experimenting with different work-out routines and constantly changing/modifying my current ones. This book has so much knowledge that I would have paid $1,000 for it! It has really helped me refine my diet and give me and my Husband motivation to continue to evolve our bodies in to works of art.
If you're on the fence on buying this book versus another one, trust me--I read a TON of reviews across Google and Amazon and this book is hands down the best buy any aspiring or current BodyBuilder/Fitness Fan can buy.
I also like his attitude that "muscles are muscles, it doesn't matter if they are on a a male or female." Being a woman, that's one of the reasons why I bought this book. And let's be honest, whether you like Schwarzenegger or not, he clearly knows - and is passionate about - this subject. I highly recommend this book.
Arnold should have put some great natural bodybuilder's as models too. Bodybuilding is bodybuilding and Arnold should not have solely focused on steroid using bodybuilder's. If Arnold added natural bodybuilder's to his book, he would have been making a statement that regardless which route you choose you still can reap the rewards that bodybuilding yields.
Make no mistake, Arnold is a legend in bodybuilding and a wonderful human being and at a time where America is looking down on immigrants, (2016, presidential election year DT) let's not forget the gift America got when we welcomed a guy named Arnold and many other unknown contributors to America.
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