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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...
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Overview

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 stilt 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 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 all international film star, 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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781451697131
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Publication date: 7/3/2012
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 832
  • Sales rank: 78,946
  • File size: 95 MB
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Meet the Author

Arnold Schwarzenegger served as governor of California from 2003 to 2011. Before that, he had a long career, starring in such films as the Terminator series; Stay Hungry; Twins; Predator; and Junior. His first book, Arnold: The Education of a Bodybuilder, was a bestseller when published in 1977 and, along with his Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding, has never been out of print since.
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Table of Contents


Contents

Foreword

BOOK ONE INTRODUCTION TO BODYBUILDING

CHAPTER 1

EVOLUTION AND HISTORY


The Transition to Bodybuilding

Bodybuilding in the Forties and Fifties

Bodybuilding in the Sixties

Bodybuilding in the Seventies

Pumping Iron

Bodybuilding in the Eighties and Nineties

The Explosive Growth of Bodybuilding

The Arnold Classic Weekend

The Profession of Bodybuilding

Joe Weider

The Evolution of Modern Training

The Future of Bodybuilding

Women's Bodybuilding

CHAPTER 2

THE ABCs OF BODYBUILDING


Sport vs. Exercise System

Progressive-Resistance Training

Weightlifting, Resistance Training, and Bodybuilding

Aerobics and Muscular Definition

Bodybuilding for Athletes

CHAPTER 3

THE TRAINING EXPERIENCE


What You Think Is What You Get

Training for Women

CHAPTER 4

THE GYM


The Gym Explosion

What to Look for in a Gym

Environment and Atmosphere

Who Else Is Training in the Gym?

You Don't Have to Train in Los Angeles

Gyms for Noncompetitors

Training at Home

CHAPTER 5

GETTING STARTED


Fast and Slow Developers

Free Weights vs. Machines -- A Matter of Gravity

Shoes

Gloves

Straps

Belts

Wraps

Head Straps

Gravity Boots

Rubber Suits

Training Diary

Bodybuilding and the Very Young

Starting Late

Bodybuilding and the Elderly

Marking the Transition

Competition

BOOK TWO TRAINING PROGRAMS

CHAPTER 1

BASIC TRAINING PRINCIPLES


Individual Needs

Progressive Resistance

Reps

Training to Failure

Sets

Full Range of Motion

The Quality of Contraction

Warming Up

Power Training

Heavy Days

Overtraining and Recuperation

Resting Between Sets

Breathing

Stretching


  • STRETCHING EXERCISES
  • SideBends
  • Forward Bends
  • Hamstring Stretches
  • Lunges
  • Feet Apart
  • Seated Forward Bends
  • Inner Thighs Stretches
  • Quadriceps Stretches
  • Hurdler's Stretches
  • Spinal Twist
  • Hanging Stretches


