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Oct 18, 2011

Are you serious?? You want me to critique 7 time Mr.Olympia?? How about you have a good-read of this website of Arnie's bodybuilding resume and then pop off @ the mouth...

http://www.bodybuildinguniverse.com/a...

This book is a must for all weightlifters. Even though the photo's are from the early 90's the tips are straight from the golden horses mouth. Doods' nasty with the iron. Recognize royalty when you see it.


This is a constant reference and is dubbed "the bible of bodybuilding" big up's to Are you serious?? You want me to critique 7 time Mr.Olympia?? How about you have a good-read of this website of Arnie's bodybuilding resume and then pop off @ the mouth...

http://www.bodybuildinguniverse.com/a...

This book is a must for all weightlifters. Even though the photo's are from the early 90's the tips are straight from the golden horses mouth. Doods' nasty with the iron. Recognize royalty when you see it.


This is a constant reference and is dubbed "the bible of bodybuilding" big up's to Brandon DiCola for one of the most useful birthday gifts ever. Love you, man! ...more
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Mar 21, 2019

There is so much to say about this book. Most of my Goodreads followers don’t know this, but I’m into weightlifting. I don’t have the Arnold body type at all, but I’d say I’m somewhat fit, maybe more the Bruce Lee type without the martial arts background. I’m not into lifting because of sports, looks, or because it’s trendy. It doesn’t matter why you are into lifting as long as you have a good reason. My reason is solely based on poor health as a teenager. I have something called cyclic vomiting There is so much to say about this book. Most of my Goodreads followers don’t know this, but I’m into weightlifting. I don’t have the Arnold body type at all, but I’d say I’m somewhat fit, maybe more the Bruce Lee type without the martial arts background. I’m not into lifting because of sports, looks, or because it’s trendy. It doesn’t matter why you are into lifting as long as you have a good reason. My reason is solely based on poor health as a teenager. I have something called cyclic vomiting syndrome, where I puke I can’t stop, I need IV’s hooked into me because I can’t drink fluids though my mouth. If I’m not careful, I will puke up blood and lose too much weight. It always off to the ER for me. Probably spent too much time in a hospital bed, but as I’ve gotten older and worked out more, I’ve noticed I’ve gotten better. I’m not 100%, but some days I feel golden. I’ve also had a stroke when I was in my teens, I’ve heard working out helps prevent strokes, not sure if it’s fully true, but helps me keep motivated and haven’t had another stroke since.

Now time to talk about the actual book. Overall, I loved this book. This isn’t something I’ll be reading once. Not going to reread the whole thing, but I will be looking back at certain parts from time to time. This has some very important and useful information about weightlifting and bodybuilding. You don’t have to look like Arnold to read this book. You can be underweight, overweight, young, old, male, female, doesn’t matter. You’ll most likely get something from this book. However, if you have no interest in weightlifting or bodybuilding, you won’t get much from this book, maybe you’ll start lifting or caring about your health more, which isn’t a bad thing to develop.

I loved the history of bodybuilding segment. Some of it I knew about already, but some names I didn’t know. There are tons of photos of half-naked muscular men in this book. Good for motivation (or eye-candy, whatever you prefer LOL). He briefly talks about how people lifted before the 19th century, but it seems like bodybuilding and actually caring about health didn’t kick in until the 19th century for the every-man. It was interesting how they developed their bodies back in the day, wouldn’t mind more of a history book on this topic though. One complaint I have about the first part is the lack of women lifters. He does talk about women’s health every now and then, but this book is more for men. Which makes sense to me because men and women don’t have the same body types and they work out differently than men. However, for the women reading this book, some photos and more information would have been helpful. Maybe there are books out there more for women.

