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Anita Bean
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1 Aug 2008 Complete Guides
The Complete Guide to Strength Training is essential reading for anyone wanting to increase strength and resculpt their body. Its unique combination of effective training methods and cutting-edge nutritional guidance delivers a comprehensive training programme adaptable to both beginner and advanced trainer alike. This fully updated fourth edition includes:
* an illustrated, step-by-step guide to over 70 exercises, using both free and machine weights
* beginner, intermediate and advanced training programmes
* eating to burn fat and gain muscle
* tips on motivation, techniques and goal-setting.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: A & C Black Publishers Ltd; 4Rev Ed edition (1 Aug 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140810539X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408105399
  • Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 22.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 55,159 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Anita Bean BSc, R.Nutr is a registered nutritionist whose practical style has made her one of the UK's most respected nutrition writers . She is a former bodybuilding champion, a strong advocate of an active lifestyle and, in recognition of her contribution to the fitness industry, has received three achievement awards in sports nutrition. She has worked with several celebrities and Olympic athletes, and more recently with swimmers. Anita is passionate about sport and keeps fit with Ashtanga yoga, swimming and running; she lives with her husband and two (competitive swimmers) daughters.

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"useful ... sound advice" Athletics Weekly --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A former British National Bodybuilding Champion, Anita Bean is the award-winning author of the bestselling Complete Guide to Sports Nutrition and Food for Fitness.

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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars really sensible 18 April 2003
By stuart
This book is what you need.It gets rid of any nonsense out of mags or professional books.I am an intermediate bodybuilder who has read everything and anything. this book is not so simple the exercises and eating is what anyone already knows but new clear summarised info. I still read this book again and again before anything else it is like a bible. I only disagreew with the 3 workouts a week. I prefer 6 with a new body part a day. But the ideas for upping intensity and periodisation are good. Plus the info on supplements good with no hype. Buy this book it will beat any silly bodychanging motivation book.It is for athletes and bodybuilders that don't waste money on supplements that don't work or over ambitious steroid routines
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
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This book is all you will need on Strength Training. I liked the way it explained in detail how to construct your own training programme according to what you want to achieve. Your aim could be improved physique or bigger muscles or better endurance or simply toning or everything together. I liked the way the author took the different body shapes and genetics into account and suggested training geared towards these. You can easily tailor the book to yourself. I highly recommend this book for men and women of all abilities. By no way is it a one stop book ! This is a book you will go back to again and again to refine your programme and techniques no matter how experienced or inexperienced you are. Perfect !
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An allround superb beginners guide! 3 Jun 2001
I'm a personnal trainer; and I recoment this book to anyone who is just getting in to the swing of resistance training. It has a very good chapter on sports supplements. The book is very concise, giving clear instructions on training methods and dividing muscle groups, it provides good training techniques all round. It also includes some details on weight management both gain and loss with some interesting eating plans. - A good allround introduction to Resistance training!
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive guide to weight training 26 May 2001
By A Customer
The book covers strength training from the very basic and explains the concept in an easy-to-understand way. Some exercises do not have illustrations and can be a bit confusing to a beginner. Also, the author assumed that the reader is familiar with the names of muscles and did not explain very well - you might need a "muscle chart" in hand while reading the book.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you read any review, read this one! 21 April 2003
By A Customer
I am an amateur at weight training but this book is totally invaluable. It gives clear instructions for each type of exercise with precise muscle groups that will be affected. Whatever your body type, this book is for you. Whether you just want to lose weight or gain muscle, this is it. There is a section all about nutrition and supplements, it breaks down all the supplements that work and the ones that don't. The most valuable section for me is the training schedule that is honed to each body type and is based on the outcome you want. BUY this, its a must!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great reference book 19 Jan 2008
I originally bought this book to strengthen my right quad and work on muscle wastage before and after an arthroscopy. My post-op Physio. and this book had me back on a treadmill at 11.1kph in five weeks. There is hardly a week goes by that I don't refer to the book for information on muscle groups, nutrition, and different training schedules such as pyramids and periodisation. The quality photographic work covers exercises for free weights and gym machines, accompanied by clear descriptions of the exercise.

I would be easy to to think that this book is about body building, and no doubt it can be used for that, but its usefulness for the rest of us are the specific routines for running, football, swimming, and other sports. Anita Bean writes for one of the running magazines hence the wide view of her subject.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for a newbie 25 Dec 2009
By Juan McGuinness VINE VOICE
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Having never really been a gym regular I bought this book so I had some idea of what I was doing rather than get a personal trainer at £xxx an hour.

I am very glad that I did as the information in it is fantastic - detailed enough to be of real benefit but put across in terms that I could understand.

I am still using the excercises it contains as well as the hints and tips about getting a routine developed - it has the whole package.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great 2 Feb 2010
By Bill
i bought this book because it has useful info about nutrition, supplements, designing a strength programme,exercises for arms,chest,legs is really good.i also bought strength training anatomy which has so many types of exercises you can do in the gym but nothing more.both great
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great
This book is a great aid to learning with in depth knowledge to strength training. I myself used the training plans provided and I was very happy with the results.
Published 11 months ago by Sarah
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Thanks for the book. It was set at a good price. It was good quality. Packaged well. Posted and arrived to my address promptly.
Published 12 months ago by Elle
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Product
This item Arrived in good timing, very pleased with this product and of a excellent quality,that's why i gave it 5 stars
Published 13 months ago by T.M.Warrington
4.0 out of 5 stars An indepth book
book gives a great guide to strength training and covers all the aspects you need for
building all the varied area's you want to work on
Published 15 months ago by shepps
5.0 out of 5 stars Strength Training review
Excellent book. Thoroughly recommend it. Good nutritional advice at the start and explanations of some exercises and programmes. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Lyndon
5.0 out of 5 stars Good informative book
If you are looking to develop your body and you want to get into the technical now how, then this is the book for you. Read more
Published on 2 Jan 2012 by Marco
3.0 out of 5 stars Tries to cover all things to all people so loses focus.
Having thoroughly read this book before review I think it is well written, particularly the first half which illustrates in dialogue and diagrams the functionality of the major... Read more
Published on 31 May 2011 by A.Bell
3.0 out of 5 stars its quite good
the book is good for starting a program and diet. it gives useful tools like tables and calorie calculations and nutrition. Read more
Published on 16 May 2011 by cal
4.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the best?
This book has everything that you would need to learn about the human bodies muscles, the right food and drink, the right warm up, the right exercises, and the best strength... Read more
Published on 9 May 2011 by Mr. William Oxley
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
This book is definitely value for money. I have read through different parts of it and tried some of the workouts myself and with my members. Read more
Published on 26 Feb 2011 by jenD
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