Men's Health Big Book of Exercises Paperback – 1 Oct 2010
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Adam Campbell is the fitness director for Men's Health and Women's Health magazines in the US, and a National Magazine-award winning writer.
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What I liked about this book is the sheer number of exercises, they are the reason I continue this book every now and then. Each exercise comes with at least one clear picture and has some handy little performance tips scattered around. However, this being the main event of the book, there are a number of omissions that I would consider flaws.
First, there is no connection between the discussion of the anatomy in the beginning of each section and the exercises. It's great that you are shown the different muscles that make up the back, but in the 60 or so exercises that follow, there is no way of finding out which muscle or part thereof is targeted by which exercise. Also, if you give 15 variations of one particular exercise, it would have been logical to mark the variations in terms of level of difficulty. No such luck.
Basically, the book first gives some fairly detailed information on an entire muscle group (albeit with some less than great illustrations), but then simply dumps a long list of exercises on you. Though the number of exercises provided is much smaller, the book ...Read more ›
-it devotes a chapter to answering questions we all have about lifting, questions such as "how fast should I lift?" or "how many repetitions should I do?"
-the exercises are organized by body part, so you get a bunch of ex's for the chest in Chapter 4, a bunch of exercises for the back in Chapter 5, and so on. Easy to navigate around in this book.
-included is a section on warm-up exercies- which a lot of people forget about doing. Here you'll find a lot of stretches.
-there's a workout plan towards the end of the book for just about every need you might have. For example, you'll find a workout plan for the crowded gym, for fat loss- even for vertical jumping. Neat!
The book ends with a section on cardio, and a section on nutrition. As you can see, while it is a "big" book of exercises (and kinda heavy too), its also a very "complete' book as well. Also recommend Treat Your Own Rotator Cuff if you have a shoulder problem that keeps you from working out.
I am coming from a practical angle - the sport and nutrition science discussed in other reviews goes straight over my head.
My starting point was: middle aged, overweight and confused what to do. I went to the gym 6 month prior to buying the book 3 times a week doing only cardio: rowing, x-trainer, stepper, crunches, etc. That lost me about 6 kg (1 stone) and I got stuck.
When I read the Men's Health Big Book of Exercises advice "you need to do weights" I was really sceptical. However, I followed the (excellent) workout plans in the back of the book and my weight loss got moving again - about 4.5 kg IN A MONTH. This will obviously slow down, but their advice was spot on for me.
I would look at the book as a "beginners to intermediate" guide, written in plain layman's language the average (and not obsessed) man can actually understand. As all sports books, I recommend to read the summary, do the trial and error thing and reread the chapters properly once you start getting the hang of it.
Personally, I am very grateful to Men's Health for having published the book, which has really met my needs.
Not a book for a serious builder or athlete but for the common "got to get myself fitter" type this book will suffice adequately. Clear pictures and descriptions with regressions and advance moves also so nobody will need to get bored with their workout. Excellent for the frequent gym user who isn't willing to pay for personal training but I will use this as a reference to my personal training as there is always a need to push oneself harder to get fitter. Some very useful little known facts but useful for motivation only.
If you have a general understanding of fitness this book "might" be a good guide but you probably already know the contents so it is only a reference guide.
There are better books on the market for fitness.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very useful plans and info to construct your own fat loss program.Published 2 days ago by Dean Carolan
Excellent book with so many exercises and variations as well as programs and nutrition advice will keep you lifting for many years to comePublished 2 months ago by sandy
Great referral for those moments when you need to put something together quickly or vary your routine. As a PT I find it useful too for changing up some old re runsPublished 3 months ago by TP EGAR
Not a bad book at all reason it's not 5 stars is that it rewrites a lot of quotes lolPublished 7 months ago by Marcus Manders
Great book full of helpful info whether a novice or pro this has it allPublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer