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If you buy only one bodybuilding book this year, get this one
on 20 March 2009
If there's a better value book than this for any sport or hobby, I'd like to see it: a hardback book almost 800 pages long, full colour photos, covers almost everything from beginner, through intermediate, to advanced bodybuilder including bodybuilding competitions, all for (currently) around £22. Outstanding!
This is the "21st Century Edition" of the 1998 book from Robert Kennedy Publishing. If you already own the earlier version you'll find a good proportion of the text is almost identical, but the photo content is all new and the layout/graphic design is bang up to date. However, unlike the 1998 edition this is squarely aimed at guys only, which is a pity, I've had to buy a separate weight-training book for my wife as this new version really did not appeal to her.
Kennedy includes his own M.A.S.S. training system, though I seriously doubt his claim about "...putting on a solid 15 to 20 pounds of muscle over a period of three months.". Other eyebrow-raising phrases crop up: "you'll soon be benching 315 pounds" but this hyperbolae needs to be balanced against the regular warnings regarding overtraining and the insistence to focus on good-form rather than your total poundage lifted.
Kennedy goes where other bodybuilding authors usually fear to tread by including a lucid and objective section covering the various drugs used/abused in bodybuilding, though he makes very clear the risks involved. That said, many of the images used throughout the book feature bodybuilders whose physiques are clearly `chemically enhanced'. I guess he's just being a realist and working on the principle of caveat emptor.
The overall message of the book is refreshingly level-headed and particularly helpful to beginners and early-intermediates: eat cleanly, train sensibly and avoid needless injury.