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  • Paperback: 124 pages
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers (Sept. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736041850
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736041850
  • Product Dimensions: 25.6 x 19.6 x 1.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (310 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 210,961 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on 22 July 2002
Format: 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!
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With over 450,000 copies sold, this book is arguably the best book of its kind. What's it useful for? Mainly to help the reader (from the weekend athlete to the athletic trainer to the professional bodybuilder) figure out what exercises work what muscles.

It's neatly divided up into sections (arms, shoulders, chest, back, etc.), so all you really have to do is flip to one of these sections and it will have detailed pictures of various exercises and exactly which muscles are involved.

A great reference to keep have around, I give it five stars easy. Readers who lift weights regularly might also be interested Treat Your Own Rotator Cuff to avoid shoulder problems a lot of lifters eventually get.
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By A Customer on 20 Jan. 2002
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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.
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I'm not a big buyer of health books as most of the ones that I pick up are bulky and full of chapters about diet, clothing and general noise. This book just has biological diagrams of the body and gives several exercises (and varying degrees of difficulty) for each one.

The diagrams are like the Bruce Algra posters on gym walls with drawings of the muscles. I have several friends who have also bought this book as I really recommend it's no nonsense plain style. You can just pick a muscle and design your program around it.

Also the colour coding system is very useful as it shows the secondary muscles effected by an exercise
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By stuartl2 on 1 April 2004
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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.
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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.
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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.
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This book is absolutely the best illustrated guide towhat-exersises-work-what-muscles there is. It is split into the followingsections:
Arms
Shoulders
Chest
Back
Legs
Buttocks
Abdomen
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!
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