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Strength Training Anatomy [Paperback]

Frederic Delavier
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1 Nov 2005
Discover for yourself the magic of Strength Training Anatomy, one of the best-selling strength training books ever published! Get an intricate look at strength training from the inside out. Strength Training Anatomy, with over 760,000 copies already sold, brings anatomy to life with more than 400 full-color illustrations. This detailed artwork showcases the muscles used during each exercise and delineates how these muscles interact with surrounding joints and skeletal structures. Like having an X-ray for each exercise, the information gives you a multilateral view of strength training not seen in any other resource. This updated bestseller also contains new information on common strength training injuries and preventive measures to help you exercise safely. Chapters are devoted to each major muscle group, with 115 total exercises for arms, shoulders, chest, back, legs, buttocks, and abdomen. Also available Strength Training Anatomy Posters. Click on the 'Enlarge' option to get a larger view of the poster's artwork. The seven posters can be ordered invidually or as a full set.

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics Europe Ltd; 2Rev Ed edition (1 Nov 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736063684
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599044958
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 20.3 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 144,197 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The former editor in chief of the French magazine PowerMag, Frédéric Delavier is currently a journalist for the French magazine Le Monde du Muscle and a contributor to several other muscle publications, including Men s Health Germany. Delavier is a gifted artist with an exceptional knowledge of human anatomy. He studied morphology and anatomy for five years at the prestigious École des Beaux-Arts in Paris and studied dissection for three years at the Paris Faculté de Médecine. Delavier won the French powerlifting title in 1988 and makes annual presentations on the sports applications of biomechanics at conferences in Switzerland. His teaching efforts have earned him the Grand Prix de Techniques et de Pédagogie Sportive. Delavier lives in Paris, France.

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ==Lots of Strengths== 17 Sep 2008
With over 450,000 copies sold, this book is arguably the best book of its kind. What's it useful for? Mainly to help the reader (from the weekend athlete to the athletic trainer to the professional bodybuilder) figure out what exercises work what muscles.

It's neatly divided up into sections (arms, shoulders, chest, back, etc.), so all you really have to do is flip to one of these sections and it will have detailed pictures of various exercises and exactly which muscles are involved.

A great reference to keep have around, I give it five stars easy. Readers who lift weights regularly might also be interested Treat Your Own Rotator Cuff to avoid shoulder problems a lot of lifters eventually get.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
I'm not a big buyer of health books as most of the ones that I pick up are bulky and full of chapters about diet, clothing and general noise. This book just has biological diagrams of the body and gives several exercises (and varying degrees of difficulty) for each one.

The diagrams are like the Bruce Algra posters on gym walls with drawings of the muscles. I have several friends who have also bought this book as I really recommend it's no nonsense plain style. You can just pick a muscle and design your program around it.

