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Strength Training Anatomy

4.26  ·  Rating Details ·  1,725 Ratings  ·  68 Reviews
Discover for yourself the magic of Strength Training Anatomy, one of the best-selling strength training books ever published!

Get an intricate look at strength training from the inside out. Strength Training Anatomy, with over 850,000 copies already sold, brings anatomy to life with more than 400 full-color illustrations. This detailed artwork showcases the muscles used dur
Paperback, 144 pages
Published October 26th 2005 by Human Kinetics Publishers (first published 1998)
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Apr 12, 2016 OSMAN ASLAN rated it it was amazing
This is probably one of the most beneficial books ever written ! !
First of all, i would like to note that there is NO ARABIC edition of the book, so my Arabs would be hesitate having it
But I can assure you that you will be able to understand it with just a little bit of English , it's not that complicated
because most of the words and phrases are
commonly used at gyms everywhere , like ( barbell, biceps, curl, rep ...etc )
Plus, The artist did a fantastic job positioning and drawing the body to em
Jul 21, 2014 Smeg rated it it was amazing
An amazing reference book for strength training. Got a body part or section of that just won't bulk up or strengthen. This is the book/series for you. Not only do the illustrations provide in-depth yet simple information as to the function of specific muscles in the most common exercises in the gym, but also details the correct method of performing the exercise. Whether you are just starting a gym program for the first time or a seasoned professional this book (& #2) are the ultimate referen ...more
Laura (Kyahgirl)
When I decided to brush up on weight training I got several books out of the library including this one and the one written by Delavier for women. This book was the best and I wouldn't even consider the one for women because some fool forgot to put arm exercises in that one!

This book show several different exercises using free weights or gym style weight machines for each muscle group. There are fabulous drawings of the muscles on various parts of the body, descriptions of how to slightly modif
Nov 30, 2007 Kevin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Artists and those interested in good Physical Fitness
This book is part of a series of books that give great detailed information on proper physical fitness, as well as the anatomical structure of muscles.

I suggest all artists and anyone interested in physical fitness to have this on their shelves.
Apr 15, 2008 Tami rated it it was amazing
Sometimes, I get frustrated when exercising. I know that a little strength training is supposed to be good for my bones while promoting weight loss. Unfortunately, I usually only have half a clue about what I'm doing. Thus, much of my workout is spent worrying whether I'm doing the movements correctly, hoping I don't hurt myself, and wishing I had a personal trainer to tell me what to do.

Strength Training Anatomy is definitely a better alternative. This book includes 15 different strength train
Shawn Mccarthy
Great reference for someone just getting started and looking for visual explanation of how to perform many of the common freeweight (and machine resistance) exercises. The title might be a slight misnomer as it focuses more on isolation movements that build size vs. compound movements that more efficiently improve overall strength, but that's my only real complaint. Actually, one of two: there are no females shown performing any of the exercises. Presumably the author saved those for the women's ...more
Mario Tomic
Feb 22, 2014 Mario Tomic rated it really liked it
Amazing book for anyone involved with weight lifting. The illustrations are super simple yet have everything you need to know about the most important exercises. This is essential reading no matter if you're a beginner or advanced lifter and will help you develop a deeper understanding how your body works. Highly recommended!
Ehab Fathy
Jun 02, 2015 Ehab Fathy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: رياضة
Very useful reference , It helps me to improve my hobby the bodybuilding.
A lot of informations and details about our body , Actually i benefited from the training techniques and the explain about it .
Hayel Barakat
Aug 10, 2015 Hayel Barakat rated it really liked it
Shelves: رياضة
A fundamental book for bodybuilding
Nov 18, 2009 Henry rated it really liked it
Shelves: fitness
This book demonstrates some of the basic exercises used for strength training and for building muscle mass. Each exercise includes a beautiful drawing showing the muscles worked. A side bar explains the exercise. Variations to some exercises are included, plus warnings as to what to avoid to keep good form. The main focus of the book though is the beautiful illustrations. It doesn't include workouts or any other information. All and all, a great addition to every fitness enthusiast collection.
Feb 22, 2014 Jayalchemist rated it it was amazing
Not counting the Arnold Schwarzenegger Encyclopedia of Bodybuilding, which I've bought both in a physical book and kindle, this book in my opinion is numbers one to a bodybuilder's best-friend when it regards the knowledge of how the body works. This book helps one understand why an exercise movement may help developed that particular muscle, as well as the correct form in which that exercise is executed. It also names the muscles individually, which in tern gives more of that mind muscle connec ...more
Jun 23, 2010 Andy rated it really liked it
Found a book about lifting weights that I really liked. Each page is dominated by a drawing of the body, and each muscle is labeled. Very cool. Each exercise is explained in the simplest of terms in combination with a smaller picture showing the muscle contracted and in a state of rest.

