Jim Stoppani's Encyclopedia of Muscle & Strength, Paperback

Jim Stoppani's Encyclopedia of Muscle & Strength Paperback

3.5 out of 5 (4 ratings)


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.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 584 pages, 34 black & white illustrations, 515 black & white halftones
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Exercise & workout books
  • ISBN: 9781450459747



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This is a good book for anyone looking to build muscle. This is diagrams of various exercises and includes sample workout plans. What drives this book, however, is science. The first two chapters are dedicated to the science behind muscle building/weight training.

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This "encyclopedia" contains a wealth of information on strength training and exercise. The photos are clear and numerous. The book is divided into sections depending on the purpose of one's exercising: muscle mass, strength, or fat loss. The book even gives examples of training programs with the numbers of sets and reps spelled out. Great resource.

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An encyclopedic work of force, definitely meant for people who want to maximize their workouts and their bodies. If you're already on a health path, this book has all the information you'll need to tweak your nutrition, workouts and body to produce optimal benefits.

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This is a pretty good book on bodybuilding. Its best feature is in the early part of the book where core concepts and training variables and cycles are described. Also quite good are the chapters on strength training equipment and the various ideas and concerns that go into making up a good training program. The hand drawn illustrations are nicely and sharply done, but the photographs are quite murky. There are an encyclopedic number of exercises described, but I am not entirely sure how a lay person can decide what might work best until one starts working with a trainer. Nutrition can be a mixed bag, and I am not sure how the author really deals with people who have allergies.

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