System of Bodybuilding - Book Review and Video Book Review
In my opinion, this
is probably the best and most informative book ever published about
bodybuilding and weight training. It is ideal for both people just
beginning to use weights and experienced bodybuilders looking to
refresh their workouts or obtain a different perspective. It is ideal
for people also just looking to add strength training to their workouts
or just wanting to add some muscle definition to their physique.
Nowadays you can cross-reference the information found in this book
with the exercise videos on YouTube and fitness sites like mine.
Although the book was published in 1983, the information contained in
this book is still very relevant till today, however you may have a
little trouble finding it, but it is still available online.
This book is proof that older content can still be as valuable,
relevant or more valuable and relevant than the newer content of today.
This is especially true in fitness and exercise.
Joe Weider with Bill Reynolds
I purchased The Weider System of Bodybuilding sometime around 1988 to
1990, after reading about this book in a bodybuilding magazine. I found
the information in fitness magazines to be all over the place (sort of
like the Internet) and a little overwhelming, confusing. I needed this
information to be centralized and easily accessible. Also, this was
before the Internet existed (at least for the masses, for everyone) and
at the time TV show shows on fitness and exercise were very limited, I
really needed a comprehensive information source all in 1 place about
weight training and bodybuilding. I was just beginning to train with
weights so I needed to educate myself about weight training and
bodybuilding both with text descriptions and photos and this book
allowed me to do just that.
I used this book to teach myself how to do various exercises for
various body parts, how each body part functions and I learned about
various training techniques along with structuring my weight training
workouts. I have read it from cover to cover and I have re-read many
sections numerous times, although presently, a lot of the information
is engrained in my memory.
divided into two sections. The first section describes different
training principles and techniques. The second section lists by chapter
the many different weight training exercises available for each muscle
group. Each chapter begins with a photo of a famous bodybuilder and the
anatomy of the particular muscle group that will be discussed followed
by detailed instructions on how to carry out each particular exercise.
This is done through photos and clear and concise descriptions of each
exercise broken down into the following headings: main area of
emphasis, method of performance, variations and training tips. What I
really like about this book is that there are a lot of different and
varied exercises which helps to keep your weight training workouts
interesting and varied. There is also a superb abdominal section and
expert advice and opinions from many bodybuilders are provided
throughout the book.
A few of the famous bodybuilders featured in this book include: Arnold
Schwarzenegger, Lou Ferrigno, Dr Franco Columbu, Frank Zane, Ray
Mentzer, Robby Robinson, Roy Callender.
I highly recommend the Weider System of Bodybuilding. I
am positive that it will be read, re-read and referenced for years to
I also have a short HD video book review which you can