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Encyclopedia of Bodybuilding: The Complete A-Z Book on Muscle Building Hardcover – 10 Nov 2008

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 800 pages
  • Publisher: TradeSelect; 21st edition (10 Nov. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1552100510
  • ISBN-13: 978-1552100516
  • Product Dimensions: 22.5 x 5.2 x 28.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 472,223 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
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.
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A good book which is very detailed, having lots of information on all aspects of training.

The only problem I found is that the exercises are not indexed, so you have to thumb though all the pages to find what you are looking for and the exercises are not detailed with diagrams, which I find helps a huge amount.

In all a well priced book, but you may need another book that provides a better explanation and examples of how to do them correctly.
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I recommend the book to everyone who is a beginner and pro. There is everything inside what you would like to know about bodybuilding, diet, slang, exercises, how your body works, steroids etc. There are a lot of very good quality full colour pictures, poster at the end to hang on the wall, simply it is a very good quality, well edited book.
Above all, for me, the best thing is that the author is not an arrogant like many others who think that their way is the best way and that they know it all. The author shows you how the sport progressed from the early years until present. The old way of bodybuilding and the new one. Shows you many approaches to work out and leaves you to decide which one is the best for you.
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I think the book has good info if you are looking to read a really big on the matter. However having said that i feel there are betters books out there that cover the same info and in a better way. Arnolds book on bodybuilding for example is the same format and this but done in a far better way. If i was looking to give someone advice on what book to get i would give this a miss and get Arnolds book.
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As someone starting out in fitness after leading a sedentary lifestyle, I started hitting the gym 6 months ago and have seen good results, I bought this book as my gym staff are fairly useless/unfriendly and don't really do anything other than lead the odd class from time to time, so my gym is purely a place where I can use the equipment which is fine and I go every other day.

This book was bought to help me better understand the process of getting in shape, along with others, its a great book and extremely informative. Its huge and covers every area I think I could ever want to know about. I'd recommend it to anyone into fitness or thinking about getting fit.
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Whoever you are I'm sure you will pick up at least a few things from this book. The information on supplementation and nutrition is top quality. The author gives you a deeper understanding of the science behind how your body works and of how to get the best out of it. I also liked advice provided on improving exercise techniques and on how to target your weaker areas. Well worth a read (for exercisers/bodybuilders of all levels).
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This is without a doubt one of the most interesting and well written books on body transformation I have ever purchased.
I truly believe that you cannot beat what genuine bodybuilders do in terms of fat loss methods and obviously muscle building too but you don't have to want to be the next Arnie to read this. Even if your goal is just fat loss,get this book.
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I like this book as worth reading for itself, and also as a good reference guide. Slightly ruined (for me at least) by having too many pictures of top pro bodybuilders. I can understand why there are some, but they seem to be every few pages, with little or no relevance to the text (hence 4 stars and not 5).
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