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1. The Men's Health Book of Muscle
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2. Clinical Sports Medicine,Revised
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3. Triathlon Training in Four Hours
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4. Men's Health Home Workout Bible:
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5. The Russian Kettlebell Challenge
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6. Scrawny to Brawny : The Complete
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7. The Bowflex Body Plan
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8. The Lance Armstrong Performance
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9. Legal Muscle: Anabolics in America
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10. Essentials of Weightlifting and
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11. 4 Months to A 4 Hour Marathon
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12. The Triathlete's Training Bible
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13. The New Encyclopedia of Modern
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14. Power to the People! : Russian
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15. Strength Training Anatomy
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16. The Ultimate Guide to Weight Training
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18. Marathon: You Can Do It!
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20. The New Toughness Training for

1. The Men's Health Book of Muscle
by Lou Schuler, Ian King
list price: $35.00
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Asin: 1579547699
Catlog: Book (2003-10-17)
Publisher: Rodale Books
Sales Rank: 2475
Average Customer Review: 4.52 out of 5 stars
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You might think that the subtitle, "The World's Most Authoritative Guide to Building Your Body," is hyperbole, but The Book of Muscle from Men's Health delivers as promised. Australian strength coach and former powerlifting champion Ian King and Men's Health fitness director Lou Schuler cover everything you want to know about your muscles and what makes themgrow, complete with dietary recommendations, exercises for every muscle group, and exercise routines. Each muscle group is illustrated and discussed, with 149 pages of clearly described, well-photographed exercises using a variety of equipment. A section on workout routines helps you put together your own program, from beginner to advanced.

Schuler's guy-talk style makes the book enjoyable to read, even on days when you have no intention of going to the gym. The artistic drawings of muscle groups, full-color photographs of beginning and ending positions of every exercise, and stunning close-ups of buffed body parts make The Book of Muscle is as beautiful as it is practical and motivating, an exceptional gift for the fitness guy in your life, and well worth the price. Highly recommended for men wanting to get in shape or stay there. --Joan Price ... Read more

Reviews (27)

5-0 out of 5 stars Most informative and extensive fitness publication I've seen
Lou Schuler and Ian King take extensive scientific information, put it in easy to understand language, and equip the average fitness enthusiast with all the tools needed to achieve his training goals.

This book gives readers a basis in the physiology of building muscle, and then, body part by body part, gives full descriptions and illustrations of exercises to build the body you want. Excellent workouts for beginners or more advanced lifters.

With it's pages of full colour photos and illustrations, interesting presentation, and depth of information, The Men's Health Book of Muscle is easily one of the most comprehensive fitness resources I've come across.

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome and Jam packed
I have read this book from cover to cover and I'm amazed at the sheer content and concise format in which it was presented. It reads easy so that even a novice can understand the terminology and the advanced lifter will even gain valuable information. The workouts are simply some of the best that I've ever done in my 15 years of lifting experience, and I haven't come across even one yet that can't be completed in an hour or less. Not only does the book layout fantastic workouts, but it gives the reader a plethora of outstanding exercise examples with progressive pictorals in many cases. I am now armed with some of the best information available out there regarding lifting AND nutrition. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who's serious about gaining strength, mass or just plain wanting to look good on the beach this summer. Your lifting library should NOT be devoid of The Book Of Muscle!

5-0 out of 5 stars A Must-Have For Any Fitness Library
As the Fitness Editor for Men's Fitness magazine, I've read more fitness books than I care to remember. It's how I make my living. And I can honestly say that The Book of Muscle is one of the best fitness books ever written. Let me just say that I have no personal investment in this book. In fact, you'll notice that it's published by my competition. But I believe in directing the public to quality material--and this book fits the bill and then some. I have known Schuler and King personally for years, and can attest that they're tops in the fitness biz.

Because of my job, I think I can say with some authority that the writing is superb. Schuler makes complicated physiology seem simple. But let me put it in perspective: I have a master's degree in exercise science, and I wish that this book would have been available when I was in graduate school. It would have saved me hours of boring textbook reading--and I would have learned MORE!

Just as important, Schuler's co-author, Ian King, is known in my circles as one of the best strength coaches in the world. And he backs that reputation up with the highly effective, cutting-edge training programs that are presented in this book.

I highly recommend The Book of Muscle to anyone who wants to:

*Understand the science of building muscle--from the basic functions of each of your major muscles to the secrets of increasing their rate of growth.
*Learn how to do over 100 exercises with perfect form.
*Have at your fingertips months' worth of expertly designed workouts from one the world's leading fitness authorities, Ian King.

So for what it's worth, consider this my professional opinion. I hope it's useful to you.

Adam Campbell
Fitness Editor
Men's Fitness

1-0 out of 5 stars TOTAL WASTE OF MONEY AND TIME
I was unimpressed by every aspect of this book.

The writing's sloppy, the information is basic and (where it stretches) suspect, the photography is so so '70s, the design non-existent.

Buy a set of dumbbells instead of this book. It's an infinitely better investment.

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent first book
In many respects this is the perfect first book for someone looking to get into regular exercise. More than most other books in the genre, this one seems to have more than a modicum of scientific understanding backing it. The first sections set the tone, going over the actual science of muscles, why they get bigger, and how. The authors know their audience, though, and don't overdo the science. However, if you are going to lift weights then you need some level of understanding of what things work and why. This first section gives you that. I personally would have liked to see more scientific detail and references but understand that that probably would alienate large chunks of their target audience.

After that primer you get introduced to the major muscles and the exercises that target them. There are also sections on diet, warming up, and stretching. While none of these sections are comprehensive, and many have been done better elsewhere, they are done well enough here that it makes the book a viable one stop shop for beginners.

Before you rush out and buy this, though, there are few caveats.

One, the book does not cater to the home exerciser. Depending on how well stocked your home gym is and how creative you are with coming up with replacement exercises this might not be a big deal, but the exercises DO assume access to barbells, dumbbells, and a machine.

Two, some of the exercise descriptions are lacking detail or, in a few cases, plain wrong. The upright row, for instance, shows a form -- bringing your elbows way above parallel -- that most trainers and researchers caution against because it causes shoulder injury in many people. I would expect the world's most authoritative guide to at least mention this.

Three, the routines provided sometimes leave me scratching my head. They give a cadence for things like the push up hold. The description of this exercise says to "hold the position for the specified period of time" yet the actual routines don't specify a period of time. Am I supposed to hold for 3 seconds or 30 or 90? Who knows?

Four, the routines -- at least early on -- take far too long and seem more like overtraining than training. In "Phase One" King prescribes circuit training and by week three you're supposed to be doing this circuit 2-3 times per day, three days a week. I found that doing the circuit twice took me over an hour. Doing it a third time would have pushed me well over 90 minutes of exercise. Throw in warm up and post-work out stretching and you're looking at a solid two hours. This is for "beginners" and they're supposed to do it three times a week.

Later on in "Phase One" King piles even more work on that. Not only are you supposed to do each circuit 2-3 times, you're supposed to do 2-3 reps of each exercise. In week 6, if you do the minimum number of reps, the minimum number of sets, the minimum number of circuits, all with the minimum recommended resting the whole thing will take you 93 minutes. Do that three times a week. This is for "beginners".

While I like the workouts I think this kind of time commitment is more likely to lead to overtraining rather than useful gains. Admittedly later on it looks like King scales back the time requirements but you have to persevere through 8 weeks of workouts that are easily 90 minutes in length. ... Read more


2. Clinical Sports Medicine,Revised 2nd Edition
by Peter Brukner, Karim Khan, NOT AN AUTHOR
list price: $69.95
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Asin: 0074711083
Catlog: Book (2002-04-30)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Book Company Australia
Sales Rank: 180080
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Book Description

Thouroughly revised, with extended scope and depth, this text describes a completely symptom-oriented, integrated multidisciplinary approach to treating office and sideline problems. This anchor text in sports medicine belongs on the desk of anyone who treats leisure sportsmen and pro team players alike. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars An invaluable resource
The second edition (2001) of this work is indeed an outstanding resource. My daily work includes imaging of sports and musculoskeletal injuries. I find this book frequently useful to supplement deficiencies in my knowledge and experience, and a most useful companion to the second edition (2001) of "Musculoskeletal Ultrasound" by Marnix van Holsbeeck and Joseph Introcaso.

Highly recommended as a workbench resource to those interested in imaging of sports injuries.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book for physical therapists - incredible value
This is an astounding book. When was the last time you saw a 900+ page hard cover book packed with useful photographs and excellent line drawings...The practical advice in this book is unparalleled. No wonder it is an international best-seller. It arrived quickly and well packed from Amazon. Keep up the good work and thanks!

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Sports Medicine Book I've Ever Used!
The Second edition of Clinical Sports Medicine is the best reference book I have come across as an athletic therapist and professional fitness and lifestyle consultant. I find it very easy to navigate with great illustrations and information. The references are all very recent and evidence-based so you feel confident in following the authors' recommendations. It is particularly good value at 67 US dollars - most hardcover books of this size are about twice that price. The corresponding website has updated information, including relevant published papers, which I find quite helpful also. These authors have really done a fabulous job of classifying sports medicine information in a logical and easy-to-use format. I highly recommend it to anyone in the sports, fitness, and/or health fields!

5-0 out of 5 stars 2nd edition already a big hit
Author review (sorry about the 5 stars, I couldn't submit without entering something there!)

The 2nd edition (2001) is now readily available world-wide. It contains 7 new chapters and every chapter has been fully updated. It contains practical guidelines for shoulder pain management (with Ben Kibler), new management of anterior knee pain (with Jenny McConnell)and guidelines as to how to teach pelvic stability for patients in treatment of back pain. It includes a complete update of management of tendon injuries incorporating recent advances in treatment (with Jill Cook, Hakan Alfredson, etc). Medical chapters include updates on drugs in sport, managing heat illness and ethics in sport. Large, practical chapters describe sports medicine care for the female athlete, the pediatric athlete, the disabled athlete and seniors. At less than $...dollars, this 918 page hard-cover 2nd edition, with over 900 illustrations, is extremely good value. We would argue the best value of any clinical sports medicine text, and this is reflected by this edition selling almost 10,000 copies already.

The clinical sports medicine website (...) has the full table of contents and the first 2 pages of another 8 chapters. Also, it has a complete chapter that can be downloaded (Achilles pain) and a large chunk of the shoulder pain chapter. There are additional references with weblinks on the 'reading room' icon. This site has direct links to Amazon.com for ordering etc. If you are a physical therapist, athletic trainer, massage therapist, or primary care physician you will be most interested in the website.

The New Zealand Journal of Sports Medicine recently reviewed this edition and said 'The world's best sports medicine book just got better'....Check it out for yourself!

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent practical book for clinicians
This very practical book that uses symptom-oriented chapters to provide very helpful guidance to anyone who sees sports medicine patients. It is useful for physical therapists (like me) but my colleagues who are doctors and masseurs also use it. I thoroughly recommend it and find its illustrations of physical examination particularly useful. ... Read more


3. Triathlon Training in Four Hours a Week
by Eric Harr
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Asin: 1579547486
Catlog: Book (2003-05-16)
Publisher: Rodale Books
Sales Rank: 3821
Average Customer Review: 4.86 out of 5 stars
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Book Description

The Transforming Power of Triathlon

Training for a triathlon will get you in the best shape of your life, not to mention give you a new and exciting fitness pursuit. More than that, it will change your life in ways you never imagined.

