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Strength Training Anatomy [Paperback]

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Oct. 25 2001
Get an inside view of the muscles in action during every exercise you perform. This ultimate strength reference contains full-color, detailed, anatomical drawings of exercises that target every major muscle group, along with full descriptions of how to perform them.

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"Without question, this book is a must for anyone interested in strength training or in teaching strength training. No other book more clearly represents the functional anatomy of nearly every resistance training exercise. The illustrations are highly detailed and the material is accurate. This book will spend very little time on your bookshelf because you will constantly be referring to it."

David R. Pearson, PhD, CSCS Associate Professor of Exercise Physiology Ball State University, Muncie, IN

About the Author

The former editor-in-chief of the French magazine PowerMag, Frédéric Delavier is currently a journalist for the French magazine Le Monde du Muscle and a contributor to several other muscle publications, including Men’s Health Germany.

Delavier is a gifted artist with an exceptional knowledge of human anatomy. He studied morphology and anatomy for five years at the prestigious Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris and studied dissection for three years at the Paris Faculté de Médicine.

Delavier won the French power-lifting title in 1988 and makes annual presentations on the sports applications of biomechanics at conferences in Switzerland. His teaching efforts have earned him the Grand Prix de Techniques et de Pédagogie Sportive. Delavier lives in Paris, France.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Informative, Inspiring Oct. 5 2003
Using a simple color-coded schema, Delavier combines sound anatomy with bodybuilding exercises to give a unique perspective that will improve your workouts and expand your mind as well as your muscle size. Even though the models for the illustrations have the bulky, engorged muscles that accompany chronic steroid supplementation, and are sometimes depicted in the ludicrous pin-striped, post-Flashdance thongwear popular in California gyms in the early 90s, the illustrations are amazing. The selective use of color makes anatomically relevant highlights leap out. For example, the reverse wrist curl comes to life as the humerus and extensor carpi radialis longus, extensor carpi radialis brevis, extensor digitorum, extensor digiti minimi, extensor ulnaris, ane extensor indicus all are labeled in the context of the lift, so you know exactly what muscles are working while you're doing the movement.
If you are using weights to increase your strength, muscle size, or change your body, this book is one you should own, in conjunction with another book that tells you how to lift weights such as these three, which I recommend wholeheartedly: Arnold's Encylopedia of Bodybuilding (the quintessential 70s bodybuilding book), Frederick Hatfield's Bodybuilding: A Scientific Approach (the best 80s bodybuilding book), and Bob Paris's Natural Bodybuilding (the great 90s and 00s bodybuilding book).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting book..and helpful workout aide! July 5 2003
The reason I say this is a helpful workout aide is because I had a serious problem incorporating intensity into my exercises. I just want into them as much as others were. After I got this book, I checked the exercises that I lacked lifting intensity in, and my problem was gone. By knowing what area I was primarily working, and focusing on them, imagining them in a red color (as in this book), I was able to finish a workout proud of myself, knowing I put as much intensity into it as I could. The art is stunning. Personally, I believe that it is a must-have book for anyone into weight trainers, but hey, all the other reviews say so too. Experience it yourself.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not very useful Jan. 28 2003
Propably the first thing you notice when you open the book is quality. The paper is thick and glossy and the quality of printing is good. The pictures are beautiful, and it's easy to find exercises for a certain muscle group.
Then the bad news: While the pictures look great, on many occasions they are too detailed, to the point of being unclear. Every exercise is given a full page (two pages on some occasions). But the majority of a page is filled with large drawing of the exercise, with the stressed muscle groups shown. The performance of a given exercise is given far less detail, on some occasions only a few lines of text. I think it would be far more benefical to give more detailed explanation of correct performance and/or common mistakes, and print the picture a bit smaller.
The exercises in the book are divided on seven sections, based on which muscle group they mainly stress. This is OK, but the division of muscle groups is a bit odd. There is a separate section covering exercises for buttocs, but at the same time all other muscle groups in the leg are combined as "legs". It would be more reasonable to combine buttocs with quads, or thights, and give calves a separate section.
There are about 110 different exercises, and variations on some exercises. The selection of exercises is a bit odd in my opinion. For example, there is a page on seated calf raise (on a machine), and the author advises that as a variation you can do the exercise without a machine, using a barbell across your legs. Then, on the next page that very same exercise is presented as a separate exercise! And there are some basic exercises missing, like toe presses on leg press machine, for example.
