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8. Awesome Teen: Smart Choices for

by Arnold Schwarzenegger
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Asin: 0671243012
Catlog: Book (1979-11-29)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Sales Rank: 568056
Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Good bodybuilding book for women
I came across this book at a used book store and love it. It is one of the best pure women bodybuilding books for females available.

And who is more qualified than the greatest bodybuilder of all time?

I understand that Arnold used to run a gym in Germany back in the 60's and he was one of the first to promote bodybuilding for women to develop a shapely figure.

Some people think you will build big bulgy muscles like a man, as Arnold explains, that is not possible since women have different hormones than men and are not likely to train with the intensity of a male competitive bodybuilder; 6-7 days a week, twice a day plus three to four days of running 3 miles per day and a spartan diet.

For me, I found Arnold was right. I developed a more shapely figure. Better tone and looked more feminine.

Arnold has another winner her. I think other women avoid it because they don't understand it.

I also recommend Arnold's Encyclopedia of Bodybuilding to help break plateaus and get more exercise variations.

5-0 out of 5 stars The ultimate for women
My wife has several workout books but as she states, "not one matches Arnold's". This book not only covers subjects like what to eat, it also goes into great detail on what workouts work what muscles. Great book!

4-0 out of 5 stars Good, but old
If you keep your perspective in check, this is an excellent resource. Good, basic advice. I was struggling training my girlfriend (I am advanced, she a beginner), and this book made it much easier to convince her that I wasn't crazy with my training advice. It is a simple and clear book, pretty basic, but I am a big believer that 90% of the results come from the basic stuff, and the last 10% is for when you hit sticking points, or reach an advanced level. But the book is getting on in age these days; still, don't let that disuade you if you can pick up a copy. ... Read more

2. Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding
by Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Dobbins
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Asin: 0671427644
Catlog: Book (1985-07-01)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Sales Rank: 368010
Average Customer Review: 4.29 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Good book but beginner beware!
I like the section on the history of bodybuilding. It shows how people went from being fat powerlifters to creating a cut physique. Most of these guys are big but don't have veins all over them, which is better than some of today's "champs." I have to commend Arnold for building a big but still proportionate body. Arnold's "beginner" programs will kill a beginner and may even stress an experienced bodybuilder into overtraining. Good book, lots of different exercises, good photos, interesting history.

5-0 out of 5 stars Any questions about bodybuilding? This is your source.
What I find most valuable about this book is that it provides you with almost every movement done in body building. This is especially helpful in learning how to do a particular movement correctly and without hurting yourself. Everything is explained and illustrated very well. True the nutrition side is lacking but as mentioned in other reviews but that is not the focus of the book.

3-0 out of 5 stars A Classic but dated
I bought and read this book about ten years ago. I used it to start a weightlifting program. There is alot of good information in this book. However, the book is somewhat dated. As I learned from other serious, competitive body builders, there is too much training advised in this volume. Even people who juice don't train this much - and you don't have to to achieve great results. For example, Dorian Yates trains alot less than what Arnold advises in this book and he was Mr. Olympia for a number of years. Consequently, you better off purchasing a more recently published book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great for a Beginner and a Advanced body builder
I love this book. I have read many body building and fitness books but this one covers every thing. Evrything you need to know about any body part is in here. Arnold didn't hold back. It is very creative and makes you want to create a a training schedule for yourself. My brother and I actually fought over this book and it fell apart on us so I had to order a new one. I highly recommend this book to any person who wants to do weight lifting.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book
This book was the original motivator to get me into the gym in the early 90's. I recall sitting day in and day out reading and re-reading this book. While it might not be the most up-to-date, it still hits all the key areas. Let's face it, there are only so many different workouts you can do to hit a particular muscle. This book covers them all. Lacking in diet information should not sway your decision to purchase, as you can find in depth diet information from EAS for free. I lost the book and am finally ordering my second copy. Can't wait to start looking it over again. ... Read more

by Arnold Schwarzenegger
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Asin: 0671531638
Catlog: Book (1984-10-12)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Sales Rank: 16596
Average Customer Review: 4.12 out of 5 stars
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Book Description

The complete program for building and maintaining a well-conditioned, excellently proportioned body -- for a lifetime of fitness and health.