In 1994, when Eric Harr decided to train for his first triathlon in the U.S. Virgin Islands, the extent of his exercise was walking to the local mango stand for lunch. That one simple step set in motin dozens of other positive steps. Eric began eating better, had more energy, and grew more sensitized to the joys of everyday life.

You hold in your hands the key to unlocking a healthy, passion-filled life. All the motivation and practical advice you need to train for and finish a triathlon is within these pages.

Four separate training programs to accommodate every fitness level

A complete list of all the gear you need, with money-saving tips on how to get it for less

A 40-minute stretch-and-strenghten workout you can do at home--plus an abbreviated 10-minute workout for those days when you're pressed for time

A complete menu plan with delicious, healthy meal choices to fuel your active body

Strategies to stay motivated and injury-proof your body

Discounts on triathlon gear, race entry fees, travel expenses and lodging

A minute-by-minute guide to your race day
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5-0 out of 5 stars So, SO Much More Than a Triathlon Training Guidebook
I have been reading Eric Harr's column in The New York Daily News for many months now. I am a very big fan of his, so I decided to pick up his new book, even though I have no aspirations to finish a triathlon. I knew there would still be lots of information in there for me. That's because he always writes for a wide audience; he makes things apply to us all. That's why I love his writing.

I was right.

Triathlon Training in Four Hours a Week is indeed a book any person will benefit from. It has something for everyone, even those who do not want to do a triathlon. For example, it lays out 20 common excuses one might give not to do a triathlon ("not enough time," "too overweight," etc) and then Eric Harr provides compelling solutions to those things...in a way that applies to us all. I love this man.

Eric Harr has a remarkable ability to make it sound it like he just sitting next to you coaching you through this. His book is motivational yet extremely easy to read as well being personal. He has given us a gift by writing this book.

The workouts and the philosophy in the book DO work and not merely because of the dietary guidelines and workout schedules. Eric Harr's philosophy can and will change your life if you take it to heart.

The only problem I have is with the title: Triathlon Training. Of course, it's a great book for that, but this book is so much more than a triathlon book! It's an AMAZING GUIDE!! It's packed with important wit and wisdom about health, nutrition, stretch training, aerobic workouts AND living life to the fullest, bonding more with your friends and family, being more confident and having more fun. I do like the back cover saying "The Transforming Power of Triathlon."

I am buying copies for everyone I know. If they decide to "take the leap" and do a triathlon, great. If not, they will love this amazing guide to living a happier, healthier, fitter, more enriching life.

This is a stellar book and I would highly recommend it to anyone.

5-0 out of 5 stars Much More Than Meets the Eye
This book should be titled "Training to Live a Better Life (by Doing a Triathlon)" The author talks about excuses we all give about fitness -- and how to overcome them. He explains how to use exercise to live a better life, rather than simply burn calories. He advises you to view workouts as a golden opportunity to "bond" with those you love every week. He explains how, when you finish your triathlon, mentoring others can be rewarding for you...and for them. He provides inspirational stories about people who did this and how it transformed "much more than their waistline." There is also tons of nuts-and-bolts information in this book, too: how to choose the right running shoe, how to avoid injuries, how to get properly fit on your bike, how to execute the proper swim stroke, how to choose gear without over-spending, how to eat, how to lose fat, etc, etc, etc.

I believe triathlon is going to be taken up by hundreds of thousands of Americans because of this book. And we need that right now. Nice work, Mr. Eric Harr. And thank you.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great 1st Tri manual
I just finished my first triathlon this month, used this book to get me started and keep me motivated. It has different training levels for different people, great workouts and stretches, even advice for what to eat while training. There's also a bunch of inspirational stories and reminders which are very helpful for novices. Great raceday tips and checklists too! Like some of the other readers, I used this book to get me started and now i'm searching for more triathlons!

5-0 out of 5 stars Book Didn't Just Change My Life...It SAVED My Life!
I was recently diagnosed with Type II Diabetes, after being overweight and eating too much sugar for years. This was a devastating blow to me, emotionally and physically.

My doctor actually suggested I pick up a copy of Eric Harr's book -- to work my way slowly back to exercise. I began with the basic, Level I program in the book and it was a nice, gradual process. I am feeling so good these days. My doctor says my "good cholesterol" is up and "bad" is down. I've lost 14 pounds and I am aiming for my first triathlon in 3 weeks.

I feel like Eric Harr's book has saved my life, because I used to hate exercise and I always ate poorly. Now, I'm on a new track because of this book. I can feel myself LIVING again.

If you want to change your life -- and have fun learning how to be healthy again -- buy this book. It is a lifesaver.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book!
This is the perfect book for the beginning triathlete or even the recreational/working triathlete. The book focuses more on using your head for training instead of joining your local running club for sprint sessions, and I can claim to that. A clydesdale swimmer for 12 years, I was suddenly lapping everyone by the 'chest push' advice and felt like I was cruising in the water with little effort. The book focuses on spiritual efficiency, and building on what you can do with your god given abilities rather than a mentality of tendon crunching, muscle wrenching, lung bloating and crying god training. ... Read more


4. Men's Health Home Workout Bible: A Do-It-Yourself Guide to Burning Fat and Building Muscle
list price: $19.95
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Asin: 1579546579
Catlog: Book (2002-11-09)
Publisher: Rodale Books
Sales Rank: 3704
Average Customer Review: 4.91 out of 5 stars
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Book Description

Get bigger biceps, broad shoulders, a bigger bench press, powerful legs, cut abs . . .
without ever leaving your home!

The body you want, in the space you have.
The strength you want, with the equipment you have.
The muscles you want, in the time you have.

You don't need to join a gym to get in shape. In fact, for a lot of guys, the gym is an impediment to getting in shape. The crowds, the inconvenience, the intimidation, the time, the commute-- by the time you add it all up, you could end up investing 2 hours to get 45 minutes of exercise.

No matter how little space you have, no matter how little equipment you have, no matter how little time you have, you can get the results you want without stepping inside a gym.

The Men's Health Home Workout Bible gives you...

* Four full-body muscle plans:
The Body Weight Plan
The Dumbbell Plan
The Barbell Plan
The Multistation-Machine Plan

* Custom training plans for strength, fat loss, aerobic fitness, and sports performance

* Buying advice for weights, benches, machines, cardio equipment, and exercise videos

* Complete guidelines for turning your home into a state-of-the-art fitness center

With beginner, intermediate, and advanced full-body workouts for each type of equipment, The Men's Health Home Workout Bible gives you more than 400 exercises altogether, photographed and fully described. From pushups to power cleans, from crunches to jump squats, we show you how to get more muscle and strength at home, whether you're a complete beginner or a competitive athlete.

The Men's Health Home Workout Bible is a personal trainer, on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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5-0 out of 5 stars A must-have for home (or gym) weight training
This book has everything you need to know to develop a successful weightlifting program without spending $1,000-$3,000 on equipment.

I just got this book in the mail yesterday and even though I got home late, I couldn't put it down. I have been running, cycling and XC skiing for almost a year with the aid of the Covert Bailey books, and I recently brought out my old 80-lb. weight set from Christmas 1985. I was using the manual that came with the weights and a Bowflex training guide from the Internet to develop a workout that reached all of the muscles. I was sure going about it the wrong way.

The book first explains all of the muscles in-depth, even giving examples of motions that show their use. Then comes the equipment section beginning with items you already have in your house (milk jugs) up to thousand-dollar equipment. They help you identify your goals and discuss training plans to achieve them.

The next sections include exercises (beginner, intermediate, advanced) for ALL the muscle groups in your body sorted by equipment type: body-weight only, dumbbells, barbells, and multistation-machines. If you have a combination like me (body weight, dumbbells, barbells - investment of $250) there is a chapter on using them together. At the end there are actual charts of exercises for you to use. I am putting together a program for myself and am looking forward to increased effectiveness in my weight training.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Home Workout Book Available
It's about time someone came up with a book that caters to the person who wants to get in shape and build muscle in the comfort of their home. The author explains there's no difference if you workout at a gym or at home, if you put in the effort, you'll get results. In the first part of the book, the muscles of the upper bodyand lower body are explained to youin easy to understand language and often quite humorous. Then, they explain the free weight equipment,dumbells, barbells, plates, benches, squatracks, powerracks, etc. Basically, what you have to spend and your fitness goals will determine which equipment you purchase. I don't agree with their opinion when they say buy an olympic 300 weight set. A regular non olympic set will do just as well. In my workout patio, I have a bench with leg curl-extension, incline, dip attachment, butterfly,preacher, and cable attachment. Also, a combination chin-bar and dip station and 2 barbells, 2 pairsof adjustable dumbells, an easy curl bar, hooks for the dumbells, aswissball, and over 400 lbs of weightplates. This book has excellent pictures of the exercises for the various bodyparts. Everything is easy to understand and tell's it like it is. There are sample routines for the beginner as well as the advanced trainers out there. The author also recommends using the sample workout logs in the book that you can photocopy.Working out at home has many advantages, no waiting, no egos, workout whenever you want, etc. Ifyou workout home, this is the bok for you.

5-0 out of 5 stars Better then the gym
If there is anyone out there like me who ever felt that to get a good workout or a full workout was to get a membership at a gym and pay $40/mo. This book has it all. I never knew how to get a full body workout with just a bench, barbell and dumbbell. This book is a MUST HAVE for anyone that likes to workout. I plan on buying all my friends this book.

Lots of pictures for each workout and lots of info to help put it all together.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wow!!!
What a great piece of work! This book is well laid out and very easy to follow. The authors go over anatomy and explain what various muscles do and the best way to develop them. The authors use speak a layman's terms so that everything is easily understood.

I highly recommend this book. It is a God-send for someone like me -- a busy corporate professional who is married with a toddler-aged child. When you can work out a home, there are no excuses. Just get off your butt and get busy.

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent with a few flaws
This book gets high marks for making explicit what its goal is -- home workouts -- and then delivering on that. While the focus is on home workouts, it offers enough information to be useful as your primary workout book, regardless of venue. The authors offer divide the exercises into major sections, depending on what kind of equipment you have at your disposal: no weights at all (i.e. use bodyweight only and makeshift weights from things found around the house), dumbbells, barbells, and exercise machine. This is great because it makes it easy to come up with a temporary workout plan for that week you're on vacation and don't have access to your normal equipment. They tell you how to create a workout plan, taking full advantage of periodization. They include tons of exercises for you to pick from when constructing your plan. If you don't feel up to creating your own plan they offer several pre-made ones with different focuses.

It isn't perfect, however, there is certainly room for improvement. When discussing individual exercises I wish they did a better job of showing how the variations affect what parts of the muscle are exercised. For instance, I think that hammer curls are supposed to work your biceps differently than standard curls but there is no mention of that kind of thing in most exercises. That inclusion would make constructing your own work out routines even easier.

