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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: A & C Black Publishers Ltd (27 Mar. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0713643897
  • ISBN-13: 978-0713643893
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 15.9 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,909,321 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

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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 By stuart on 18 April 2003
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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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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Jan. 2001
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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 By rich_lock12@hotmail.com on 3 Jun. 2001
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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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By John Boy TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 Jan. 2008
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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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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 May 2001
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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 By A Customer on 21 April 2003
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Juan McGuinness VINE VOICE on 25 Dec. 2009
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. J. Robertson on 10 Aug. 2009
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I've found this book very helpful, I've been lifting weights at home for a long time but results have been slow, from reading this I've realised firstly I wasn't eating enough and secondly I needed a better programme. This book provides all the information you will need to improve strength and build muscle.
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