Men’s Health: The Book of Muscle : The World’s Most Authoritative Guide to Building Your Body

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Men’s Health The Book of Muscle by Lou Schuler and Ian King is the World’s Most AUTHORITATIVE Guide to Building Your Body You probably know a lot about building muscle. You know which curl is the best for your biceps, you do every possible exercise for your abdominals, and your 20-set bench-press routine is the

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Men’s Health The Book of Muscle by Lou Schuler and Ian King is the World’s Most AUTHORITATIVE Guide to Building Your Body

You probably know a lot about building muscle. You know which curl is the best for your biceps, you do every possible exercise for your abdominals, and your 20-set bench-press routine is the envy of everyone in the gym. So why haven’t you gotten the results you want?

This book has the answer. In fact, it probably answers every question you’ve ever asked about how your muscles work: What makes them grow? What makes them show? Why didn’t that champion bodybuilder’s routine work for you?

But The Book of Muscle does more than just explain how your muscles work. It also gives you comprehensive muscle-building programs from a world-class trainer.

Ian King has spent 2 decades as strength coach to world-champion and Olympic athletes. He is in wide demand as a lecturer on athletic preparation and physique development, and he is a popular contributor to Men’s Health magazine and T-mag.com, the most popular bodybuilding Web site on the planet. Now, for the first time, he brings his extraordinary knowledge and unique muscle-building systems to a book meant for regular guys who like to work out and want to see better results than they’ve gotten from conventional programs.

Here’s what you get from The Book of Muscle that you can’t get from any other book:

Three complete 6-month, progressive workout programs created by Ian King to optimize muscle growth by juxtaposing opposing muscle actions

Ian King’s revolutionary training-age system to help you determine which program is right for you

Complete abdominal training that ensures you’ll not only get that coveted six-pack but also develop the muscles that prevent injuries and produce better performance on the field–any field

Vital advice on warming up, stretching, and recovering between workouts

The latest and best information on how you need to eat to make your muscles grow
If you’ve never before bought a workout book, this should be your first. And if you’ve tried all the others, this is the one that finally delivers everything you have ever wanted to know but couldn’t find in one place.
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 them grow, 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

Comments

Justus Pendleton says:

Excellent first book In many respects this is the perfect first book for someone looking to get into regular exercise. More than most other books in the genre, this one seems to have more than a modicum of scientific understanding backing it. The first sections set the tone, going over the actual science of muscles, why they get bigger, and how. The authors know their audience, though, and don’t overdo the science. However, if you are going to lift weights then you need some level of understanding of what things work and why. This first section gives you that. I personally would have liked to see more scientific detail and references but understand that that probably would alienate large chunks of their target audience.After that primer you get introduced to the major muscles and the exercises that target them. There are also sections on diet, warming up, and stretching. While none of these sections are comprehensive, and many have been done better elsewhere, they are done well enough here…

Karl Miller "kemspeaks" says:

Excellent for any Level Ironhead Finally, Men’s Fitness has gotten it right – a book that does not promise immediate results…but instead one that helps you formulate a plan, that is equal part guide to the weightroom, solid nutritional advice, and key principals for involving the mind in your workout. This is without a doubt their best book yet on the value (and IMPORTANCE) of personal fitness.Ian King may not be the best known name in the world of fitness, but among weightlifters, he is known for hard core, no-nonsense weight training, with functionality stressed over mere muscle mass. Along with Men’s Health regular Lou Schuler, they have compiled the best muscle guide to come out of Rodale Press – and one of the best guides I have ever read.Along with showcasing the various muscle groups, and giving well explained details of their importance, the book goes on to spotlight various exercises for each group. What is nice about the exercise pages is that they show great variation in order to allow for…

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