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1. Building Bodies
2. The Hardgainer's Body Building
3. Dan Lurie's instant action body-building
4. Men's Health: The Book of Muscle
5. Understanding Body Building Nutrition
6. Supplements for Natural Body Building
7. Totalee Awesome: A Complete Guide
8. Bodymakers: A Cultural Anatomy
9. Body and Building: Essays on the
10. Rapid Body Building in 2 weeks
11. Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding,
12. The Complete Guide to Building
13. How To Sculpt Your Body From A
14. Building the Gymnastic Body: The
15. Ultimate Body-Building And Fitness
16. Instant Body Building Results
17. Pumping Iron: The Art and Sport
18. Mike Mentzer's Spot Body Building
20. Stronger Arms and Upper Body

1. Building Bodies
by Brenda L. Moore
Paperback: 280 Pages (1997-05-01)
list price: US$23.95 -- used & new: US$2.25
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Asin: 0813524385
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Building Bodies is an exciting collection of articles that strive toward constructing theoretical models in which power, bodies, discourse, and subjectivity interact in a space we can call the "built" body, a dynamic, politicized, and biological site. Contributors discuss the complex relationship between body building and masculinity, between the built body and the racialized body, representations of women body builders in print and in film, and homoeroticism in body building. Linked by their focus on the sport and practice of body building, the authors in this volume challenge both the way their various disciplines (media studies, literary criticism, gender studies, film and sociology) have gone about studying bodies, and existing assumptions about the complex relationship between power, subjectivity, society, and flesh. Body building - in practice, in representation, and in the cultural imagination - serves as an launching point because the sport and practice provide ready challenges to existing assumptions about the "built" body. ... Read more

2. The Hardgainer's Body Building Handbook: Workouts, Nutrition, and Results
by Hugo Rivera
Paperback: 296 Pages (2005-03-31)
list price: US$19.95 -- used & new: US$14.78
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Asin: 1578261864
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Pack on muscle mass quickly and get bigger and stronger now-—an essential guide for the everyday weight trainer.

Are you tired of working out with nothing to show for it? Are you pumping iron but not getting big? Then you are a hardgainer, someone who needs a special plan for building a superbly muscled, strong, lean, and healthy physique.

Now you can get big faster than you ever imagined with the secret techniques revealed in The Hardgainer's Body Building Handbook.

In The Hardgainer's Body Building Handbook will reveal:

  • The 10 laws of ultimate muscle growth.
  • The best exercises for building muscle mass.
  • Essential equipment for your home gym.
  • How to use nutrition to build muscle without increasing body fat.
  • The scoop on supplements, the truth about aerobics, and much more.
Containing detailed beginner, intermediate, and advanced workout routines; packed with information on diet, cooking, and nutrition; filled with training schedules, exercise plans and nutrition logs; The Hardgainer's Body Building Handbook is a must for anyone who is serious about bulking up. 150 b/w photos. ... Read more

Customer Reviews (16)

4-0 out of 5 stars Almost immediate results
I'm a 41 year old hardgainer. I bought this book after stumbling across an ad on the internet about hardgainers and finally figured out that I am one. I had been sick with IBS for years and now have it cured\under control I wanted to stop the ridicule and teasing about my size. Being called "skinny" is just as bad as being called "fat". Both words are offensive to the person being called it.

After reading the book, I felt well enough to try it. I gained 1.5-2 lbs a day for 6 weeks and not fat, MUSCLE! I started at 162 lbs and peaked out at 186 lbs in 6 weeks and then it stopped. I haven't been able to gain anymore, I was hoping to get over 200 lbs maybe a bit realistic and impossible for a 41 year old but I wanted to try. I have since settled down to 176 lbs and have a nice build which my wife appreciates. I still hope to gain a bit more but i've started to have issues with the whey weight gain shake mixes and have to lay off them, switch brands etc. it's been over 6 months and I'm looking for other books to compare to to see if there is something I can kickstart the gain again.

I e-mailed Hugo shortly after the weight gain stopped, never did get a reply.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good price and fast shipping
This book is in perfect condition and arrived very fast. Much faster than I thought it would. A++ seller. Thanks!

4-0 out of 5 stars HardGainers Review
This is one of the best exercise books I've read.It is easy to understand, gives really good information about diet and supplements.The section on how to do the exercises is a little superfluous if you've been in a gym, although even for seasoned fitness buffs there are some good tips. Hugo spells out a long term program week by week, and after 4 weeks I have seen gains. He definitely shows you how to mix up your routine and shock your body to adapt.Great book for those of us stuck doing the same 4 sets of bench every Monday.

1-0 out of 5 stars Decietful
I'm not a hard gainer (a skinny guy having difficulty putting on muscle) but I bought this book to look over the methodology and exercises.

When the book came, I was very impressed with the size. I opened it and started anxiously going threw the pages. Thats when it kicked in, the Deja Vu. The feeling that I've seen this before....

.... This is almost an exact copy of "Body Sculpting Bible for Men." Same exercises, same people, same author, I even think it has the same pictures!

Im sure the workout plans is a little different, if you wanna buy the book for the 13 pages of workout plans, go for it.

If you dont, I strongly recommend "Body Sculpting Bible for Men: Revised Edition." I have almost (if not) all the body sculpting bibles and the mens revised edition is will get the job done.

As for me, I'm in shock how many books this guy publishes with the same exercises and same material.

5-0 out of 5 stars RESULTS!
The success I'm having with this book amazes me.I'm on week 12 of the 21-week training program and my thigh measurement has increased one inch (2.54 centimeters).My lats have grown incredibly too - thicker.

As background:I'm 49 years old.I've been skinny.I've seriously followed several bodybuilding routines, with varying degress of success.I know success when I see it.The exercise plan in this book (chapter 3) is the most successful I've ever followed.

Other reviews of this book have mentioned frustration with access to equipment during busy times at their gym.Yes, it's true the exercise plan uses supersets.(Rant) But frustration with your overcrowded gym is NOT a limitation of this book. (End Rant) I'll admit to swearing under my breath when some pretty young thing sets up housekeeping on equipment I want to use.I've gotten pretty good at flaring my lats a little, smiling, and asking to jump-in for just one more set.These supersets work for me and I'm sticking with 'em.

