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Body Trainer for Men

Body Trainer for Men [Kindle Edition]

Ray Klerck
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Ray Klerck, former fitness editor and now fitness and nutrition advisor for Men’s Health UK and Australia, offers the workouts and programs for men striving to improve fitness and strength while developing the ultimate physique. Body Trainer for Men combines expert advice and the latest research with a highly visual design and full-color photography.

About the Author

Ray Klerck is a well-known personal trainer and former fitness editor for Men's Health magazine in the UK. Today he continues as a Men's Health fitness and nutrition advisor. He also contributes regular in-depth features on health and fitness for other popular publications such as FHM, GQ and Men's Fitness.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 8469 KB
  • Print Length: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics; 1 edition (20 Nov 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00F0X7T5Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #357,793 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beats playing leapfrog with a unicorn 4 Feb 2014
This book is brilliant, really well written in a down-to-earth, often funny tone of voice. It doesn't baffle with science but is well referenced and is both motivational and realistic in telling you how to get that body you (and others) want. buy it now!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good 12 Jan 2014
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Only flicked through so far but looks really good and easy to follow. Hope to be able to report more in the future
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty much covers A-Z 13 Jan 2014
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This is a very comprehensive workout book. It covers nearly every workout topic. It begins with helpful self-assessment tools to help determine your level of fitness and strength. It then explains nutrition, exercising, recovery and overall health. The material is very well-balanced. There are specific nutrition and workout topics for just about any situation or scenario, even injury. A good portion of the book has detailed exercise instructions for targeting the main muscle groups: Arms, chest, shoulders, legs, back and abs. These instructions are accompanied by full-color photograph examples. This is helpful for beginners to use proper form. A good portion of the book is also dedicated to commonly overlooked tasks like stretching, warming up and cooling down. These too are detailed instructions accompanied by full-color illustrated examples. This is a very good book for someone who may not yet have a specific workout goal or plan in place yet. There are even sample training logs, fitness logs, and even a few meal plans and recipes included to help you get started with tracking progress and establishing proper nutrition.

Regardless of your experience level, anyone can benefit from the material within this book. It is presented in an easy to follow manner and can be revisited as a reference manual once you get the basics in place. The author uses the metric system in his examples, so be prepared for a few conversions. One thing about workout books is that there is no one-size fits all. Some books recommend lower reps with higher weights, some recommend higher reps with lower weights. I have numerous workout books and tend to pick and choose the most effective techniques from all of them. Your body will tell you what works and what doesn't. For instance, I find that lower reps with higher weight tend to promote growth faster for me. However, your body may respond differently. This book doesn't particularly focus on one specific area. It has workouts and plans for just about any need.

About the only thing I wish the book had was an index. As I mentioned previously, it can be revisited as a reference manual. An index would make that a bit easier. Otherwise, a great book and definitely worth a read regardless of your experience level.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great for a beginner 23 Dec 2013
By Steve Anderson - Published on
If you are looking for a book to get into shape and are wondering how to do it, this one is it. It has great, color pictures to show the exercises, and decent food and exercise plans. The biggest strength of the book is the author’s tone. He keeps it simple and down to earth. He also answers plenty of questions that come up when people start training.

This book gives you a six month exercise plan and notes on food and nutrition to fuel your body along the way. If you’ve hesitated getting in shape because you don’t know how, this book will give you the answers and confidence to get going. I’ve done some training and plan on augmenting what I’m doing with what I’ve learned in this book. Get a copy and get to it – if you stick to it, this book will help you get in better shape.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Discover how to achieve your own personal fitness goals with exercises and techniques designed by popular trainer 19 Dec 2013
By Susanna Hutcheson - Published on
I must admit, I read Men's Health. So I'm familiar with the writing of Ray Klerck. His advice is unique and exceptional and this book proves the truth to that statement. He is the most successful fitness editor in the history of Men's Health UK and Australia.

The book, Body Trainer for Men, gives you a wide range of workouts and exercise programs designed for guys who want to improve their fitness and strength. (I sure hope that's you.) You'll find over 127 exercises and training techniques and they all address different fitness goals. They target all the muscle groups and are suitable for all fitness levels. You'll be challenged to reach higher goals for maximum results.

Klerck has celebrities and athletes among his clientele so he has to be good. These folks can go to anyone but they choose him. So, if you're smart, you'll get a copy of the book for yourself because, hey, you're worth it. Right?

The book is full of great photos and instructions. It's easy to follow. Oh, and did I mention there are lots of bodyweight workouts in there too? Learn to do the perfect plank in all its variations. I wish there were an index so I could quickly look up the exercises but there isn't.