    CHAPTER 2

    LEARNING YOUR BODY TYPE


    Understanding Your Body Type

    Metabolism and Muscle-Building

    Ectomorph Training

    Mesomorph Training

    Endomorph Training

    Body Composition Testing

    CHAPTER 3

    THE BASIC TRAINING PROGRAM


    Split System Training

    The Basic Muscles

    Organizing Your Training

    Rest and Recuperation

    When to Train

    Level I Exercise Program

    Level II Exercise Program

    CHAPTER 4

    ADVANCED TRAINING PRINCIPLES


    Increasing Training Intensity

    Intensity Techniques

    Power-Training Principle

    Learning to Use Advanced Training Principles

    CHAPTER 5

    BUILDING A QUALITY PHYSIQUE: THE ADVANCED TRAINING PROGRAM


    When to Move on to Advanced Training

    "High-Set" Training

    Double-Split Training

    Advanced Training Program

    The Two-Level Advanced Program

    Level I Exercise Program

    Level II Exercise Program

    Going to the Limit

    Varying Your Program

    Weak Point Training

    Training Weak Areas

    CHAPTER 6

    COMPETITION TRAINING PROGRAM


    Building a Competition Physique

    The Fear of Smallness

    The Elements of Competition Training

    Depending on Your Training Partner

    Training Volume

    Choosing Exercises

    The Training Split

    Competition Exercise Program

    Individualizing the Training Program

    Muscle Separation

    Muscularity and Definition: Analyzing Your Progress

    Outdoor Training



    CHAPTER 7

    MIND OVER MATTER: MIND, THE MOST POWERFUL TOOL


    Big Goals and Little Goals

    Learning from Failure

    Muscular Inhibition

    Maximizing Your Motivation

    Breaking Barriers

    How Bodybuilding Affects the Mind

    BOOK THREE BODY PART EXERCISES

    THE SHOULDERS

    The Muscles of the Shoulders

    Looking at the Shoulders

    Training the Deltoids

    Basic Training

    Advanced Training

    The Competition Program

    Training the Trapezius Muscles

    Weak Point Training


  • SHOULDER EXERCISES
  • Arnold Presses
  • Behind-the-Neck Presses
  • Dumbbell Presses
  • Military Press
  • Clean and Press
  • Machine Presses
  • Push Presses
  • Standing Lateral Raises
  • One-Arm Cross Cable Laterals
  • One-Arm Side Cable Laterals
  • Seated One-Arm Cross Cable Laterals
  • Reverse Overhead Dumbbell Laterals
  • Machine Laterals
  • Front Dumbbell Raises
  • Seated Bent-Over Dumbbell Laterals
  • Standing Bent-Over Dumbbell Laterals
  • Bent-Over Cable Laterals
  • Lying Side Laterals



  • TRAPEZIUS EXERCISES
  • Upright Rows
  • Heavy Upright Rows
  • Dumbbell Shrugs
  • Barbell Shrugs

    THE CHEST
  • The Muscles of the Chest
  • Total Chest Development
  • Training the Chest
  • Beginning and Advanced Programs
  • Competition Program
  • Weak Point Training
  • Power Training
  • Posing and Flexing
  • The Serratus Muscles
  • Training the Serratus



  • CHEST EXERCISES
  • Barbell Flat Bench Presses
  • Barbell Incline Bench Presses
  • Dumbbell Flat Bench Presses
  • Incline Dumbbell Presses
  • Decline Dumbbell Presses
  • Parallel Dips
  • Machine Presses
  • Dumbbell Flys
  • Incline Dumbbell
  • Flys Standing Cable Crossovers
  • Bent-Forward Cable Crossovers
  • Flat Bench Cable Crossovers
  • Machine Flys
  • Straight-Arm Pullovers
  • Rope Pulls
  • One-Arm Cable Pulls
  • Machine Pullovers
  • Close Grip Chins
  • Hanging Serratus Crunches
  • Hanging Dumbbell Rows



  • THE BACK
  • The Muscles of the Back
  • Training the Back
  • The Upper Back
  • The Lats
  • Lower Lats
  • Middle Back Thickness
  • Lower Back
  • Back Muscle Functions
  • Designing a Back Program
  • Weak Point Training
  • Stretching and Flexing



  • BACK EXERCISES
  • Wide-Grip Chins Behind the Neck
  • Wide-Grip Chins to the Front
  • (Optional) Close-Grip Chins
  • Lat Machine Pulldowns
  • Close-or Medium-Grip Pulldowns
  • Bent-Over Barbell Rows
  • Bent-Over Dumbbell Rows
  • T-Bar Rows
  • One-Arm Dumbbell Rows
  • One-Arm Cable Rows
  • Seated Cable Rows
  • Seated Cable Rows (Optional)
  • Machine Rows
  • Bent-Arm Pullovers with Barbell
  • Machine Pullovers
  • Deadlifts
  • Good Mornings
  • Hyperextentions