The chapter for 'Mass Building Nutrition' was somewhat interesting.It caused me to make minor adjustments.As opinion, I believe it might be a bad choice for me (at age 49) to begin eating +4,000 calories daily.I've begun gaining about 1 pound (0.453592 kg) each week.As opinion, I believe this gain comes from (A) doing less cardio and (B) allowing more recovery time between days when I lift.That being said - I admire the way the nutrition chapter is laid out.I wish the information for developing a meal plan had been available to me 25 years ago - back when 4,000 calories would've been a good choice for growing.

BOTTOM LINE: This book delivered what it promised.This book genuinely is for the guy who has tried everything to bulk up, but nothing has worked. ... Read more

3. Dan Lurie's instant action body-building system
by Dan Lurie
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list price: US$19.95
Isbn: 0668048948
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Pro Mr. America DAN LURIE'S "Instant Action" Positrain Training Course - How to develop your body Muscle Building System. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Good basic training program
If you a new to weight training or looking for some home gym type training, this book can help. Dan Lurie was a physique contestant back in the early 40's and wasa repeated runnerup in the AAU Mr. America and winner of every subdivision prize. He was the original trainer for Lou Ferrigno and did a lot for Big Lou.

Lurie also ran a very succesful bodybuilding organization known as the World Bodybuilding Guild that competed very well with Joe Weiders IFBBback in the late 60's and early 70's. He also had a successful magazine Muscle Training Illustrated that lasted from 1965 to 1991.

Unlike other self proclaimed "trainers of champions", Lurie has been a successful competitive bodybulder and just as importantly has the ability to teach and train. His bodybuilding system is worth a look if you want to maximimize your results.

Thanks Dan for a great program.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good& effective
Clear & concise.
Not too many blah blah pages.
Some essential pages to explain the basics.
Exercises with pictures alongide.
Clear programme charting.

Quite effective, when done correctly...
I saw this book first in the 90s with a frien.. bought it 2 yearsand have used it with satisfactory results

5-0 out of 5 stars Nothing less than great-9/10
A great book that maximized my potential growth to the limit. The format and the approach to every aspect that might be affected is well established.

Brilliant mind with brilliant thoughts. The result is no less than one of the best books ever written on the subject.

A must buy for anyone interested in bodybuilding or fitness in general!


5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
My friend showed me your book on building a better body.I am a girl and was afraid to try your program. It's now six months of training and I lost 30 lbs. I use very light weights and enjoy my three days a week work out.Your book is great and I highly recommend it!Good luck.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great
Great Results. I followed the Dan Lurie Body Building System for 2 years.I gained over 50 lbs of solid muscle, My arms are 18 inches== Chest 48 inches Waist 29 inches.If you want to improve your body,this book is for you. ... Read more

4. Men's Health: The Book of Muscle : The World's Most Authoritative Guide to Building Your Body
by Lou Schuler, Ian King
Hardcover: 364 Pages (2003-10-17)
list price: US$35.00 -- used & new: US$18.42
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Asin: 1579547699
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Exercise ain't easy. The body is a complicated machine, with 650 muscles and 250 million individual muscle fibers. Some would say taming those fibers and building strong, healthy muscles is not an act of labor. Some would say it's an art. Here's a book worthy of that art. The Men's Health Book of Muscle is the big, lavishly illustrated, full-color coffee table book that only Men's Health could produce-one that doubles as the ultimate guide to building a better body. The goal of The Book of Muscle is simple: create a beautiful, artistic guide to the body that also helps guys build great physiques by showing in detail how muscles work and how that knowledge can be put to use. Inside, you'll find lush anatomical illustrations and photographs of a quality that no other book on fitness can match. You'll also find complex biological information, boiled down to language any guy can understand, and three 6-month workout programs, one each for beginner, intermediate, and advanced lifters. It's big muscles, big benefit, and beautiful all at the same time. It's the book you've always wanted from the guys at Men's Health, the fitness experts you trust.Amazon.com Review
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

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4-0 out of 5 stars Cross references would have been helpful
Workout books aren't something you can get from the library, they're helpful to reference while you're working out.In this book's case, the workoout programs are in the back, but the exercises are throughout the middle of the book.At lease for a beginner, it would be helpful if they had the page numbers for the individual exercises listed on the workout program pages

2-0 out of 5 stars hard to explain why i dont liek this book.
Hmmmm how do i put this into words? I simply just didn't find this book very helpful. All the info it gives is basic basic basic almost everything in it i already knew. The workout plans towards the end of the book just don't do it for me either. I wish i would have purchased the encyclopedia of body building instead. Before i purchased this book i purchased "Mens Health-Big Book of Exercises" and I personally believe that book is leap and bounds better over this one in every way, but that's me. If i had to do over again id pass on this purchase.

3-0 out of 5 stars Could have been better.
There are lots of pictures and detailed information about human anatomy more than needed in the book. Authors should have given balanced importanceto the programmes and execises. It is a good book, or should I say it is not just a waste of time..

4-0 out of 5 stars Good
This book shows you what muscle group your alternet excercise work. You find books that tell you about the main muscle groups

4-0 out of 5 stars the book of muscle
This book is easier to navigat then others that I have checked out. The beginning of the book is a lot of information on the muscles themselves. . .names, types, etc. I read it in an evening and found it interesting enough. There'a a short section on diet, and then a detailed description of the exercises with pictures. This is VERY helpfull when trying new things like the thin stomach. Sounds strange, but believe me, if you try to do ten or twelve, you'll learn to respect it. After that comes the workout schedules in detail. It's quite different from the way I was used to working out. Triceps and biceps on the same day? He advocates working opposing muscles on the same day. Seemed a strange idea, but hey, it works. Also there's the use of tempo,278. That's lower the weight for three seconds, rest for two, then lift for one (basically as fast as you can. Try a bench press with a 613 tempo for a few reps. I went to the doctor for a yearly physical (the first in a long time), and found out my cholesterol and blood presure were high. I really didn't want to start taking drugs, so decided to get back in shape. To make a long story short, this book has a detailed work out plan that helped me to drop my cholesterol from 230 to 229 in about fourteen weeks. The workouts have to be a part of a generaly healthfull life style. You have to eat right, and get a little cardio in as well. I do find it extreamly helpfull that this book presents a schedule to follow, and changes every three weeks. The workouts are separated into beginner intermidiate and advanced, each lasting about six months with rest weeks recommended at periodic intervals. I started with the intermidiate level and found it challenging but doable. Each workout (three different workouts done once per week) takes me a little over an hour.

