- 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)
Encyclopedia of Bodybuilding: The Complete A-Z Book on Muscle Building Hardcover – 10 Nov 2008
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 love this book because its really detailed the only problem was that I was so impatient about the date when i will receive it. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Dora Besenyei
Superb book, covering everything from work outs to diets. A must buy for anyone serious or just starting bodybuilding. A1Published 20 months ago by KEVIN H.
For a seasoned Elite Weight trainer i found this book a good read. Although 792 page, and heavy book to read. Very enjoyable read. Modern and upto date training well documented.Published 23 months ago by Miss S Chandler
This book has plenty of images/role models for inspiration relating to new bodybuilders and details about the history of the sport. Read morePublished on 20 Jun. 2013 by Hawker
This book is the biggest compendium of stereotypes, misguided information, incompletely through and misleading advice I have had the displeasure to reading, being little more than... Read morePublished on 2 Jun. 2011 by Paulo E. Reichert