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.