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The Poliquin Principles: Successful Methods for Strength and Mass Development Paperback – July 1, 1997
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Besides that advanced information--packaged here for serious bodybuilders-- Poliquin peppers his book with darkly funny jabs at the muscle world's reigning brain trust. He pokes fun at one famously unstable guru's obsession with Ayn Rand, and points out that much of the training information in bodybuilding magazines is really created by editors and writers for those magazines, since the bodybuilders themselves rarely bother to tell the truth about what they do in the gym (and the drugs they use outside of it).
The Poliquin Principles is a rarity in the muscle world: a serious training manual that's also a lot of fun to read. --Lou Schuler
- Publisher : Dayton Pubns & Writers Group (July 1, 1997)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 152 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0966275209
- ISBN-13 : 978-0966275209
- Item Weight : 1.03 pounds
- Dimensions : 8.75 x 0.5 x 11 inches
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The focus of the book is on how to plan training programs more than on particular exercises or presenting set plans.
For an experienced bodybuilder who wants to better scientifically optimize his or her training program, there is a great deal of good information here summarized in a very accessible and readable form. I give it five stars because I think it is great for this audience -- it might just be the most accessible of the most scientific.
I think Poliquin's credentials as a strength coach give him authority. In trying to base everything on science, it would have been nice to have more in-depth discussion of the studies his conclutions are based on, or at least to provide citations. By not doing so, he opens himself to the same kind of ridicule he lays out in this book on less scientifically-based programs and experts.
Having said that, buy this book and carefully sift through it. It does contain a wealth of info that can be incorporated into any type of routine depending on your training goals. Poliquin clearly knows his stuff, but very obviously needed a better editor and a better photographer. This book would benefit from clearer pictures to go along with the explanations, and the author assumes too much previous knowledge regarding exercises. Some that he mentioned were totally unfamiliar to me, yet there weren't photos of many exercises to illustrate just what the heck he's talking about.
The real beauty of this book is in the myriad ways to alter your own training regimen, even in small ways, to shake up and improve your training.
Hopefully this book's weaknesses will be addressed in his newest book, which I have yet to read.
He gives endless examples of workouts. That by itself is enough.
are described two different ways in text and diagrams. Poliquin has helped me build a better body.
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I don't agree with everything he says, however. For example, for advanced trainees he recommends extremely heavy, low rep training for the abs(for multiple sets to provide the necessary volume for hypertrophy)- his reasoning being that they are predominantly fast twitch. Based on what I've read, this is true but only by a SLIGHT margin. Therefore, why not just cycle rep ranges between moderately heavy and light to ensure fatigue of both the fast twitch and slow twitch motor units? Even if a trainee stuck to light ranges for the abs, compound movements such as squats would force them into use as stabilizers under heavy loads. History shows us this combination works for strong, well-developed abs: Look at classic bodybuilders.
I also don't particularly care for his personal attacks on Joe Weider, Arthur Jones and Mike Mentzer. In the case of Jones and Mentzer, I'm not a big believer in the HIT style of bodybuilding(nor am I a big believer in extremely high volume- middle of the road is best) so I don't mind Poliquin attacking the science behind it. He takes it beyond, however, into the personal domain and that's not cool. As far as Weider is concerned, Poliquin seems to believe Joe claimed to invent every Weider training principle. No!!! He credited himself for cataloguing the methods, which he did, under 'The Weider System'.
In spite of his opinions of other gurus, this book deserves no less than 5 stars for the overall content.