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Strength Training Anatomy, 3rd Edition Paperback – Illustrated, March 9, 2010
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Strength Training Anatomy
Now updated, expanded, and better than ever.
- New exercises
- Additional stretches
- More of Frédéric Delavier’s signature illustrations
Gain a Whole New Understanding of how Muscles Perform During Strength Exercises
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Explore the full library of anatomy titles by Frédéric Delavier and Human Kinetics. Each book features full-color illustrations and authoritative advice to help you reach your training goals.
About the Author
Frédéric Delavier is a gifted artist with an exceptional knowledge of human anatomy. He studied morphology and anatomy for five years at the prestigious École des Beaux-Arts in Paris and studied dissection for three years at the Paris Faculté de Médecine.
The former editor in chief of the French magazine PowerMag, Delavier is currently a journalist for the French magazine Le Monde du Muscle and a contributor to several other muscle publications, including Men's Health Germany.
Delavier won the French powerlifting title in 1988 and makes annual presentations on the sport applications of biomechanics at conferences in Switzerland. His teaching efforts have earned him the Grand Prix de Techniques et de Pédagogie Sportive. Delavier lives in Paris, France.
- Item Weight : 1.3 pounds
- Paperback : 192 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0736092269
- ISBN-13 : 978-0736092265
- Product Dimensions : 7.7 x 0.6 x 10.05 inches
- Publisher : Human Kinetics, Inc.; Third Edition (March 9, 2010)
- Language: : English
- Reading level : 18 and up
- Best Sellers Rank: #5,117 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book's concept and contents have been imitated many times, but Delavier's is the original and the best.
In a nutshell, Strength Training Anatomy is a book of expertly drawn illustrations of the human body (over 600) performing weight training exercises. The primary muscles being worked are colored in red and clearly labeled. The bones, muscle fibers and muscular attachments are also beautifully illustrated.
The book is divided into seven sections: Arms, Shoulders, Chest, Back, Legs, Buttocks and Abdomen. No space is wasted with introductions - the book jumps right into arms in the opening pages. A page is devoted to each exercise, and a small amount of text accompanies each illustration, explaining proper form and giving additional tips or precautions. Sidebars show exercise variations, start and finish positions and additional details (such as deep muscle anatomy with the exact muscle tendon insertions on the bone).
The length is 192 pages, so it's not overwhelming - it's very digestible, yet it's also very thorough in terms of the number of exercises covered. All the major and important barbell and dumbbell exercises are included. In addition, you'll learn a variety of cable exercises and a handful of common and useful machine exercises.
I don't think there's any reader from any demographic or experience level that won't benefit from owning this book. It will be appreciated by all ages and by men and women, especially since both male and female models are used in the illustrations. For beginners, this could be a training instruction "bible" for learning how to do the exercises properly and understanding exactly what muscles are working.
Some people might suggest this book is only suited for the beginner, but I think advanced trainees and even fitness professionals will find this book valuable as a reference guide and may even want to keep it on their shelf within arms reach.
This material is not just for bodybuilders, but as a bodybuilder myself, I think there is another potential benefit of this book that I haven't seen anyone else mention. Bodybuilders need to develop the ability to visualize muscle actions and learn how to enhance their mind to muscle connection. Studying the drawings and looking at the muscles engaged, the direction of the fibers and where they insert and attach could be a great tool to help with these mental skills.
As for the 3rd edition, there is new material in this update, including much more content (it's longer, with more exercises). There are also new sections on stretching and avoiding common injuries.
The publisher, Human Kinetics consistently puts out some great titles, and this is among the best of them. The book quality is excellent, including the cover, binding, paper, and again, the illustrations on every page are fantastic. The author is clearly a skilled artist who also has a medical-level understanding of the human body.
Potential readers should know before buying, that this book does not contain workout programs - it focuses solely on individual exercise instruction and exercise anatomy. That doesn't detract from the value in my opinion, it actually helps keeps this volume concise and focused on one thing: strength training exercises and anatomy.
On that note, again, this is not a text-heavy book and while you do get an explanation and illustration of each exercise, you don't get
in-depth written details on biomechanics and muscle actions. You're mainly getting exercise instruction and muscle anatomy lessons.
Also, this IS an anatomy book, so if looking at body parts and human anatomy bothers you, then you might want to take a pass. (All body parts are depicted, in places).
In summary, this book deserves its 5-star ratings, and its sales and longevity in the fitness book market are not surprising.
This is a great book for everyone to have, especially if your are a beginner @ weightlifting.... just but it you won't regret it.
There are only two things I found possibly disconcerting about the book. 1. It depicts men as seasoned bodybuilders, yet the women seem soft and without real definition. As a woman (over 50 even) who trains, it's an eyeroll moment. I'm not a feminist, but I do like equality, especially in the gym here in the 21st century. 2. and this may seem minor, but there are a few pictures of men working out with heavy weights and machines in sandals. Trivial it may be, but it's never a good idea (safety and foot support) and some nitwit will try it just because he saw it in a book. I keep seeing posts about getting posters, but I didn't get any...
If you have a body and want to use your brain to make it better, _GET_ _THIS_ _BOOK_!!!
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The book really comes into it's own where you might be seeking alternatives to certain movements, and as the book is divided into body part sections you can always choose a new exercise from its pages and understand whether it will help you target your chosen body part effectively. I have, since paying attention to Delavier's clear writing and superb cross-section illustrations, corrected my form on a great number of movements which is all the more important as I train at home in my purpose-built gym, and therefore cannot benefit from expensive PTs at the local gym.
It gets even better when you purchase this fundamental exercise guide together with Delavier's separate Strength Training Anatomy Workout #1, which for me is the defining text on home gym workouts using nothing more complex than dumbbells, barbells, body weight and resistance bands together with chairs and your bed.
Do not delay and add these two Delavier books to your collection today - you will NOT regret it.
Seriously tho, it's incredibly useful when you work your behind off and know EXACTLY what you're working (and what you're missing!!)
The ONLY book you need if you had to go to a remote island and cut up coconut trees with your bare hands and shaved them down to dumbells and an Olympic bar.