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The New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding: The Bible of Bodybuilding, Fully Updated and Revised [Paperback]

Arnold Schwarzenegger , Bill Dobbins
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Nov. 5 1999
From elite bodybuilding competitors to gymnasts, from golfers to fitness gurus, anyone who works out with weights must own this book -- a book that only Arnold Schwarzenegger could write, a book that has earned its reputation as "the bible of bodybuilding."
Inside, Arnold covers the very latest advances in both weight training and bodybuilding competition, with new sections on diet and nutrition, sports psychology, the treatment and prevention of injuries, and methods of training, each illustrated with detailed photos of some of bodybuilding's newest stars.
Plus, all the features that have made this book a classic are here:
  • Arnold's tried-and-true tips for sculpting, strengthening, and defining each and every muscle to create the ultimate buff physique
  • The most effective methods of strength training to stilt your needs, whether you're an amateur athlete or a pro bodybuilder preparing for a competition
  • Comprehensive information on health, nutrition, and dietary supplements to help you build muscle, lose fat, and maintain optimum energy
  • Expert advice on the prevention and treatment of sports-related injuries
  • Strategies and tactics for competitive bodybuilders from selecting poses to handling publicity
  • The fascinating history and growth of' bodybuilding as a sport, with a photographic "Bodybuilding Hall of Fame"
  • And, of course, Arnold's individual brand of inspiration and motivation throughout

Covering every level of expertise and experience, The New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding will help you achieve your personal best. With his unique perspective as a seven-time winner of the Mr. Olympia title and all international film star, Arnold shares his secrets to dedication, training, and commitment, and shows you how to take control of your body and realize your own potential for greatness.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger hasn't competed as a bodybuilder since he won the Mr. Olympia title in 1980, but he remains the sport's No. 1 icon. He hosts an annual bodybuilding contest in Columbus, Ohio, and allows a column to be ghost-written under his name in a muscle magazine. Today's bodybuilders may have bigger muscles than Arnold ever did, but everyone inside and outside the iron game gives him credit for exponentially broadening the popularity of physique training.

With this updated Encyclopedia (it was originally published in 1985), Schwarzenegger wraps his huge arms around the entire sport. He hits the history of bodybuilding, the champions (he's quite generous in his praise of predecessors, contemporaries, and successors alike), the training systems. Some of the information is more bodybuilding lore than science; for example, exercises are said to "expand the rib cage" or develop the "inner" or "outer" chest, all physiological impossibilities. But they're still good exercises, and the book includes every movement imaginable for every muscle group.

If you love the sport of bodybuilding, you'll want this book in your library, if for no other reason than to feast your eyes on the hundreds of photos of the best physiques in the history of the sport. And, in a pinch, the 800-page encyclopedia can fill in nicely for a missing dumbbell. --Lou Schuler --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Arnold Schwarzenegger served as governor of California from 2003 to 2011. Before that, he had a long career, starring in such films as the Terminator series; Stay Hungry; Twins; Predator; and Junior. His first book, Arnold: The Education of a Bodybuilder, was a bestseller when published in 1977 and, along with his Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding, has never been out of print since.

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AT THE END of the nineteenth century a new interest in muscle-building arose, not muscle just as a means of survival or of defending oneself; there was a return to the Greek ideal-muscular development as a celebration of the human body. Read the first page
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
This book is exactly what it says it is- an encyclopedia. It is divided into no less than five "books." Measuring in at about one and a half inches thick, if the info contained inside doesn't help you get bigger, just try lifting the book!

A quick rundown of each chapter. The first book is basically an introduction to bodybuilding, covering a lot of miscellaneous, but important topics. The second book covers the training programs, the third the body part exercises, and the fourth book competing. The fifth and last book covers nutrition and diets.

