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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics Europe Ltd; 2Rev Ed edition (1 Nov. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599044951
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599044958
  • ASIN: 0736063684
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 1 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 82,195 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 By a reviewer on 17 Sept. 2008
Format: Paperback
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 By Mr. J. R. Davitt on 18 May 2006
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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 By another reviewer on 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Bach on 4 Aug. 2008
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tami Brady TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 15 Feb. 2008
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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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Big Ham on 19 Feb. 2007
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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 By A Customer on 23 Dec. 2005
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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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