    THE ARMS

    The Muscles of the Arms

    Training the Arms

    Developing Perfect Arms

    BICEPS TRAINING

    Cheat Curls

    Beginning Program

    Advanced Program

    Competition Program

    Weak Point Training

    TRICEPS TRAINING

    Beginning and Advanced Programs

    Competition Program

    Weak Point Training

    FOREARM TRAINING

    Beginning Program

    Advanced Program

    Competition Program

    Posing the Forearms

    Weak Point Training


  • ARM EXERCISES
  • Standing Barbell Curls
  • Arm Blaster Curls (Optional)
  • Cheat Curls
  • Preacher Curls
  • 3-Part Curls (21s)
  • Incline Dumbbell Curls
  • Seated Dumbbell Curls
  • Hammer Curls (Optional)
  • Alternate Dumbbell Curls
  • Concentration Curls
  • Lying Dumbbell Curls
  • Two-Hand Cable Curls
  • Cable Curls with Preacher Bench (Optional)
  • Reverse Curls
  • Reverse Preacher Bench Curls
  • Biceps Machines
  • Machine Curls
  • Triceps Cable Pressdowns (or Lat Machine Pressdowns)
  • One-Arm Cable
  • Reverse Pressdowns
  • Seated Triceps Presses
  • Standing Triceps Presses
  • Lying Triceps Extensions
  • Lying Dumbbell Extensions
  • Lying Cross Face
  • Triceps Extensions (Optional)
  • Dumbbell Kickbacks
  • One-Arm Triceps Extensions
  • Dips
  • Dips Behind Back
  • Fixed Bar Triceps Extensions
  • Barbell Wrist Curls
  • Dumbbell One-Arm Wrist Curls
  • Behind-the-Back-Wrist Curls
  • Reverse Wrist Curls with Barbell
  • Reverse Wrist Curls with Dumbbells
  • Reverse Barbell Curls
  • Reverse Preacher Bench Barbell Curls
  • Reverse Curls Machine
  • One-Arm Cable Reverse Curls



  • THE THIGHS
  • The Muscles of the Upper Leg
  • The Importance of Thigh Training
  • The Demands of Leg Training
  • Building the Quadriceps
  • The Hamstrings
  • Beginning and Advanced Programs
  • Competition Program
  • Flexing and Stretching
  • Weak Point Training



  • LEG EXERCISES
  • Squats
  • Heavy Squats
  • Half Squats
  • Machine Squats
  • Front Squats
  • Sissy Squats
  • Leg Presses
  • Leg Press Variations
  • Back Squats
  • Lunges
  • Leg Extensions
  • Leg Curls
  • Standing Leg Curls
  • Straight-Leg Deadlifts



  • THE CALVES
  • The Muscles of the Calf
  • Training the Calves
  • Stretching the Calves
  • Beginning Program
  • Advanced and Competition Programs
  • Weak Point Training
  • Posing the Calves



  • CALF EXERCISES
  • Standing Calf Raises
  • Calf Raises on Leg Press Machine
  • Seated Calf Raises
  • Donkey Calf Raises
  • One-Leg Calf Raises
  • Reverse Calf Raises



  • THE ABDOMEN
  • The Muscles of the Abdomen
  • Training the Abdominals
  • Spot Reduction
  • Ab-Specific Exercises
  • All Kinds of Crunches
  • Oblique Exercises
  • Serratus and Intercostals
  • Beginning Program
  • Advanced Program
  • Competition Program
  • Weak Point Training



  • ABDOMINAL EXERCISES
  • Roman Chairs
  • Crunches
  • Twisting Crunches
  • Reverse
  • Crunches
  • Hanging Reverse Crunches
  • Vertical Bench Crunches
  • Cable Crunches
  • Machine Crunches
  • Seated Leg Tucks
  • Seated Twist
  • Leg Raises
  • Flat Bench Leg Raises
  • Bent-Knee Flat Bench Leg Raises
  • Bent-Knee Incline Board Leg Raises
  • Bent-Knee Vertical Bench Leg Raise
  • Hanging Leg Raises
  • Twisting Hanging Leg Raises
  • Additional Leg-Raise Exercises
  • Side Leg Raises
  • Bent-Knee Side Leg Raises
  • Front Kicks
  • Bench Kickbacks
  • Rear Leg Scissors
  • Vacuums