In Arnold's Bodybuilding for Men, legendary athlete Arnold Schwarzenegger shows you how to achieve the best physical condition of your life. For every man, at every age, Arnold outlines a step-by-step program of excercise, skillfully combining weight training and aerobic conditioning. The result -- total cardiovascular and muscular fitness.

Arnold's program of exercise features stretching, warm-up and warm-down routines, and three series of exercises, each more ambitious than the last, all calculated to help you progress at your own speed. In addition, Arnold contributes important advice about equipment, nutrition and diet, and getting started on your program of exercise.

Special sections of Arnold's Bodybuilding for Men cover training for teenagers, exercises designed to keep you in shape on the road or when you can't get to the gym, and the regimen Arnold followed to win his seven Mr. Olympia titles.

Illustrated with hundreds of photographs of Arnold and other top bodybuilders, Arnold's Bodybuilding for Men will help every man look great and feel terrific. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars To the Point
I bought this book for my boyfriend and he loves it. The book is broken down in to specific areas and along with the pictures, make exercises easy to understand and do correctly. The pictures are VERY outdated which makes for a good laugh, but overall the book is great. NO FLUFF! And you can never go wrong with Arrrrnnnold.

5-0 out of 5 stars basic and to the point
This is a great, no frills, concise set of routines from the legendary Arnold. He covers the major muscles areas, stretching, diet, etc. My only fault with the book is the lack of variations in the exercises. I have created my own routines based on his sequence, however, and use his routines as the cornerstone of my workouts. For a huge choice of variations for each muscle group, check out Getting Stronger by Bill Pearl. I use Arnolds sequence and get my variations from Pearl's book. Arnold recommends three times through the workout, and when time permits I do that, but I've had decent results with 2x, adding a few reps to each set. This is a great addition to anyones fitness library.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good Basic Information
The information presented in the book is no-frills weight training and practical advice. Perhaps that is why some people don't like it. They are usually the ones who are taken in by the allure of protein shakes, supplements of dubious value, and exotic weight training routines. It is unfortunate that Arnold, like most bodybuilders, got his huge gains from steroids. He is clear, however that his massive gains took many years to achieve. People still believe they can go from flab to male model muscle in 12 weeks or 6 months. Muscle takes work, time, and dedication, more than most people are willing to devote. Arnold's dietary advice is practical and no-nonsense. He deflates the standard ideas of high protein diets and vitamin supplements as a way to speed muscle gains. His recommendations are pretty standard, lots of fruits & veggies, small amounts of meat, avoid heavily processed foods. Not a very marketable point of view but at least a logical one. His blurbs about daily nutrition requirements were most likely lifted straight from the FDA, but that info comes from scientists, so its better information than what you read in muscle magazines.

The pictures are of course dated. Nobody wears calf socks and skimpy shorts with white piping anymore, and the models are like normal folks, hairy, balding, shaped funny. Today we are so used to shaved, tanned and sculpted models in magazines and books it is somewhat disconcerting to read this older tome.

His routines are brutal, so don't expect to be able do them completely. Mutiple sets are at the core of his training regimen. I tend to do only 2-3 sets per muscle group, but that is what I am comfortable with. Vary the routines to your liking and ability, because not everybody can keep up with Arnie...

4-0 out of 5 stars Just Starting Out?
This is a great book for anyone who is just starting out in weight trainig. It has all the fundemental routines and breaks you in while keeping you motivated. A Must Have!

