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on 16 March 2014
This book is a brilliant starter for anyone looking to excel in strength sports or build a better physique, not only that but I find the whole attitude and tone of the book very refreshing compared to most modern articles etc on the subject.

I've read both of Alan Calverts books, the other one being 'the Truth about Weightlifting', but in terms of how to exercise etc this book would be the one to get, although it is worth getting both if you can.

The most refreshing thing about this book is just the way in which the author seems to see all these feats achievable by average men, and explains why and how. Also theres a few great weightlifting exercises that seem to have been forgotten, but I cannot understand why, you may get a few strange looks at the gym bit these are mostly easy techniques and pose little risk.

This is a book that I will keep coming back to and something that I have found genuinely useful as well as interesting from a historic point of view. I own a few weightlifting books from around this era now, but I have to say that this is probably the best in terms of actually outlining exercises and how they are useful in terms of development. The pictures are a bit grainy and there are a few typos, but overall this is a must have for anyone interested in weightlifting or physical culture.
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on 7 May 2015
Superb book on lifting heavy to get a great physique. Many exercises from the 1888-1920's era of iron. i.e vintage physique by lifting heavy, no roids. The pictures of some of the older guys that could lift 400lb+ are amazing.

Great reference I keep going back to and re-reading.
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on 5 April 2013
Some photographs referred to in the text are not in the book, probably due to the quality of the originals, they were unable to reproduce.
Despite this, an informative and enjoyable read.
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