    BOOK FOUR COMPETITION

    CHAPTER 1

    POSING


    The History of Posing

    The Art of Posing

    Learning by Observing

    How IFBB Contests Are Conducted

    Scoring

    NPC Contests

    Overall Winners

    Endurance

    Practicing Posing

    Practicing for Round One

    Practicing for Round Two

    Personalizing Your Poses

    Practicing for Round Three

    The Way judging Used to Be

    Choosing Posing Music (For Round Three)

    The Boredom Factor

    Practicing for Round Four

    Common Posing Mistakes

    Controlling Your Emotions

    Posing as Exercise

    Posing for Photographs

    CHAPTER 2

    TOTAL PREPARATION


    Posing Trunks

    Tanning

    Tanning Parlors and Sunlamps

    Artificial Tans

    Posing Oil

    Hairstyle

    Body Hair

    Dressing for Success

    Finishing Touches

    CHAPTER 3

    COMPETITION STRATEGY AND TACTICS


    The Role of Experience

    How Often to Compete

    Getting Your Feet Wet

    Advanced Competition

    Publicity

    Politics and Public Relations

    Learning to Peak for Competition

    Water

    The Day of the Contest

    Psychological Warfare

    Representing the Sport

    BOOK FIVE HEALTH, NUTRITION, AND DIET

    CHAPTER 1

    NUTRITION AND DIET


    The Special Requirements of Bodybuilding

    The Basic Nutrients

    Protein

    Carbohydrates

    Dietary Fats

    Water

    Vitamins

    Minerals

    The Energy Content of Food

    Metabolic Rate

    Exercise and Energy Expenditure

    "False" Energy

    Nutritional Minimums

    Balanced Diet

    The Importance of Glycogen

    Ketosis

    Eating and Training

    How Often to Eat

    CHAPTER 2

    WEIGHT CONTROL: GAINING MUSCLE, LOSING FAT


    Body Composition

    Influences on Body Composition

    Diet and Body Types

    Age and Body Fat

    Calorie Consumption

    Quality of Diet

    Creating "Demand"

    How Much Aerobics?

    Eating to Gain Muscle

    Muscle-Gain Menu Plan

    High-Protein, High-Calorie Drinks

    Level I

    Level II

    Level III

    How to Lose Fat

    Ketosis

    Recommended Protein Sources

    Recommended Carbohydrate Sources

    A Summary of Fat-Loss Diet Rules

    Reading Labels

    CHAPTER 3

    CONTEST DIET STRATEGIES


    Getting in Shape to Get in Shape

    Writing It All Down

    Eating, Eating, and Eating

    Deprivation

    Metabolic Slowdown

    Measuring Body Changes

    Getting Started: 12 Weeks Out

    Testing for Ketosis

    Avoiding Too Much Aerobics

    Drugs

    Drugs and Sports

    Side Effects of Steroid Use

    Diuretics

    Growth Hormone

    Drug Testing and Bodybuilding

    Super-Supplementation

    The Last Week

    "Depletion"

    Carbing-Up

    Losing Water

    Training, Posing, and Diet

    The Night Before

    The Morning of the Contest

    Between Prejudging and the Night Show

    After the Contest

    CHAPTER 4

    INJURIES AND HOW TO TREAT THEM


    Technical Information

    Muscle and Tendon

    Initial Treatment

    Spasms and Cramps

    Tendinitis

    Pain

    Therapy

    Injury Prevention

    Joints and Ligaments

    Injuries to the Capsule and Ligaments

    Treatment

    Joint Dislocation

    Practical Information

    The Calves

    The Knee

    The Upper Leg

    The Groin

    Lower Abdomen

    Lower Back

    Upper Back

    The Shoulders

    The Pectorals

    The Biceps

    The Triceps

    The Elbows

    The Forearms

    Training Around Injuries

    Cold-Weather Training

    A Quick Summary

    Muscle Stiffness, Soreness, or Injury

    Pain or Problems with Your Joints

    Pumping Up Your Diet

    What to Watch Out For: Dehydration

    What's Going On with My Immune System?