The structure of the book leaves a little to be desired as well. It felt that some things -- like whether to work to failure -- aren't introduced as early as they should be. The result is you really should read (or at least skim) the book from cover to cover before setting out. A little bit tighter structure would make it easier to just skip to the section you care about.

There is also not much mention of supplements although given the somewhat controversial nature of their efficacy and the target of the book (I would guess that people who workout at home are somewhat less hard-core than those who go to a gym) it is understandable.

Overall, though, this is an excellent resource. It has both breadth and depth, making it a great single-volume resource on working out. ... Read more


5. The Russian Kettlebell Challenge
by Pavel Tsatsouline
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Asin: 0938045326
Catlog: Book (2001-06-01)
Publisher: Dragon Door Publications
Sales Rank: 27631
Average Customer Review: 4.59 out of 5 stars
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Book Description

If you are looking for a supreme edge in your chosen sport—seek no more!

Both the Soviet Special Forces and numerous world-champion Soviet Olympic athletes used the ancient Russian Kettlebell as their secret weapon for xtreme fitness. Thanks to the kettlebells’s astonishing ability to turbocharge physical performance, these Soviet supermen creamed their opponents time-and-time-again, with inhuman displays of raw power and explosive strength.

Now, former Spetznaz trainer, international fitness author and nationally ranked kettlebell lifter, Pavel Tsatsouline, delivers this secret Soviet weapon into your own hands.

You NEVER have to be second best again!Here is the first-ever complete kettlebell training program—for Western shock-attack athletes who refuse to be denied—and who’d rather be dead than number two.

-Get really, really nasty—with a commando’s wiry strength, the explosive agility of a tiger and the stamina of a world-class ironman

-Own the single best conditioning tool for killer sports like kickboxing, wrestling, and football

-Watch in amazement as high-rep kettlebells let you hack the fat off your meat—without the dishonor of aerobics and dieting

-Kick your fighting system into warp speed—with high-rep snatches and clean-and-jerks

-Develop steel tendons and ligaments—and a whiplash power to match

-Effortlessly absorb ballistic shocks—and laugh as you shrug off the hardest hits your opponent can muster

-Go ape on your enemies—with gorilla shoulders and tree-swinging traps ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The best all-around workout you'll ever do
If you're looking for an effective and efficient way to get stronger, leaner, more flexible, and increase your endurance (both muscular and cardiovascular), you won't find anything better than Pavel's Russian Kettlebell Challenge. The book clearly illustrates both exercises and routines to get you up to speed. You don't need to have a kettlebell (a round weight with a thick handle) to benefit; you can still get 75-80% of the benefits working with dumbbells and get kettlebells later if you're hooked.

In six weeks of kettlebell work, I lost an inch off my waist and dropped my heart rate 6 beats per minute, while staying the same weight. I was already working out when I started using kettlebells, so I'm not a novice. There are few ways to lose fat, gain muscle, and improve your cardio fitness all at the same time; I've never seen a better one than this. By simply changing exercises and rest periods - all of which is explained in the book - you can work on just about any attribute you want.

Kettlebells were a favorite tool of the Soviet Special Forces, whom Pavel trained in Russia. He is now training the U.S. Marines and similar organizations with kettlebells here. It's great for martial artists, soldiers, and SWAT teams, but you can adapt it to your needs even if you're a housewife who has never exercised before. As long as you have access to dumbbells, you can do this at home, which is where I do my kettlebell work. Give the Russian Kettlebell Challenge a try; you won't be disappointed.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Definitive Text on Kettlebell Lifting!
In this book, Pavel introduces the reader to the most effective training tool that most of us had never heard of. I was personally very skeptical about the kettlebell and I waited until I heard others rave about the results that they have achieved with this hunk of cast iron before I purchased this book. Through Pavel's expert guidance (his attention to detail on the execution of the lifts is extraordinary)and the use of the KB, my fitness level has skyrocketed. It is rare to find a workout that will improve your power, strength, strength endurance and cardiovascular functioning but this is what you can expect with KB use. I have experienced the following benefits from the use of the KB: decreased blood pressure and resting heart rate, greatly improved grip strength and an increase in upper and lower back strength. The most practical benefit that I have noticed is the physical endurance carryover to every day physical activities (moving furniture, mowing the lawn, shoveling snow). I highly recommend the Russian Kettlebell Challenge to anyone who would like to move to the next level of physical fitness!

5-0 out of 5 stars Good book, great workout
If you have been power lifting, bodybuilding or are involved in martial arts, you owe it to yourself to give kettlebells a try. They provide an intense full body workout that leaves you exhausted. Additionally, they demand good form and intensity. You can't do a sloppy workout with these things, they'll punish you if you do. The author's writing is basic and to the point just like the workouts, and his sense of humor makes the book enjoyable. He does a great job of explaining the techniques as well. I was up and running with a 20KG kettlebell the first day and can honestly say it's one of the best workouts I've ever experienced. Get the book, get some kettlebells, and get strong Comrade!

3-0 out of 5 stars nothing wrong with novelty
The real issue is keeping yourself interested. For those who already work hard, and need a little something new in their routine to maintain peak enthusiasm, kettlebells are perfect. For folks who prefer no risk of injury over macho achievement, there's nothing wrong with the next Nautilus machine. All of Pavel's books are way overpriced.

5-0 out of 5 stars be prepared
Comrad Pavel's book is packed full of information for real-world strength, power and endurance. He first gives a good update of the kettlebell world from past to present, then he dives into the movements and programs. I must admit, his writing comes off cocky but thats what i want in a person trying to help me, as long as he can back it up, and Pavel can. The only downfall is it makes you want to buy a real kettlebell, which can cost hundreds just for a pair a 1 pood crunchers. I found that an adjustable kettlebell handle works just as fine and costs only $60. I got mine from a company based out of Canada and it lets you put as much or as little weight as you wish. Don't use dumbbells, you will miss the full effect. With this book, or his video, & a kettlebell or similar, you can forge a body made out of stone! ... Read more


6. Scrawny to Brawny : The Complete Guide to Building Muscle the Natural Way
by Michael Mejia, John Berardi
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A state-of-the-art weight-lifting and nutritional blueprint for "skinny" guys who want to pack on muscle

Let's face it, naturally skinny guys are at a distinct genetic disadvantage when it comes to building muscle mass. But with the proper advice, these "hardgainers" definitely can realize their fitness goals. In Scrawny to Brawny, the authors draw on their years of practical experience as private strength and nutrition coaches to provide hardgainers with:
o A progressive, state-of-the-art program that optimizes results with shorter, less frequent workouts that maximize compound exercises
o A unique, action-based perspective on nutrition that shows how to prepare quick muscle-building meals and snacks-and how to take advantage of several critical times in the day when muscle growth can be stimulated by food intake
o Vital information on how to identify and fix any weak links in their physiques that may be precursors to injury

Designed not only for frustrated adult hardgainers but also-with its strong anti-steroid message-a terrific book for the large teen market, Scrawny to Brawny fills a significant gap in the weight-lifting arsenal.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for the "hard gainer"
This was my first exercise/nutrition book I purchased. While I had been working out regularly for 2 and half years, I wasn't seeing the gains I had hoped for. I haven't followed this book right down to every last detail, but I do refer to it a lot for work out routines and new exercises. It also helped me realize I just wasn't taking in enough calories to put on mass and become stronger. I think most people would find it difficult to consume 4-5000 calories a day, but unfortunately it's necessary for the severe ectomorph. If you follow this book strictly I have no doubt you would get significant results in a reasonable amount of time. I went from 135lbs to 170lbs (6'2") on my own. I'm hoping with the work out routines and eating habits I picked up from this book I can get to 190+ in a much shorter amount of time.

5-0 out of 5 stars Skinny bodies are a thing of the past!
Absolutely fantastic! The frustration over being an ectomorph is something that only the truely skinny can understand.I had just healed after two sessions at the gym that took me a week to recover.During that time, I reevaluated my weightlifting; what was I doing wrong?I had eaten good foods and trained at least 3 time a week with only a little definition to show for it.Then, I heard about this book.I ordered it not expecting much but, boy, was I wrong.The information in this book specifically directs its focus towards us skinny guys.The emphasis is on compound lifts in the body of the training program but they also use the first four weeks to level out your muscle groups to prevent injury and so you look more balanced (this cured my weak back muscles!).
A nice thing too is that the book devotes half of itself to nutrition.Other books will only give you exercises and have you go on your way which always leads you to thinking what you're doing wrong.They list out how you should eat and when; let it be known that this portion is a major lifestyle change.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to improve their body.So what are you waiting for "skinny"?Get to work!

5-0 out of 5 stars fantastic book
I purchased this book a few days before its release. This book answers every single question i've ever had about gaining muscle mass not only thorough a workout regimen, but also a proper diet. The book contains everything you need to get bigger, and its very easily explains everything in simple layman's terms. I'm beginning my workout now according to the book and i never would have figured out what to do without the aid of an expensive trainer. Most people have given me shoddyand unfounded training advice, or advice that is much more suited for their body type. Not so with this book, its very straight forward, and fun to read, and fully illustrated with photos, diet plans, grocery lists, etcetera. I usually return books i dont like, i'm keeping this one.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Result of Years of Research
Notice the term "Natural Way" in the sub-title. The Natural Way means natural nutrition and a state-of-the-art exercise routine. It definitely does NOT mean steroids.

Dr. Berardi is an expert in nutritional biochemistry. Mr. Mejia has a masters degree in Exercise Science. Both of these men are experts in their fields and they have combined their education and years of experience to produce this book.

It is specifically aimed at the naturally skinny male who finds it as hard to gain weight as women find it difficult to lose weight. Mr. Mejia says that he knows your problem because he faced the same one in his earlier life.

After failing at several attempts at building muscle, he met Dr. Berardi and they began developing a plan the combined nutrition with exercise in a logical and scientific manner to produce outstanding results. This book is the result of these years of experimenting and developing these natural techniques. ... Read more


7. The Bowflex Body Plan
by Ellington Darden
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THE BOWFLEX BODY PLAN

Discover the super secrets for getting the most out of the hottest home workout machine ever.

We've all seen those attractive Bowflex bodies on television. Well, you don't have to resemble a model to achieve a Bowflex body. Now, you can apply the complete science behind what it takes to get that lean, muscular look. The course of action you're holding in your hands contains the best-possible routines and practices that, combined, cause greater and faster results.

The Bowflex exercise system is based on the simple bow-and-arrow principle. Its patented Power Rod technology flexes and extends to provide force or resistance, part of your week-by-week workouts, which focus on all major muscle groups. Merge the recommended Bowflex routines with Dr. Ellington Darden's guidelines on eating, hydrating, and resting, and you'll be well on your way to getting the results you've always wanted.

In addition to four fat-loss meal plans, you'll find complete programs for out-of-shape athletes, women who want to reduce their hips and thighs, and individuals who wish to focus on their abdominals. Choose the one that's right for you, depending on your age, experience, body type, and personal goals. Throughout these pages you'll be inspired by reports and photographs of real results from real people using a real Bowflex machine.