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5. Understanding Body Building Nutrition & Training: Practical, Quick Reference, Answers to Common Bodybuilding Challenges
by Chris Aceto
Paperback: 207 Pages (1999-07-01)
list price: US$19.95 -- used & new: US$17.05
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Asin: 0966916832
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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This book is ideal for the non reader, the person whoneither has the time no patience to sift through chapter after chapterlooking for an author's main idea. Understanding BodybuildingNutrition and Training is a follow up to Aceto's ChampionshipBodybuilding. It contains, in a unique question and answer format, theanswers to the most difficult to coprehend and often conflictinginformatio on training, building mass, muscle recruitment, rep speedand nutrition. Here's what the author has to say regarding its format,"We learn and understand by asking questions. From the pre schooler tothe University Scholar, the fundamental way to obtain new informationand knowledge is by asking. I arranged this book in a simple 'Q and A'format to make it easy for the reader to get exact answers toquestions regarding losing fat, holding muscle while dieting andbuilding mass."The book also contais a dictionary of commonbodybuildig terms, defining everything from lipolysis, to carboloading to sarcomere- for the information buffs. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars Amateur Night
Of course no one in their right mind would expect literary quality or "fine writing" in a book of this kind. Still, there's no excuse for the amateurish, just barely literate nature of the presentation here: little evident familiarity with basic grammar and spelling rules (obviously nobody thought it worth proofreading); often self-contradictory and confusing information; and what few fragments of useful information it does convey are repeated over and over in the course of a very few pages -- maybe enough for a well-organized, professionally written magazine article, if only a professional had been available to do it. Alas, nothing remotely "professional" here: it's a thoroughly depressing and disposable 20-dollar piece of junk. Avoid.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Bodybuilding Book!
This book is not only for hardcore bodybuilders, is a teaching on how to get the best of you and shape the body of your dreams, it's a MUST! BUY IT NOW!

1-0 out of 5 stars A complete waste of time
This "book" is a series of bland questions compled with hyperbolic answers. The author is incapable of suing the english language, and appears incapableof undertakking research. Far from being scientific in approach, often there will either be a bald contention (I do this so it must be right) or simply wrong statements (eg the claim that there are no studies on the preferable number of sets). The book is barely readable, coming in the form of stream of consciousness q and a's, dogmatically presented with no real analysis, depth or insight. The layout is decidly unimaginative, sparse text interspersed with (wholly unrelated) pictures of body builders. There are no explanatory graphics or charts. I feel decidedly cheated in purchasing this book. And SURELY publishers should be able to correct a guy who doesn't know the distinction between your and you're. Buy a men's health instead.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not sure this is a good buy
The last pages are a waste (glossary, about 100 pages), but the rest of it is in a question answer format that at times seem to contradict themselves.I think he should stick with nutrition he seems to know that, and leave the bodybuilding questions to people who know what they are talking about. Also just one side note I thought that he was disrespectful to Mike Mentzer calling him "ignorant". I am not a huge fan of Mike Mentzer, but I think that he forgot more about bodybuilding than Chris will ever know. I usually like Chris Aceto's books, this one however is not typical of his work.

4-0 out of 5 stars Not Bad
Chris Aceto is obviously a smart guy. It shows in his writing. You'll never find a bodybuilding book that is "art", but as a reference source this book is pretty good. I do have a few "cons" about this book, though: It's somewhat abivalent about the steroid issue. Some of the information in this book (though not the majority) seems to be geared toward the steroid-using bodybuilder without acknowledging it, which may be confusing to "naturals". There is almost a wink-and-a-nod about steroid use in a few of the glossary entries. However, this is not uncommon in bodybuilding books, so you'll have to judge for yourself if the information in these few entries is right for you. The other gripe I have is that this book is in need of a professional copy editor. There are numerous typos and grammatical inconsistencies. Overall, you may think I'm slamming this book, but I'm not. Dive into it with your eyes open and you can come away with some good stuff, especially about non- or low-controversial supplements like vitamins, minerals, etc. ... Read more

6. Supplements for Natural Body Building (Natural Health Guide)
by Zoltan Rona
Paperback: 64 Pages (2002-02-10)
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Asin: 1553120213
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Well-known natural health expert and medical doctor Zoltan Rona provides informtion about the ten most important supplements for bodybuilders~and indeed for anyone who wants to look and feel their healthy best without dangerous drugs. Learn how to gain muscle and power with an easy-to-follow program that utilizesprotein, glutamine, arginine, a whole-foods diet and more. These safe and natural nutritional and herbal supplements can help you achieve a well-muscled physique whether you're competing or not.Includes a collection of recipes that provide the essential nutrients body builders need accompanied by full-color photos of mouth-watering meals. ... Read more

7. Totalee Awesome: A Complete Guide to Body-Building Success
by Lee Haney
 Paperback: 149 Pages (1987-12)
list price: US$14.95
Isbn: 0934601348
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In this comprehensive handbook, Lee Haney, current Mr. Olympia, reveals his training techniques and nutritional secrets for bodybuilding success. Aspiring bodybuilders as well as fitness fanatics will respond to his easy-to-follow method. 80 photographs. ... Read more

