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Old 09-19-2010, 09:02 AM   #1
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The muscle magazines do a good job of messing up your head. They make you believe that volume workouts are the only solution to muscle building, and that 5-6 day splits are the only way lifters have ever trained.

As a beginner, you owe it to yourself to read these books. They are classics, and are written by experienced natural coaches. These books promote simple, basic and effective training.

It is up to you how you train. We must all learn our bodies and evolve training to fit our needs. This thread does not exist to promote any style of training. It exists to educate you on mainstream training ideas that you may never have heard about.

Purchase these books, study these books and try the workouts in these books. They will help you much more then any muscle mag routine or article.

Real Strength Real Muscle

by John Christy

Real Strength Real Muscle - Remembering John

Brawn, 3rd Edition

by Stuart McRobert

Amazon.com: Brawn, 3rd Edition (9789963916313): Stuart McRobert: Books Amazon.com: Brawn, 3rd Edition (9789963916313): Stuart McRobert: Books


Weight Training Technique

by Stuart McRobert

Amazon.com: Insider's Tell-All Handbook on Weight-Training Technique: Illustrated Step-by-step Guide to Perfecting Your Exercise Form for Injury-free Maximum Gains, 3rd Edition (9789963916320): Stuart McRobert: Books Amazon.com: Insider's Tell-All Handbook on Weight-Training Technique: Illustrated Step-by-step Guide to Perfecting Your Exercise Form for Injury-free Maximum Gains, 3rd Edition (9789963916320): Stuart McRobert: Books


Starting Strength

by Mark Rippetoe

Amazon.com: Starting Strength (2nd edition) (9780976805427): Mark Rippetoe, Lon Kilgore: Books Amazon.com: Starting Strength (2nd edition) (9780976805427): Mark Rippetoe, Lon Kilgore: Books


Never Let Go

by Dan John

Amazon.com: Never Let Go: A Philosophy of Lifting, Living and Learning (9781931046381): Dan John, Pavel Tsatsouline, Dave Draper: Books Amazon.com: Never Let Go: A Philosophy of Lifting, Living and Learning (9781931046381): Dan John, Pavel Tsatsouline, Dave Draper: Books


Super Squats

by Randall Strossen

Amazon.com: Super Squats: How to Gain 30 Pounds of Muscle in 6 Weeks (9780926888005): Randall J. Strossen (Ph.D.): Books Amazon.com: Super Squats: How to Gain 30 Pounds of Muscle in 6 Weeks (9780926888005): Randall J. Strossen (Ph.D.): Books


The Complete Keys to Progress

by John McCallum

Amazon.com: THE Complete Keys to Progress (9780926888012): John McCallum: Books Amazon.com: THE Complete Keys to Progress (9780926888012): John McCallum: Books
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Old 09-19-2010, 09:04 AM   #2
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Old 09-19-2010, 09:07 AM   #3
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thats a good list of books there BTB
Thanks D. There are many, many more books I could have added. But I believe if a beginner spends $100 on these books before they purchase any supplements or muscle mag subscriptions, they will place themselves light years ahead of the pack.
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Old 09-19-2010, 10:44 AM   #4
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good list what about the encyclopedia of modern body building i can provide a pdf of it which i got on my pc
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One of the things I am attempting to do is to provide some books that are an alternative to modern bodybuilding split/volume-based training. I don't include volume based books simply because they are already mainstream. I am not saying don't do splits - not by any means.

Most trainees have easy access to the 20 sets per bodypart programs, but they have never seen a 20 rep squat program, a fullbody approach, etc.

One thing they often don't understand is that there is an alternative, and an effective one - especially for beginners. That's what I am hoping to accomplish with this list.
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One of the things I am attempting to do is to provide some books that are an alternative to modern bodybuilding split/volume-based training. I don't include volume based books simply because they are already mainstream. I am not saying don't do splits - not by any means.

Most trainees have easy access to the 20 sets per bodypart programs, but they have never seen a 20 rep squat program, a fullbody approach, etc.

One thing they often don't understand is that there is an alternative, and an effective one - especially for beginners. That's what I am hoping to accomplish with this list.
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i love to read, so...this should be right up my alley. God-willing I can find them for cheap or something...
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i love to read, so...this should be right up my alley. God-willing I can find them for cheap or something...
I have most of them. If you want to read one I can send it your way.
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