The Strength Training Anatomy Workout : v. 2, Paperback

The Strength Training Anatomy Workout : v. 2 Paperback

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This is the next step to a perfect physique from the million bestseller.

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.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352 pages, 516 colour illustrations, 485 colour illustrations
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Exercise & workout books
  • ISBN: 9781450419895



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I received this book for free as part of LibraryThing's Early Reviewers program.The Strength Training Anatomy Workout II is a gorgeously illustrated volume. Each of the many workouts is shown with the affected muscles highlighted, and often important variations in the position, posture, and anatomy are diagrammed as well. This book is a sequel, and as such does not contain basic workout information that is found in the first volume.With the basics out of the way, let's talk about my impression of the book's recommendations. I think overall this book is pretty good, and the anatomy and exercises should be of interest to many strength trainers. However, I did notice some areas where opinions may differ. This book focuses first on building muscle mass, then strength. Training for hypertrophy has become a cultural default in strength training, but it is not the only option. In the discussion of free weights versus machines, some space is given to anatomical variations and how they effect form with free weights, but very little space is given to the influence of flexibility and technique in proper form. For example, in the section on squats, the ratio of torso to femur length and its influence on squat form is discussed, but it was apparent to me from the illustration that increased hip and hamstring flexibility would fix the problem.As a CrossFitter, I am bound to have some disagreements with the methodology in this book, but overall I think it is good for what it is trying to do.

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This is a major addition to the original Strength Training Anatomy book. This book is split into three parts. Part 1 is a pretty short part devoted to advanced techniques, while Part 2 is all about the exercises and the physiology behind the exercises. This is not a how to book, but it does a very good job of illustrating the exercises and the major muscle groups being trained through fantastic color photographs and detailed drawings of the muscles affected in cut away views etc. Part 3 is a short section on how to strengthen weak areas.The book is very much concentrated on the musclehead kind of exercises, i.e. it does not really address anything that has anything to do with working out muscle groups in conjunction with one another. The emphasis is on building up individual muscles and obtaining the lean body builder look and mass. Definition is the key. I wish that the authors would go into detail for the Olympic weight exercises, and show how the various muscle groups work in conjunctions and where one muscle group takes over from another and where the chain of muscular transfer happens. But that was never the intent of the series. It was to show how each large muscle group works, how to build them up and give the reader an idea as to how it all works. This is an admirable book, it must have taken an m=immense effort to represent all the exercises and muscles in pictorial form. The book is incredibly thorough and quite informative for those who wants to understanding what they are doing without going headlong into the complete physiological and bio-mechanical studies.

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The Strength Training Anatomy Workout II is a detailed and interesting book geared towards those with advanced and intermediate weight lifting skills as the book assumes the reader is already very familiar with weight training strategies and exercises. This is a great reference for those who have reached a plateau in their workout and/or are interested in isolating and better developing weak areas. The book is arranged in three sections. Section one discusses current understandings of muscle development and why certain training changes may or may not affect one’s progress. Section two discusses each muscle group in turn. For each muscle group, the anatomy is described and illustrated, obstacles to muscle development are discussed and numerous exercises are described and illustrated. The last section lists a variety of training programs.I am a fan of Delavier’s books. I find they are easy to use and good references to have handy. The illustrations are terrific and the text gets right to the point.

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I thought this book was well done-- for certain audiences. I am a 110 pound 40 year old female who lifts 4-6 times per week and I have been lifting for many years. This is a technical book-- some a priori knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and body chemistry are helpful in understanding the content. Not a great deal of tutorial-level information is provided. It is completely inappropriate for a novice lifter--- it assumes you know what exercises are called, what muscle groups they work, and at least the basics of how to structure your own program-- and not much on safety. For me that was all fine. I liked that it provided a deeper understanding of WHY do to things a certain way (things I'd heard before but didn't know why.) The graphics are helpful. It's not just another 'list of workouts' book . This one describes how to do an exercise in a much more detailed way and how to put them together. Not much on form though. You really need a trainer for that anyway. My biggest complaint is that it is really about body building--- not functional strength. It's about getting bulky. Not my goal at all. I could still adapt much of the information to my goals, so it was worth the read. So if you are a well-versed lifter who want to get bigger that is YOUR book. Novices beware. 3.5 stars

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Wow. I don't know what I was expecting when I requested this book. I had originally requested it thinking I was just going to hand it over to my boyfriend, let him work with it and then review it from his experiences. (I'm not a strength trainee by any means - I go the yoga route.)But this book is nothing short of awesome. Full colour pages, descriptive workouts (even loads of plans for beginners, all the way up to advanced workouts), photos everywhere and these AWESOME illustrations that show what each type of exercise technique is working on - displaying muscle tissue, bones, impact; honestly, this is a miniature, useful lesson in anatomy.Each workout appraises you of the advantages, disadvantages, risks and provides you with handy safety tips scattered throughout the book.Highly recommended for everyone who goes to the gym or has workout sessions at home. It really is an invaluable resource.

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