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Body Trainer for Men [Paperback]

Ray Klerck
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30 Dec 2013
Star of Men's Health brings you the passport to an ideal physique. For those seeking improved fitness and muscle tone or a slimmer, more ripped physique, Body Trainer for Men is the ticket to an ideal physique. Fitness expert and writer Ray Klerck, one of the world's most sought-after personal trainers, has produced a comprehensive fitness guide specifically tailored to the unique needs and goals of men. In it are programmes that can be performed at home or in the park as well as in the gym, making this resource completely accessible and convenient. Body Trainer for Men offers solutions to the most common issues men face inside and outside the gym. The methods and training plans are all linked, so rather than being forced into a particular goal, readers can make desired improvements concurrently.

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers (30 Dec 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1450419704
  • ISBN-13: 978-1450419703
  • Product Dimensions: 28 x 21.7 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 391,429 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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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 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty much covers A-Z 13 Jan 2014
By J. Harley - Published on
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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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very comprehensive. 16 Mar 2014
By Matthew Coenen - Published on
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Too often, training books/manuals/magazines are geared towards the person who loves hitting the gym for hours each day. And has nothing else to do other than endless rounds of kickboxing and reps with insanely heavy weights. (Overcompensating? Kidding.)

Body Trainer for Men has exercises and workout plans that work for everybody from the amateur/beginner to the professional gym-rat. All body types are accounted for. And the amount of detail in this book (all glossy full-colored pages!) is great.

Many Q&A sections that answer questions many of us have.
Step-by-step exercise demonstrations.
An amazing section at the beginning of the book that discusses physiology and body composition -- something I rarely, ever see.
Recipes for a variety of pre- and post-workout smoothies.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So Far, So Good 7 Mar 2014
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This is a straight forward, easy to understand book that offers multiple regiments depending on your level of fitness and what you're trying to accomplish. I particularly appreciate photographs depicting the specific workout being addressed. Whether you are hoping to gain muscle, looking to get trim,or already an accomplished athlete, this book has something for you by detailing several months worth of weekly workout plans.

I'm looking to trim up, and so far the workout plan has been challenging, but manageable. The intensity grows with each week, but not to the point I want to throw in the towel. The expert seems to understand the psychology of the workout as well as the physiology.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good sampling of relevant exercises for building strength 2 Mar 2014
By Gearhead Mania - Published on
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There is a lot of modern thought applied in this book towards strength training and body training. The max heart rate formula, for instance, is brought up and includes a discussion of the old formula with the newer formula. There are also lots of diet tips and recipes. I also particularly enjoyed the analogy of Conan the Barbarian slowly building up strength by turning the wheel!

The book includes some baseline tests to determine your fitness, and I found that I can easily max out all of them. However, I don't feel I am in the best shape for my age.I felt they may be a good indicator, but there is room for improvement on my end. The book also discusses Type I slow twitch muscles and Type II fast twitch muscles, which are slowly becoming known to the general public as they impact your performance in various sports.

Overall: 5/5 stars, after reviewing all of the training exercises, I didn't find anything relatively ground breaking. Having read through many fitness books, I noticed that a lot of the exercises are common but found in different training routines/circuits.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Contains no magic pill 28 Feb 2014
By Pampered Prepper - Published on
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My husband and I are working out and loosing weight together so I thought this would be a good book to pick up and take a look at. There is actually a lot of information that is useful to both of us however the (bulking up) section is all for him. In fact he was pretty impressed with the book and looked like a kid with a comic book.

I read the first part of the book that advises what kinds of food would be best for him to eat for muscle gain. I like that there is an included food and work out journal page so you could make copies of it if you wanted to.

The ab exercises are basic but effective and all the other exercises are also somewhat basic. The included pictures make it very easy to understand what you should look like. The included chore to calories burned chart is also great and it has ones like mowing the lawn which we both do quite a bit in the summer. Also another couple of charts I found interesting were the different signs of over training and stress (some of which surprised us both).

Its an affordable book that is easy to read and understand. The pictures are bright and vivid and the content included answered many different questions and concerns we both had in regards to dieting and exercise. Overall given its simplicity and affordability I'd recommend it to any guy who may need help getting going.
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