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2.0 out of 5 stars Strength Training Anatomy, 18 Feb 2012
This review is from: Strength Training Anatomy (Sports Anatomy) (Paperback)
I would not recommend this book to anyone who is a member of a modern machine based gym.

Most of the exercises in this book are free weight related though there are some machine exercises but not many.
Great if you are working out in an old fashioned gym however most modern gyms such as the one that I attend have "TechnoGym" machines that give me a full workout with equivalent exercises to free weights and some of these machines store computerised records of such as calorie burn and distance travelled (we do have a dumbbell section in our gym but not much else for free weights).
None of this is modern stuff is covered by the book.

I would also have liked to see a section on "Diet and Supplements" for those who are interested, a section on actual "Workout Programs" as all the book shows are individual exercises that are not linked together, a "Cardio Machine" section (yes I know that this is a Strength book however Cardio is important to your overall fitness), and an "Index" in the back of the book would been nice.

A better book for free weights if that is what you are interested in is called "Getting Stronger" by Bill Pearl. This is quite on old book by now (our copy was bought about 20 years ago) however the exercises are still the same as they are today and there are a lot more shown than the "Strength Training Anatomy" book. Also "Getting Stronger" has complete Workout Programs showing Sets and Reps for each exercise with diagrams shown in order of the workout with some of the Workout Programs being tailored to individual sports.

All in all "Strength Training Anatomy" is behind the times and lacking in most areas.
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Initial post: 24 Feb 2012 19:58:14 GMT
A DARLEY says:
I saw this comment while about to pen my own review.

Machine-based exercises are not recommended for people looking to get strong or muscularly massive. Machines are popular with commercial gyms because people require only a bare minimum of instruction to use them. Not because they are particularly effective at building strength which carries over to functional movements. If all your gym has is machines, then change gyms. The machine training craze really took off in the 1970s with the advent of the Nautilus cam, so they are not really that modern. If this book devoted the bulk of its content to machine exercises then I think it really would have been a disappointment.

The book is called 'Strength Training Anatomy' so one would naturally expect something of a limited scope. I cannot see why you would expect, given the title, sections on diet, supplements, programmes or cardio. Many strength training authors would say that a section on supplements has no part in one of their books, except perhaps to point out what a swindle the supplement industry is. The book does not purport to be an all-encompassing fitness book but specifically about the anatomy of resistance exercises, which I gleaned just from looking at the cover. If you bought it through this website, there is a 'Look Inside' feature which enables you to look at sample pages and, importantly, the table of contents so you may get an idea of what subjects are covered in the book before you buy.

I think the book is far from perfect, but I think also your review is rather unfair.

Posted on 24 Feb 2012 19:59:31 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jun 2012 13:16:01 BDT
A. Parsons says:
I would have to agree with this comment. Also, I am sure this author has another book for workouts.

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Jul 2012 01:33:38 BDT
agreed. I am a PT and i never use machines with my clients.

Posted on 7 Dec 2012 11:45:35 GMT
Machines have nice pictures on them that show which muscles they use, free weights don't. Why would cardio feature in strength training? Why would diet feature in anatomy?
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