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  • Paperback: 800 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Rev Upd edition (Nov. 5 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3200328452
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684857213
  • ASIN: 0684857219
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 4.6 x 27.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 233 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,557 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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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 suit 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 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 an international filmstar, 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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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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Let me first say that no one should follow the programs recommended in this book unless they're on drugs. You will get overtrained.
Now that that's out of the way, I totally recommend this book. Here's why:
1. It's absolutely FULL of awesome and inspirational photos! I'm not even kidding.
2. Good history of physical culture and how it evolved into bodybuilding.
3. This is the main reason: this book has the largest collection of exercises in it, and, unlike so many other books, has MANY PHOTOS and DETAILED INSTRUCTION for each one. In this regard, even tho the diet and exercise regimen sections are basically worthless, that this book shines, and is well worth the price.
Another popular exercise book, "The Art of Expressing the Human Body," by Bruce Lee, has a bunch of exercises but has NO PICTURES for them. It only has a little description. Terrible!
As I said before, this book is definately worth the price (for the softcover edition, anyway), because of it's exhaustive list of exercises and their accompanying detailed photos and descriptions.
But yeah, ignore the diet and training parts.
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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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I bought two books: "Encyclopedia of Bodybuilding" by Gerard Thorne and Phil Embleton (made from magazine Musclemag's articles), and "The New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding" by Arnold Schwartzenegger. I read both books very thoroughly. They are both very informative and good for bodybuilding practicioner. I guess it would be interesting to compare these two.
The books are full of pictures and poses, far more than necessary.
Arnold's book seems to be the honest opinion of generally the most famous living bodybuilder in the world nowadays. In the book all exercises are explained; photographs are not put just for Arnold's fame but also they exactly explain what the author said, much better then Musclemag's photographs; the book is more of narrow scope when compared to Musclemag's; it has less scientific approach than Musclemag's but is more practical; it lacks the completeness of Musclemag's in food and other compartments, but is not boring. Actualy Arnold says the same things as Muslcemag's book.
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