With a little discipline and patience, you'll see your extra fat begin to vanish, revealing your muscles' lean lines. In only six weeks, a man could drop 35 pounds of fat and 5 inches from his waist. A woman could lose 19 pounds of fat and 4 inches from her thighs. And both can build 3 pounds of muscle. Best of all, you will experience strength, firmness, and muscular refinement as never before.

Elegant, instructive photographs of Dr. Darden's top 23 Bowflex exercises make this the ideal fitness manual for both men and women-- those who already use the Bowflex system as well as the many new users of this fast-growing home-exercise system. The only authorized book on the subject, The Bowflex Body Plan will help you lose fat, build muscle, and reshape your body-- fast.

Soon you will have the results you've always wanted. Soon you will have a Bowflex body.
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4-0 out of 5 stars Exactly what I was looking for.
I don't know strength training, at all. Unlike other reviewers I have no idea who the author is or even his credentials (having read they book they seem to be pretty good).

I do have a Bowflex. And while the routines presented in the Bowflex Users Manual that shipped with the machine are good, I found them lacking because I also needed to lose weight, not just build strength. This book is right up my alley. It presents an integrated program for beginners (my wife and I are in our 30s and 40s but neither of us have ever worked out) that blends a steadily advancing work out routine with a reduced calorie diet. And if we persist and stay on program, this book should last us for a few years (if not longer) with the advanced programs for targeting specific muscle development as well as additional, more advanced strength training techniques.

The menu plans are specific, but we'll be modifying it slightly simply because a few of the meals (Lunch particularly) aren't all that appealing. But because the meals are based on calories consumed - substitutions are no problem. For those that don't want to worry about meal planning, you've come to the right place. And for those that are more finicky eaters, you'll come away with the base knowlege to build your own meal plan and still achieve your goals.

Overall I think this book is well thought-out, with specific workouts and meals. The photos are clear and the explanations on how to do the recommended workouts are slightly better than the manual. More useful is the fact the author selected what he thinks are the best of the exercises (in total, only about 30% of the total possible workouts are presented). You'll be happier if you have the Leg Attachment, although you can just substitute other leg exercises that are also in the book. But eventually you'll probably find the variety lacking.

5-0 out of 5 stars Well written, well presented - doable
As a woman who owns a Bowflex Machine, I was pleased to see this book on how to use Bowflex effeciently and productively. And I wasn't disappointed.

Chapter 22, "Hips and Thighs:Tackling the Tough Spots", is exactly what I've been looking for to address my problem areas. Chapter 11 on "Muscle", and Chapter 12 on "Fat", are clearly written and helped me understand the science behind my own body's composition. Chapter 26, "Those Last 5 Pounds: 30 Tips on How to Lose Them" effectively summarizes Elllington Darden's philosophy. I appreciate the balanced presentation for women and men,in both text and pictures.

I recommend this book for any woman who has a Bowflex Machine, or any woman who ever considered using Bowflex.The numerous before-and-after photographs will help you to realistically "picture the possibilities" of what you can expect from Bowflex training and proper eating.

5-0 out of 5 stars Nice peice of work
This is a very readable book which cuts through the fluff. It should be useful for both, beginner and advanced users. There is sensible advice on all the topics you would need to quickly start/restart a targeted strength training program using a Bowflex or any other home gym. Highly recommended.

4-0 out of 5 stars I really like it
I like Ellington Darden alot. He DOES know his stuff. So Anyway I own the Ultimate Bowflex. I used to own the regular Bowflex with no attachments and I really never used it. It just sat for a very long time. Alot of it was I just wasn't sure how to do the exercises. So I went on a low carb diet, started walking and lost weight. Then I hit a HUGE stall. I always new I needed to strength train but never did. I hated going to the gym and wasted my money on a year membership. So this past winter I got an offer to send back the regular bowflex, trade it in, get 1000 toward an ultimate with EVERYTHING. So I did it. Get a brand new machine with all the bells and whistles. Again I still wasnt sure what to do. THe video that comes with the ultimate is great, gives a good description of what to do. So I was looking around one day and saw this book and brought it. Well I love it. It is great. Gives GREAT detail instructions and tips for the best exercises on the bowflex. It also has several plans, for gaining muscle, losing fat, for your hips, for your arms, for your chest and for your abs. I still need to lose fat before I can try other routines. But I went on his meal plan which is real simple and good for you. I am eating stuff that was restricted on a low carb diet. And I lost weight. I used to not be able to go down past 168 no matter what I did. Now I am 5'11" and 162 lbs (which is actually just right I just need to lose fat and gain muscle). Also if I cheat I don't balloon up. I highly recommend this book if you have the bowflex. His workout routines and eating plans are also worth it. There is also background information on the bowflex and he also explains healthy information (such as increasing water intake and the like). Ellington Darden knows his stuff and I want to read his other books. Take care.

4-0 out of 5 stars Something Old Something New
Having read a couple of Dardens previous books much of the information concerning nutrition and exercise theroy is the same. Darden, the Consumate student of Arthur Jones, applies the nautilus principles to the bowflex in a manner that is consistent with his earlier works. He presents a series of routines that are work-able by most any one and should produce results in begginers and early intermediates. The book is artfully photographed, well laid out, and will appeal to the same audiance as the bowflex itself ... Read more


8. The Lance Armstrong Performance Program: Seven Weeks to the Perfect Ride
by Lance Armstrong, Chris Carmichael, Peter Joffre Nye
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It's hard to argue with success; it's even tougher to emulate it. But ifyou want to train like a Tour de France winner, you couldn't do much better thanlearning the tricks of the trade from two-time champion (1999 and 2000) LanceArmstrong.

In The Lance Armstrong Performance Program: Seven Weeks to the PerfectRide, Armstrong teams up with his coach, Chris Carmichael (whom the U.S.Olympic Committee named 1999's Coach of the Year), to offer the ultimateinsider's guide to becoming a better rider, based on the regimen Carmichael hasbeen fine-tuning for Armstrong since the early 1990s. Noting that athletes ofall levels focus best when aiming for specific goals at the end of shortwindows, the authors describe the performance program as consisting of "threespecialized weekly training programs that build on your current fitness level"followed by a week of "recovery riding between each program." They provide aneasy-to-administer fitness-level self-test in the form of a three-mile timetrial (beginner, intermediate, or advanced), and they then define the keyoperative terms that make up the bulk of the actual training, includingTempo, HighSpin, PowerIntervals, Sprints, andTraining Zone. A brief section of workbook-style pages provides readerswith a user-friendly outline for the entire seven weeks.

Here is week 3 for an intermediate rider:

  • Monday: day off.
  • Tuesday: 1 hour in zone 2 with 20 minutes Tempo on flat terrain.
  • Wednesday: 30 minutes in zone 1; recovery ride.
  • Thursday: 1 hour in zone 2 with 15 minutes Tempo on flat terrain.
  • Friday: 45 minutes in zone 2 with 10 minutes HighSpin on flat terrain.
  • Saturday: 1 hour in zone 2 with 15 minutes Tempo on flat terrain.
  • Sunday: 1.5 hours in zone 2 with 30 minutes on hilly terrain.

Though clearly the focus, the performance program itself makes up less than athird of the book. Other subjects covered include cycling equipment, essentialmaintenance and repair, riding in bad weather, road hazards, mental toughness,and the pros' eating habits both on and off the bike, to name just a few. Whatthe book is not is the story of Lance Armstrong's remarkable recovery fromtesticular cancer (see his autobiography, It's Not About the Bike, forthat). Rather, Armstrong and Carmichael have produced a detail-packed trainingmanual, sprinkled with photographs and tales of the racing life, for those whospend a large percentage of their time on two wheels--or dream of it.--Patrick Jennings ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Lance's performance program
I highly recommend this book. It provides some personal information about Lance which is interesting. More importantly, however, it contains specific training advice with detailed training programs for all levels of riders. The book also discusses nutrition and strength training for cyclists with more attention to detail than I have seen in other books on this subject.

4-0 out of 5 stars A very good book (Ignore nay-sayers)
The self-appointed elitists who gave this book a bad review only have themselves to blame if they bought this book only to find out that it wasn't for them. It only took me a few minutes scanning through the book to realize that it was geared more for beginner and recreational cyclists. (although there is good advice even for racers here) Even if you only had this website to go by, (instead of a personal visit to the bookstore) the Edtorial reviews here gave plenty of information to allow one to determine the content of the book.
Many athletes I've dealt-with over the years were guilty of over-training, and neglecting the basics that help prevent injury. This book will be a help to anyone who wants to work and improve at cycling without "killing" themselves every time they head out to train.....or literally killing or injuring themselves because they didn't learn a few riding techniques to stay vertical during turns, pack-riding or emergency maneuvers.
It's an excellent place to start.

5-0 out of 5 stars It worked great for me
This was the first cycling/training book I picked up when I started trying to get myself back in shape. After dropping 50 pounds and being in the best aerobic shape of my life I can honestly say that this book got me going in the right direction in regards to training routines and nutrition. It is simple and a must read for beginners. More advanced cyclist might find it a little dull but there is still useful information no matter your skill level. Chris's other book, "The Ultimate Ride" is a great follow up to this book.

4-0 out of 5 stars Training for the Entry-Level Athlete
For the person who would like a strong, proven way to begin to add structure to their training - you really can't lose with this book. True, there are those in the cycling world who view Carmichael's business as becoming the 'Walmart' of coaching, but still...it's sound stuff.
I have found that the most beneficial thing an athlete can do to their training is...simply get structured. Appropriate rest and slow, steady development of the aerobic system will pay off in the long-term. This book is as good of a beginning for the entry-level athlete as any other. You also might look for Joe Friel's Cyclist Training Bible.

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4-0 out of 5 stars If it's good enough for Lance, it's good enough for me!
While most of the text of the book seems to be written by Chris Carmichael, Lance's personal coach, there are snippets of "What would Lance do?". These are very helpful and inspirational to novices like myself, and cover such various topics as diet to weight training. I was referred to this book by the bicycle shop where I purchased my road bike. The salesperson who helped me had taken up biking later in life, like myself. He had made amazing progress, and attributed it to Lance's book. For those like myself, who are on the steep part of the learning curve, it's good to have an accessible role model (Lance Armstrong) by means of this book. Although workouts are sketchy, each type of training is detailed, chapter at a time. I am still in base training and not yet into the seven week programs, but am looking forward to applying the workouts in my training regimen. ... Read more


9. Legal Muscle: Anabolics in America
by Rick Collins
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Catlog: Book (2002-12-01)
Publisher: Legal Muscle Publishing Inc.
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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What's inside? At well over 400 pages, EVERYTHING anyone could ever want to know about steroids and the law! Read the true details of recent anabolic steroid investigations, arrests and prosecutions from all across America. Chapter topics include...

Ordering steroids via the Internet; mail deliveries and seizure notices; importing steroids at the border; Fourth Amendment privacy protections; automobile stops and searches; Miranda rights; the psychology of police interrogation (the secrets about why the overwhelming majority of suspects [84% in a 1994 survey] waive their Constitutional rights -- a potentially devastating mistake!); teenagers and steroids; soldiers and steroids; and much, much more!