    The Final Touch

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2008

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    If the info inside doesn't make you bigger, just start lifting the book!

    This book is exactly what it says it is- an encyclopedia. It is divided into no less than five "books." Measuring in at about one and a half inches thick, if the info contained inside doesn't help you get bigger, just try lifting the book! <BR/><BR/>A quick rundown of each chapter. The first book is basically an introduction to bodybuilding, covering a lot of miscellaneous, but important topics. The second book covers the training programs, the third the body part exercises, and the fourth book competing. The fifth and last book covers nutrition and diets. <BR/><BR/>As you can tell, there's really only one word to describe this book- comprehensive. Would have liked to see a little more on injuries, for example there only about a half page on shoulder injuries, but then again this isn't exactly a sports medicine book either. Weightlifters who have a shoulder problem or rotator cuff tear might also want to take a look at Treat Your Own Rotator Cuff.

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2007

    If the info inside doesn't make you bigger, just start lifting the book.

    This book is exactly what it says it is- an encyclopedia. It is divided into no less than five 'books.' Measuring in at about one and a half inches thick, if the info contained inside doesn't help you get bigger, just try lifting the book! A quick rundown of each chapter. The first book is basically an introduction to bodybuilding, covering a lot of miscellaneous, but important topics. The second book covers the training programs, the third the body part exercises, and the fourth book competing. The fifth and last book covers nutrition and diets. As you can tell, there's really only one word to describe this book- comprehensive. Would have liked to see a little more on injuries, for example there only about a half page on shoulder injuries, but then again this isn't exactly a sports medicine book either.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2014

    Amazing!!!!

    Iv always been into working out. After a while I noticed I haven't really gained anything. It the growing and getting stronger stopped. Then I came across this book and changed my whole workout program. Before I weighed 150. benching 235, dead lifting 360, and squat 315. Now with the guidence of this book I weigh 170. Benching 295, dead lifting 405, and squat 405! I feel amazing and love working out! This book is a must have for everyone!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2014

    Best book ever

    These are the tried and true methods of the greatest bodybuilder of all time.. They work for him and many other great bodybuilders. Even if youre not into building huge muscles this book is still a must buy for all kinds of fitness knoledge. It worked for me, itll work for you too!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2013

    Good reference piece

    I workout for fitness not as much bodybuilding but this book has so much knowledge in it. I lways find myself referring to it when i hit a plateau or need to get those small muscle areas that are hard to hit.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2012

    The obvious choice book

    I have this book on paperback actually used to have it worked two jobs and went down hill trying to find the energy but when i used it with the right diet (that works for me) it was an awesome book a six pack in just a few months arms getting bigger and pumping my chest... it was just awesome supplements also helped everyone isnt built genetically the same so supplements can help take you a long way love this book

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  • Posted January 23, 2012

    If all else fails, not on this book!

    I've the first unrevised copy of this book as a guide to my first entry in bodybuilding. Now that I have the revised and updated version, this is one complete meal for a bodybuilder.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2008

    Very important reading

    After much trial and error with my own workout programs, I read this book and developed great technique and overall performance to get the maximum benefit of my workout. If you even 'think' that you are into bodybuilding or just to get ripped I recommend this book highly to anyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2006

    from a guy who loves to lift

    im not usually for reading books about getting bigger and having better workouts but my brother told me to pick this book up. when i finished this book i came out with a whole new program and perfected my diet. this book gives great advise on flexing,how to progress during workouts,and how to work on your diet so that ur muscles have to fuel they need to grow. since ive read this book i moved from 165 to 190 and went from benching 195 to 225. this book has really helped me to take my workouts to a new level of bodybuilding. for anyone looking for great ideas on how to take ur body to the next level this would be the book to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2005

    Very deep book, everything about the sport

    I originally bought this book because i enjoy weightlifting. This book appeared helpful, but as i read it i learned soooo much new stuff about bodybuilding and lifting in general. Its a very good book no matter who you are.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2004

