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  • Paperback: 800 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Re-issue edition (Nov. 5 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684857219
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684857213
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 4.6 x 27.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (208 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,049 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 the Hardcover edition.

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 By a trainer on March 27 2007
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 By A Customer on Feb. 13 2004
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 By J. Grose on 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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Paul E on Jan. 7 2002
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent book for the would be bodybuilder. It provides indepth information on training programmes and outlines a multitude of exercises and training techniques that can help boost your progress. It can also be viewed as more of an inspirational tool because of the fantastically detailed pictures of all the top bodybuilders rather than a concise exercise physiology book but it will provide individuals with a sound base to become proficient 'muscle builders'.
There seems to be a lot of confusion in the earlier reviews concerning the use of 20 set's per body part? If for example you are aiming to build your thighs, this would involve 5 sets of squats, the first set being a warm-up set, 4 sets of lunges, the first set being another warm-up set, 4 sets of leg extensions, 4 sets of hamstring curls and finally 3 sets of deadlifts, which totals 20 sets for your thighs. Arnold clearly advocates the use and gradual progression of his recommended training programmes, that are aimed at beginner level right through to advanced. Now if you follow this as Arnold states, you will not end up doing 20 sets per bodypart until you reach the more advanced levels, which can sometimes take years of training to comfortably achieve.
Bodybuilding can be an extremely difficult and demanding sport depending on what level you are currently participating at. The use of behind the neck presses and behind the neck lat pulldowns etc.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RyersonStudent on Oct. 23 2013
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This book gives you an in-depth view of what it takes to become a world class body builder. It is written to benefit athletes at all levels, so you can adjust to your time constraints and goals. The exercises are thoroughly explained, with great photos and illustrations to help you appreciate which muscles are impacted by each move. Tips learned from years of trial and exploration by Arnold really help expedite your success.
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