Twenty-five chapters and four appendices! With detailed accounts of case after case culled from Rick's own extensive steroid files. It's all in here: real world stories about everything from simple personal possession to major trafficking. Discover how anabolics work, what the medical literature really says about them, and how the media have presented "less than the truth." Read how steroids came to become controlled substances (shocking!) and how they are treated today under federal statutes and sentencing guidelines (including the first-ever reference table to apply steroid quantities to the federal guidelines). LEGAL MUSCLE even covers the anabolic laws and sentencing ranges of all fifty states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico – a veritable treasure trove never before available anywhere – not even to lawyers!!!

Bridging the gap between the legal world and the muscle world, it's mandatory reading for defense lawyers and prosecutors, and for police officers and federal law enforcement agents, judges, and, of course, those who stand accused. Nobody -- absolutely NOBODY-- should be inside a courtroom on an anabolic steroid case without LEGAL MUSCLE!

GET THE REVOLUTIONARY BOOK THAT EVERYONE'S TALKING ABOUT!

JOIN "TEAM LEGAL MUSCLE" TODAY! ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars DON'T READ THIS BOOK
...unless you can handle the truth! This is the ground-breaking, pioneer, authoritative treatise on anabolic-androgenic steroids and the law in the United States.

Thoroughly researched and well-written in laymans' terms, this book is written by accomplished former prosecutor and current New York criminal defense attorney and prolific author, Richard (Rick) D. Collins, Esq. Rick is an expert in the handling of controlled substance cases, particularly those involving anabolics, and has carved-out a niche for himself where he has advised counsel on cases in federal and state courts from New York to California and nearly everywhere in between. In addition to being a courtroom virtuoso, Rick writes extensively on the subject.

Rick Collins, attorney, accomplished bodybuilder and actor who has appeared on HBO TVs mob-hit THE SOPRANOS, is a name known to readers of Muscular Development magazine where he in on the advisory board and also pens a monthly column discussing anabolics and legal issues. From reading LEGAL MUSCLE, it's obvious that Rick is passionate about his work and has strong feelings against the scheduling and present penalties for the mere possession of anabolic-androgenic steroids by the recreational bodybuilder. Unbeknownst to many, myself included, LEGAL MUSCLE blows the lid off the real reason why anabolics have been demonized. If you think it's the alleged health consequences, think again. Moreover, contrary to what the mainstream media would have one believe, teens and professional athletes are NOT the ones who are being prosecuted. Further, Rick dedicates well-documented, end-noted chapters to the pharmacology and physiological effects and most importantly, debunks the hyperbolic myths of the asserted pernicious health effects. In and of themselves, these chapters could compose a handbook which is an excellent read for parents, teachers and athletic coaches at all levels.

After the introductory chapters, which provide background for the neophyte to anabolics, Rick delves in the heart of the matter including: federal statutes (the laws of the fifty states, DC and Puerto are all reproduced in part in one of the appendices), federal sentencing guidelines, and an overview of how a case proceeds through the criminal judice system. Additional chapters discuss legal theories such as reasonable suspicion, probable cause and proof beyond a reasonable doubt; all of which dovetails into searches, warrants and the Fourth Amendment to the US Constitution. More specifically, based upon the multitude of steroid cases Rick has handled over the years, there are chapters discussing the most common ways in which law enforcement develop their investigations and ultimately make an arrest through confidential informants, controlled deliveries, cyber-sleuthing, and interrogation. The quality of these chapters is that the the lessons learned are not unique to anabolics, but rather, are translatable into virtually any other criminal matter on the docket, ie., assault, DWI, possession of narcotics, etc.

While the book can certainly be read cover to cover, it can also serve as an authoritative treatise. One can simply open the book to a section or chapter and refer to that given issue. There are helpful charts and a first-of-its-kind glossary of anabolics and ancillary medications which includes their legal status.

I have added a copy of LEGAL MUSCLE to my home library. Considering the amount of time and knowledge that Rick has dedicated to LEGAL MUSCLE, it's an excellent investment.

5-0 out of 5 stars What the government won't tell you about steroids!
This books is excellent reading. Thinking about steroids or know someone who is? Before you make a decision know your rights under the law. More importantly, know the TRUTH about steroid use by average everyday citizens. Author Rick Collins blows the lid off the media image of illegal steroid use and explains in clear and concise language what your legal rights are under Federal and State statutes. Don't make a move without knowing the law and how to protect yourself. Highly recommended. I can't say enough good about this book! ... Read more


10. Essentials of Weightlifting and Strength Training
by Mohamed F. El Hewie, MOHAMED F. EL-HEWIE
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Catlog: Book (2003-12)
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It is the first complete reference on the subject of Weightlifting training that bridges the gap between health science, medicine, and physical education. It is written by an author who is a physician, an engineer, and a weightlifter, with forty years of practical experience in training.Book specification:o Paperback: 543 color pageso Graphic contents: 640 color photographs, tables, charts, and drawings.o Text contents: extensive Table Of Contents (10 pages), Glossary (11 pages), and Index (16 pages).o Text format: 54 lines per page, 10 point font o Dimensions: 29 cm x 21 cm x 2.5 cm.o Weight: 3.0 pounds. ... Read more


11. 4 Months to A 4 Hour Marathon
by Dave Kuehls
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Catlog: Book (1998-07-01)
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The marathon is the crown jewel of distance running. Entering is one thing. Finishing is something else. And finishing with a respectable time...? For competitive veterans or recreational beginners, 4 Months to a 4-Hour Marathon tells exactly what to eat, what to wear, what to expect, and how to train. When race day arrives, author Dave Kuehls, senior writer at Runner's World and a marathoner himself, will have any competitor in the best shape physically and mentally.4 Months to a 4-Hour Marathon includes: * Day-by-day training schedule for 4-5 hour marathon * Detailed diet plans * The marathoner's mind-set * Right and wrong things to wear * How to pick the right shoes * Pain vs. performance--how far to go * Common pitfalls to avoid--in training and during the race ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great starter book - it helped me run my first marathon
When I started training for my first marathon a few years ago, I had this book and also 'Galloway's Book on Running'. The interesting thing was that while Galloway's book had much more information, I was always carrying the '4 Months' book with me because it had all the basic necessary stuff in an easily accessible format.
Some people have complained that it is too brief and not very thorough but I found it to be the best trait of this book. Many other books have simply too much information and if you have to spend a week or two digesting hundreds of pages of technical information, your initial enthusiasm to train for a marathon has cooled somewhat. '4 Months' at the same time is very concise and to the point, giving simple, step-by-step instructions for everything from shoes to nutrition.
It also contains a very well-defined training program, which I followed to the letter. The program was relatively hard but once I had completed it all, I was able to beat the hour mark surprisingly easily, so I can say that it really works!

Therefore, if you are already an established runner, or if you're looking for more theoretical background, I suggest you get some "more advanced" book like the above-mentioned 'Galloway's Book on Running' or 'The Competitive Runner's Handbook', both are very good.
But if you are like me back when I didn't have too much running background then '4 Months to A 4 Hour Marathon' QUICKLY gives you all you need to get started. I owe it one of the greatest experiences in my life.

5-0 out of 5 stars Information is *not* wrong
The premise of this book is that you too can run a marahon in four hours. It shows you how to train whether your goal is a flat four hours, four fifteen, four thirty, etc. All of these are called 'four hour marathons' by most veteran marathoners -- which does not immediately translate to 4:00:00. A previous review called the author inaccurate in stating that Oprah did a four hour marathon. She did run one, though (i.e., under five hours); her exact time was 4:29:20. Quite an accomplishment. Whether her trainer was alongside coaching her isn't really relevant to this book, either, except that with this book you can accomplish the same without a trainer always by your side.

Inaccurate reviews aside, it is a really good book that will help you train to get both the endurance and stamina to finish a marathon. If you (like me) niavely decide that you can train for a marathon by exclusively building up your distance, time improvement will be very difficult. This book gives you the right mix to get you to the finish line in a very respectable time. Some of the advice is somewhat hackneyed (e.g., avoid runs where dogs chase you), but it's well worth a thorough read for beginner/novice runners and has decent reference value for veterans.

2-0 out of 5 stars Dated information?
This book is good but not great, and appears to have lots of dated information. For example, the author cites Nike, Reebok, and Adidas as the brands to look for when buying technical running shoes, but the fact is that these three companies make a lot of "casual" and "retro" shoes, many of which are mixed into their line and sold as "technical" shoes to the unknowing. He also seems to suggest that cotton t-shirts and sweatshirts are fine to run in; if you are seriously training for a marathon, whether it's your first or your fifth, you would be better off with advice that encourages you to wear technical running tops made of technical fabrics (coolmax, dri-fit, etc.). They are much more comfortable, breathable, and moisture-wicking, therefore leaving your body to focus on running efficiently rather than struggling to cool you off.

It just seems like there's some not-so-great advice in here, which then made me wonder about the rest of the information he was presenting...

4-0 out of 5 stars Lace up those shoes!
I've run many sub-four hour marathons and only discovered this book after the fact. I wish I'd had it while training for all those races, it might have helped. There's nothing fancy in here, and nothing you wouldn't find in various back issues of Runners World magazine. The standard, unvarying formular for running a marathon in under four hours is simple: run 20 miles a week for several months, then gradually increase your mileage to 40-50 miles a week. Start throwing in longer and longer runs one day of the week until you can run 20 miles at a stretch. Do this for 1 month, then taper off and run your marathon. I'm a firm believer in running 20 miles at least 3 times before marathon day.

I know... many have done marathons on less training, but I've run enough of them to know that many people suffer (and I mean *really suffer.*) The whole point of running a marathon is not to just survive it, but to hae fun doing it and finish tired, but not completely done in. If you train adequately, you can, and will, finish a marathon and it probably won't be your last. Few things in life offer such satisfaction and sense of accomplishment.

One final word: the chapter on treadmill running was inadequate. Don't be put off by treadmill running, it replicates road running well enough if you put the treadmill at an incline of 3-4 percent. Good luck and happy running!

5-0 out of 5 stars Short, sweet, and jam-packed full of information
I have never run a marathon, but am planning on it. I found this small book to be full of good information. Whether you want to run a 4, 4.5, or longer marathon; this book will get you there with its various training plans. Because of its compact size, I've been carrying it in my pocketbook for the past month!! I'm really glad I bought it. ... Read more


12. The Triathlete's Training Bible
by Joe Friel
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Catlog: Book (2004-03-01)
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This new edition of The Triathlete's Training Bible covers all of the specialized training needs of triathletes, including completely updated nutrition, recovery, and weight training information. The book also contains seasoned advice on the mental aspects of training. Author Joe Friel shows how to achieve greater fitness by examining personal strengths and weaknesses, and devotes individual chapters to planning, racing, rest, and recovery. Appendices include annual training plan worksheets and suggested swim, bike, run, and combined workouts. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The title says it all...
The title sums up what this book is about and who it is for better than any other training book on the market. It is a complete program for competitive athletes. If you are currently doing triathlons just to stay in shape and enjoy yourself without worrying about your finishing time, stay away from this book. Stick to your swim a little, bike a little, run a little and see what happens training program. But the second you find yourself saying, "I want to beat my previous time" or "I want to see how fast I can go", this is the book for you.

