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Power. Speed. Agility. Pride. These are just a few of the reasons why bodybuilding has become the fastest growing sport in America. From gymnasts to football players, from golfers to boxers, athletes everywhere now are working out with weights to maximize their performance and their lives. And you can, too, thanks to one man and one book: Arnold Schwarzenegger and his Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding. Across the country and around the world it's recognized as the definitive source on the subject -- the "bible of bodybuilding."
Now, fifteen fantastic years after that first publication, Arnold is ready to teach and motivate a new generation of athletes with this fully updated and revised New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding.
Inside, Arnold covers all the very latest advances in both training and competition, with new sections on diet and nutrition, the treatment and prevention of injuries, and methods of training, each illustrated with detailed photos featuring bodybuilding's newest stars.
Plus, all the features that made this book a classic are still here. You'll find every facet of bodybuilding, from the history of the sport to a complete analysis of the muscles in the body, including Arnold's tips on how to strengthen, sculpt, and define each and every muscle to create the ultimate balanced physique.
Encompassing every stage of your development, the encyclopedia outlines specific training programs for basic, advanced, and competition-level bodybuilders. You'll get expert advice on everything, from what equipment the beginner should use to complete career and competition strategies for the elite bodybuilder.
Whether it's your first time in the gym or you're a pro bodybuilder competing in a top event, Arnold's inside advice on training and exercise will help you achieve your best. Then, once you're ready, The New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding will prepare you for the intense psychological warfare of professional competition.
Applying his experience as the only seven-time Mr. Olympia, as well as his monumental success as an international film star, Arnold shares his secrets about dedication, training, and commitment that will allow you to take control of your body and reach your ultimate potential.
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
The New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding: The Bible of Bodybuilding, Fully Updated and Revised
Schwarzenegger, Arnold; Dobbins, Bill
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