5-0 out of 5 stars The Right Way to Transform Your Life!
I've used the method in this book for several years, starting at age 47, I'm now 52, and it changed my life, made me stronger, healthier and more sucessful. Highly, highly recommended. There's a lot to learn but when you do it completely for awhile, and then you see others coming into the gym doing their routines, you really see the superiority of this method. It is totally thought out and very beneficial for both men and women. I have started my daughter using it, and she has seen the same great results. Kudos to the master. I could lose his movies, but NOT this book! ... Read more

4. The New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding : The Bible of Bodybuilding, Fully Updated and Revised
by Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Dobbins
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Asin: 0684843749
Catlog: Book (1998-12-15)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Sales Rank: 12017
Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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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 ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars The Bedrock of Bodybuilding Books
The sport of bodybuilding is explained, and then Arnold then launches into an intelligent, effective how-to guide. Using clear, well-written prose (like many expert authors, Schwarzenegger uses a writer) the book includes detailed and effective workouts for beginner, intermediate and advanced-level bodybuilders as well as detailed descriptions of virtually every known gym/weights/iron exercise. You can see why Schwarzenegger has been a champion - his book reflects fierce ambition and (despite what you may think about him) the disarming frankness of a fundamentally decent human being. In a paragraph that is classic Arnold, he exhorts the novice to overcome scheduling obstacles by describing how he worked out at 5:30 a.m. while undergoing full-time military training.

The book is marred by the discussion on steroids, which being illegal, are perhaps impossible to write about honestly. As arguably the world's highest-profile heavy and chronic (former) steroid user, Schwarzenegger's assertion that "of all the great bodybuilders I have known, I don't know of one who used steroids as anything more than a last-minute, finishing touch..." is patently absurd.

Nevertheless, this book is a seriously good choice for the novice and experienced male bodybuilder alike, whether you intend to use steroids or not. (This review refers to an older edition of this book.)

4-0 out of 5 stars well written book, very much emphasis on competitive bb
Quick summary:
- A very large part of the book is about competitive bodybuilding. I found most of this info useless, although I guess it can help you with aesthetics if you're into weight training specifically because you want to look impressive.
- Lots of pics. Hope you like beefcake of the steroidal variety.
- Some of the training recommendations don't make sense to me. Ie. working abs every day, or doing 50 reps of pullups even if you can only do 3 in one set. The training recommendations seem to be that you should workout muscle groups even if they aren't recuperated from the previous workout. (ie. work each muscle group 2 or 3x per week). This seems a little excessive, is a controversial view, and Arnold doesn't explain why this method is recommended. If I can hardly walk from squats I did 2 days ago, I do not have any desire to do another 3 or 4 sets. I'd love to know why I should still do them.
- The discussions on supplements is very vague and by no means should be your only source of info on them. (Ie. creatine, amino acids, HMB, etc.) Supplementation is a very important part of weight training for maximum gains, and you need to do much more research than this book provides in order to decide what to use and how to use it.

So I'd say this is a 5-star book if you're into competitive bodybuilding, but a 3-star book if you are just looking for good weight training recommendations (like myself.)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Fitness Book
Great reference book for anybody who is serious about fitness or body building.

5-0 out of 5 stars IT ->IS<- THE Encyclopedia of Bodybuilding
It is the best book you'll ever read about bodybuilding. It covers every issue and you will acquire useful informations, whether you have just started working out, or you are a pro. I keep refering to it. I recommend it 100% to everyone. It has TONS of pictures and it will certainly inspire you the most. Arnold Swcharzenneger is the man in my opinion who knows the most about the subject. He among others were the ones to have evolved modern bodybuilding. And that doesn't mean that you'll find old-fashioned advice. On the contrary it is an up to date manual. Million of exercises, programms, techniques, EVERYTHING you need to know. It will provide you among others with confidence for what you are doing, and you will most certainly see the results. A TOTAL MUST HAVE.