Oh, and one more thing, girls, you can do these exercises too. I mean really ---


Chapter 1. Getting Started
Chapter 2. Eating Right
Chapter 3. Site-Specific Gains
Chapter 4. Cooling Down and Stretching
Chapter 5. Total Muscle Gaining for Beginners
Chapter 6. Total Muscle Gaining for Intermediates
Chapter 7. Total Muscle Gaining for Advanced Lifters
Chapter 8. Minor Slimming
Chapter 9. Major Trimming
Chapter 10. The Time-Poor Man's Workout
Chapter 11. Double-Duty Workouts
Chapter 12. Sports Training
Exercise and Programme Finder
About the Author

Highly recommended.

-- Susanna K. Hutcheson
Health & Fitness Researcher/Reviewer
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very thorough book on body training! 18 Feb 2014
By J Spiegel - Published on
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Body Trainer for Men, by Ray Klerck is more than a training book, more than a “how-to” on how to get ripped; it’s a very complete A-Z package on exactly how to begin your fitness regimen, nutrition, and setting your specific goals.

Not everyone has the same desires when they start a fitness program. Not all men want to look like Adonis, not all women want to look like … hmmm there’s so many fit women … Madonna?

The title is Body Training for Men, but women can certainly use this book as well! There are some parts which pertain to men which he could have addressed women as well, although the book would've gotten pretty thick! Besides, it gives him another subject to address should he want to venture into women's fitness!

The book is incredibly thorough - addressing not only training, but nutrition - which is something many training books either don't address at all or just glance over. This book dedicates a full 23 pages to Eating Right! It's the 2nd chapter, and it's very well done. It’s exactly what’s in line with good nutrition - no odd dietary punches here, just good protein, healthy carbs, and healthy fats in proper portions for your body and goals. He helps you determine how to adjust the portions if you’re not familiar with what proper portions are for your goals.

In all almost all other areas the book was just as good - setting goals, exercises and workouts, and instruction for use of proper form. There were more than enough pictures to demonstrate the form of each exercise - which is something I always appreciate.

There were some areas where I felt he was lacking, but they were really minor - in the "tests" section he addresses men only, where it would have taken up very little extra space to include the charts for women as well. In the section for body fat testing he tells you that you can have body fat testing professionally done, or invest in a body fat scale, and then refer to the body fat percentage chart in his book. Well, chances are either way if you have it professionally done, or get a body fat scale, there will be a body fat chart for men AND WOMEN - his book only addresses men! So that section was pretty useless, BUT there will be those who will find it useful if they use someone else's scale! Again, this was really minor, but it was at the very beginning of the book, so it was more a matter of poor editing than content. It could have been tucked into an appendix at the back of the book instead of in the front!

This is a book that I would highly recommend to anyone who’s serious about bodybuilding or just maintaining their physique. It covers all the bases in nice detail.

I often like to mention at least one other book I've found helpful, just to make sure I'm on the same page with other readers. The other books I’ve found most beneficial for me and my family, are the books by Pavel Tsatsouline. Pavel, unlike Ray Klerck has been around for a long time, and he's a hard core Russian -- so some of his methods might seem very "hard-core" and not at all easy going! But that's what I like about him - his no nonsense approach - not to mention he’s a machine! LOL I’m not into kettle bells at all as he is - I much prefer the weights as Ray Klerck demonstrates them, but many of Tsatsouline's other books have been pertinent to maintaining a healthy body into old age.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hey! How did they manage to get MY picture on the cover? 19 Feb 2014
By Greg Ehrbar - Published on
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Just kidding, I'm not even in Ray Kierck's league, but he sure practices what he preaches. You should never attempt any kind of exercise, especially weights, without consulting your doctor and learning the baby steps first from a proven trainer. If one is available at your gym, they can teach you the basics in a few sessions at a relatively low cost.

The good thing about a book like this, in which the workout are clear and very doable by the average, reasonably healthy person, is that it offers a variety of approaches so you don't get locked into a routine that not only gets boring, also isn't necessarily the best way to get and stay fit.

You may not someday look like ripped Ray, nor will you look like most movie stars Like female stars, there's a lot more behind the male star's astonishing physiques than they might admit. Some of them are honest and say, "I wish I always looked this way, but I had to really work hard to look like this for a movie" but some out-and-out lie: "Oh a barely exercise and eat pretty much what I want." Fitness takes long and results come slowly but it's worth it. You may get discouraged, but soldier on and take heart in every little triumph. Don't mistake the fantasy of movies, magazines and most of all the fantasy of scripted "reality" shows as the truth, only as about half the truth,
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