You could learn to draw using this book, or you could, like, lift weights.
Jan 31, 2016 Eire rated it it was amazing
This book is great for anyone who wants to understand the anatomy of our body and its effects on weight training. There is a color coded page in the front highlighting all the main muscle groups. It goes over weight training exercise with machines dumbbells barbells and bands. Each chapter is dedicated to a body part that lists several ways t o perform that exercise. The exercises are broken down on how to perform an exercise and they dedicate a lot of space to problem areas like bicrp brachii t ...more
Blair Armstrong
Dec 11, 2010 Blair Armstrong rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
found this book to be very comprehensive and valuable in its simplicity and clarity. Understanding how each muscle works and what is proper movement and form when pushing weights is what this book is all about.
Петър Стойков
Книгата е с хубави анатомични илюстрации, но самата тя няма абсолютно нищо общо със силови тренировки, а е типичната "фитнес" книга препоръчваща и описваща упражнения като сгъване с една ръка с гръб към скрипеца, приклекнал, на един крак, докато пееш Марсилезата, защото така най-много се напомпвал бицепса. Преувеличавам естествено, но защо заглавието е Анатомия на силовите тренировки, след като в нея не само има фитнес/бодибилдинг упражнения, ами и нито едно силово упражнение, а описаната анатом ...more
Jun 16, 2015 Denise rated it it was amazing
There is an updated version of this book. I borrowed this particular one from a friend of mine who is a personal trainer. I love all of this author's books on physical training and bodybuilding. This is an especially good read for up and coming personal trainers or for novices who are just starting to work out. It has great anatomical drawings of the human muscular system and very easy to read information about how to use proper form for each exercise. The updated edition has even more to offer! ...more
Julia Jarlbäck
Jul 13, 2015 Julia Jarlbäck rated it it was amazing
I love this book. When I was curious about strength training, this was THE encyclopedia book of exercises for me. By visually explaining involved muscles, a deeper understanding from the beginning made. I've lost the book and now, five years later, it has been found once again. I am still fascinated of how aesthetic the bodies look and how pleasing it is to know the name of all the different muscles worked.
Jun 14, 2014 Clayton rated it it was amazing
The most important book for me in getting started weightlifting at the start of 2014. Understanding what muscle groups exercises actually affect. I used this book develop my M-F workout routine. Since then I have found other exercises outside of the book to get me to switch up the exercises I do. This was the most basic/simple supplemental book related to how to do shit at the gym. to biceps up to this book
Apr 07, 2015 Chuck rated it really liked it
Wonderful book. Perhaps the layout could be improved slightly in a few places (I haven't seen the 3rd edition, so maybe some changes were made) but it's accurate and comprehensive and the illustrations are high quality (though some of the anatomical naked ladies are a little weird).
Amr Khaled
Aug 08, 2015 Amr Khaled rated it liked it
Shelves: gym
Great reference book.
Nothing too fancy, just the basics.
The illustrations are pretty useful & the tips are easily applied to the real world.
There's no program outlined, but the book promises none. It's just a guideline for the lifts as a whole.
Muhammad Al Shalwi
Apr 15, 2016 Muhammad Al Shalwi rated it it was amazing
Amazing book for anyone involved with weight lifting. The illustrations are super simple yet have everything you need to know about the most important exercises ...more
Aug 03, 2012 Jess rated it really liked it
After reading Strength Training Anatomy and putting it on the shelf, I find I still refer to it periodically when I consider form and what I’m trying to accomplish with weights and movement. The book covers traditional weightlifting and mentions common injuries and how to have correct form. I own a couple of books on these subjects but find I look at this one most. The illustrations are decent and clarify what lies under the skin. When I was starting strength training with weights, I found it to ...more
Jessica Austin
Jun 28, 2014 Jessica Austin rated it really liked it
Shelves: fitness
Excellent illustrations. Lots of info on stretches, modifications for different morphology, and mechanics of injuries. However, it's not a particularly good source on *how* to complete an exercise.
Noah Svensson
Jan 03, 2015 Noah Svensson rated it it was amazing
This book gives seriously the best insight into the theory behind strength training i've ever come across. I've fanatically been training now, but never actually put effort in trying to understand what I was doing. This book gives me finally the idea that I now understand what I've been spending my spare time and money on the last three years. It contains clear pictures of muscle structure, what causes inflammations, how to prevent it, how to train. This is just perfect.

I can recommend this book
Very useful with clear illustrations, but it always bothered me how the men and women are depicted... the women are shown doing exercises like the abductor machine or the exercises that require her to bend over. Solid reference book, just be aware.
William Vysniauskas
Found it very helpful in my bodybuilding training, back in those days. I believe this book is a must for anyone, who wishes to be in strength training game.
Adriano Vretaros
Nov 30, 2015 Adriano Vretaros rated it liked it
This book and others by the same author in order to describe the strength training anatomy is interesting the description of images with rich detail.
Zhen Ren
Dec 12, 2015 Zhen Ren rated it it was amazing
I always keep this reference around during training. This book to weight training is just like a dictionary to language study.
Apr 19, 2012 Mikko rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sports, biology, skimmed
An excellent reference book for anyone going to the gym even semi-regularly. The drawings are simply amazing, illustrating brilliantly which muscles each movement and variation works. The writing is quite terse but this isn't a shortfall as the text is there mostly just to supplement the drawings. There are a few longer pieces; I especially liked "Adapting training to your morpholgy", which did a great job explaining why I always feel like I'l snap in half when squatting and what I can do to rem ...more
Jul 22, 2011 Mimi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fitness
As a former art major AND recent weight trainee this is the THE book. I have performed about 80% of the exercises but it was totally revolutionary to me to see the muscles in action and at rest. It shows you how it looks over and under the skin. Also, important to me, it shoes the different muscle groups in action in free weight >< machines. color coding, short descriptions, VERY helpful form cautions and injury advice (how it looks over and under the skin.) The illustrations are fantastic ...more
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Frédéric Delavier is a gifted artist with an exceptional knowledge of human anatomy. He studied morphology and anatomy for five years at the prestigious École des Beaux-Arts in Paris and studied dissection for three years at the Paris Faculté de Médecine.

The former editor in chief of the French magazine PowerMag, Delavier is currently a journalist for the French magazine Le Monde du Muscle and a c
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