1-0 out of 5 stars Great book, but lots of misinformation
I am a powerlifter. Here is my honest review of this book:

The book has a great history of bodybuilding, pictures of lots of exercises, and deals a great deal with contest preparation, and what not. The downside is that some of these exercises can cause injury to muscles and joints. The training programs supported in this book lead to overtraining. To make muscle and strength gains less training is more . . . doing 20-30 sets per muscle group per week is too much. To get strong one must push heavy enough weights(55-85% of 1 rep max), but keep the reps low (30 reps or less). Lots of lighter weights with lots of reps leads to muscular weakness, joint problems, and muscle tears. ... Read more

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Asin: 0385422687
Catlog: Book (1993-03-01)
Publisher: Doubleday
Sales Rank: 584156
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6. Arnold Schwarzenegger's Educational Bodybuilding
by Arnold Schwarzenegger
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Asin: 067162119X
Catlog: Book (1985-11)
Publisher: Holiday House
Sales Rank: 2467010
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7. Arnold: The Education of a Bodybuilder
by Arnold Schwarzenegger
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Asin: 0671646516
Catlog: Book (1978-09-01)
Publisher: Pocket Books
Sales Rank: 1657629
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Book Description

Five-time Mr. Universe, seven-time Mr. Olympia, and Mr. World, Arnold Schwarzenegger is the name in bodybuilding.

Here is his classic bestselling autobiography, which explains how the "Austrian Oak" came to the sport of bodybuilding and aspired to be the star he has become.

"I still remember that first visit to the bodybuilding gym. I had never seen anyone lifting weights before. Those guys were huge and brutal....The weight lifters shone with sweat; they were powerful looking, Herculean. And there it was before me -- my life, the answer I'd been seeking. It clicked. It was something I suddenly just seemed to reach out and find, as if I'd been crossing a suspended bridge and finally stepped off onto solid ground."
Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnold shares his fitness and training secrets -- demonstrating with a comprehensive step-by-step program and dietary hints how to use bodybuilding for better health. His program includes a special four-day regimen of specific exercises to develop individual muscle groups -- each exercise illustrated with photos of Arnold in action.

For fans and would-be bodybuilders, this is Arnold in his own words. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Arnold: The Education Of Success
This is a great book for anyone wanting an insight into what's required for great success. Although the books focus is bodybuilding, the principles of discipline and extreme unshakeable determination towards goal achievement encompass every sports and business goal. The book reveals in practical terms the secret to using focus and visualisation for success. Arnold describes how he would picture his biceps as peaked mountains when he trained them...and continually emphasises how certain he was of achieving his goals (champion bodybuilder, movie star), and would not let anyone or anything get in his way. The book has great value to readers of such success classics as Napoleon Hill's "Think and Grow Rich" giving the nitty gritty workings of a mind focussed on success...a beautiful example of "What the mind can conceive, and will achieve"

5-0 out of 5 stars Look what Arnold did without Steriods!
I disagree with the reviewer who said that Arnold came to America because America had better supplements and better DRUGS! Back in 1976, speaking to about 150 people in a seminar, Arnold indicated that he won his first two Mr. Universe titles, developed 21 inch arms, 55 inch chest, could bench press 500 lbs and press behind the neck 300 lbs all WITHOUT STERIODS! Arnold's hero Reg Park was a three-time Mr. Universe and achieved similiar goals also without STERIODS!

To me the statement that Arnold came here just for steriods is just as ludicrous as that junk that Arnold's heart valve problem is due to steriod use. It's not--it's genetic!

Arnold came to America seeking opportunity and to say he found it would be the understatement of the century!

5-0 out of 5 stars Arnold vs Sergio
Without a doubt, still one of the most talked about muscle battles of all time was the epic battles of Arnold vs Sergio Oliva "The Myth" as Ricky Wayne had named him.