As you can tell, there's really only one word to describe this book- comprehensive. Would have liked to see a little more on injuries, for example there only about a half page on shoulder injuries, but then again this isn't exactly a sports medicine book either. Weightlifters who have a shoulder problem or rotator cuff tear might also want to take a look at Treat Your Own Rotator Cuff.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting info but some bad advice as well Feb. 13 2004
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Format:Paperback
The background this book provides on bodybuilding is great, and a must for *competitive* bodybuilders. Non-competitive strength trainers will probably find plenty to absorb but will have to filter out all of the competition-oriented stuff.
I do enjoy the descriptions of exercises and how they should be performed. I found this really informative and the pics were nice. Also, I really liked the index & table of contents.. The book is well organized.
Downsides:
Arnold's information on nutrition & supplementation is vague and unscientific.
Regarding the recommended workouts... I started the recommended 6-day/week workout for novices. After doing the workout for a week, I've noticed that several of Arnold's exercises are inferior and/or unsafe: wrist curls, heavy upright rows, etc. I actually screwed up a nerve in my shoulder area when doing the recommended upright rows, only to read a day later (on the net) that this is a common problem and that's why you shouldn't do them. Now I get a "twang" in my shoulder/trap when I move sometimes. Great. So this week I'm starting my *revised* workout...
So there is some good info in this book and I found it really informative. However, there's some bad advice as well. So if you buy, definitely supplement it with information from others before you design workout/nutrition/supplementation routine.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
790 pages of excellent advice from the Father of Modern Body Building himself; Arnold Schwarzenegger. This book is a true inspiration to those who wish to lose weight, tone up the body and even pump up their muscles. Body building is not just for men, women need this advice too.
This wonderful encyclopedic text provides motivation, guidance though various work-outs and explains the excersizes clearly.
Nutrition is discussed throughout, and it all falls into helping a person to train themselves back into shape.
It's never too late to get yourself back into good physical condition, and this book stresses the importance of the mind and the body working in unison to achieve the goal of homeostasis and balance.
Arnold encourages women and men to make the effort to get back into shape; he advises to get a gym buddy to help encourage you to go to the gym, or hire a personal trainer - if that's what it takes. Arnold values good health, and his wonderful, heartfelt advice comes through time and time again in this fabulous book.
Read it...read parts of it if you don't have the time to read it page by page, all the way through.
It's full of encouraging words and beautiful pictures of Arnold and all the other body-building greats...my favorites:
Lou Ferrigno
Frank Zane
Dave Draper
Sergio Oliva
Franco Columbo
Robby Robinson
Vince Taylor
Dorian Yates
Flex Wheeler
and my #1 Favorite Bodybuilder: Arnold Schwarzenegger.
The original year of publication of this book was 1985,
then it was updated and refreshed in 1998.
Arnold is more popular than ever, now that he is govenor of California, and it is important to see his early rise to popularity in this great nation of ours.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Paperback
This is one of the BEST BOOKS ever written for body building. It is comprehensive and talks about all aspects of body building. I realize alot of people who hit the gym like me have alot of myths, misconceptions, and confusions about working out. This book helps clear those myths and set your path straight. Inside talks about the why to working out and how to work out. It includes sets Arnold recommend, and illustrations of how to do them. This really helps because it gives you alot of important tips on proper form. Alot of other tips in the book are muscle groups, how to develop those muscles, how to build the muscles. Book also contains alot of important stuff about workout such as number of sets, number of reps, proper terms and alot of psychological advices. YOU MUST BUY THIS BOOK BEFORE YOU HIT THE GYM! No other way around not buying this book. I know excellent muscle guys who gives me false advices. This book helps clear them up.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Slightly Dated Nov. 24 2003
Format:Paperback
I thought the new and revised version of the encyclopedia would have different training, diet and supplementation recommendations with up to date information on the science behind some of the newer techniques and ideas. However, the only thing new in the revised edition is the inclusion of a new preface.
All in all, the book is pretty good for a beginner. Arnold's training routines are pretty outrageous and not for the average person. Some of the supplement recommendations I disagree with also. I think you could easily find most of this information online for free, but it does have some good information on the history of bodybuilding, as well as lots of good pictures and descriptions of specific excercises.
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5.0 out of 5 stars READ ME IF YOU WANT TO LIFT *arnie voice*
Amazing book. I swear it has EVERYTHING on bodybuilding in it! It is the Arnie of all books the thing is as big as my torso I absolutely love it. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Brooke Babs
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Have!
There is a massive amount of information in this book. A must have for any body builder - beginner, amateur or professional.
Published 1 month ago by JGIRO403
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Best book ever!!!
Published 1 month ago by Mark Rudderham
5.0 out of 5 stars A must buy! My new favourite book
WOW! What a great book! I've been into bodybuilding for about a year, and even just flipping through the table of contents got me so excited for this book! Read more
Published 1 month ago by G. Walker
5.0 out of 5 stars The Austrian oak
Perfect guide for any beginner in the gym or for experienced lifters looking to maximize their gains. Covers everything from nutrition, to exercises, even posing. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Stephen
5.0 out of 5 stars I bought this for my husband and he said after ...
I bought this for my husband and he said after only reading a small portion of the book, he had learned new things to improve his strength training.
Published 1 month ago by joy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Everything I/You need to read, just have to do it.
Published 2 months ago by Chris Rapati
5.0 out of 5 stars Arnold ROCKS
This is what I used so many years ago when I started training.
With the added bonus of all the extra stuff like Stretching and such thrown in to make it a complete work out... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Experienced Hardwarer
5.0 out of 5 stars classic required reading
Well written great diagrams,the info on diet and routines a little dated but strictly as a exercise form manual I love it.
Published 3 months ago by william
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
A must have. Great book and motivator for anyone who works out. From beginner to expert levels. Bla bla bla
Published 4 months ago by sierocinski
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