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The Men's Health Big Book of Exercises: Four Weeks to a Leaner, Stronger, More Muscular YOU!

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The Men’s Health Big Book of Exercises is the essential workout guide for anyone who wants a better body. As the most comprehensive collection of exercises ever created, this book is a body-shaping power tool for both beginners and longtime lifters alike. From start to finish, this 480-page muscle manual bulges with hundreds of useful tips, the latest findings in exercise
Paperback, 458 pages
Published December 22nd 2009 by Rodale Books (first published January 1st 2009)
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Dec 29, 2011 Noam rated it really liked it
The organization of this book is wonderful. I read Mean's Health magazine and was used to the following their workout instructions. Men's Health magazine typically has the instruction next to the action. So rather that reading bullet points of what you have to do, you look at the picture and next to each shot is a sentence describing the action. I find it more helpful. All the exercise for each muscle group are broken down and after each chapter there is a section on the ultimate workout for tha ...more
Chad Warner
Nov 12, 2016 Chad Warner rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: exercisers
Shelves: non-fiction, health
Easy-to-follow photos and brief descriptions. A chapter on each muscle group, plus chapters with general info on exercise and nutrition. Tips for using equipment effectively. I've been a fan of Men's Health materials for years.

Lifting Questions
Do as many sets as you need to complete at least 25 reps for a muscle group.

Lift 3 or 4 days/week, with rest (muscle repair) between each.

Do 1 exercise per muscle group per workout.

Lift fast, lower slowly (2-3 seconds).

Do a similar number of reps
David Lucero
Jun 16, 2017 David Lucero rated it it was amazing
I've been exercising consistently for years, and this book has provided me a lot of good routines to keep me going. We all know doing the same exercises can be boring and counter-productive. This book has everything! All types of exercises, eating and lifestyle tips too. Pictures are included to demonstrate form and routines. If you are into exercise or want to get started, this is the book to have.

Exercise is a lifestyle choice! - David Lucero
Buck Hales
Oct 28, 2015 Buck Hales rated it really liked it
Saying I read this is actually a bit of a misnomer since the book is 90% pictures with captions. The introductory information was extremely useful and the exercises clearly depicted. It could use a bit more annotation and explanation to help guide one's choice of exercises. I followed the advice given in the preamable to good effect. Nothing extreme, just cut carbs to 50-75 grams per day, work one muscle group per session or do whole body workouts. Advice about pacing, intervals, what weights to ...more
Oct 02, 2014 Bonnie rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone serious about strength training
For a couple months now, I've felt like I'm in a rut with my weight lifting routine. Injuring my foot a couple weeks ago forced me to look for new ways to work out, and kind of hit the reset button on something that had become a little too routine for me. I thought, if I just had a big book of every exercise for every body part, I could make so many different workouts that I would never get bored and at the same time would be more effective than doing the same leg workout every Friday or whateve ...more
Mike Hall
Aug 13, 2010 Mike Hall rated it really liked it
This book is very well organized into exercises by muscle group and gives you a wide variety of exercises per group. It also includes lot of information on diet and nutrition as well as various workouts that give you prescribed number of sets and reps. Some of this information I believe is pulled straight from their site and magazine pretty much word for word from previous articles, but it's all good stuff. I know I'll always have a reference to go to in case I need some new exercises or workout ...more
Aug 01, 2011 Mohammed rated it it was amazing
An extensive exercises book that cover all area in human body and can substitute personal trainer.
This monster book hence the name (The big book) has about 500 pages divided into 15 chapters.
No exercise can not be found in this book.

Plus, great illustrations and great tips.

Is a must-to-have book for gymaholics and who has on-off relationship with the gym :D

And remember, NO PAIN NO GAIN
Alexey Kurt
Nov 11, 2011 Alexey Kurt rated it it was amazing
Отличная книга, содержащая в себе практически все возможные упражнения, а также массу рекомендаций, как правильно заниматься в зависимости от желаемого результата. Также есть подготовленные планы тренировок, например "Get ready to beach workout", "Get back in shape workout". Всячески советую всем, кто занимается в тренажерных залах или у себя дома.
Feb 04, 2013 Topher rated it really liked it
Organized really well, decent diet tips, really awesome exercises and lots of different workout programs for different people with different fitness goals. Now if I just stick with it a little more closely maybe I can look like the dude on the front...
Sam McAdoo
Jan 21, 2016 Sam McAdoo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It works.

For who? Anyone looking to kick start the rest of their life. I've used the recommendations with variations that suit my needs. Grab this Kindle version so you reference it if needed during your workout.
Jacob Cruzan
Aug 28, 2010 Jacob Cruzan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sports-exercise
This book has a ton of exercises. Your workouts never have to be the same. I recommend this book. I might even by it instead of just checking it out of the library.
Jan 10, 2011 Ryan rated it liked it
Shelves: health-fitness
Some great workouts in here to keep you from plateauing!
Apr 16, 2010 Christian rated it really liked it
Good reference book just for different exercises. It gives you lots of alternatives, such as what to do when the gym is too crowded or there are only free weights
John Alwood
Oct 24, 2011 John Alwood rated it really liked it
Excellent resource for workouts, technique, and some decent nutritional instruction.
Jan 25, 2013 Jeremy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fitness-book
Asa trainer, I sometimes get stuck on the same twenty-or-so exercises, and it's nice to have a book to remind me of all of the possibilities, to better train my clients.
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