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The Weider System of Bodybuilding Paperback – 1 May 1983

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Contemporary Books Inc (1 May 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0809255596
  • ISBN-13: 978-0809255597
  • Product Dimensions: 27.6 x 21.6 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,152,700 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Discusses the principles of bodybuilding and describes a program of weight lifting exercises designed to develop the muscles of the body.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 April 2001
Format: Paperback
If u've just started bodybuilding, this book gives invaluable information on all exercises for all bodyparts and it is a must-have. Even if u are an intermediate, this book works as an inspiration if u're stuck in a rut. However, because it is a rather old book, the chapters on nutrition are not up to date and I can't give it 5 stars, but as a guide to exercises it would get 5 stars. Look for nutritionguides elsewhere.
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The Weider System of BodybuildingYeh it is a really well ilustrated book,with lots of tip's on how to perform the exercises,all the differant techiques are explained,all the diet tips and pre compertition info,all the differant bodybuilders routines are in there as well..Very good
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Callum on 28 Aug. 2013
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Bought it and it had pages cut out, torn pages and a stain on the front and back. I can't even read it all as pages are missing!!
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
If you only buy 3 books on bodybuilding, this should be one. 2 Nov. 1999
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Contains all of the classic excercises and routines. This is a great back-to-basics source and was the source for most of the excercises I used to become huge 12 years ago. After years of neglect I dug it out and started building my routine again (all-natural, this time). There's no substitute for hard work and this book describes correct form and intensification techniques. Combine it with The Complete Book of Abs and Bikram's Beginning Yoga, for a powerhouse workout trio.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
be your own trainer 27 May 2009
By Brian Hariot - Published on
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buy this book and be your own trainer
after reading this book you will know more than 95%
of the personal trainers out here
An excellent introduction to the Weider System of Bodybuilding for anyone interested in weight training. 27 Dec. 2014
By Joseph J. Truncale - Published on
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Anyone who was into using weights and body building 40 or more years ago knows about the late Joe Weider system of bodybuilding. As a young teenager I used to read every issue I could get my hands on of his magazines. I also purchased his weights and other body building equipment from Weider in the past. They would feature all the most famous bodybuilders of the time such as Arnold Schwartzenegger, Lou Ferrigno, Frank Zany, Franco Columbu and numerous other champions.

Even though I am quite knowledgeable about bodybuilding principles, when I saw this book (The Weider System of Bodybuilding by Joe Weider with Bill Reynolds) on Amazon for a bargain price I immediately purchased it. This book has some great practical advice in the introduction that every bodybuilder should take to heart in their training.

This 228 page manual is organized into two parts. Part one covers the principles and techniques of the Weider system. They include the following: The Weider cycle training, instinctive training principle, intensification techniques, contest preparation and the real secrets of bodybuilding success. The second part has numerous training programs on how to develop your abdominals, upper arm development, formidable forearms, building a humongous back, building your calves, building your chest, shoulders and thighs.

Along with specific exercise programs there are numerous black and white photographs of famous bodybuilders doing the exercises. Even though this book was published in 1983 the information it contains is still of great value to anyone interested in building a strong and powerful body. This text is more for the intermediate and advanced body building trainers than those just starting out in weight training.

Rating: 5 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: Martial Art Myths)
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Basics 25 Jun. 2013
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About 20 years ago I started based on this man instructions. I was in the best shape of my life. The book contains the BASICS which I think every "serious" bodybuilder should read.
If you don't recognize the guys on the cover, you should probably just move on 21 Mar. 2015
By Todd30 - Published on
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It's a pretty straightforward introduction to bodybuilding. He runs through some of the basic concepts regarding training, but not very much information at all regarding nutrition (if you are a beginner, you will learn sooner or later that nutrition is at least as important as the training itself).

If you are old enough to remember some of the names and faces of the guys in this book: Tom Platz, Bertil Fox, Casey Viator, etc. then you might enjoy this trip down memory lane. And I suppose none of us are experts enough to be above benefitting from reacquainting ourselves with the general principles of the sport.

The second half of the book involves photos and descriptions of basic exercises for all the major muscle groups, as well as various training routines used by the pros at the time. If you are a complete beginner in the sport, yes, you will benefit from this book. It tells you what you need to know to get going. For everyone else, I'd recommend it more for the nostalgic, historical value of it all than anything else.
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