When it comes to how to do a workout and finding a routine that fits your needs, I’ve found this book seems to do a better job than the internet. This book doesn’t have all the answers, so you will need extra help, but it’s better than watching a 10 min video on how to do a bench press where the person talks too fast or doesn’t have the right camera angels all the time. Each exercise gets a least two or more paragraphs, but not too long. They have photos and diagrams how to do the lift and they show you different ways to alter the lift. Moreover, sometimes I need a quick how-to before I lift and the internet doesn’t always work at my house nor do I want to get too distracted doing other things before my workout, so this book was just the thing I needed for that reason.

The diet and health parts I skipped some glanced over. I’m sure I don’t need to know how to lose fat right now; I don’t have much fat on me. At times, this book is a little dated. There is always new studies and scientific breakthroughs that change the way we look at ourselves. The over message of this section isn’t dated though. If your skinny like me, it’s a no-brainier you need to eat more or if your fat you need to eat less, but don’t over eat or under eat, just eat smarter. In addition, going back to the workout section, that part isn’t dated either. A bench press is a bench press. How you do a bench press most likely won’t ever change. I was told not to get this book because it was date, yet here I am reading this find most of the information still useful for basics. Moreover, someone who is famous on Instagram, YouTube, or Facebook doesn’t write this book. I don’t get the feeling this is all a fraud to make money off people who are desperate. He doesn’t talk like a know-it-all, but he doesn’t talk like an asshole either, sorry but there are a ton of asshole trainers for some reason that just want money and fame, but that’s another tale for another time.

Most of this book is dedicated to bodybuilding more than any other weightlifting sport. I’m not a bodybuilder, nor do I want to compete, but my workouts seem to be bodybuilding related. I tried to read one of Bruce Lee’s books, maybe I read the wrong one, but it was insightful, but not helpful for someone not doing martial arts, so I got this book instead. While I’ll never go into completion, I found it interesting to read the behind-the-scenes of those shows. For what Arnold says, there is a lot of dedication and attitude put into just showing off your aesthetic body. You can't just have workout a few months and say okay I ready, nor can you just compete as if you’re the best-looking person on stage. For what I got out of this, most of them seem like friends and workout partners. They have chemistry and they seem to compete as if they were old friend playing chess.

Overall, this book was exactly what I need. If only I read this in college when I started lifting weights. However, I feel more focused after reading this book. I care more about science than I use too and I actually want to keep better track of my measurements now. I really can’t go back to 120-125 lbs, that’s my sick weight. I should note this is an encyclopedia. Part of this is history, part of this is a how-to, parts are health and diet, and some motivation (but I would call this self-help, you have to find your own motivation). I say buy this book if you’re interested or do this type of stuff. It’s not something you’ll read once and never see it again.

More importantly, read this book in Arnold’s girlie man voice for entertainment value. ...more
5

Apr 14, 2010

This book really surprised me; I picked it up at the library, on a lark, to see how it differed from my current gym philosophy. I was shocked to find a thoughtful, well researched, and balanced approach to weight training that didn't focus exclusively on bulk, but rather form and to some extent one man's personal journey to achieve the height of his field.

Arnold is strangly free of hype or bombast in these pages, and rarely does he even mention his successes. There is a naked humilty and honest This book really surprised me; I picked it up at the library, on a lark, to see how it differed from my current gym philosophy. I was shocked to find a thoughtful, well researched, and balanced approach to weight training that didn't focus exclusively on bulk, but rather form and to some extent one man's personal journey to achieve the height of his field.

Arnold is strangly free of hype or bombast in these pages, and rarely does he even mention his successes. There is a naked humilty and honest drive towards self improvement that made me read the book cover to cover. I have been doing Crossfit and gymjones.com style workouts for nearly three years and thought I wouldn't find much value here; I was wrong. What was refreshing about this book is Arnold's admitance that there is no one true path towards fitness, there is only one's own personal goal and one should educate themselves on how to achieve it accordingly. The examples, photos, and diagrams provided are excellent. Arnold's tone is encouraging without being preachy or condecending. It is obvious he believes in the positive power of fitness as a tool for self betterment and as a way of life.

