It was the cover shot, one of Jim Helwig (the professional wrestler once performing as The Ultmate Warrior), that grabbed my attention. The photography within, black & white and reminiscent of the old magazine shots of Arnold, Franco, Frank Zane, and their contemporaries, was EXCELLENT, the value of which justifying the few dollars it costs you for this out-of-print classic. As for the training information contained, basically Dr. Darden's standard protocol of a full-body routine, repeated three non-consecutive days per week, more heavily weighted toward a certain muscle group just a bit to specialize on a given bodypart. Dr. Darden repeats this format in almost all his 2 dozen plus other books, so if you've read any two or so of them, you won't gain as much as you otherwise might from reading this book. The value of the training if espouses? It employs, as the sequel to a smilialrly titled book, the principles and techniques learned and developed during Dr. Darden's tenure as Director of Research at Nautilus Sports/Medical Industries, applied with free weights in mind. As Nautilus machines are designed to provide full-range, balanced resistance, whereas free weights cannot (owing to the fact that gravity pulls solely in one direction), more exercises are employed in the training routines (i.e., 20, vs. the typical 10-12 when utilizing Nautilus machines exclusively), along with the obligatory gut-grinding intensity for which Nautilus' founder, Arthur Jones, is notorious. Motivational stories and photography help a bit in that regard, however.