8. Bodymakers: A Cultural Anatomy of Women's Body Building
by Leslie Heywood
Paperback: 240 Pages (1998-02-01)
list price: US$24.95 -- used & new: US$18.40
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Asin: 0813524806
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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"A highly unique and refreshing contribution. Heywood not only theorizes the relationships among feminism, activism, and bodybuilding but also provides what so many works on built female bodies lack-a feminine historical context. . . . Heywood concludes with a call for women to 'feel our muscles, our power, our terrible, wonderful, monstrous strengths' by leaving behind aerobics, replacing light weights with heavy ones, and claiming our right to take up space. . . . Like all influential and groundbreaking works, this book raises new and important questions that should provide grist for much feminist debate and scholarship in coming years."-Signs"Bodymakers is most ambitious in terms of its engagement with feminist cultural criticism and its unconventional scope. Heywood comments on film, novels, magazine pictures, popular criticisms of feminism, the J. Crew catalog, [and] the concept of power feminism."-Gender and Society"In this brilliantly insightful and immensely readable book, Leslie Heywood makes us think about women's body building in an entirely new way. She argues persuasively that, far from being an individualistic, apolitical act, it is a powerful form of resistance, empowering women to overcome their victim status and heal past abuse."-Myra Dinnerstein, University of Arizona"Bodymakers has a power and an honesty that is unusual in a book with its theoretical sophistication." -Susan Bordo, author of Unbearable Weight and Twilight Zones: The Hidden Life of Cultural Images from Plato to O.J."With clarity, force, and passionate investment grounded in both theory and her own experience, Heywood understands that women can strengthen body, mind, and spirit through everyday practice. Her argument that body building is this kind of activist practice is as inspirational as it is poignant."-Joanna Frueh, author of Erotic Faculties"Flexing her muscles through autobiographical, theoretical, and spectacular acts, Heywood insists that we read the muscular female body not as an 'extreme oddity' but as a 'form of activism' through which we can understand anew larger cultural issues and trends, including the American romance with individualism and the relationship of second and third wave feminisms. Muscular female bodies will never be read in the same way again."-Sidonie Smith, University of MichiganWomen with muscles are a recent phenomenon, so recent that, while generating a good deal of interest, their importance to the cultural landscape has yet to be acknowledged. Leslie Heywood looks at the sport and image of female body building as a metaphor for how women fare in our current political and cultural climate. She argues that the movement in women's body building from small, delicate bodies to large powerful ones and back again is directly connected to progress and backlash within the abortion debate, the ongoing struggle for race and gender equality, and the struggle to define "feminism" in the context of the nineties. She discusses female body building as activism, as an often effective response to abuse, race and masculinity in body building, and the contradictory ways that photographers treat female body builders.Engaging and accessible, Bodymakersreveals how female body builders find themselves both trapped and empowered by their sport. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars It ain't all that
I looked forward to reading this book, but have been disappointed. I expected an objective look at the history of the sport through a cultural perspective. While there are good parts to the book, I constantly put it down because I got tired of all the feminist drivel. Even though she touts herself a new breed of feminist, I got the same old angry vibes. Where's the joy of the sport? The love of the iron? The love of the women, even? Why all this talk of gender and roles? Honestly? Why is there such a need for it? I expected a book about female bodybuilding, and that means there needn't be a mention of male bodybuilding at all. She's a terrific researcher, but what she did with her materials mostly just turned me off. I don't expect many people would read this book at all unless they were prepared to embrace it 100 percent. This book seems to me to be an indulgent soapbox marketed under the guise of an academic text. Interesting in parts, I found it mostly just tiresome.

5-0 out of 5 stars Must-read for all iron grrls
A superb analysis of the cultural impact of the muscular female body.Heywood helps us understand that when a woman lifts weights, she does far more than strengthen herself physically and psychologically.She strengthens women's place in society and weakens the old patriarchal notions of female frailty and passivity.Heywood also helps us realize that the common practice of oversexualizing female athletes -- which is practically the norm in the bodybuilding industry -- diminishes the woman's power and serves to bring the potentially revolutionary female athlete back into hegemonic standards of feminity.Being a female powerlifter myself, I appreciate the fact that, unlike so many feminist theorists, Leslie Heywood derives many of her arguments from personal experience.Bodymakers is a must-read for any female athlete, or for anyone interested in women's studies or the sociology of sports.

5-0 out of 5 stars Review of one chapter "American Girls, Raised on Promises"
The chapter "American Girls, Raised on Promises"is fantastic.It's a critical look at the differences between the way culture and gender have been viewed through the lens of rock music lyrics in the 80s comparedto the 90s, then extended to views of women and bodybuilding.In particular Ms. Haywood focuses on the poignant and ironic song"American Girls" by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, and howPetty manages to describe to perfection the way young women in America,esp. the 30-somethings, feel about the gap between what we were raised tobelieve we could do and the hard realities of the world. I keep coming backto thisessay again and again because it says so much about me, like alittle wound that needs licking.

5-0 out of 5 stars Bodymakers: a must-read on body culture!
Leslie Heywood examines the forces which shape the aesthetics of womens' bodybuilding. Her vision goes deep; she lives what she writes about, and her criticism of the movers and shakers of the bodybuilding scene is right on. Especially interesting is her comparison of photographers Bill Dobbins and Bill Lowenburg. Dobbins' work stereotypes and fetishizes; Lowenburg's questions. The truth, according to Heywood, lies somewhere in between. ... Read more

9. Body and Building: Essays on the Changing Relation of Body and Architecture
Paperback: 438 Pages (2005-04-01)
list price: US$29.00 -- used & new: US$18.91
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Asin: 0262541831
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Since Greek antiquity, the human body has been regarded as a microcosm of universal harmony. In this book, an international group of architects, architectural historians, and theorists examines the relation of the human body and architecture. The essays view well-known buildings, texts, paintings, ornaments, and landscapes from the perspective of the body's physical, psychological, and spiritual needs and pleasures. Topics include Greek temples; the churches of Tadao Ando in Japan; Renaissance fortresses and paintings; the body, space, and dwelling in Wright's and Schindler's houses in North America; the corporeal dimension of Carlo Scarpa's landscapes and gardens; theory from Vitruvius to the Renaissance and Enlightenment; and Freudian psychoanalysis. The essays are framed by an appreciation of architectural historian and theorist Joseph Rykwert's influential work on the subject. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Architect's JournalList of Books of the Year
Architects' Journal
19/12/2002, Pages: 44,45


Body and Building: Essays on the Changing Relation of Body and Architecture Edited by George Dodds.MIT Press, £37.95, ranked 6th of a selection of 30 titles that AJ reviewers have most enjoyed during the past 12 months

5-0 out of 5 stars Body beautiful
fromArchitects' Journal 25/07/2002

Body and Building: Essays on the Changing Relation of Body and Architecture Edited by George Dodds and Robert Tavernor.MIT Press, 2002. 427pp. ?37.95

This weighty volume, based on a conference six years ago celebrating Joseph Rykwert's 70th birthday, is far more than a congratulatory festschrift. Between its front and back biographical wrappings are fascinating essays of lasting interest, to which a short review cannot do justice....As Rykwert has concluded elsewhere:'History can never teach us. But we may learn from it.' This book is an education. ... Read more

10. Rapid Body Building in 2 weeks Secrets + Plus Bonus
Kindle Edition: Pages (2010-07-22)
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Asin: B003WUYTES
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You'll uncover a wide array of tips, including guidelines on how to correctly build up your body today!