It is one of the only books out there that teaches you the information necessary to develop a customized training program that is perfect for only one person - YOU!

Beware of all the books written by the stars of their respective sports that show you what they did to win, then tell you to adjust their program accordingly. Granted, many of these books are interesting reading and have some insightful hints, but they don't teach you the skills to think up your own program that fits your lifestyle.

This book offers facts. It lets you decide how to incorporate all these facts into your own training, whether you are a first timer or elite competitor. The instant you decide that your last triathlon was not your best effort and you get competitive with yourself, buy this book.

2-0 out of 5 stars Mortals need not apply
With all due respect to the author; unless you are training for the olympics or an Ironman, do not get this book. This book was rated for experienced triathletes, definitely not for beginners or novices. Too technical and scientific and a very dry read. Hire a coach, you're better off.

I'm a runner and am venturing into Triathlons. In a few years I may be able to understand this book and it may be of some value.

2-0 out of 5 stars Nothing to inspire you, quite boring.
I bought this book because it was highly rated and expected it to be a "bible" of triathlon. Instead it mainly focuses on how to cycle your training years and how to manage your time according to your goals. The chapter on technique and equipment is only very brief and superficial, Friel merely points out that you should get some swimming lessons to learn to swim faster, and maybe buy fancier equipment to cycle faster. The psychological side is also quite thin, and there just isn`t anykind of personal touch in the book. I really don`t feel like opening it again. In endurance sports you must have that "inner-burning" to keep you going, and quite frankly, Friel gives the feeling of an arm-chair theoretician of himself in this book.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not for the Beginner Triathlete
I have been doing triathlons for three years and I feel this book is not for the Beginner Triathlete. This book reads like a College Text Book and is appropriate for the seasoned triathlete as it has invaluable technical data. I do not recommend this book for the beginner triathlete because I feel that it does Not address the mental and psychological aspects of doing a triathlon. Both of which I feel are extremely important hurdles for people to overcome when entering mutisports races. I recommend "Triathlon 101" by John Mora for beginning triathletes.

5-0 out of 5 stars This is TRIATHLON BIBLE
If you have trained for enough to discover you don't know what you are doing and you need help this is the book for you. It covers pretty much everything about training for triathlon (most of the advise applies to any sport but the examples and emphasis is targeted to triathlon).
You could also stand up with the right foot If you are new to sports but can grasp the knowledge in here.
Good luck training

PS I am waiting for the revised version and I heard it is on the works ... Read more


13. The New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding : The Bible of Bodybuilding, Fully Updated and Revised
by Arnold Schwarzenegger
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Catlog: Book (1999-11-05)
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Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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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 stilt 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 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 all international film star, 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. ... 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


  • 14. Power to the People! : Russian Strength Training Secrets for Every American
    by Pavel Tsatsouline
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    Asin: 0938045199
    Catlog: Book (1999-12-01)
    Publisher: Dragon Door Publications
    Sales Rank: 31789
    Average Customer Review: 4.01 out of 5 stars
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    How to get super strong without training to muscle failure or exhaustionHow to hack into your 'muscle software' and magnify your power and muscle definition How to get super strong without putting on an ounce of weightOr how to build massive muscles with a classified Soviet Special Forces workout Why high rep training to the 'burn' is like a form of rigor mortisand what it really takes to develop spectacular muscle toneHow to mold your whole body into an off-planet rock with only two exercisesHow to increase your bench press by ten pounds overnightHow to get a tremendous workout on the road without any equipmentHow to design a world class body in your basementwith $150 worth of basic weights and in twenty minutes a dayHow futuristic techniques can squeeze more horsepower out of your body-engine How to maximize muscular tension for traffic-stopping muscular definition How to minimize fatigue and get the most out of your strength trainingHow to ensure high energy after your workoutHow to get stronger and harder without getting biggerWhy its safer to use free weights than machinesHow to achieve massive muscles and awesome strengthif thats what you want What, how and when to eat for maximum gainsHow to master the magic of effective exercise variationThe ultimate formula for strengthHow to gain beyond your wildest dreamswith less chance of injuryA high intensity, immediate gratification technique for massive strength gainsThe eight most effective breathing habits for lifting weights The secret that separates elite athletes from 'also-rans'How to become super strong and live to tell about it ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars The best source of strength
    It isn't growth hormone... it's Pavel! This is THE definitive text on the art and science of strength training... and that's what it's all about, power! Page after page of the world's most useful and productive strength-training practices are explained in this book. A lot of experienced lifters, who think that they know how to train, will be humbled when they find out how much better Pavel's system is than anything the western iron-game community has ever done. Pavel explains how to build maximum strength (without adding extra bulk) through upgrading your nervous system's control over your muscles AND how to get huge and muscular, if that is your goal... and it's all right here, in black and white, with his usual easy to follow writing style. I have surpassed all my previous bests...and I no longer need or use lifting belts. I learned how to up-regulate tension through his "feed-forward" technique, how to immediately add AT LEAST ten pounds to every lift via "hyperirradiation", and to do it in my best form ever, and how to gain on every lift WEEKLY through the Russian system of periodization without any plateaus! Seriously, I gain every week! You only need TWO exercises! Pavel explains which ones, how to do them and how often. Also, you'll learn how to train to SUCCESS, not to "failure", how to immediately turn any lift into a "hyper lift", teach your nervous system how not to ever "miss" a lift, and simultaneously make your body far less injury-prone! Pavel illustrates the two types of muscle growth and which one you REALLY need, and the all-important power breathing. Pavel's training is the most valuable resource made available for strength athletes since the barbell. The breathing techniques alone are worth the asking price. This book is my personal favorite out of all his works, and in my opinion, they should be owned as a set. This book is superior to all the muscle mags and books that dwell on a content of unessential details of today's "fitness culture" and yet never fully explain the context of training for strength. Pavel cuts right to the heart of the "muscle mystery", by explaining the all-important context of the russian system: quick, efficient, permanent strength gains, without spending a small fortune on "me-too" bodybuilding supplements and without unnecessary, time consuming overtraining. Now I only hope he writes a book on full-contact training...

    5-0 out of 5 stars Don't listen to the naysayers. Buy it and Use it!
    Power to the People isn't too thin for the money. It's simply concise. It doesn't fill its pages with useless information, it says exactly what needs to be said. This book serves as a primer into the ways of strength training. After you read this book you'll have a far greater understanding of how strength is achieved without having to wade your way through the mist and muck of conventional fitness wisdom. A great deal of what you'll find in this book goes against what you'd read in the fitness magazines, but I'll guarantee you that you'll get better results from these teachings IF YOU APPLY THE PRINCIPLES CORRECTLY. Let's be honest, how many people follow along with those convential programs only to be left too sore to enjoy life and frustrated that they can't make progress? Then they assume that they're genetically inferior and just stop trying. Too many people are after a one size fits all program to fit all their needs, and even though Pavel provides a few examples of simple but effective, the real magic is in the knowledge and insight you gain into the reality of productive strength training.
    In reality, the strongest people around are in agreement with Pavel's philosophy's on many key points. Take a look at Milo magazine or PowerliftingUSA sometime, or have a look at some of the writings of the old time strongmen who Pavel speaks so highly of. You'll recognize some of the same content. Power to the People gives you more than the content, though. It gives you a context to fit it all into.
    From personal experience I can say that the changes I have experienced in my life since I began applying Pavel's principles have been dramatic. I'm a great deal stronger, healthier, leaner (if you want to know how to lose fat the Pavelized way check out The Russian Kettlebell Challenge. I've lost about 80lbs since I started "Pavelizing" last July, most of my weightloss came after Kettlebells) and more athletic than I was a year ago. Although I have 5 of Pavel's books, and I refer to all of them often, this one is still my favorite. When friends ask me how they can get the results I've gotten, this is the first book I loan them.
    If you really want to be strong -really strong, not just "buff"- buy this book. Now!

    2-0 out of 5 stars If you want to look like the author, buy this book....
    Information contained in this book - in general accurate - could fit in a max 10 pages. First of all, I ve never in my life read a book in any subject employing so much fluffy terminology: Hyperirradiation, Irradiation, Pre Tension; you are trying to figure out on some common sense info through loads of useless terminology and hints on "secret techniques" uncovered by the author. If I were in my teens - 15 years ago when I first started training and had virtually no experience / knowledge on such issues - this book would indeed have looked fantastic in my eyes. I advise you to read the review of the reader from Alamo (Apr-13th-04); if I were to write a fuller review I would have quoted every single sentence he writes!

    The only good point about the book is that's it is fun to read; it's full of "smarties" of the like: if you think that technique is for sissies, I suggest you volunteer your opinion to the 300-pound temperamental Mr x (who uses the author's suggested technique), and see how much you live...

    The last 30 pages - i.e. roughly 25% of the book - and many quotes within the rest of the text, invite the reader to buy other books by the same author. Well, no thanks, I ll pass.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Some good info, purposely limited to sell another book later
    This book is essentialy about deadlifting and overhead pressing. Deadlifting has been the subject of much agreement in the fitness world as the most important barbell movement to enhance athletic performance. The varieties of and tricks for improving DL performance can be put on two pages. Overhead presses are treated as the pushing equivalent of the DL's pulling. SP's are rightfully more imporant than bench presses, or for that matter, perhaps any other single movement. Ok. Another two pages. Pavel makes it a whole forty dolllar book, and charges another forty for two more exercises in another book,(pushups and squats), in his -Naked Warrior-Pavel makes a big point of the superiority of building strength without mass due to the possibility of losing the mass, and thus the strength, in harsh circumstances. The -reality- is that strength built without mass must recieve constant training to be maintained, and is very specific to the way it's trained, while mass is much slower to be lost,(along with its strength), and is applicable to whatever strength you apply it to, with a little bit of training. Unless you are training for powerlifting, the possible damaging effect of the heavy weight eventually needed in this method far outweigh the benefits.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Response to the reader from Alamo
    Although I can see where you're coming from with your criticisms, I think that you're evaluating Power to The People(henceforth referred to as PTP) by the wrong criteria. Pavel makes it clear that his book is about building strength, not about building mass. That is the crucial difference between the world of powerlifting and the world of bodybuilding, respectively. Powerlifters and bodybuilders use very different training protocols, primarily because they're aiming for different goals. Bodybuilders usually use sets of 6 to 12 repetitions, isolate particular body parts into many different exercises, and do different body parts on different days. Powerlifters use no more than 6 repetitions per set, utilize a small number of compound-joint lifts, and rarely split their workouts by body part. What this boils down to is that training for strength and training for mass are two different things.

    Look at any powerlifter, and you won't see a huge guy with bulging muscles. But you will see a guy who can lift more weight than you've ever dreamed about. Have you ever watched the Olympic weightlifting events? Those guys don't look very ripped. Or just take a look at Pavel himself. He's not a huge guy, but he is immensely strong. There's a reason why almost every branch of Special Ops in the US military has hired Pavel to train their recruits. The guy is hard as a rock, and he has the credentials to prove it. Most bodybuilders, on the other hand, look much stronger than they actually are. Pavel is condescendingly critical of bodybuilders and their training objectives, so I can understand why someone who adheres to a bodybuilding protocol would feel slighted. But PTP is a book about building strength, and building functional strength in particular. This is among the best books out there when it comes to developing real-world functional strength. The lifts described in PTP use multiple body parts, and require you to balance the weight and use supporting muscles during the whole lift. The strength gained from such lifting is applicable to real-world situations. When was the last time(whether in sports, or just in life in general) that you ran into a situation where you needed to isolate your biceps without using any other arm muscles? The answer is never.