Perhaps the most refreshing aspect of the book is his thankfulness and acknowledement of those who helped him along the way, an his insistance that the single most important factor in determining your success in the gym (aside from your own determination and goals) is a good gym partner; someone to help keep you motivated and visa versa.

As a reference, this work is top notch. If you plan on making the transformation of your body a priority, check this book out. ...more
5

August 10, 2015

A must read for anyone with serious aspirations to improve their physique
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June 24, 2015

This can be provided for free :( Learning new things cost much :(
5

December 8, 2015

Very Grateful to read this book. Good and detailed info abt. Bodybuilding muscle and exercises. Thnk u Arnold sir...
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Mar 25, 2013

I disagree with his methodology and presuppositions, but this book is a classic. I seriously doubt he wrote most of it, but it's good information nonetheless. Relying on good 1990s scholarship, A.S (I refuse to spell his name) explains basic kinesiology, body types, and strategies for realistic gains.

He goes through the different types of exercises and how to do them safely. He ends with a nutrional guideline, while good, is highly unrealistic for the average budget.

Pros:
1. You really get I disagree with his methodology and presuppositions, but this book is a classic. I seriously doubt he wrote most of it, but it's good information nonetheless. Relying on good 1990s scholarship, A.S (I refuse to spell his name) explains basic kinesiology, body types, and strategies for realistic gains.

He goes through the different types of exercises and how to do them safely. He ends with a nutrional guideline, while good, is highly unrealistic for the average budget.

Pros:
1. You really get everything you bargain for. He goes into super detail on essentially every facet of weight lifting (notice I did not say Strength Training).

2. His workout plans are fairly good for the most part, but presuppose ready access to a gym.

Cons:
1. He does'nt really tell you how to work up to a goal. For backs he says to do 50 chin ups a workout at 5x10. I can actually do that, but it took four years to do it. *Convict Conditioning* and even the much-inferior *50 Chin Ups in 7 Weeks* give you much better programs on how to meet goals.

2. You have to be upper middle class to really benefit. Eating 100+ grams of protein a day, along with gym membership (and that is a must; you will not get an "Arnold"-sized chest without bench press) takes a toll on the bank account.

3. His workout schedule is fairly exhausting even for those who are really strong and have good cardio. Burn out is very easy.

4. I think a mix of bodyweight and weightlifting offers the best result for the average male. This way the body muscle groups grow in proportion to each other so that you don't look like a washed-out steroid junkie.

Conclusion:
I offered a lot of criticisms of this book, but that shouldn't leave the wrong impression. This book is the ultimate reference guide for strength training, full stop. ...more
5

Nov 28, 2012

The New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding by Arnold Schwarzenegger was written in 1992. This is not a comedy or an action book; this book falls into its own category, bodybuilding. As most of you know, Arnold was a professinal bodybuilder and was the first well known bodybuilder. Due to this, this is his only book. There are no sequels, rising action, or climax. Just strictly bodybuilding. This is not a novel that you can read in a few weeks. The New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding is over The New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding by Arnold Schwarzenegger was written in 1992. This is not a comedy or an action book; this book falls into its own category, bodybuilding. As most of you know, Arnold was a professinal bodybuilder and was the first well known bodybuilder. Due to this, this is his only book. There are no sequels, rising action, or climax. Just strictly bodybuilding. This is not a novel that you can read in a few weeks. The New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding is over 800 pages and goes over many different topics from Arnold himself including; nutrition, bodybuilding workouts/exercises, history of bodybuilding as a whole and lots of half-naked pictures of the legendary Arnold. The whole concept of this book is all about bodybuilding and expanding the different topics involved. The lengh of this book caught my eye, 800 plus pages all on bodybuilding. I have yet to finish the Encyclopedia, but i am okay with that. I cant get enough of Arnold. I really liked the fact that The New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding had so many different topics, for example, exercises and movements. As a reader you can focus on one part you are interrested in and learn do much more about it. One thing that makes Arnold stand out is his additude, he is very serious but fun at the same time. "The worst thing I could be, is the same as everybody else. I'd hate that." A famous qoute from Arnold, fits this book perfectly. Even as a reader you feel different from everybody else. Who do you know that reads a 800 page book on bodybuilding? Beacuse of this, i highly recomend The New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding to any bodybuilding fan or bodybuilder. The book will not benenfit you if you are not interested in the sport. Overall, the value of this book is awesome... to fellow bodybuilders. ...more
5