I myself was looking for a way to tone and build muscle, but it wasn't easy when I first began! I mean, information on this isn't easy to come by... Especially the kind of information I wanted to make bodybuilding easier. Everything kept pointing to expensive body building machines or personal trainers. To be quite honest with you, I got tired of looking and searching all over the place, so I decided to create this definitive book on body building!

You're going to discover so many things on building up your body with little effort! Not only will you discover the ease of body building, but you'll also learn extra bonus tips to actually help other people, too.

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Learn the terminology used.
Discover how to setup your own workout plan.
Find out exactly what body building will do for you.
Discover how your diet plays a major role.
Learn about the important nutrients that you need.
Discover why carbohydrates are so important.
Why you still need fat in your diet!
Discover some sample meals to get you started.
Learn how sleep affects your goals.
Discover the power of supplements.
Learn if supplementation is bad for you.
Discover body building tailored for women.
Learn about body building for teens.
Plus much MUCH More!
Table of Contents

Weight Training
Workout Plans
Eating Right
* Carbohydrates
* Protein
* Fats
Sample Meal Plans
Cooking for Mass (Recipes)
Sweet Dreams (Getting Enough Rest)
* Creatine
* Glutamine
* Protein
* Nitric Oxide
* Steroids & Growth Hormones
Body Building for Her
Body Building for Teens
Your Resources
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11. Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding, with more than 8t0 photographs and anatomical line drawings * Arnold's championship body part exercises * Complete information on exercise programs, training princ
by Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Dobbins
Paperback: 736 Pages (1987-03-15)
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Asin: 0671633813
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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The ultimate book on bodybuilding by one of the most popular bodybuilders of all time and the bestselling author of three previous bodybuilding books; covers diet, training, and a history of the sport. Over 850 photographs. ... Read more

Customer Reviews (28)

5-0 out of 5 stars Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding
The book was in very good shape when I recieved it.The seller was very prompt in sending the book. I was pleased with the overall process.

4-0 out of 5 stars One Word: Revolutionary
This is a late review but there is only a few reasons to go out of your way to get this version. I can draw some political connotations this day in February but I'll hold back. There is some information that the Governor cut out from the 2nd edition The New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding : The Bible of Bodybuilding, Fully Updated and Revised and can only be found in here. It's not really necessary to have this because of the revised 2nd edition but if your curious in how the Governor helped disadvantaged citizens it's all in here. And some other information for the Arnold fan and historian. See my other review on the 2nd edition.

5-0 out of 5 stars Must-Have If You Love Bodybuilding
This book is worth every penny for the pictures alone. The "trouble spot" training section is great too, as it goes into a detail on an enormous number of movements.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Reference
This is a goldmine of information for bodybuilders or anyone who trains with weights.

It presents an incredibly wide range of exercises for every body part complete with descriptions and pictures.It is worth the money for that alone.

I have had this book for over 20 years and have often used it as a reference. It will give one many different exercises for any given body part to keep training fresh and effective.

As the book was written in the 1980s, some of the information is dated.In the area of nutrition, there is a lot more current information.Also the split routines used by Arnold would constitute overtraining for most people.I used that approach many years ago and have gotten far away from that.I am a believer that less is more in terms of training.In spite of that, there is a lot of great information in this book.When combined with other approaches, the knowledge that one can gain from this book is invaluable.

5-0 out of 5 stars #1 BBS Manual: "Training to Failure" - D.I.Y Hercules for Everybody
*Note* There is a revised edition of this book.

The Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding is the largest tome of bodybuilding information found in any publication, finishing up at around 800 pages with approximately 1000 pictures and weighing in at a whopping 5.8lbs, making it the only book that gives you a workout while reading it. Arnold divides his massive manuscript into a number of sections, starting with the history of bodybuilding, competitions, the gym experience and training techniques (the core exercises) before rounding up with various poses and additional information on bodybuilding supplements and diets. Arnold advocates trying to find pictures of a bodybuilder who fits your size and figure and then aiming to replicate their results. Arnold himself used Reg Park as a model for his first teenage foray in the gym while in subsequent years built each body part up using different bodybuilding models to achieve his own unique juggernaut definition. This is but a tiny fraction of the kind of good quality recommendations that the Encyclopedia comes up with. Bodybuilders (bbs) everywhere refer to the `encyclopedia' for its awesome display of photographs of superhuman bbs throughout the ages. There is no lack of snaps that detail the human anatomy. You will likely run through the book many times to find that muscle group or separation that you missed the first time. It is startling how much anatomy you need to get around before you can understand what impact each exercise has on the developing muscle. This is a fully fledged subject that will have your attention for years to come and there is no better place than to start here. Combining this book with the movie "Pumping Iron" on DVD will give you a much better idea of where the information is coming from and you will see most of the faces in this book actually exercising and involved in many of the competition photographs that are on display here. Arnold's description of the muscle groups and how to work them is coupled with illustrations and photographs to show the kind of development you should be aiming to achieve. Creating striations on muscle groups like deltoids and pectorals are topics that will cause you to go back to page one to re-examine everything you have read and seen. Anatomical research coupled with exercising methodology and application with dieting will transform your physique over the course of even a few months. As a lifelong hobby you will be bulking up before your first year is out. A few years will have you at competition level. The whole point is get into the gym to work off that fat to reveal your true shape, a shape that can be defined and built upon with muscle. Arnold Schwarzenegger, and other world-class bodybuilders, advocate more than one set per exercise called High-Volume Training, HVT, the traditional method of using multiple sets to train to failure by training each set to failure, resting, and then repeating the set to failure, as many times as it takes before you just can not do anymore sets for that body part. You will build muscle no matter what kind of genetics you have if you stick with HVT. Hypertrophy is the scientific term for the enlargement of muscle tissue caused by a specific amount of intensity needed for the hypertrophy to occur. No intensity, no hypertrophy, no gain. HVT achieves hypertrophy every time because each muscle group is trained to failure. This is the key to building muscle. You must get that straining feeling where you just can't do another repetition. If you find yourself doing lots of repetitions (more than 10) then you need to add more weight. Arnold includes various Power-Training techniques to help shock the body into being able to lift heavier weights. They work.He also includes increasing intensity techniques by utilizing `forced reps', `negative reps', `isolation training', `supersets' and `stripping methods' among a host of others to learn about. There is much more here then any review can hope to explain (and look at the length of mine!). That is why it is 800 pages or so. Apart from the five stars which it deserves the book does have some major drawbacks. The first big drawback is that all the photographs involve drug use. There are only a few photographs of bodybuilders who have not used steroids and the reason is obvious. It is the little dirty secret that hides behind all the bigger muscle on display. You simply will not get as big as these legends without doing drugs. However you will certainly be able to achieve the same definition and still have very big muscles without drugs. The bodybuilders who did not do drugs are at the start of the book in the history of bodybuilding. Look at the photographs of everybody until you reach Reg Park. After that it is all drug users. Achieving the same sizes without drugs is near impossible apart from the exceptionally genetically gifted person. There is also a lesson to learn from this drug experimentation. Don't do it if you put any value on the most important muscle of all... your heart. All of the guys in this book are much older now and you can see them in the bonus material of the "Pumping Iron" DVD. Sadly they don't look good (sadly some are in wheelchairs) and even Arnold has had a bypass. Just go with food type supplements like 100% Whey Protein and Creatine and stay away from all forms of steroids. The other major drawback is that the 70s bodybuilding era did not give much regard to what is called perfect form. Perfect form is all about doing the exercises the right way to avoid injury. A lot... and I mean a lot... of the exercises in the Encyclopedia are considered very dangerous, mainly because of back arching. These include nearly all of the `Rows'-type exercises (Bent-Over Barbell Rows, Bent-Over Dumbbell Rows, T-bar Rows and the One-Arm Dumbbell Row) which are abandoned today. A `Straight-Leg Deadlift' is something you must do right or you can injure yourself. The `Goodmorning' is considered iffy. Using a Smith-machine for the `Vertical Machine Press' is bad because it has a set path. Triceps `Extensions' are a problem. Take care with `Dipping' and avoid `Sissy Squats'. Arnold's book does not do perfect form so well and in most cases just comes up with plainly dangerous material. This is not to say that you can not do the exercises now and again. Most you can, but in the long term you will only get an injury. Avoiding injury = gain. It is as simple as that. So learn perfect form. How to do this? If you want to learn perfecting form then read "The Insider's Tell-All Handbook on Weight-Training Technique" by Stuart McRobert. This book clearly explains how to perform Back Extension, Cable Row, Calf Raise, Close-Grip Bench Press, Crunch Abdominal Work, Curl, Decline Bench Press, Dumbbell Row, Finger Extension, Grip Machine Training, Incline Bench Press, Leg Press, Lever Bar Work, L-fly, Neck Work, Overhead Lockout, Overhead Press, Parallel Bar Dip, Partial Deadlift, Pinch-grip Lifting, Prone Row, Pulldown, Pullover, Pullup/Chin, Pushdown, Rader Chest Pull, Shrug, Side Bend, Squat, Stiff-legged Deadlift, Thick-bar Hold and the Wrist Roller Training. Get it along with this book and you will not be disappointed with what you can learn between the two. Getting that perfect form right is something that you can learn from the latter book and start doing better in a year than the bb who has been in the gym for ten years. It is that important. Slow and controlled exercising does not avoid injury. Injury has nothing to do with the speed or control of the exercise. Injury occurs because of bad form. So get the form right, learn what Arnold teaches you about developing muscle groups and stay away from drugs to live until you are 90 with a darn near perfect body. It can be done! ... Read more

12. The Complete Guide to Building a Better Body: Techniques, Apparatus, Guidelines, and Tips From Experts for Toning and Strengthening Every Part of Your Body (Personal Programs For Men and Women of Any Age)
Hardcover: Pages (1979)

Asin: B003ZP9ZL2
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13. How To Sculpt Your Body From A Body Building Expert
Kindle Edition: Pages (2008-11-19)
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Subject: What you should know about bodybuilding."How To Sculpt Your BodyFrom A Body Building Expert”Have you ever felt like a “low weight weakling?”Were you one of those kids in high school who hated gym class because you knew your skinny little limbs would be exposed to everyone?Or maybe you were on the other end of the scale. An overweight kid who was always the brunt of the “fat jokes” and rarely included in anything?We have all seen the movies where the “picked on ugly duckling teen” grows up to be the swan, gets the girl and lives happily ever after.Brings a tear to the eye and really makes for a good story.But that’s the problem . . . it’s just a story.It makes for good reading and emotional viewing but what happens after the movie ends and reality sets in?Sitting in the dark movie theater you can almost believe it’s true, until the movie ends and the lights come up. If you identify with the “skinny kid” or “chubby teen” then you know that the real life scenario is far from the movie version. If you’ve spent the greater part of your life wishing you could overcome a stereotypical image like that, you need to pay close attention.No matter what your body image, you can change it.It won’t happen just by stuffing more food down your throat or starving yourself to death.You need to “sculpt” your body and it all comes down to muscle.Yes, you do have muscles.They may be underdeveloped and seemingly missing or they may be buried under pounds of fat but rest assured they are there.If your skeletal structure is the frame work for your body, consider the muscles as the glue that holds it together.Sculpting your body is about discipline.It’s about eating healthy.It’s about exercising healthy.It’s about retraining your body and mind.It isn’t necessary for you to become a body builder to look and feel healthier.You just need to know what to do and take the first step toward transformation and there’s no better way to do it than train as a bodybuilder.Luckily you are in the right place today.“Interview With A Body Builder” will give you all the tools necessary to build a firmer, healthier you.Whatever body type you have now doesn’t matter.You can change it.If you were that skinny kid who just grew up to be a skinny adult, you will learn how to add the appropriate weight in a healthy way.And, you will learn how to exercise to sculpt the perfect muscle tone for your new body.The idea is very simple.The execution, however, requires commitment.We show you how to accomplish this in “Interview With A Body Builder.”It’s pertinent, timely and will help answer these questions for you: How to set realistic goalsWhat is the right age for body buildingHow you get startedIs exercise equipment right for youShould you join a club or a gymWhat you should eatWhat exercises to do and whenShowing you is one thing, making the commitment is quite another.If you are really sick and tired of a lifetime of labels like our “skinny kid” or “chubby teen,” learn how to take control once and for all.Learn how you can do, be and have what your heart desires.We’ve got the “how to” for you right here.If you can provide the “why to” then it’s a winning combination.Grab your copy now and let’s make the journey!Order your copy of “Interview With A Body Builder” right now and put yourself on the road to building a body you can be proud of.  Thank you for the opportunity to be of service and for visiting today ... Read more