I had the privledge of seeing Arnold vs Sergio Battle #1 in September of 1969 at the old Brooklyn Academy of Music in Brooklyn, NY.Weider had been building up this contest for an entire year. It was Arnold the NABBA Mr. Universe vs Sergio 2 time IFBB Mr. Olympia, Mr. World and Mr. Universe- The clash of the champions.

In education of a bodybuilder, Arnold says he was blown away on his first sight of Sergio Oliva. Sitting in the audience, it didn't seem that way. Arnold would come out first in the Mr. Universe, hit four quick poses wave and walk off stage indicating that he was saving himself for the Mr. Olympia.

When it came time for the Mr. Olympia, Franco Columbo would come out first. Arnold was next and blew away the audience. The audience was spellbound seeing this massive hulk showing abs and new for Arnold at that time, legs! Seeing Arnold pose was like seeing a much larger Frank Zane. Symetry, cuts and mass like we had never seen before!

Then Sergio came out and it was like King Kong was back in NY! People in the audience responded with "oh my God!" Oliva would hit four quick power poses and was suddenly escorted off by Don Peters, a Mr. America contestant.

Then all three combatants would come back for the epic posedown. Arnold would gently wave his little buddy Franco Columbo aside indicating that this was a battle of the big guys and Arnold and Sergio went at it pose for pose. Arnold even matched Sergio in Oliva's pet poses and more than held his own!

At one point Arnold stepped in front of Sergio and hit his famous "side chest pose" and literally made Sergio disappear! In no way did Arnold seem afraid of Oliva. If he was, he sure concealed it well.

Arnold would lose that first battle on a 5-4 vote out of 9 judges and showed incredible sportsmanship by running out on stage, congratulating Sergio and raising Oliva's hand in victory! Now that is sportsmanship!

In Arnold vs Sergio II, it was Arnold all the way. First in the AAU Mr. World contest held in Columbus, Ohio and again two weeks later in lower Manhatten in the Town Hall Theatre Arnold was the unanamous winner. Sergio showed up smooth in Columbus and smoother in NY. Arnold won easily in both events.

Education of a Bodybuilder is a good biography of Arnold. If you can see it, I also recommend See Arnold Run currently airing on the A&E network. This tv movie showcases Arnold's training for the 1974 Mr. Olympia and running for the 2003 governor of California. It shows Arnold's incredible drive and determination. It also indicates what Arnold had to overcome both in politics and in bodybuilding to reach his goals.

5-0 out of 5 stars Arnold: The Inspiration for a Bodybuilder
Arnold: The Education of a Bodybuilder is a book that reflects on Arnold Schwarzeneggars career in bodybuilding, and how bodybuilding ignited his successful life. Bodybuilders may find great joy in reading this book because of collection of information and tips coming from the best bodybuilder of all time. This book isn't all about bodybuilding though; Arnold talks about his movie career and his pursuit to become the Governor of California. Being successful is the main purpose of this book. You learn to break through your barriers and work hard to achieve your full potential.

5-0 out of 5 stars precise, concise, honest
he was the best because he got rid of people and took enough sythetic testonsterone to out develop his rivals

i disagree with the above remark.
I have a 1978 edition & to be honest, Arnold admits:
- he moved to America because they had better supplements and D R U G S ( yes, drugs. ).
- he somewhat prides himself of his detached attitude and so many times admits he just got rid of whomever stood in his way.
- he talks briefly about the sordid link between the gay world & the gym world.
- he makes a frequent point of his many affairs.

However it's not a pulp fiction novel but a motivating essay targeting the mainstream audience. ... Read more

8. Awesome Teen: Smart Choices for the 90s
by Chris Silkwood, Nancy Levicki, Arnold Schwarzenegger
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Asin: 096313180X
Catlog: Book (1992-09-01)
Publisher: N J L Interests
Sales Rank: 1078672
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Pretty good indeed
I bought this book not knowing what to expect but I was quite suprised. Alot of interesting points that would be very helpful to know. I recomened you buy this book just for the knowledge that you will gain.. ... Read more

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