A guide to perfecting your exercise form for injury-free gains.
The truth is hardly anyone knows how to perform weight training exercise safely and effectively. Most trainees don't (e.g. me before I read this book), many instructors and personal trainers don't and even some of the so called experts in the field don't. Stuart McRobert, however, DOES!
Using the excercises from this book will give you good results but with incorrect form you could be hurt badly enough to put you off going to the gym for life. The excercise form given in this book, if studied in detail, will prevent such accidents from occuring.
In this book Stuart McRobert explains in great detail how to perform every excercise you need to know in the most effective and safest form. It does not contain any of the excercises which could injure you even when performed correctly or that you really don't need.
The most difficult exercises get the most attention, for example the bench press gets ten A4 size pages, which is excellent because the most difficult excercises to get right (and the easiest to make mistakes in) are often the most important. Every excercise in this book is covered in what I feel to be the required depth. This is not a picture book like many books of its kind. Although it does have many pictures they are there to complement the text and to make the key points crystal clear in your mind.
If you work out with weights, or want to work out with weights then I would recommend you buy this book, and 'Beyond Brawn' by the same author which covers everything you need to know not covered in this book (The two books were written as companion texts for one another by the same author).
I have recommended this book to numerous friends at my local gym and have yet to find one person that was not completely satisfied with the content and the effectiveness of the advice given. It is a "must have" for all individuals that train with weights.
Unlike most other authors of weight training technique books, Stuart McRobert has been brave enough to rule out high risk exercises, in favour of more conservative, yet very productive movements. This is a courageous initiative and against the grain of the many traditionalist attitudes still prevalent today.
The book is clearly presented with more than enough photographs illustrating every important point explained in the accompanying text. Stuart McRobert takes it that much further by including tips on how to monitor your own exercise form and by including a variety of stretching exercises at the back of the book. Measurements of the model used are also included, this is a real eye opener and provides insight into real world measurements/goals for the aspiring bodybuilder.
A review of specific items & benefits of this book is unnecessary, it is quite simply the best and only worthwhile purchase on the subject of weight training technique. I highly advise trainees to order a copy, for your own education and safety. Do not rely on your gym manger, or personal trainer for guidance.
Intended to provide intelligent, precise advice on all aspects of weight training technique, you will very quickly become an expert in safe and productive exercise selection. Each exercise is broken down into it's componet parts to provide the reader the ability to construct the routine best suited to their individual body types, abilities and preferences.
Traditionalists may pour scorn over the simplistic selection of exercises and the distinct lack of 'old' must do's but the research speaks for itself.
Definitely one for the collection!