Aug 05, 2015

This is "the" reference manual for bodybuilding. I find this book to be very interesting and helpful for any athlete involved in strength training, regardless as to whether you are interested in competitive bodybuilding or not.
5

Apr 13, 2017

This well and truly is The Bible of bodybuilding. Anyone considering spending more than an hour a week in the gym should get this book.

Read it once to get the gist, keep it forever as a reference book. I bought the Kindle version, but will probably get the physical version now to keep around.
5

Aug 29, 2013

Its like learning from the master.
I have had the pleasure to get hold of this book, very early . Because majority of people i know who are also a bit inclined towards fitness, read this book after 3-4 years of struggle in making their perfect physique.
I am still new in this arena of fitness and i read this book. Every thing is presented with full explanations and also science behind weight lifting, muscle growth. How to perform an exercise, what is a set, what time to do exercise, workout Its like learning from the master.
I have had the pleasure to get hold of this book, very early . Because majority of people i know who are also a bit inclined towards fitness, read this book after 3-4 years of struggle in making their perfect physique.
I am still new in this arena of fitness and i read this book. Every thing is presented with full explanations and also science behind weight lifting, muscle growth. How to perform an exercise, what is a set, what time to do exercise, workout routines,etc,. You ask for it and this book has everything in it. From "Mindset of bodybuilder" to "Bodytypes", you can learn everything about bodybuilding .
I loved this book and will always be using this for reference. ...more
5

Mar 14, 2017

This is the ultimate guide to classic bodybuilding. I read this 2 years ago and still refer back to it. It only took me a few days to read the entire encyclopedia.
Nothing captures the essence of what bodybuilding is about quite like this book. I would 100% recommend this to anyone with an interest in bodybuilding or even just weight training.
5

Jan 10, 2017

I wish I read this years ago.

Covers everything you could possibly want to learn about bodybuilding in a interesting and insightful manner. Can be used all the way from being a novice through entering your first contest. It's all there.
5

Dec 27, 2016

This book is truly the bodybuilding Bible is pronounces itself to be. Every page is dense with good information , the pictures are drooling and the advice is immaculate. Going to use it extensively to improve my training.
5

Oct 25, 2013

Hands down the greatest book out there for bodybuilders from any skill level, and any walk of life.
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Aug 14, 2013

Interesting read.

However, one can't help but think that maybe Arnold was a little out of touch with the reality of training for the average guy. After discussing the fact that some muscle groups, in particular the lower back, recover slowly, Arnold gives his Level 1 training program. It includes these exercises (among others):

* Monday/Thursday
Barbell Rows
Deadlifts

* Tuesday/Friday
Clean and Press

* Wednesday/Saturday
Squats
Straight-Leg Deadlifts
Good Mornings

So you're hammering your lower back 6 days Interesting read.

However, one can't help but think that maybe Arnold was a little out of touch with the reality of training for the average guy. After discussing the fact that some muscle groups, in particular the lower back, recover slowly, Arnold gives his Level 1 training program. It includes these exercises (among others):

* Monday/Thursday
Barbell Rows
Deadlifts

* Tuesday/Friday
Clean and Press

* Wednesday/Saturday
Squats
Straight-Leg Deadlifts
Good Mornings

So you're hammering your lower back 6 days a week! It appears that Arnold did not take into account the slow recovery of the lower back he mentioned earlier.

