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    Bodybuilding Books

    Hello people,

    I was just wondering about bodybuilding books. Is there any good ones out there. I just want my bodybuilding knowledge to expand alittle bit. You know learn different works out and great diets, to help my transform my body. I was thinking of Arnold Schwarzenegger's The new encyclopedia of modern bodybuilding.. Hit me back with some info, or other great bb books!!! thanks

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    hey bro i have the arnold encyclopedia old and new edition >it's a really good book imo .Thats what got me the my base then i found AR .Between these 2 your all set .I also have an old one called beef it up ( not bad ) and also the weider one dont know what it's called .my buddy has that one. it's also pretty good .

    MD mags are awesome reads as well
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    That is the best book in the world. arnies book is soo good. I've had it for many years and I've read it over and over. Nothing on gear but a great book none the less

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    What do you want to learn the most about? General bodybuilding, nutrition, training theories, ... ?

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    I got the old and new Arnold Encylopedia. Its the best book imo. Also I just stay on this board and read Flex magazine and a Muscle Mag every once in awhile.

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    Aronolds book is awesome. i just have the new version but it has alot of info for us.

    AR is the place for my AS questions. No book can change as quickly as our scene does.

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    Arnold is a nice and thick read. Starts with the history of Bodybuilding and works it's way to the application. Another good read as far as general stuff is Ironman's Ultimate Bodybuilding Encyclopedia...

    Has anyone read this book:

    I ordered it from the pencil neck at the local bookstore and it should be in soon. This is a review at Amazon.com:

    "This is an academic book ,which will appeal to the serious researcher ,in the subject of anabolic steroids . Dr. Charles Yesalis offers the research findings and opinions of steroid advocates and detractors in an unbiased scientific document.

    "The book includes chapters on drug testing, analysis of performance, health implications and the legal aspects of steroid possession and distribution, as well as a comprehensive history of steroids.

    "The author reveals the controversy of the subject, by introducing the aspect of law enforcement of these controlled drugs, whilst quoting the American Medical Associations view that steroids should not be scheduled and that "...steroids can be used safely."

    "The author shows that several decades of steroid research, by the medical authorities, often reveals a lack of understanding of steroid dosing, as applied effectively, by top competing athletes.

    "This is a book to be recommended to the sports coach, researcher and above all, to the medical and health educating specialists whose inadequate understanding of anabolic steroids is often fostered by myth and anecdote."

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    Also, I just got done reading" The Laymans terms of sterids". It was pretty good, I would suggest reading that.

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    Originally posted by tt333
    Also, I just got done reading" The Laymans terms of sterids". It was pretty good, I would suggest reading that.
    That one is a pdf right? I like actual books... how many pages would it suck out of my printer?

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    Warrior, don't buy anything by Yesalis, you can usually find all of his books in the library. They are NOT worth buying and are a mediocre read at best. I like 'Anabolic Steriods and the Athlete' by Taylor but it is also anti-steroid , if you can find 'Anabolic Reference Guide' by Phillips pick it up for sure.

    For those of you who are beyond books like Arnold's check out http://www.humankinetics.com/ for many good titles. You can get Human Kinetics books at Amazon also.

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    Originally posted by Warrior

    That one is a pdf right? I like actual books... how many pages would it suck out of my printer?
    I didnt print it, I just read it off the computer. Its not that long of a book. Took me about hour and half to read. You can get it over on ansci.

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    Originally posted by chicamahomico
    Warrior, don't buy anything by Yesalis, you can usually find all of his books in the library. They are NOT worth buying and are a mediocre read at best. I like 'Anabolic Steriods and the Athlete' by Taylor but it is also anti-steroid , if you can find 'Anabolic Reference Guide' by Phillips pick it up for sure.

    For those of you who are beyond books like Arnold's check out http://www.humankinetics.com/ for many good titles. You can get Human Kinetics books at Amazon also.
    Thanks for the info. BTW... Yesalis's book was published by Human Kinetics but I'll go for the one you mentioned for sure. It was published like only a few months ago in the second edition:



    Editorial Reviews

    From Book News, Inc.
    "This is the second edition of a book published in 1982, outlining the medical applications and athletic use and abuse of anabolic steroids . The book details the medical history of anabolic steroids and describes the clinical conditions for which they are useful, and warns athletes and physicians on the adverse mental and physical effects of non-medical of anabolic steroids by athletes and fitness buffs. Appendices of legislation and reports are included. New to this edition is a chapter on the athletic use of growth-stimulating hormones in competitive sports. The author has been an anabolic steroid researcher for some 20 years. He has written four previous books on the use and abuse of anabolic steroids and growth hormones." Book News, Inc.®, Portland, OR

    Muscular Development
    "...the most impressive (and welcome) attribute of the book is [the] clarity and conciseness. And for the first time...a frank cost-study of maintaining a steroid 'habit' Anabolic Steroids and the Athlete is a highly thought-provoking, controversial blockbuster"

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    Ordered Taylor's book and should get it early next week. Can't wait to crack it open...

    BUMP on this thread for more good ones...

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    Go back to the beginning... Super Strength by Alan Calvert. Better yet, read everything you can find about the subject.
    A lot of people mentioned good STEROID books... however, you did not inquire about this, so be careful before blindly purchasing some of the books mentioned here unless you want an expensive book about drugs you don't take.
    Arnolds book is one of the top bodybuilding books, I would suggest going for that one first... it is also easy to find, and CHEAP considering it is about 800 pages and $25-30. I have never seen a hardback, but if I did, I would gladly shell out $100 for something like that. I hate softbacks, damn pages fall out after reading it the fiftieth time

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    Originally posted by samoth
    Arnolds book is one of the top bodybuilding books, I would suggest going for that one first... it is also easy to find, and CHEAP considering it is about 800 pages and $25-30. I have never seen a hardback, but if I did, I would gladly shell out $100 for something like that. I hate softbacks, damn pages fall out after reading it the fiftieth time
    I got the hard cover. I bought it like the second day it hit the shelves back in 1998. Hard cover was the only option I had - but like you said, they last a lot longer. BTW - the hardcover was $50 USD.

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    I own Gold's encyclopedia of bb. I learned exact movements for exercise, nutrition and supplementation. Cost is around $25. I recommend it highly. When I want to change my workouts I reference this book. If you're looking for AS advice there's only a few related pages.

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