Former Editor-in-Chief of the French magazine PowerMag, Frederic Delavier is currently a journalist for the French magazine Le Monde du Muscle and a contributor to several other strength training/bodybuilding publications, including Men's Health Germany. Delavier won the French power-lifting title in 1988 and he makes annual presentations on the sports applications of biomechanics at conferences in Switzerland. His teaching efforts have earned him the Grand Prix de Techniques et de Pedagogie Sportive.
I'm very impressed with this useful book. I've lifted weights for a long time and I appreciate knowing how best to work certain muscles. I also like to do lifts that are easy on former injuries but still work the muscles. This is a perfect book for that.
Knowing what muscles your exercises use is critical to someone serious about gaining strength and building muscle. This book has those answers and is very easy to read and understand.
The book is the best one for both men and women. The author's book for women only deals with the lower part of a woman. News flash . . . we have an upper part too. And furthermore, we care about it just as much as our butts and thighs.
This books covers it all and also has drawings of women as well as men. It's really a great book and if you lift weights (and you should) this book is something you really should have.
It gives you instructions for all of the exercises you'll need and it shows exactly what muscle groups or muscle it works. It helps you avoid injury as well.
A great book. I highly recommend it to both men and women.
The everything strength training and anatomy manual2007/9/16
The everything strength training and anatomy manual
As a strength training enthusiast and a exercise book author, I constantly seek information to bolster my know-how when it comes to fitness. Many books rehash the same stuff time and time again, like a broken record. Some excel beyond the ooze and do what they are supposed to do--educate. Strength Training Anatomy does just that; it is no lightweight when it comes to strength training know-how.
This book breaks every conceivable strength training exercise down into muscle groups. It teaches exactly how to perform multiple exercises for every body part. It also uses extensive illustrations to indicate exactly which prime and secondary muscles are called into play for each exercise. I believe to train most effectively you must have some understanding of the muscular system--how muscles work, their function during exercise. I have found no better book to teach this.
My advice is buy it, keep it on your shelf, and reference it often. Congratulations, Frederic; there is a reason you have sold so many copies of this book.
Hope this helps, Craig Nybo, [ ... ]
Incredibly Well Illustrated2008/2/27
Chan Joon Yee
The drawings in this book are certainly some of the best I've seen in this category.
In terms of content, this book is divided into various body parts namely arms, shoulders, chest, back, legs, buttocks and abdomen. There are more than 10 exercises under each section. For each body part, a series of exercises highlighting the muscles involved are presented. All active muscles are highlighted and the passive ones are labelled as well. Note accompany the drawings to provide instructions on how each exercise should be performed.
Both male and female bodies are featured. Exercises featured include those using free weights and machines. After reading this book, anyone interested in strength training (not necessarily serious bodybuilding) should be able to choose a few exercises that will suit his/her needs. No need for expensive gym equipment or memberships. The book shows us that some highly effective exercises can be performed at home or the children's playground.
Once again, the drawings are simply awesome. A great reference book for anyone who is intrested in strength training.
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Excellent Guide to Muscles2006/12/14
This is by far one of the best books out there for viewing exactly how each muscle will be worked during a vast variety of different weight training excercises. I use it often as I rearrange my work-outs. Avoid the women's book as it barely includes any upper body. Just use this one for both men and women.
An excellent motivator - it is frequently in my hands at 5am2006/4/21
Brett A. Saffell
At one point I thought I knew what I needed to know to benefit from regular weight-lifting. I'd look forward to new editions of Men's Health in order to learn about new exercises to help motivate myself. Thanks to this book, I've realized just how little I really knew, and I can get the motivation of a new exercise or a fresh workout every time I pick this book off the shelf. In fact on cold, dark, early mornings it is frequently in my hands, motivating me to get out the door to the gym before work.
I would agree with previous reviewers - the diagrams are excellent and educational. Also, the sections on weight-lifting injuries (and how to avoid them) are invaluable.
I feel like I should mention that this is the only weight-lifting book I've ever purchased - it is the first and only title I've ever needed.