14. Building the Gymnastic Body: The Science of Gymnastics Strength Training
by Christopher Sommer
 Paperback: 195 Pages (2008)
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15. Ultimate Body-Building And Fitness
by wings of success
Kindle Edition: Pages (2010-08-11)
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Asin: B003ZDO2N0
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Do You Have Piles Of Body Building Magazines Stacked Up In Your Room? Do You Look At Each Item On Your Dinner Table And Wonder How Much Protein It Contains? Do You Dream Of Having The Ultimate Muscles To Show-Off To Whoever Would Watch...?

Finally! Discover Some Cutting Edge Insider Tips That Will Assist You In Building A Body That Is Admired By All...! Learn To Develop Those Lean, Mean Muscles And Get Nothing But "WOW!" From Guys And Gals Alike! It's Time To Feel Really Good About Your Body...!

Are you tired of being ridiculed just because you are puny? If you would like to change this forever, read the 85-page eBook "Ultimate Body Building And Fitness" for the solution to your problem. In this powerful book, you will discover the golden key to achieving that wonderful muscular and fit body you have always longed for. Using these tips, you will be transformed into "somebody" in no time.

These Are Some Of The Tips You Will Find In The Book :

* Body Building: Tips For Success
* Body Building: When To Start And Stop
* Body Building: Time Management
* Body Building: Clothes
* Body Building: Understanding Anatomy
* Types Of Exercises
* Sample Meal Plans
* Sweet Dreams (Getting Enough Rest)
* Body Building For Her
* Your Resources For Body Building
* Boost Your Metabolism Naturally
* The South Beach Diet And Metabolism
* Using Food To Boost Your Metabolism
* The Harm Of Using Diet Pills
* Dieting To Boost Your Metabolism
* Using Low Carb Diets To Boost Your Metabolism
* The Benefits Of Alternative Methods
* Breaking Through The Herbal Myth
* Combining Supplements, Diet And Exercise To Boost Metabolism
* The Mediterranean Diet And Metabolism
* Using Food To Boost Your Metabolism
* Using Natural Herbs To Boost Your Metabolism
* Dreamt Of A Great Body - You Can Have It
* Body Building Diet
* Body Building National Championship
* Body Building Supplement Review-Eat Right To Feel Tight
* Body Building Workout
* Body Building Supplements For Females
* Discount Body Building Supplements
* Female Body Building Videos- Strength Knows No Gender
* Insulin In Body Building
* Natural Body Building
* Natural Body Building Supplements: The Way To A Healthy And Fit Body
* The Bodybuilding Supplement - Nitric Oxide
* Body Building: For Teenagers
* Body Building: Software
* Body Building: The Basics
* Body Building: Safety Measures
* Body Building: Exercises
* Body Building: Diets
* Body Building: Supplements
* Body Building: Equipment
* Body Building: The Art
* Body Building: For Women


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16. Instant Body Building Results - The Truth About Building Muscles
by Nationwide Home Business Center
Kindle Edition: Pages (2010-08-29)
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"Within 4-6 Weeks Of Testing These Simple Diet & Training Secrets In The Gym (And In The Kitchen), I Will Have You Leaner, Stronger And More Muscular Than You’ve Ever Been Before…
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People often look back on their lives and say, "If only I knew then what I know now."

As someone interested in bodybuilding or fitness, you probably realize just how true this is when it comes to gaining muscle and losing fat.

If you don’t know exactly what you’re doing, right from the beginning, you will make many costly diet and training mistakes, and it can take years to get the type of body you want and deserve, if you ever get there at all. In fact, if you listen to the bad advice most “experts” are spitting out these days, you might even go backwards and actually gain fat or lose muscle!

The good news is, you don’t have to go through years of trial and error, slow progress and head-pounding frustration like most people do. You can shorten your learning curve and even slash it dramatically. You can make steady, continuous muscle gains – even if you’re a “hard gainer” and you can lose even the most stubborn fat without hitting a single plateau...

But only if you know all the inside secrets of how the beginner’s and intermediate-level game is different from the advanced game, only if you know which training, nutrition and supplement mistakes to avoid, and only if you know someone who is willing to reveal all of these secrets to you.

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Let’s face it - It sucks when you put in time and effort, but months or even years go by and your body still looks the same... or, when you get some results, but it's just happening too slowly!

You see other people making great progress and it drives you crazy because you KNOW you could do a lot better... and it pisses you off when you see other people "cheating" by pumping themselves full of roids or fat burning drugs, giving them an unfair advantage (but the joke’s on them and you’ll get the best revenge if you listen to what I have to tell you).

I’m not sure whether your goal is to gain muscle, lose fat or do both.

Either way, keep reading because no matter what your goals, your age or your current physical condition, you can now use the same breakthrough I discovered in my 30’s that allowed me to finally “crack the muscle growth code” and gain 55 pounds of muscle in 12 months, after 16 years of painful trial and error.…

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If Only I Knew Then What I Know Now….
Luckily I’m as stubborn as a mule and refused to quit. Who knew, that by finding the right mentors and making a few simple tweaks to my training, diet and supplements that everything could completely turn around so quickly.

Bottom line: I’ve gone from a 145 lb weakling to almost 200 pounds of muscle. I gained a total of 70 pounds, 55 pounds of it in less than one year (after I finally got the right information in all three areas – diet – training - supplements).

After a very short time online, I realized that thousands of people – especially beginners - were in the same boat - stumbling around in the dark, just begging for someone to shed some light on how to start training, dieting and taking supplements the right way...

But No One Had Ever Created A Program Before That Was Designed With The Beginner In Mind.

