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  • Best Body Building Book you ever read based on scientific facts

  • sparky75   •   Wed, Dec 6th, '17 20:20   •   29 replies, 1498 views

What is the best bodybuilding book you have ever read with scientific facts behind the methods?

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  • leanbulk819's picture
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  • leanbulk819
  • 7 months ago

jim stoppani's encyclopedia of muscle and strength i actually own 2 copies

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  • Thedarknight77
  • 9 months ago

Arnold Schwarzenegger's Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding. It is also good for calf raises.

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  • helloBrooklyn
  • 10 months ago

There’s nothing special about bodybuilding training in particular. Whatever sport anyone chooses that involves copious amounts of weight training, the fundamentals are essentially the same. The line between “training for strength” and “training for size” is far blurrier than many realize. The pendulum can be swung somewhat in either direction, but not locked in place at either extreme exclusively. It’s biologically impossible. The beating heart of bodybuilding and strength sports is programming IMO. Practical Programming for Strength Training by Kilgore and Rippetoe is a gem.

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WOW. I have been reading the book partially and reviews and it is very technical and clarifies why you are doing what. I like the parts I have read so far. I hope the rest of the parts are as good, but I just love how it explains why you do what in detail so it all makes sense and ties in. I think that book along with Arnold's Encyclepedia will be my next two.

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  • GrowMore
  • 10 months ago

Chris Aceto's instruction book for bodybuilding - championship bodybuilding.

Although I didn't find the nutritional side very interesting the training side was game changing for me this year. Took my body to the next level without anymore work. Working smarter not harder as they say.

Shout out to guitarplayer for recommending it to me.

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A lot of good reviews on that book, I will have to add it to my list.

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  • sparky75
  • 10 months ago

I have read these two so far and they are good

Bigger Leaner Stronger: The Simple Science of Building the Ultimate Male Body
Jim Stoppani's Encyclopedia of Muscle & Strength-2nd Edition

Actually followed two plans out of those books in the last year. Both of those are good. The first being more fro a beginner and the second with a lot of good information. I am looking for a new book to read that is more advanced with scientific facts supporting their theory of hypertrophy and fat loss.

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The little train the could choo choo mother fucker. I think of that book on my last few reps

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LMAO......

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  • Manshit
  • 10 months ago

Unleashing the wild physique by Vince Gironda.I always loved how in your face he was.Pluss he was ahead of his time with diet.

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  • Sam I Am
  • 10 months ago

My favorite is Arnold’s. I also have many Ellington Darden books. His stuff is all based on study’s. At this point I totally disagree with everything he’s ever written. I’m an avid Nautilus collector so I would never get rid of them.

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Thats interesting considering he used study's and you have a different opinion, I know a lot of people have a problem and use bias studies to support the opinion to sell (motive) something. Maybe thats the case. I will actually go into the study used and see if I feel the study was a bias study or not to make sure the study supporting the theory is solid information.

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He was in with Arthur Jones on the hit thing. Works for other guys but I’m a volume guy. I also beleive in keeping my protein higher. My wife has had great results from Dardens diets.

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Doesn't too much protein make you sluggish. What is it 60 grams an hour is all we can use and anything more than 1.5-1.75 grams per pound of LBM is overkill and a waste. The rest above will just make us sluggish or am I wrong?

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Actually for most people it's only 40 g every two hours.Too much will start glycogenesis and raise insulin levels just like too many carbs,though not as fast.A pretty good metrics is too many calories in a short period of time will make you fat no matter the source,though carbs are the worst because of absorption rate and effect on insulin.

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So you are saying too much protein will also turn to sugar and raise the insulin levels, which in turn causes you to store fat?

  • Manshit's picture
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Exactly!It won't spike insulin like sugar will because the process is slower but protein spill over can start glycogenisis and then be stored as fat.
Now some keto diets that offer a lot of fat,like Atkins will slow the process down so much that you can get away with the extra calories,because they suppress insulin and pancreatic activity,therefore reducing fat storage.

  • sparky75's picture
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That's the type of book I need to be reading, something that breaks this down in detail with all this information.

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Why is it I am going to have to be a scientist on this journey...lol Read, read, read, and research. My new hobby I suppose. Thanks for the information, I will be reading and learning more about this process to help me tune in the nutrition.

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Well this forum is a great place to learn.Research all post by Makwa and Catalyst.They are prep gurus and can give you great knowledge.

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  • vhman
  • 10 months ago

The best bodybuilding book I’ve ever read is Arnold’s Encyclopedia of Bodybuilding. I don’t think there is a better starting point for anyone getting into lifting. It’s a bit out of date, but most of it is solid. Gave it to my sons when they were staring high school and they are dedicated lifters in college now. I still refer to it from time to time.

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  • helloBrooklyn
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There’s a lot of great stuff on there, but where it’s severely lacking is in the exercise tutorial section. Aside from a few big ones, most only get a brief snippet and a photograph. The technique taught is very “bro,” and not always the safest or most efficient. Some of the exercises are taught flat out wrong. Like the front squat tells you to cross your hands in front of your throat to grip the bar lol. Every legitimate coach out there teaches the clean grip rack position to front squat. Great book, but needs to be supplemented with a guide that goes into detail about how to perform exercises safely and correctly. Stuart McRoberts’ works are good for that.

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Like I said, I think there isn’t a better book out there for people START. There are a few things wrong and out of date, but most of it is solid and a great reference. Should be part of any exercise library.

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I am looking for more of an advanced book to read and try to get to the next level. The bigger stronger leaner is great for beginner.

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It may be my next book or I may buy two if I can find another that is up to date.

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I’m on Arnold’s intermediate workout now. After all these years still the standard.

  • helloBrooklyn's picture
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Have you tried his golden six program? I like that even better.

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I have not!

  • vhman's picture
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There is tons of great stuff there. It sure worked for all of those guys!