Perhaps the main problem of the book is that it doesn't expalain the muslce mechanics at all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nicely done May 30 2003
I have been looking for a book like this for a long time, I wish I could rate it higher. It is very well illustrated and should be on any everyones lists for books to buy when weight training. You will see every muscle a specific exersize targets and it also shows the minor muscles that come into play. This book DOES NOT put together a weight training routine but you can easily put one together by learning what muscles do what. The book is divided into seven section; arms, shoulders, chest, back, legs, buttocks, and abdomen. and each of these sections have anywhere from 9 to 21 execizes to perform. My hat goes off to Frederic Delavier for his awesome illustrations and this well put together book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fitness Junkie Addicted March 6 2003
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I am a female who loves the gym, and more specifically, lifting weights, focusing on good form. I saw this book and had to buy it after reading a few reviews. I haven't been disappointed yet, until I saw the 'Women's Strength Training Anatomy' book that is available. But after reading those reviews, I was happy with my choice for this book instead. I have a couple of male workout partners who are just as into lifting weights and form as I am, and after they saw my book, they too had to have a copy of it. You can't go wrong! Pick up your copy today!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
This book is an excellent weight training reference for insight into the anatomy of the major muscle groups, and the exercises best suited to train specific muscles.
The book is broken down into seven major muscle groups: arms, shoulders, chest, back, legs, buttocks, and abdomen. Within each muscle group are multiple exercises, each comprised of detailed anotomical illustrations, instructions on performing the exercises, and key information such as variations (for specific focus on particular muscles) and warnings (to aviod injury).
Using this book, one could easily select a variety of exercises to build a total body workout program. The selection of exercises also allows for some routine variation to keep one's workout from getting stale.
The illustrations are of an exellent quality, as are the materials. The pages are of heavyweight paper, with a semi-glossy finish.
Although I rated this title highly, I did so with the understanding that it suits a very specific purpose, and is not a general purpose introduction or guide to weight training. This is an ANATOMY REFERENCE, specific to selected weight training exercises. It does not contain any other information concerning weight training, diet, exercise, etc. In fact, there is not even a brief introduction by the author, simply the reference material itself. But, in terms of its intended purpose, it is an excellent reference. If you already have some sort of "Bodybuilding Encyclopedia", you probably already posess much of the information contained in this title. Having no interest in the history, self-promotion, and general testosterone driven attitudes of many of those types of titles (as well as the phonebook sized package), I much prefer this concise book as an exercise reference.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Learned a lot !
This book is so informative and clearly written and illustrated. I can. Now i can picture and better understand what muscle training is all about.
Published on Aug. 3 2012 by Buff Puff
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book Ever
I read this book and it was amazing.It really helps you understand how the human body functions.
Published on Dec 3 2005 by sandra goncalves
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Good book. The only thing I've read that impressed me more was The System by Roy Valentine. I got it here at amazon. You have to read this book.
Published on Oct. 2 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars You need this reference
This is a great book. It's not an overall workout guide; rather, it gives detailed information on a wide variety of weight exercises, with beautiful anatomical illustrations that... Read more
Published on June 17 2004 by Allen Gathman
4.0 out of 5 stars Great regional anatomy, poor on training strategy
The artwork in this book is very impressive. It attests to the incredible patience and dedication of its author. Read more
Published on June 4 2004 by Mohamed F. El-Hewie
4.0 out of 5 stars Great regional anatomy, poor on training strategy
The artwork in this book is very impressive. It attests to the incredible patience and dedication of its author. Read more
Published on June 4 2004 by Mohamed F. El-Hewie
5.0 out of 5 stars Enough to make anyone a humanist.
I've had this book for a while now, and time after time, even when I'm not looking for workout information, I just like to look at the amazingly drawn pictures that Mr. Read more
Published on June 3 2004 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for symetry
This book is great for anyone who wants to work out intelligently and maintain symmetry that is as close to perfect as possible.
Published on May 25 2004 by Steven Weiner
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have book
No matter what level you do your resistance/strength training this is a must have. If you could only afford to buy one book on the subject, this is it. Read more
Published on March 31 2004 by hurch @ the Sault
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for workout development
I found the book most useful for determining if my workouts covered all muscle groups and specific muscles within each group. Highly recommended for experienced weightlifters. Read more
Published on March 16 2004 by Lewis A. Levine
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