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5.0 out of 5 stars
Great reference book, as long as you take it for what it is., June 14 2004
This book is not the final word on every subject mentioned within. That said, it is an EXCELLENT book, and many people reviewing this book must not have read it. To suggest that bodybuilders have "proportionately weak legs" must have missed the entire legs chapter of the book. The current Mr. Olympia Ronnie Coleman can squat 855 pounds, and the world record is ~1100, so I'd say he's doing pretty well!
Some of the people dismiss the book because of the training routines, but I would question the diligence of their training. If you are a beginner, and you use his advanced training routine for preparing for a world-class bodybuilding competition, IT WON'T WORK! However, if you eat the way the book describes and train in accordance with your level of expertise, you can see fabulous results. I gained 45 pounds of muscle in a year and a half following principles like Arnold's without using a single performance-enhancing supplement - let alone something illegal. Genetics isn't what will hold you back - your desire to succeed will.