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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book,
This review is from: Strength Training Anatomy (Paperback)This is THE book for anyone who weight trains, or works within the fitness business. I have bought many books, but this is certainly THE bible. There are various sections in the book, from Arms, Legs, Back, SHoulders etc, and within each section it gives you a large number of exercises, but the main thing is it shows the all the muscles being used during that particular exercise. Because the diagrams are in colour, on good quality paper you can really understand what is being shown. This book will benefit beginners through the experienced Personal Trainers. Buy this book!
60 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent.,
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This review is from: Strength Training Anatomy (Paperback)This book is more concerned with showing the muscles involved in resistance training than going into detail about technique. This is fine because it means that the whole book is made up of page after page of detailed, coloured artwork, illustrating the main muscle groups in action in just about every exercise. Most other books explain the exercises in detail, but assume that everyone reading them can visualise the muscle groups in action. Beginners will find that this book makes sense of all the other strength training books and advanced athletes/bodybuilders will be pleased, as I am, that someone has finally made a reference book like this which confirms the knowledge which they will already have, but puts in in a form which is fascinating to read. 10 out of 10. I am very pleased with this purchase.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice,
This review is from: Strength Training Anatomy (Paperback)The book as expected is separated into individual body parts. Each chapter then provides information on exercises for those body parts. Each exercise is illustrated with an image depicting all the muscles that are used whether primary or secondary. There are also instructions on how to perform an exercise with proper technique and in some cases there is slightly more information, the bench press, the deadlift and other core exercises. It's a good book as it's always good to know exactly what muscles you're training. Don't expect anything on nutrition, lifestyles or training programs. And though it doesn't show you every exercise ever invented (no Arnie Presses) it should be enough for most people. It's a good way of planning your own excercise routines.
36 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bible of Strength Training,
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This review is from: Strength Training Anatomy (Paperback)This book is absolutely the best illustrated guide towhat-exersises-work-what-muscles there is. It is split into the followingsections:
Each section is then broken down into numerous exercises with somefantastic anatomical/action pictures showing you the required range ofmotion and the specific part of each muscle worked. It contains verydetailed diagrams of the nessesary anatomy, as well as important notes,alterate variations on some of the exersices, warnings about certainpositions and the stresses they might put on your body, as well as usefulldiagrams showing the way certain muscles function, and how to make themost of them.
This is the only book on the subject you'll ever need to buy!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ronseal,
This review is from: Strength Training Anatomy (Paperback)A decent book that does what it says on the tin.
I got this book because it was recommended by fireservice.co.uk for those wanting to become firemen.
No daft waffly intro extolling its own virtues, just straight to the point: nice.
Clear, eye-pleasing images that make almost every exercise straightforward to do; increase your interest in how the muscles work; and motivate you.
I found some good new dumbell routines in here that I never would have thought of, and they seem to work a treat - I was doing it all wrong before.
I can't compare it with any others, but I'm not disappointed with it at all.
49 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An invaluable quick-reference guide,
This review is from: Strength Training Anatomy (Paperback)This book is excellently laid out and is intended purely as a picoral guide - 124 pages of delicately illustrated excercises that work every major muscle of the human body. These are accompanied with detailed physiological diagrams of the area of the body focused on.
The book is conveniently grouped into sections (arms, legs, chest etc...) which makes it very easy to locate specific exercises. Whats more, the book is written by a professor of physiology, and as a result is void of the usual inane dross usually associated with books of this genre. All in all, a consise, well laid out book that is a must for anybody serious about weight training.
72 of 83 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great images, but some exercises shouldn't be there,
This review is from: Strength Training Anatomy (Paperback)As a personal trainer, I have to know exactly what is going on inside your body when you exercise, and Mr. Delavier gives readers a good perspective of the anatomic structures involved in strength training, but there are exercises in his book that shouldn't be there, like the front delt flyes and the upper row. In this exercises the shoulder is in internal rotation and when the arm is raised, the bursa and the tendons of the supraspinatous and long head of the bíceps, are pinched by the troquiter and the acromium, leading to tendinitis.
Exercises, like external rotation of the shoulder, for example aren't there. With books like this, I'm not amazed when I see a bodybuilder with a shoulder injury.
To learn about proper technique, take a look at Efective Strength Training by Douglas Brooks.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive,
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This review is from: Strength Training Anatomy (Paperback)Strength Training draws you into the most detail of exercises for every major part of the body. Detailed chapters on sections of the arms I found most helpful with those suborne body parts like the inside head of the tricep. Gave many exercises for any begining weight lifter could use for months at a time. Also highly recommend The Backsmart Fitness Plan By Dr.Adam Weiss, a very strong and smart details of ABS sections and wall exercises for arms. Happy training!
18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All around perfect?,
This review is from: Strength Training Anatomy (Paperback)Bought this book on vacation in the states to help build an excercise program for weight lifting, and I have no regrets.
The illustrations in this book, the way the excercise is explained, it's just great.
The book is divided into the different muscle groups (back, legs, arms etc), and every excercise has a picture displaying a kind of skinless picture of your body, with highlighting of the muscles in work, together with a thorough explanation of how to do the excercise.
All in all it made my program a breeze to complete, and it's awesome for reference.
If you're in the weight lifting buisness, especially if you're just starting out (like me), this is a perfect book to get you started
23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT,
This review is from: Strength Training Anatomy (Paperback)This book is a complete guide to training explaining how to work every muscle group with excellent drawings showing which muscles are been used in each movement.
It has separate chapters for each muscle group making it easy to find an exercise to work a particular muscle[great for future reference].
I recommend that anyone who takes weight training seriously, or is interested in taking up weight training buys this book as it is a great guide to helping you train properly. Although the detailed drawings are the best part about the book there is also information explaining how each movement should be performed correctly to achieve optimum results.
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Strength Training Anatomy by Frederic Delavier (Paperback - Sep 2001)
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