As its title suggests, the emphasis is on anatomy. A double-page is devoted to each exercise. One side contains photographs and text to indicate the starting positions and movement paths, together with tips on maintaining balance and faults to avoid. The opposite page contains diagrams illustrating the muscles that are used in each exercise, including the critical stabilising muscles. In some cases, variants to the exercises are given, indicating their relative difficulty.
This book would suit gym-users who want to ensure that they exercise a wide range of muscles. However, it is a collection of exercises rather than a workout programme. It's also a pity that there's no indication of how long you should take to perform each rep.
I found this book a great source of information when studying for my fitness levels right up to Personal Training, Level 4 Fitness. I still refer to it now and often revise. I recommend this book to fellow trainers and students frequently.
LOOKING FOR A PHYSICAL EXERCISE BOOK THAT HAS AT ALL... EASY READING, FULLY INFORMATION WITH GOOD PHOTOGRAPHIC EXAMPLES PLUS AN EXTRA PAGE FOR EACH EXERCISE OF SKILLFULLY SKETCHED / DIGITALLY CREATED IMAGES SHOWING ANATOMICAL FIGURES HIGHLIGHTING THEIR MUSCULAR ACTIVE RELEVANCE AND NAMING THE MUSCLES INVOLVED ALSO INDICATES THE STABILIZING MUSCLES IN USE.
EACH EXERCISE IS EXPLAINED IN DETAIL FOR CORRECT POSITIONING OF THE BODY AND EXPLAINS THE ACTION AND MOVEMENT PATH ENSURING YOU TO PERFORM THE EXERCISE CORRECTLY. HANDY GRAPHICAL INDEX TOO JUST IN CASE YOU "FORGOT" OR DON'T KNOW THE NAME OF THE EXERCISE YOU NEED. NICE TOUCH...
ALL EXERCISES ARE PRODUCED IN CHAPTERS REFERRING TO DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE BODY I.E. SHOULDERS, BACK, HIPS & THIGHS, CORE ETC; WITH CHAPTERS AT THE BEGINNING ABOUT WARM-UP AND STRETCHING. VERY USEFUL FOR STUDENTS STUDYING ANATOMY WHO WISH TO BECOME PHYSICAL TRAINERS, BODYWORK THERAPISTS AND A VERY GOOD PERSONAL DIRECTORY FOR EXERCISE ENTHUSIASTS.