How to explain this? My best guess: Arnold was essentially superhuman, and these kinds of concerns didn't matter to him. In writing the book, he gave lip service to what he knew were widely held beliefs about training... but then gave the types of routines he would do, without really thinking about the incongruity. ...more
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Aug 04, 2007

Growing up, my dad was a powerlifter (like a body builder but focused on raw lifting power as opposed to sculpting the body into a perfectly symmetric form) so I pulled down his copy of Arnold's tome and poured over it. In college, I used it as a reference while lifting weights and now, years later, I have the revised edition on my bookshelf and refreshed my knowledge before I started lifting again this year.

As it's for 'modern' bodybuilding, the examples are frequently with machines but since I Growing up, my dad was a powerlifter (like a body builder but focused on raw lifting power as opposed to sculpting the body into a perfectly symmetric form) so I pulled down his copy of Arnold's tome and poured over it. In college, I used it as a reference while lifting weights and now, years later, I have the revised edition on my bookshelf and refreshed my knowledge before I started lifting again this year.

As it's for 'modern' bodybuilding, the examples are frequently with machines but since I only lift dumbbells I often need to find a way to convert from various machines to plain dumbbells. Thankfully there are a few good sites on the web to help with that. ...more
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Jul 29, 2017

This Encyclopedia is pretty informative, however, I feel that the results are a matter of genetics and body frame. If you are naturally leaner (and comfortable with maintaining that body type) you can still use this Encyclopedia to keep your body firm and to maintain your bodyweight, just do not expect to look like a bodybuilder that has bulging biceps and six-pack abdominal muscles.

I have done research concerning abdominal muscles and I have discovered that the majority of the men that possess This Encyclopedia is pretty informative, however, I feel that the results are a matter of genetics and body frame. If you are naturally leaner (and comfortable with maintaining that body type) you can still use this Encyclopedia to keep your body firm and to maintain your bodyweight, just do not expect to look like a bodybuilder that has bulging biceps and six-pack abdominal muscles.

I have done research concerning abdominal muscles and I have discovered that the majority of the men that possess it, are genetically inclined, that is to say, that whether they exercise five days a week for two hours or one day a week for a half an hour, they still maintain a full six-pack appearance.

In a nutshell, don't wear yourself out trying to look like Arnold. Respect your body for what it is and value your health. If you're skinny, flaunt it. If you're overweight and looking for change, commit yourself to losing the weight.

The most important thing you can do for yourself as a person, is to ensure that your body can stand the trial of a long lifespan. ...more
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Mar 12, 2017

-1 star since there were no instant results :P

A classic, and a good one. Although first published in 1985 and updated in 1999, Schwarzenegger's encyclopedia is still relevant today. Complete with a history of competitive bodybuilding, anatomy, and lifting plans, Schwarzenegger covers it all. Word of caution - don't read only this book. Since 1999, some of the science has been at least partial debunked (specifically - somatotypes). For beginner lifting, Stronglifts 5x5 works well for me and my -1 star since there were no instant results :P

A classic, and a good one. Although first published in 1985 and updated in 1999, Schwarzenegger's encyclopedia is still relevant today. Complete with a history of competitive bodybuilding, anatomy, and lifting plans, Schwarzenegger covers it all. Word of caution - don't read only this book. Since 1999, some of the science has been at least partial debunked (specifically - somatotypes). For beginner lifting, Stronglifts 5x5 works well for me and my goals.

Schwarzenegger frequently comes back to the concept that training is a means to an end, and that end is a more impressive physique through reduced body fat and larger muscles. This contrasts starkly with the objectives of weightlifting/powerlifting - lifting the maximum weight possible for one rep. As such, Schwarzenegger emphasizes the importance of maintaining mental focus on the muscles and what they are doing. Target the core muscles for each exercise and when you cheat on a rep - do it intentionally and mindfully to reach your goals.