Also the colour coding system is very useful as it shows the secondary muscles effected by an exercise
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A crucial addition to your bookshelf 21 Dec 2010
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For anyone interested in strength training, or in particular, in the anatomical aspects of weight training, this is simply an excellent resource. Firstly, and from a female perspective, a refreshing feature of this book is that it is aimed at women too, but not in the usual patronising manner. Secondly, its strength is that as a reader you're not swamped by the science of it; there is not much text but it does serve well as a starting point for those with no anatomical or physiological background. Instead it's for the reader to extract as much or as little information as required from the detailed diagrams on each page. It is very clearly and logically laid-out, which also makes it engaging, without having to flick back and forth through it. In essence, it pretty much presents you with all you need to know to structure your strength training regime via a series of easy-to-follow yet highly informative anatomical diagrams. The sections on injuries are presented in a similar fashion and of course make it all the more of a gem. Another plus point to note is that the book is biased in favour of free weights over machines - which at least means you don't need expensive gym membership to make use if it.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Marvellously detailed 19 Feb 2007
By Big Ham
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Im not a bodybuilder. Im not a fitness freak. Im not anything you would call an athlete. But this book is cracking. It is divided into sections reflective of body parts (i.e. Arms/Chest/Shoulders/Back/Legs). Its easy to read and digest and the best part of this book are the illustrations. The detail is brilliant and the reader is in no doubt as to what areas the exercise is focusing.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars exceptional book on the subject 23 Dec 2005
By A Customer
This book is practically perfect in telling you how to increase muscle size and strength.
Split into chapters of arms, shoulders, chest, legs, buttocks, abs, chest and back it shows clearly which exercises and weight lifting does to your body.
The diagrams couldn't be clearer as well. They are perfect as they show you exactly what muscles are being worked and how many reps to do.
There are also sections on what not to do and how it could cause injury.
overall the best book on the subject as it shows you exactly what to do and what results to expect. Couldnt be better.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great reference 4 Aug 2008
By M. Bach
Strength Training Anatomy is set out in a style that is very easy to read, each chapter detailing a new body part and within it a detailed list of some of the more popular exercises and how to perform them. By saying popular, I really mean the more traditional exercises using fixed resistance machines, dumbells and barbells. My POV is that it is very much old school - you can tell that by the illustrations of the guy in the 80's striped bodybuilding pants. If you are looking for educational material on functional strength and core strength which is very much in vogue and correctly so, then this book is not perhaps what you are looking for. Instead I would highly recommend this book as a text book and point of reference for all practitioners that prescribe exercise routines and those that are learnig about the anatomy of the skeletal and muscular systems. Other interested exercise enthusiasts will get a great foundation knowledge on the traditional exercises to learn.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended 3 Jan 2006
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This book provides all the information you need about which muscles are being worked by which exercises. All the main exercises for each muscle group are described in detail and with each one you are shown the exact muscles on the body that are worked and the anatomy of the area being worked. This makes it much easier to visualise the effect the exercise is having and hence plan and execute your exercises more effectively.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Strength Training Anatomy 15 Feb 2008
By Tami Brady TOP 500 REVIEWER
Sometimes, I get frustrated when exercising. I know that a little strength training is supposed to be good for my bones while promoting weight loss. Unfortunately, I usually only have half a clue about what I'm doing. Thus, much of my workout is spent worrying whether I'm doing the movements correctly, hoping I don't hurt myself, and wishing I had a personal trainer to tell me what to do.

Strength Training Anatomy is definitely a better alternative. This book includes 15 different strength training exercises (free weights and resistance), focusing on the arms, shoulders, chest, back, legs, and buttocks. The proper range of motion is illustrated for each exercise (including variations) with the particular muscle groups highlighted in full colour. Both male and female body types are shown. The text also includes special features about common injuries: what causes these problems and how to avoid them.

Now, when working out, I am far more confident. I know which muscle groups are supposed to be in motion. I know how to avoid potential injury dangers. I even have an understanding of how to adapt these exercises to best suit my body form and abilities.
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Published 1 month ago by Ann Crellin
5.0 out of 5 stars All you need to know about a gym routine.
If you don't know what to do in the gym or need reassurance that your exercises are hitting the right body parts then this is the book for you. Read more
Published 2 months ago by natasha12
5.0 out of 5 stars Best weight training book on the market
Great guides, diagrams and injury tips. A must for any kind of gym user, from Novice to Experienced weight lifter...As I said THE Best weight training book on the market
Published 10 months ago by S. Diviney
4.0 out of 5 stars Been using it for a long time
There is a 2nd edition out for this book but this version has been used a lot by me over the years to find differing exercises for different muscles. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Anthony
5.0 out of 5 stars very good book
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good quality, property written, its a must have in everyone interested in this subjects. Get one
Published 15 months ago by Well...
4.0 out of 5 stars Great
Such on point, graphical images. It is an amazing book that offers precise exercises with great illustrations to aid knowledge.
Published 16 months ago by Sarah
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Great book and full of helpful tips still havent fully read it but it has been a great help already.
Published on 17 July 2011 by Funnyonion
4.0 out of 5 stars If you want to know more about your training
Good book if you really want to know more about the effect of your training and be able to understand your gym instructors better
Published on 30 May 2011 by M. Ragheb
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Reference
This is not a body building book but shows you all of the different types of exercises for the different types of muscles - allowing you to create your own workout or supplement... Read more
Published on 7 Jan 2011 by GB
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