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on 26 January 2013
An excellent reference for the enthusiastic exerciser, or gym instructor/personal trainer. After about 20 pages of introductory theory, there follows 270 pages of exercise suggestions, very well illustrated, clearly laid out and explained, variations given, with other tips, helpful comments, and common mistakes.

I particularly appreciate the fact that it is science-based, not simply the exercise programme of some 20 stone, vein bulging, steroid using monster who happens to like a particular set of exercises suitable for him. Nor is it a collection of weird and wonderful suggestions of a maverick writer trying to push a particular off- the-wall theory

I highly recommend this reasonably-priced, authoritative text book. If you want detailed material on nutrition, lifting theory, training techniques and so on look elsewhere, but as an inclusive compendium of exercises, this book is excellent
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on 4 February 2013
Having only limited access to gym equipment, I looked for a book taht would cover all body sections with exercises you dont need the big gym machines for. And I found it. This book is an excellent resource for all body part exercises. And if you have some weights available you can even do them in your own home ( no gym required).

The introduction was excellent as well, explaining on % of effort used related to effect on the body (endurance, muscle building etc.)
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on 13 February 2016
Overall, the book is OK for learning different variations of exercises for the various muscle groups. However, I am not sure I agree with the authors comments regarding two of the most important compound exercises. He states that you should only do 'Half' Squats, as Squats to parallel or deeper put too much strain of your knees, and he seems scornful of the Deadlift, telling us it is 'inadvisable, or to avoid altogether, especially for the 'Older Athlete'

I have many books about weight training, and this is the first time I have seen an author advise not to do an important compound movement, and only do a half compound movement for the Squat. hence the three stars.
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on 17 May 2014
It does improves your knowledge of range of exercises. Illustrations are unique and excellent, however, there is no information on diet and nutrition. Still a good book.
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on 25 February 2015
Clear view on anatomy, exercises, their variations and execution. Gp
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on 1 June 2016
Very useful exercises and information!
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on 21 April 2015
Very useful book nice and easy to understand very good diagrams
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