What are some really good bodybuilding books?
- 11-02-2007, 02:50 AM
- 11-02-2007, 04:35 AM
The New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding by Arnold Schwarzenegger (Foreword by), Bill Dobbins
That's all I know..sorry I do most of my learning online or the magazines....but most of it can be summed up really quickly ...the magazines drag it out and recolor it all to make money with it.
I mean how exciting is this compared to a new magazine each week?
1. Workout hard - There are many different workout regimes, many that work well. Generally: Strength training is in the 6 rep range / Bodybuilding in the 8-10 rep range. - Rep range warmup: 15 ( sets 1 & 2 ) Working: 10, 8, 6 last three sets add drop sets to failure )
2. Fast Efficient Workouts = 1hr - This is not hard and fast but studies have shown that Cortisol rises after 1hr
3. Protein shake immediately after workout and then protein meal with carbs etc within 1hr
4. Creatine - Mono or CEE you decide. Both before and after workout.
5. Daily meals - 5 - 6 day ( including shakes ) protein = 1g per pound of body weight. Meal 1 ( breakies ) is shake plus oatmeal or whatever else you want ( apple is good fibre / system crap mover ), Meal 6 is post workout shake with creatine etc and then solid food meal. Carbs tapered down from morning to evening and fats tapered up from morning to evening. Protein is a constant.
6. Sleep 8 - 10 hrs a night ( very imp for all natural BB'ers )
7. Supps - Do you note the order in which these are and where supps come??? - a) Multivitamin / B complex b) Whey protein c) creatine e) Test boosters / stacks etc
Most importantly do you see the order of these things?
Exercises: Compound movements i.e. two arm two leg exercises.
1. Squats - Biggest muscle and boosts test like crazy, work em hard and see results big time.
2. Deadlifts / Chins / Bent over Rows / Pulldowns - 1st attempt either an palm up or palm down chin at the beginning of your back workout, if you can do one, try two, if you can do 15, add weight. Most important for back is to make the mind / muscle connection. Concentrate ( start with low weight and excellent form ) on getting a good contraction and not swinging with the weight. Calm controlled up down with good squeeze of lats at bottom of rep. All about the connection / squeeze
3. Leg press
4. Flat Bench Dumbell / Barbell - Always swap it up, it takes more muscle etc to do dumbells ( stabilizing muscles etc ) but switch it up - Start with dips to hit lower chest then move to flat bench / incline.
5. Core work - Abs / lower back - work the weaker harder.
This should give you a good idea....Best thing for test.....squats ....good form, warm up well, be careful and grow!
- 11-02-2007, 06:24 AM
- Supertraining by Mel Cunningham Siff
- Science and Practice of Strength Training, Second Edition by Vladimir M. Zatsiorsky
- Essentials of Weightlifting and Strength Training by Mohamed F. El-Hewie
- Dinosaur training: Lost secrets of strength and development by Brooks D Kubik
- Kelso's Shrug Book by Paul Kelso
- Super Squats: How to Gain 30 Pounds of Muscle in 6 Weeks by Randall J. Strossen
- Brother Iron, Sister Steel: A Bodybuilder's Book by Dave Draper
- Bill Pearl's Keys to the Inner Universe by Bill Pearl
- The Poliquin Principles: Successful Methods for Strength and Mass Development by Charles Poliquin
- Brawn, 3rd Edition by Stuart McRobert
- Beyond Brawn: The Insider's Encyclopedia on How to Build Muscle & Might by Stuart McRobert
- Practical Programming for Strength Training by Mark Rippetoe And Lon Kilgore
- Starting Strength by Mark Rippetoe
- Rock, Iron, Steel: The Book of Strength by Steve Justa
- Advanced Sports Nutrition by Dan Benardot
- Treat Your Own Rotator Cuff by Jim Johnson
- Fitness and Strength Training for All Sports : Theory, Methods, Programs by Jurgen Hartmann, Harold Tunnemann, Peter Klavora, and Peter Gaskovski
- Serious Strength Training by Tudor O. Bompa
- Periodization: Theory and Methodology of Training
by Tudor Bompa
- Supertraining by Mel Cunningham Siff
11-02-2007, 06:53 AM
11-02-2007, 07:47 AM
11-02-2007, 08:16 AM
Many other publications I reviewed did a great job of specializing but the Arnold book was the best overall book I found.
11-07-2007, 12:53 PM
Classics (Read these if you plan to seriously train for a number of years)
Supertraining by Mel Cunningham Siff
Science and Practice of Strength Training, Second Edition by Vladimir M. Zatsiorsky
Brother Iron, Sister Steel: A Bodybuilder's Book by Dave Draper
Starting Strength by Mark Rippetoe
Practical Programming for Strength Training by Mark Rippetoe And Lon Kilgore
Read these if you plan to hit it without much effort for only a couple of weeks
Richard Simmons' Better Body Book by Richard Simmons
Do it yourself;: Creative movement with innovative physical education equipment by Richard Simmons
11-07-2007, 01:21 PM
11-07-2007, 02:15 PM
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