    The bottom line is that if you want to get huge and look good at the beach, go check out "Brawn" or some of those other bodybuilding books. But if you want to develop true strength, pick up a copy of PTP. Aside from what I've already said about the book, PTP is also notable for its focus on using muscular tension and on training the central nervous system. Additionally, Pavel's breakdown of proper technique for the deadlift is the best I've ever seen, and he's insistent on maintaining strict form(which is essential to prevent injury). And yes, Pavel does have a penchant for shameless self-marketing, but try to ignore this, because PTP contains a wealth of information that would won't find almost anywhere else. ... Read more


    15. Strength Training Anatomy
    by Frederic Delavier
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    Asin: 0736041850
    Catlog: Book (2001-09-01)
    Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
    Sales Rank: 1344
    Average Customer Review: 4.78 out of 5 stars
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    Get an inside view of the muscles in action during every exercise you perform. This ultimate strength reference contains full-color, detailed, anatomical drawings of exercises that target every major muscle group, along with full descriptions of how to perform them. The illustrations graphically depict both the muscles and the bones, with variations showing how the exercises can be modified to isolate specific muscles. It’s like having an X ray of each exercise!

    The former editor-in-chief of the French magazine PowerMag, author and illustrator Frédéric Delavier is currently a journalist for the French magazine Le Monde du Muscle and a contributor to several other muscle publications, including Men’s Health Germany. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent illustrated guide to muscles.
    Strength Training Anatomy is an excellent guide to your body's muscles. The book is in full color and is divided into the following sections: arms, shoulders, chest, back, legs, buttocks, and abs. Within each section there are at least 15 exercise demonstrations targeting the various muscle groups. What makes this book good? Apart from doing chest exercises, for example, this book educates the user on different types of exercises along with proper technique and its impact on the muscle. So the end result is that you are able to design your routine to give you not only mass, but importantly the "cut" look. I recommend this book along with The Workout Log, which Amazon also carries, to keep track of your progress.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Execllent Anatomical Reference for Weight Training
    This book is an excellent weight training reference for insight into the anatomy of the major muscle groups, and the exercises best suited to train specific muscles.

    The book is broken down into seven major muscle groups: arms, shoulders, chest, back, legs, buttocks, and abdomen. Within each muscle group are multiple exercises, each comprised of detailed anotomical illustrations, instructions on performing the exercises, and key information such as variations (for specific focus on particular muscles) and warnings (to aviod injury).

    Using this book, one could easily select a variety of exercises to build a total body workout program. The selection of exercises also allows for some routine variation to keep one's workout from getting stale.

    The illustrations are of an exellent quality, as are the materials. The pages are of heavyweight paper, with a semi-glossy finish.

    Although I rated this title highly, I did so with the understanding that it suits a very specific purpose, and is not a general purpose introduction or guide to weight training. This is an ANATOMY REFERENCE, specific to selected weight training exercises. It does not contain any other information concerning weight training, diet, exercise, etc. In fact, there is not even a brief introduction by the author, simply the reference material itself. But, in terms of its intended purpose, it is an excellent reference. If you already have some sort of "Bodybuilding Encyclopedia", you probably already posess much of the information contained in this title. Having no interest in the history, self-promotion, and general testosterone driven attitudes of many of those types of titles (as well as the phonebook sized package), I much prefer this concise book as an exercise reference.

    5-0 out of 5 stars You need this reference
    This is a great book. It's not an overall workout guide; rather, it gives detailed information on a wide variety of weight exercises, with beautiful anatomical illustrations that show exactly what parts of what muscles are involved in each one. If you're lifting weights and you want to really know what you're doing, this is an absolutely essential reference.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great regional anatomy, poor on training strategy
    The artwork in this book is very impressive. It attests to the incredible patience and dedication of its author. The book shows almost all working muscles and helps you (if you are familiar with muscle anatomy) to figure ways to discern your points of weakness and strength. Thus, it is most beneficial to people who studied anatomy yet need a reminder to evaluate their exercise selection.

    I saw the book in the gym once, which surprised me because it is not a training book. It does not tell you how to choose a sequence of exercises on a particular day or for a particular goal. You would not need to carry the book to the gym to remember the steps of execution of an exercise. The best usage for the book is enhancing you guessing of hitting a particular muscle with a specific exercise.

    The exercise list in this book in not inclusive or perfect and only depicts what the author perceives as common. For example, the book does not tell you whether to choose machines or freestyle exercises, nor does it tell you how to perform a compound exercise that eliminates many unnecessary separate and partial exercises.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Enough to make anyone a humanist.
    I've had this book for a while now, and time after time, even when I'm not looking for workout information, I just like to look at the amazingly drawn pictures that Mr. Delavier's book is filled with, simply because, I think it's a marvel. I can't begin to say how it has helped me concentrate on muscles during workouts, and retain perfect (or near perfect) form. That's quite important, and this book does deliver that.

    I've had friends come over only to pick this book up and sit there, gazing like cows at an oncoming train. It's that good. I believe it's a must for someone who is strongly into weight training/ bodybuilding, or any of the names you prefer to use. ... Read more


    16. The Ultimate Guide to Weight Training for Golf
    by Robert Price, Robert G. Price, Maryanne Haselow-Dulin
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    Asin: 1932549129
    Catlog: Book (2003-06)
    Publisher: Price World Enterprises
    Sales Rank: 25644
    Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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    The Ultimate Guide to Weight Training for Golf is the most comprehensive and up-to-date golf-specific training guide in the world today. It contains descriptions and photographs of over 80 of the most effective weight training, flexibility, and abdominal exercises used by athletes worldwide.This book features year-round golf-specific weight-training programs guaranteed to improve your performance and get you results.

    No other golf book to date has been so well designed, so easy to use, and so committed to weight training.This book takes you from the off-season to the in-season, and is loaded with dozens of tips and pointers to help you maximize your training and improve your performance.

    Both beginners and advanced athletes and weight trainers can follow this book and utilize its programs.From recreational to professional, thousands of athletes all over the world are already benefiting from this book and its techniques, and now you can too! ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars FINALLY - Golf-Specific Workout Programs
    A book on weight training that is designed for golf-specific muscles to improve performance (strength, stamina, flexibility, etc.). Different programs for in off and even pre-season. This book gives me motivation to workout - to help lower my scores.

    I would recommend this book to any golfer that thinks fitness can help his/her game (it can! just ask Tiger:)

    3-0 out of 5 stars Just a basic workout book
    As a personal trainer, I am interested in finding a niche and thought that golfers might be a good idea and was disappointed to see this book (a pamplet really) seemed to be just basic strength training. The workouts do not have any chest exercises but in a later section there is a full chest workout (bench press etc.) in the visual examples. Very confusing. It does not explain why the pectoral muscles might hinder the golf swing or why it is not included in the workouts. It stressed rotator cuffs, and shoulder but only had 2 rotator exercises...
    So, I am back to the driving range! Don't waste you dollars on this!

    1-0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Guide to Weight Training for Golf
    Fist of all from the front cover to the back cover of this 64 page book on weight lifting and golf, the word GOLF/GOLFER is only mentioned 27 times plus or minus one or two times and "continuing to swing your racquet during the off-season" once (all in the introduction chapter). Also in the introduction, the book mentions "performing exercises that can be detrimental to your game", but never tells you what they are or expounds on that important bit of information at all. The book gives you what it thinks are the important body parts to be trained for a more balanced and powerful swing (Hips, Mid-section, Shoulders, Hand/Wrists/Forearms and Hamstrings). The book does a fair job at explaining Off-Season, Pre-Season and In-Season training and the exercises to be preformed. However, here is the kicker, nowhere in any of the exercise programs is there a mention of a chest exercise, but in Part III of the book, (Recommended Exercises) it devotes four pages to chest exercises. Now, I know that lifting and increasing the size and muscularity of your chest is detrimental to your golf swing. Johnny Miller proved that, he was lifting long before Tiger and Dave Duval made it a popular thing to do. However, what Johnny fail to calculate during his chest training is the changes it would cause in his swing, although he got stronger, the muscularity in his chest changed his almost flawless swing and all but ran him off the PGA tour (I know, he had putting problems too). This book quadruple bogeys here by not including this very important information and by including chest exercises in the recommended section of the book, which tends to be contradictory if not just confusing.
    Conclusion: This book is a weak attempt at cutting and pasting the exercises from any general weightlifting manual that gives information on full body workouts. By adding the word GOLF 27 times and Off-Season, Pre-Season, and In-Season training to the manuscript does not make it a weightlifting guide for golfers. What a sham!!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Golf Fitness and Conditioning Guide...
    After using the Ultimate Guide to Weight Training for Golf, my hanicap went from 18 to 7....I am longer, straighter, and better.....I consistently drive the ball 275 yds and am hitting each iron 10 yds longer....I owe it all the the Ultimate Guide....Thanks to Robert Price I am now one of the top golfers at my club....You can't go wrong with the Ultimate Guide people, see for yourself..

    5-0 out of 5 stars Improved my golf game!
    This book has been excellent for my game. Now that I am following Mr. Price's workout, my level of play has really improved. I highly recommend it to any golfer! ... Read more


    17. The Cyclist's Training Bible
    by Joe Friel
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    Asin: 1931382212
    Catlog: Book (2003-02)
    Publisher: VeloPress
    Sales Rank: 4286
    Average Customer Review: 4.27 out of 5 stars
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    The Cyclist's Training Bible is designed to help amateurs create a training plan and refine the skills needed to succeed in the sport. Divided into five parts, the book covers commitment and common sense, general concepts, training with a purpose, designing a yearlong plan, and practical strategies for reinforcing training. Dozens of photos, charts, tables and worksheets are featured in this edition that includes 25 percent new and updated material. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Overly complicated program, but useful for the dedicated
    It is a little unclear for whom this book has been written. Professional, world class cyclists have their own training systems and don't need this book. It's difficult to see how 9-to-5ers who race on weekends have the time to follow a training program as complicated as this one.

    The author starts by describing the basic cycling abilities of speed, endurance, and strength and goes on to describe the advanced abilities of muscular endurance, speed-endurance, and power. His training program consists of "periods" that emphasize the specific training of those abilities in varying proportions.

    Those periods are Base I,II,III, Build I,II, Peak, and Compete. Throw in the factors of frequency, duration, intensity for all of the training periods, as well as lactate and cardiovascular monitoring and you have got yourself one complicated program. There is a lot of overlap in the training: to say that this manner of riding is this kind of training can seem somewhat arbitrary.

