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Strength Training Anatomy Review

Daniel Brady | March 4, 2013 in Tools

Strength Training Anatomy is a great book to look up various exercises for each muscle group. It is often prescribed as a required text for fitness courses due to its quality (and luckily for you, it’s cheap too).

Strength Training AnatomyThe book is split up into Arms, Shoulders, Chest, Back, Legs, Buttocks, and Abdomen. There are 111 exercises in all (an average of 16 per muscle group), each with sufficient musculature detail and exercise instructions. Each exercise generally sits on a single page with several pictures and a couple of paragraphs. The current format is perfect in my mind, since I like a book that gets straight to the point. Take a look below to see an example:

Close Grip Bench Press

The above example is the Close Grip Bench Press, one of 14 exercises in the Chest section. The following example shows Seated Rows from the Back category. Note that it trains almost the whole back, but you should also include a lower back exercise such as Deadlifts. By flicking through the 18 pages of Back exercises, it is easy to pick out a couple of good ones to do. This is definitely not a boring book, whatever you want to know, you can look up within a minute or two. You can’t say that for too many textbooks.

Seated Rows Anatomy

Overall, Strength Training Anatomy is clearly worth purchasing considering its quality and low price. Anybody who wants a thorough workout (not missing any muscles by accident), or wants to lift safely should have this book.

Daniel has a strong interest in evidence supported fitness training, preparation and supplementation. His goal is to provide clear information that simply works. He's currently 16 kg of muscle above his starting weight (7kg in the past 12 months), and targeting a continued growth rate of 5kg+ per year.
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