    Great Book All you Want to know and more

    This book is AWESOME! everything you need to know about weightlifting and fitness you could want. This book teaches you about every muscle in your body and how to work it out. Alot of the ideals are geared towards bodybuilders but well... look at the title. All the excercises can be adjusted to work for you and your level of dedication and strenght. There are routines already laid out for you or you can take the knowlage Arnold drops on you and create your own fitness and dieting routine. Great book. My friend has a copy of the original print from 1980 something and once I started reading it I had to have my own copy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2003

    The Culmination of all that is Great in Bodybuilding.

    I cannot tell you how much I use this amazing manuscript. It truly is the ultimate authority on bodybuilding. This book is an outstanding resource for all bodybuilders, young to very experienced. I would suggest this book to anyone who is even the least bit interested in building the human body. Arnold, you did well. Thanks

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2003

    A great book for a serious bodybuilder

    This is a great book for a serious bodybuilder. I have been training off and on for some years now. I decided to devote my full time to improving my health and physical look. This book ,without a doubt, has done wonders for me and my training.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2003

    What was expected.

    I believe the book was well writtin.It has great pictures, history of the sport, different meal plans as workout plans leveling them out.I'll agree the programs are a little more on the heavy side for advanced lifters but if you are serious about lifting your going to get to the advanced point sooner or later. It's a great motivation to any1 who is serious about lifting. And for anynone whos concerned about nutrition it gives plenty of info from vitamins@suppliments, to meal planning and more! All in all I was pleased money was well spent and its a good book for beginer or advanced lifters. It has enough information to satisfy you're hunger!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2003

    Believe whatever hype you want to believe

    ok scott, i agree with what most of what you have to say, but every other person who gave a review up to my entry here gave this book a 5 star rating, and obvioulsy no one else who reviewed it agreed with your statement about over training. just worry about yourself and let everyone speak for themselves, okay? thank you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2003

    This book is great ...a great read too

    I dont know what that steve systems analyst guy is talking about and he has no right to even say what hes saying he isnt an expert on the subject. I am no expert but i have used this book and am currently using the programs and they are working perfectly for me. Everything in this book is great....if u get a chance buy it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2003

    The Best

    This is the best workout book ever, thank you arnold.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2001

    DON'T BELIEVE THE HYPE!

    Unfortunately, a great deal of what is wrong in the bodybuilding field can be found in this volume. It never ceases to amaze me just how little so-called professional bodybuilders actually know about building real muscle, as opposed to functionally useless pumped-up tissue. Although genetics play a vital role in the physical development of the pro bodybuilder, this subject is given short shrift in Ahhnold¿s book, and the rampant use of illegal steroids isn¿t even mentioned. Can anyone seriously look at the pictures of the bodybuilders working out and honestly claim that these men weren¿t on steroids when photographed? The saddest part of it all is that the general public will adhere to the ¿workout routines¿ given in the book as gospel, and fruitlessly work themselves into a state of over training as a result (you can refer to the other reviewers as my proof.) I can recommend this book for the sections on posing, and bodybuilding history, both of which I liked. The instructions describing how each exercise is performed are, for the most part, very good as well. Bottom line: The book is mainly useful to elite, genetically gifted and/or drug-assisted bodybuilders, and not the general public. If you¿re looking to build muscle the natural (old-fashioned) way, you¿d be much better off checking out the writings of Stuart Mc Robert.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2001

    From Beginner to Pro, Arnold sets it straight!

    This book is the best I have ever read on the subject, and for the price just can't be passed up! After going through this book I would pay four times as much for it. No other reference will be needed. I also was impressed with suggestions on how to improve weak spots as well as how to improve given my body type.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2001

    Best bodybuilding book I have read

    This book has everything need to know how to build muscle naturally. EXCELLENT, definitely money worth spent! Order it and try it out, and just skim through it. I don't know what else to say, but I am on the program in the book and works for me.

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