    As a long-time runner and cyclist, I can attest to the fact that numerous training books exist for runners that are far easier to follow than is this one. There are a few basic workouts that can make one a successful runner. It is the opinion of this reviewer that the author would better serve those likely to buy this book or a next one if he would make the effort to simplify and reduce his descriptions of basic physiological systems and the corresponding training needed. And the author does readily admit that some cyclists are successful without going through such a complicated schedule. There must be some middle ground here.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A definitive guide to plan your training and racing season
    This book describes how you exactly should go about planning your racing and training season. All with tables, plans and suggested practices, and journals. Wonderful!

    The book is based on periodization and divides the training into six different areas (strength, speed and endurance are the main ones). The season is also split into several phases. Based on the time of year and your weaknesses and strengths you set up a yearly plan. The whole point with this plan is to peak you performance on a scheduled time. Out of some tables you choose different exercises for a weekly plan. The exercises differ in intensity and volume. But Joe explains all this.

    Although I am just an amateur road cyclist I highly recommend this book for any cyclist who wish to follow a better plan and improve their performances in races. Hell, even if you just interested in structured endurance-training, this book is a good read. Reading your journal (I recommend making an electronic one) you can easily see your improvements and what kind of exercises suited you best at different times.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A Great Resource that Requires a Little Work
    This book is for someone who wants to race a bike and doesn't want to look foolish doing it. The book has everything you need to organize and create a training regimen that will lift your racing fitness to an entirely new level. Based on the concept of periodization, i.e.-training broken into four week blocks with scheduled increases in intensity and active recovery, the ideas presented by Friel will allow the reader to schedule and implement a year-long training plan.

    The main drawback of the book is its complexity. The book never claims to be a one-size fits all sort of plan so there is a lot of information that will allow the reader to customize his or her own training. This can be overwhelming at first. The best approach to the book is to read it through a couple of times to get a feel for what is being said. Once this is done, the material will feel a lot less overwhelming. In any case, there is some effort to be put into understanding the book just like there is effort that must be put into training to achieve the result of better performance.

    Short of going out and hiring a coach to do your thinking for you, this book is the best way to start training for competition.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Training Book Available
    Having studied most of the works of Armstrong, Lemond, Hinault, Burke, Carmichael, etc. and having used personal trainers including Kirk Willett, the current Prime Alliance GM, I can say that this is the one book you simply cannot do without if you want to race a bicycle. Whether you want to train 100 hours a year as a first year racer, or are looking to rack up a thousand hours and get your first real pro contract, you will benefit from this text.

    I work about a 50-60 hour week and raise a family. There is no way I could have achieved the level of cycling proficiency I have without this text. It makes the amount of time I decide to spend training pay dividends on race day.

    This book has two potential drawbacks. First, it is possible to get too wrapped up in the minutae of planning each and every workout for the next six months. Friel offers literally hundreds of possible workouts to choose from, and a system for selecting workouts that will help you approach each ride with a specific purpose. So long as you have some ability to read and apply both principals and a suitable level of detail, this book can not be beat.

    My second issue is that I have worn out the binding from so much use and now need to buy a new copy.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This book is not for everyone...Thank God
    If your idea of a good season is to just ride, or be pack fill until the hills then don't waste your money. On the otherhand, if you can set goals, want results and need to raise your performance year over year then get this book. You have to read, understand and follow the content of this book closely. If you can, then you will be able to set up a year 'round training program which will provide the results you have been looking for. This book is technical. You will have to focus as with any effective performance program. No, you really don't need the expensive testing stuff. You can get the same test information with a cheap wind trainer or the recommended time trial tests. A bike, a good heart rate monitor, this book and a true desire to get faster (in this order)is all you need. ... Read more


    18. Marathon: You Can Do It!
    by Jeff Galloway
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    Asin: 0936070250
    Catlog: Book (2001-08-09)
    Publisher: Shelter Publications
    Sales Rank: 9154
    Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars
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    Marathon running is a sport that many consider too daunting, better in the viewing than the doing. Olympian Jeff Galloway dispels such notions in a book that takes the mystery — and misery — out of distance running. Marathon! shows how just about anyone can run a marathon and, given the right attitude and training, finish the race. Galloway has designed a low-mileage marathon training program that has been used by over 10,000 people with a 98 percent success rate. The book includes the latest information on workouts, form innovations, pace charts, prediction tables, and motivation strategies. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A Valuable Running Resource
    A great, common sense approach to marathon training.

    The charactors' story through out the book takes what could be rather dry reading and makes it fun.

    I highly recommend it!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Marathons and MORE!
    A friend recommended this book to me and I am so glad she did. She is training for a marathon and I am not... at least not yet. This book will give you strategies and guidelines to help you train for a race of any length. I currently do 5K runs and have a 10K (my first!) scheduled later this summer. There are tips and advice about all aspects of running including: walk breaks, drinking water, cross training, training in various weather conditions and more. Galloway says that virtually anyone can finish a marathon with his 6 month training program and I believe it. In fact, after reading the book I am motivated to give one a try... maybe next year though!

    Galloway does repeat himself a lot. I think this is because readers may chapter-jump when using this book and he wanted to make sure certain things were stressed. It didn't really bother me, but I thought it was worth noting. Also, does Galloway own the company that makes PowerBars or something? He just raves about those things! :-)

    3-0 out of 5 stars Good info, but poor writing makes it difficult to read
    I recently signed up for a marathon training program based on Galloway's method (gradual increase in mileage and run/walk ratio). This book was recommended as a "must-read." I have to say I am disappointed. The chapters are not arranged in any meaningful order, and the "real" information is interspersed with a fictional story of a group of runners training for a marathon. I had read this comment in a previous review, but thought that it only applied to the later edition, not the original one.

    Well, it's in this one too, and while I normally wouldn't mind such a story, it does not flow well in and of itself, nor does really integrate with the non-fiction topics. The way it all fits together is so bad, in fact, that I just couldn't stomach it, so I am looking for another book to read on running. Fortunately I only paid $1.50 for this one, otherwise I would be angry for wasting my money.

    Galloway does seem to be an expert in the field, so perhaps I will try his Book on Running. Hopefully it will be more fact-based and organized better.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent guide for marathon training
    I've long enjoyed Jeff Galloway's articles in "Runners World" and his other running books. This one ranks up there with the best guides on ho w to train for a marathon. It's not preachy or sanctimonious and it offers some sensible tips on how to get yourself in shape to run 26.2 miles. The book is dated, and if you do much of your training on a treadmill, you're out of luck. The book was written before treadmills became a practical way to train indoors in your own home. Aside from this "defect," the rest of the book is excellent. Whether you're an avowed coach potato, or someone who runs 10 miles a week, the book will get you to the starting line and, hopefully, get you to finish your first race.

    Running is a joyous activity and one which brings many individual rewards. Finishing your first marathon is one of life's great memories and hopefully, there will be many more for you to savor as you gain experience and fitness. If you're a serious, addicted runner who has never run a marathon, you'll love this book, but the beginners will reap the greatest rewards. It's well-written, fun to read and instructive. Highly recommended.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Quality Advice on Running Injury Free, Fun, & Respecting the
    ...Respecting the Distance.

    Jeff Galloway is an Olympian who has run 130 marathons. That's why I chose to use his training program for my first marathon, because I believe he must know something about running. I am in my seventh week of training and doing wonderfully. People need to realize that Galloway's program is intentionally designed to get you to the starting line and through the marathon injury free and enjoying yourself, not hurting and tortured (although it's still going to be hard). There is nothing second-rate about walk breaks; he even gives the history of marathoning as having included walk breaks in the early days, and examples of modern record setters who took walk breaks. So posh on the nay sayers. When I added walk breaks to my program, the fun immediately came back and I was able to run twice as far with a smile on my face the whole time, enjoying scenery, rather than plodding along like a mule. He backs up his advice with scientific reasoning that makes total sense: when you give the running muscles a brief rest from the beginning and throughout the race, your legs stay fresh. You don't lose time because of this, and then you get to pass people later on, all while minimizing the risk of injury. I can't for the life of me understand why anyone would turn up their nose at that. Hopefully I'll be passing some of them on the course.

    As for the reviewer below who said that Galloway doesn't mention goo, that is just inaccurate.

    The important thing to remember (!) is that 26.2 miles is a LONG way. Anyone who crosses the finish line is a marathoner, period, whether you ran, walked or crawled. Galloway's training programs (there are 11 to choose from depending on your goals, even time goals for the competitive reviewer below...HELLO! CAN YOU RUN A 2:39?! Galloway has a program for that, did you try it?) are designed to get you trained and through the race safely and ready to keep running more races or at least running for life. Hopefully with a smile on your face. What more could you possibly want?

    The other wonderful part are the mental tricks he suggests, such as "Anti-Gravity Fluid" and "Magic Words". This is a great book.

    Includes chapters on: Long Run, Walk Breaks, Running Form, Cross Training, Training Programs (11), a whole section on inspiration and motivation, what race day is like, Running Faster (speed and hill work), section on food and fat burning, advice on getting older and running, gear, an Appendix and many tables and charts. ... Read more


    19. Delee & Drez's Orthopaedic Sports Medicine: Principles and Practice (2 Volume Set)
    by Jesse Delee, David Drez, Mark D. Miller
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    Asin: 0721688454
    Catlog: Book (2003-01-01)
    Publisher: W.B. Saunders Company
    Sales Rank: 324429
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    20. The New Toughness Training for Sports: Mental, Emotional, and Physical Conditioning from One of the World's Premier Sports Psychologists
    by James E. Leohr, Chris Evert, Dan Jansen, James E. Loehr
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    Asin: 0452269989
    Catlog: Book (1995-11-01)
    Publisher: Plume Books
    Sales Rank: 13314
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars A step-by-step guide to competitive toughness training.
    I loaned my "Mental Toughness" book (his first) to a friend who has yet to return it so I ordered this book written 12 years later. I devoured it in a 6 hour plane trip, loaned it to my coach for whom I had to buy another copy to get it back. And now my friend who still has my copy of his first book wants to borrow this one. I'll buy her one instead! Loehr discusses developing Mental, Physical, and Psychological toughness through evaluationg your wekanesses, developing strategies for turning them into strengths, and through a series of introspective exercises aimed at finding out why you are't as tough as you want to be. He teaches how to keep a training log and has a variety of ideas for developing yourself into an athlete who can play at the top of her game when it counts, during major competitions.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This book changed my life!
    This little book read like a novel. It helped me understand better what I already knew and opened my eyes on aspects I was not aware of. The principles and philosophy described apply not only to sports, but to life in general. Anybody who has ambitions beyond sitting on the couch watching TV all day/night should read this book.

    2-0 out of 5 stars A little over the edge...
    This book has a lot of terms and things that don't make a lot of sense. The intentions in this are great, but I want a book that is straightforward. The exercises aren't bad, but the talk isn't all that motivational.

    5-0 out of 5 stars excellent book. Motivated me to walk the appalachian trail
    excellent book. Motivated me to walk the appalachian trail

    3-0 out of 5 stars It was OK
    It was pretty good, but there was way too much psycho-babble. The toughness training assignments were helpful. It seems like if you followed his recommendations exactly you would improve your mental performance. However, the book did seem repetitive (each chapter seemed to be about the same thing as the last). ... Read more


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