Finally, Here's A Simple System, Easy To Follow, To Start Burning Off Body Fat And Adding Lean Muscle, Fast!

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17. Pumping Iron: The Art and Sport of Bodybuilding
by Charles Gaines, George Butler
Paperback: 221 Pages (1974)
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Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Glad I could find it!!
My husband is really into Bodybuilding and he had been looking for this book as he had lost his copy from back in his teen years. I was so glad I was able to find this for him!! He was very happy to receive it!He likes this original book as opposed to the "revised" one.

4-0 out of 5 stars was the first book on bodybuilding but
yes it was thefirst book onbodybuilding published in the late 1970 .s but now in this new century pumping iron warriors are much more impressive . would need and update.

5-0 out of 5 stars great deal
i'm am so happy with this purchase!bought it for my brother for christmas, when he see's that it is autographed by the authors and arnold he is going to freak!

4-0 out of 5 stars The Dirty Little Secret
I agree with all above that this is a fine book. I wish there were more such insightful forays into other sports. My one quibble with Pumping Iron is that whistles past the graveyard of the great dark evil, steroids. One reading this book would get the impression that all of the bodybuilders within had sculpted their physiques with weightlifting, diet, dedication, and genetics. The truth is, all the stars of that era relied heavily on steroids, as subsequent admissions by such as Arnold Schwarzenegger have revealed. That, and the near-death disaster to Steve Michalik from steroid overdose (the book attributes his great "sea change" gain of muscle mass to heavy weight training and eating a lot of chicken and tuna fish) are crucial facts for the reader to know. To ignore the dirty little secret of big-time bodybuilding is dishonest, and presents a disservice to the readership. I would enthusiastically welcome another edition of Pumping Iron, as suggested above- it's a fine book- but I would repect Messrs. Gaines and Butler the more if they would address the steroid issue.

5-0 out of 5 stars These were the real champions
I book this book back in 1973 and then lost it in a flood but was able to get a copy at a used book store.These were the real champions and pioneers of bodybuilding; Arnold, Nubret, Columbu, Zane, Corney, Waller, Katz etc.You rarely see training photo's like this and heretofore, never saw bodybuilders depicted as real people as Gaines and Butler did with this work and the movie that followed.Pumping Iron and a Mega-Superstar German with a hard to prononunce last name literally took bodybuilding into the mainstream and turned the stars of our sport into household names.While I was lucky to find a copy of this book at a used book store, I really feel that Gaines and Butler should have a reprint for people who would like a new, first class copy; perhaps even a revised version showing where those champions are today.Great book Mr. Gaines and Mr. Butler. ... Read more

18. Mike Mentzer's Spot Body Building
by Mike Mentzer, Ardy Friedberg
 Paperback: 111 Pages (1983-09-22)
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19. BODY BUILDING SECRETS: How To Get Cut, Ripped Out, And Appear More Attractive Quickly & Easily!
by Randall Magwood
Kindle Edition: Pages (2009-10-01)
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If you’ve always wanted to learn about how to build your body into that Mr. Olympia figure, there can be a lot to learn.This book will guide you through some of the basics to get you started.Of course, nothing will compare to actually getting to the gym and lifting those weights, but you’ll need some information first.And that is the purpose of this book - to reveal those body building secrets to YOU.Here are the table of contents inside of BODY BUILDING SECRETS: How To Get Cut, Ripped Out, And Appear More Attractive Quickly & Easily:- Weight Training- Exercises- Workout Plans- Eating Right- Carbohydrates- Protein- Fats- Sample Meal Plans- Cooking for Mass (Recipes)- Sweet Dreams (Getting Enough Rest)- Supplements- Creatine- Glutamine- Protein- Nitric Oxide- Steroids & Growth Hormones- Body Building for Her- Body Building for Teens- Contests- Your Resources- And more!

Author Randall Magwood is a muscle building expert, and has taught many people around the world how to build muscle simply and easily.
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20. Stronger Arms and Upper Body
by Sean Cochran, Tom House
Paperback: 203 Pages (1999-11)
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Asin: 0880119772
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Spike harder, throw faster, hit farther, and lift more than ever before. The proven training programs and exercises in Stronger Arms and Upper Body will help you boost your power and endurance.

Build the chest, shoulders, biceps, triceps, forearms, and upper back while developing the muscle balance, strength, range of motion, and joint stability that are critical to maximize performance and prevent injuries. Learn correct positioning and technique for each exercise to achieve the greatest benefit. The book’s 225 photographs will show you how.

Maintain high workloads and avoid fatigue with muscles that are trained specifically for the sports you play. For strength, power, mass, or tone, Stronger Arms and Upper Body provides the exercises and programs you need to perform at your peak. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A good reference on Upper Body strengh and deveopment
A complete, concise and comprehensive reference with 143 different exercises for Chest, Shoulders, Upper Back, Biceps, Triceps, and Forearms. The book will help you identify how best to integrate optimal train for both form and function.

It has exercises for strengthening, stabilizing, toning, shaping, and conditioning. Each exercise is fully illustrated and described in detail, including setup, action, and safety information.

"Do you want to be big and bulging, lean and sinewy, flexible and functional? What about pain free?" No matter what your goals are, you will learn to get there with all the information contained in this book.

4-0 out of 5 stars a great read for the fitness minded
The authors provide an easy read for any individual interested in starting a fitness program. A great book for athletes looking to enhance their current training programs. I definietly reccommend it to anyone looking to gain knowledge in the areas of physiology, training, and fitness. Any personal trainer, or individual in the health field can gain some great insight from this book. An easy read with with great pictorials and charts to help you out.

4-0 out of 5 stars nice book for sports training
The first part of the book starts by telling you more about the muscles (muscle types, how muscles are build up etc) and then explaining topics like volume work, different types of training like muscular endurance etc.Teh you read some more about functional flexibility.

In the second partthere are the exercises shown for the muscles of the upper body and thethird part goes more in detail about conditioning.

Also shown are someintermediate and advanced programs. What I do like is that it are notzillion exercise programms but short functional programms which can beinluded in a sportstraining program.

If you want to become big then readthe very excellent books beyond brawn and dinosaur training. (these 2 booksare for me rated 10 stars).

But this book is a nice manual which you caninclude for sports training instead of just body building. ... Read more

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