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1. The New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding: The Bible of Bodybuilding

 A book specifically written for anyone who enjoys working with weights or who simply likes keeping fit and healthy, ‘The New Encyclopaedia Of Modern Body Building’ has earned its reputation of being the ‘holy grail’ of bodybuilding.

The book is a comprehensive study of the entire world of bodybuilding, which starts from a knowledge about the latest advances in bodybuilding competitions and weight training and covers everything from sports psychology, the required nutrition and diet and the various methods of training to the various injuries that can be incurred, their prevention techniques and treatments. What’s more alluring about this book is that all these sections have been properly illustrated with detailed photographs of some of the newest stars of bodybuilding.

To make the book more useful, Arnold furnishes various tried-and-tested tips for strengthening and sculpting muscles. In fact, for the novice, he has a separate section where elaborations on all the types of muscles have been furnished along with the tips to strengthen each individually. For the pro bodybuilders, he also shares some special tactics and strategies that would enable them for selecting the best poses at different fests and programmes. A special section on how to handle publicity has also been provided for the best effect.

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2. Strength Training Anatomy 

Over 1 million copies sold! Translated into over 20 languages. The original and best just got better! With new exercises, additional stretches and more of Frederic Delavier’s amazing illustrations, you’ll gain a whole new understanding of how muscles perform during exercise. This one-of-a-kind best-seller combines the visual detail of top anatomy texts with the best strength training advice. Many books explain what muscles are used during exercise, but no other book brings the action to life like “Strength Training Anatomy”. Over 600 full-colour illustrations reveal the primary muscles along with all the relevant bones, ligaments, tendons and connective tissue. Like having an X-ray for each exercise, new pages show common strength training injuries in a fascinating light and offer precautions to help you exercise safely.

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3. The Strength Training Anatomy Workout

Over one million readers have turned to Strength Training Anatomy for strength training’s most effective exercises. Now put those exercises to work for you with “The Strength Training Anatomy Workout”. Over 150 full-colour illustrations of this title allow you to get inside more than 200 exercises and 50 workouts to see how muscles interact with surrounding joints and skeletal structures. You’ll also discover how variations, progressions and sequencing can affect muscle recruitment, the underlying structures and ultimately the results. “The Strength Training Anatomy Workout” includes proven programming for strength, power, bodybuilding and toning. You’ll find targeted conditioning routines for optimal performance in more than 30 sports, including basketball, soccer, track and field and golf.

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4. Jim Stoppani’s Encyclopedia of Muscle & Strength

This is the complete training guide to a better body. At last, a research-based book that covers all facets of optimising the development of muscle and strength. Containing 382 exercises covering for 13 muscle groups and the whole body, it shows the proper technique for each exercise, tailored to the type of resistance used, be it free weights, weight machines or body weight. In addition, each of the 116 training programmes is rated according to workout duration, the projected time frame for achieving measurable results, level of difficulty and overall effectiveness. Muscle & Fitness Magazine’s senior science editor Jim Stoppani covers each topic in detail and his advice will help overcome any problem or plateau.

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5. Beyond Bigger Leaner Stronger: The Advanced Guide to Building Muscle, Staying Lean, and Getting Strong

If you want to build as much muscle as naturally possible…be able to bench press, squat, and deadlift gargantuan amounts of weight…and maintain a ripped, beach-ready physique year round…then you want to read this book. If you’ve been lifting weights for any period of time, you’ve probably wondered… What does it really take to make the jump from a “good” physique…from being “kinda strong..”.from looking “athletic..”.to having an outstanding looking, extraordinarily strong, ripped body that just makes people say “WOW”? You know, the type of body that makes people wonder if you’re on steroids or just a genetic freak. The type of body that fills you with self-confidence and pride of achievement. The type of body that most of us guys dreamt of having before we ever touched a weight. Well, this book was written to show you exactly how to make it through the “intermediate lifter” phase smoothly, with an incredible physique to show for it, and then continue to make gains and enjoy your training as an advanced lifter. Here’s a “sneak peek” of what you’ll find inside Beyond Bigger Leaner Stronger… -How to accurately pinpoint the weak points in your physique that, when corrected, dramatically improve your proportions and overall aesthetics -The science of proper training periodization with a program specifically built for intermediate and advanced weightlifters -Whole-body mobility routines that will not only help prevent injury, but improve performance as well -8 scientifically proven ways to break through weightlifting plateaus -Exactly how to get shredded (6 to 7% body fat) without frying your muscles or sanity. -How to maintain single-digit body fat percentages year-round with ease…and still make gains in the gym -In-depth guides to various popular dieting styles like intermittent fasting, carb cycling, and Paleo -And more… Simply put, Beyond Bigger Leaner Stronger is 300 pages of neatly organized dietary and training lessons, insights, and principles…backed by decades of anecdotal evidence and over 350 scientific studies…and 100% geared toward helping you push your body to its genetic potential in size, performance, and aesthetics. Buy this book today and learn what most guys will never know about building extraordinary amounts of muscle and tremendous strength while staying lean…and all without superhuman genetics, living in the gym, or using steroids.

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6. The Strength Training Anatomy Workout: v. 2

This is the next step to a perfect physique from the million best-seller. Frederic Delavier’s best-selling “Strength Training Anatomy” has sold more than 1 million copies worldwide and now his follow-up book, “The Strength Training Anatomy Workout, Volume II”, provides serious strength trainers and bodybuilders with the keys to creating lean muscle mass. Following on from the more basic “Volume I”, Delavier and co-author Michael Gundill focus on the more elaborate techniques that experienced strength training enthusiasts can use to accelerate their progress. In addition to 60 exercises, 19 stretches and 9 programmes, it’s packed with over 1,200 full-colour photographs and 160 of Delavier’s trademark illustrations. The book describes in detail some of the advanced methods for jump-starting a workout programme, featuring segmented workouts that target specific muscle groups like the chest, biceps and forearms.

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7. Serious Strength Training

Boost your workouts to reach your highest goals. Bompa’s best-selling guide to boosting workouts and achieving even the loftiest of strength goals, have sold over 100,000 copies. Now Bompa teams up with strength training nutrition expert Mauro Di Pasquale and former bodybuilder Lorenzo Cornacchia to provide readers with the most authoritative resource available for hard-core strength training. The book focuses on the six key phases of strength training – anatomical adaptation, hypertrophy, mixed, maximum strength, muscle definition and transition – taking a direct and prescriptive approach to its content while infusing it with the latest scientific research on bodybuilding, instead of relying on the authors’ personal opinions.