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Men's Health Big Book of Exercises [Paperback]

Adam Campbell
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Book Description

1 Oct 2010
The Men's Health Big Book of Exercises is a complete reference guide of exercises for every part of the body, smartly organized by muscle group and with so many variations that it's equally useful for newbies and long-time gym goers. With 612 exercises, nearly 1,300 colour images and more than 100 workouts, it packs more between its covers than an entire bookshop of fitness titles. Highlights include * Lose Your Gut for Good:The World's Greatest 4-Week Diet and Exercise Plan (scientifically proven) * The 9 Best Exercises You've Never Done * The Bodyweight Workout You Can Do Anywhere * 64 Ways to Add Inches to Your Arms Creatively packaged using photography and innovative design, The Men's Health Big Book of Exercises is filled from start to finish with fascinating statistics and useful tip boxes, making it easy, fun and informative to read.

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale (1 Oct 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905744692
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905744695
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 19.3 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,716 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Adam Campbell is the fitness director for Men's Health and Women's Health magazines in the US, and a National Magazine-award winning writer.

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Big Book Equals Complete Book 15 July 2011
If I had to pick one word to describe this book, it wouldn't be "big", it would be "complete". It's not just a big book of exercises- its that plus a whole lot of other info as well. Here's some of what I liked the best about it...

-it devotes a chapter to answering questions we all have about lifting, questions such as "how fast should I lift?" or "how many repetitions should I do?"

-the exercises are organized by body part, so you get a bunch of ex's for the chest in Chapter 4, a bunch of exercises for the back in Chapter 5, and so on. Easy to navigate around in this book.

-included is a section on warm-up exercies- which a lot of people forget about doing. Here you'll find a lot of stretches.

-there's a workout plan towards the end of the book for just about every need you might have. For example, you'll find a workout plan for the crowded gym, for fat loss- even for vertical jumping. Neat!

The book ends with a section on cardio, and a section on nutrition. As you can see, while it is a "big" book of exercises (and kinda heavy too), its also a very "complete' book as well. Also recommend Treat Your Own Rotator Cuff if you have a shoulder problem that keeps you from working out.
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54 of 63 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Big Book is Big Disappointment 26 Feb 2011
The concept of Men's Health Big Book of Exercises is great: collect hundreds of exercises, group them by muscle group and add some background information and nutritional advice. There you go: the workout manual to make all others obsolete. But despite the lyrical reviews posted here, I found this book disappointing. In short: the collection of exercises is great, but the way they are presented is not optimal. A serious framework to construct your own training plan is absent and the nutritional information is downright silly.


What I liked about this book is the sheer number of exercises, they are the reason I continue this book every now and then. Each exercise comes with at least one clear picture and has some handy little performance tips scattered around. However, this being the main event of the book, there are a number of omissions that I would consider flaws.

First, there is no connection between the discussion of the anatomy in the beginning of each section and the exercises. It's great that you are shown the different muscles that make up the back, but in the 60 or so exercises that follow, there is no way of finding out which muscle or part thereof is targeted by which exercise. Also, if you give 15 variations of one particular exercise, it would have been logical to mark the variations in terms of level of difficulty. No such luck.

Basically, the book first gives some fairly detailed information on an entire muscle group (albeit with some less than great illustrations), but then simply dumps a long list of exercises on you. Though the number of exercises provided is much smaller, the book
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book 1 Nov 2013
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Very Clear, easy to follow and great tips.
Always handy to have to hand as a great reminder.

Worth the purchase.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All you need 30 Jun 2013
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The original and the best manual of exercises! A really thorough description of the simple to the advanced exercises to build any type of body you might want! Get the nutrition book by these too!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So many exercises and workouts! 22 April 2013
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Really good book. There are a lot of exercises to go through and a lot of different workouts available depending on what you want to achieve!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very comprehensive guide to manty exercises 6 April 2013
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Couldn't really fault the book as it is e very good reference for all exercises, however, the format could and shouid be a lot easier to handle on a kindle...nightmare getting back from a description of an exercise to the root page...but as I said...a good book for learning form of a huge array of exercises.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Th bible 26 Mar 2013
Even though ive trained for over 25 years, i Still found the book a very good read. There were helpful tips and good advice about nutrtion, could possibly done with a little more Info re nutrtion but still a good book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I found Men's Health Big Book of Exercise to be a great help.

I am coming from a practical angle - the sport and nutrition science discussed in other reviews goes straight over my head.

My starting point was: middle aged, overweight and confused what to do. I went to the gym 6 month prior to buying the book 3 times a week doing only cardio: rowing, x-trainer, stepper, crunches, etc. That lost me about 6 kg (1 stone) and I got stuck.

When I read the Men's Health Big Book of Exercises advice "you need to do weights" I was really sceptical. However, I followed the (excellent) workout plans in the back of the book and my weight loss got moving again - about 4.5 kg IN A MONTH. This will obviously slow down, but their advice was spot on for me.

I would look at the book as a "beginners to intermediate" guide, written in plain layman's language the average (and not obsessed) man can actually understand. As all sports books, I recommend to read the summary, do the trial and error thing and reread the chapters properly once you start getting the hang of it.

Personally, I am very grateful to Men's Health for having published the book, which has really met my needs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 17 days ago by Eser Mustafa
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
many exercises i have never heard of
Published 18 days ago by mike
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Published 1 month ago by Mr L Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great book
Published 1 month ago by alessandro slama
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy customer
Good value for money..good delivery service... Easy to order... Happy customer
Published 2 months ago by T
2.0 out of 5 stars endless variations of exercise photos with minimal advice
Clearly with is a very broad subject they've attempted to tackle. I think the book is comprehensive in the variety of exercises it describes, but this at the expense of much... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Rainforest Barbie
5.0 out of 5 stars Motivating
I found this book was like having a personal trainer. I like to chop and change my routines and with so many different plans to choose from, my training never gets boring.
Published 3 months ago by MR GP LYON
5.0 out of 5 stars so much stuff
lots of excercises to keep you interested, and all with coloured photos too, looking forward to giving it a go
Published 3 months ago by mark sycamore
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
Great information and technique guidance for all levels. A must if you want to get in shape. This will work for anyone.
Published 4 months ago by Wolfie
3.0 out of 5 stars Keeping Fit
The book is well presented with many photograph and helpful advice. The problem is to follow the guidelines and get on with it !
Published 6 months ago by James Murray
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