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.