Particularly from the injury prevention perspective, bodybuilding makes a lot of sense compared to the powerlifting mindset I was in before (chasing the 1000lb club, etc). Reading this book has helped me to reframe my goals to focus on my body. My goals are now more subjective than the objectivity of "I can lift X pounds," but they are my goals after all. :)

A great number of the 800+ pages are dedicated to photos of bodybuilders from over the years. Each has their own specific strengths and weaknesses. Along with the "focus on your muscles" concept, my second major takeaway from this book is the human anatomy I learned. The book is illustrated with silhouettes with sketched muscles alongside photos of bodybuilders holding the same pose. This gives a clear picture of how muscular structure manifests itself internally and externally. While I definitely won't reach the level of physique of competitive bodybuilders, I now know that deltoids have 3 heads, triceps are horseshoe-shaped, and a 6 pack typically starts above the belly button. TIL.

Would recommend. ...more
4

Mar 28, 2019

I finally have the perfect body. In my freezer, at home. Kidding.

But I do have an eye for beauty. And fit, hot people are, well, pretty.

I never understood those BIG, BIG guys though. Until Arnie, the Iron Oak himself, explained it to me in this book.

Think of a bodybuilder as a sculptor in flesh. Appreciate the craftsmanship, the dedication, the time, the effort it takes. He unlocked bodybuilding for me in the history section, and for the first time ever, I got it.

And then he gives training I finally have the perfect body. In my freezer, at home. Kidding.

But I do have an eye for beauty. And fit, hot people are, well, pretty.

I never understood those BIG, BIG guys though. Until Arnie, the Iron Oak himself, explained it to me in this book.

Think of a bodybuilder as a sculptor in flesh. Appreciate the craftsmanship, the dedication, the time, the effort it takes. He unlocked bodybuilding for me in the history section, and for the first time ever, I got it.

And then he gives training routines and details that's pretty much all you'll ever need.

A gift to the world.

And as comprehensive a reference as you could get.
...more
5

Nov 04, 2019

This really is the bible for bodybuilding.

The wealth information contained within is outstanding and sure to help any novice bodybuilder or person interested in the sport.

I found myself skimming maybe a third of the content due to having no personal aspirations for competitive bodybuilding, but I still recommend this for people who just want to get into shape and look good.

Arnold wrote this book for non-professionals and professionals alike. This is a very easy to read book, Arnold writes with a This really is the bible for bodybuilding.

The wealth information contained within is outstanding and sure to help any novice bodybuilder or person interested in the sport.

I found myself skimming maybe a third of the content due to having no personal aspirations for competitive bodybuilding, but I still recommend this for people who just want to get into shape and look good.

Arnold wrote this book for non-professionals and professionals alike. This is a very easy to read book, Arnold writes with a touch of humour and wit that certainty does not make any of it a boring read. ...more
5

Oct 27, 2017

This is the ultimate reference for anyone looking to weight lift. I'm not looking to become a bodybuilder and this book is still extremely helpful. I was surprised at how in-depth everything was and how much detail. Not everything was relevant, sections on bodybuilding competition training and prep since I don't plan on competing at all.

This encyclopedia can be beneficial to men or women looking to improve in the gym. Highly recommend.
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Aug 24, 2017

- amazing introduction into the history and modern bodybuilding
- first-hand personal experience of one of the greatest bodybuilders of all time
- I felt that the book did not dedicate enough time to focus on the individual exercises and diet plans
- as a whole, the book could have pointed out more controversies in bodybuilding as well as what the negative sides of the sports are (besides illegal substance abuse)
5

Nov 29, 2017

This book contains a tremendous amount of information (including but not limited to tips, guides and suggestions) with respect to different approaches to bodybuilding. Highly recommended to people who appreciate an intellectual and a physical challenge.

TIP: Despite appreciating the book's attempt to simplify complex processes and ideas, i wouldn't necessary recommend this book to the absolute beginner.
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Jul 11, 2017

Advice from Arnold himself, the 7-time Mr Olympia, you won't go wrong with this book if you're starting bodybuilding, is already doing so, or heck even if you do not know anything about bodybuilding.

A great deal of the philosophy of bodybuilding can be applied to life - relentless will, unwavering discipline, thirst for knowledge about what works and what does not, etc. Here you can get a glimpse of how the elites in this sport think and work.

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