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    Bought "The Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding" by Arnold S... your thoughts?

    I just purchased this huge book off Amazon due to a friend referring it and right now I am really impressed at the incredible detail and knowledge Arnold has put in the book so far (on page 83).

    I was wondering if any of you have read / used his book and still do and your thoughts..
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    i've had it for a few years, i just like to look at the pics

    read it and all, sure it's ok.
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    I borrowed that book from Rock for a while. It's a good read, it's got awesome pictures and I loved the stories. But I would not suggest following the routines he describes there, (if I remember correct, most of the routines had a mad rep/set range.) unless you are a genetic freak that is.

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    You know wood burns longer and is cheaper, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by khari
    You know wood burns longer and is cheaper, right?
    lmao my thoughts as well.

    dont get me wrong, there was a lot of useful info in that book but there is so much bs in there that to anyone not already familiar with the subject it makes for a useless even detrimental read... and if you are already educated on bb'ing then you probably dont need the book anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jack_of_all
    lmao my thoughts as well.

    dont get me wrong, there was a lot of useful info in that book but there is so much bs in there that to anyone not already familiar with the subject it makes for a useless even detrimental read... and if you are already educated on bb'ing then you probably dont need the book anyway.
    I mean I consider myself more educated than the average person, but I also am always up for more learning, and I don't understand how there is BS, because I mean he has great credibility. I haven't gotten into the routines yet, but so far it seems pretty solid.
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    It's pretty decent..

    Obviously, some of it is dated since it was written some time ago, but it's a great book overall. It's got interesting information about his training, training partners, how to pick a training partner, etc..

    If I was going to give someone a book on bodybuilding, that wouldn't be one I overlooked when making the decision. The general accuracy, coupled with the credibility/starpower of Arnold makes it worthwhile, imo..
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    I've never read it; I just stick to my "The Book of Muscle" from Men's Health; has great info. on how the body works and how each exercise does what, etc. However, the routine sucks; I tried it and hated it...

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    It has a lot of good info but the reps and sets are f***ing crazy, I did it for about three months but had to back off it just seem to be way to much.
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    Well keep in mind also, i believe in the book the routines are what he did in his BB days.....when he was on AAS. Your muscles recover a lot quicker on AAS so he wasnt getting burnt out like a normal person would.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shansen008
    Well keep in mind also, i believe in the book the routines are what he did in his BB days.....when he was on AAS. Your muscles recover a lot quicker on AAS so he wasnt getting burnt out like a normal person would.
    What is AAS??

    I just read through some of his routines.. I will be sticking with mine. That is some insane **** he has in there!
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1997T-Bird
    What is AAS??

    I just read through some of his routines.. I will be sticking with mine. That is some insane **** he has in there!
    AAS = anabolic steroids
    my exprience - joined gym 10 years ago, 6 1/2 years hard weight training exprience.

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    A buddy of mine gave it to me as a birthday gift one year. I appreciate it to this day- aside from WBB and the mini vids linked up in Routines that book is where I refer my friends to. I've, in turn, given it as a gift. I take into account that it isn't the only way to train, but it's a great reference guide.
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    Its got alot of good information and alot of bad information. If you buy it and read it, DON'T GIVE A SECOND OF YOUR ATTENTION TO THE ROUTINES(and most of the training info)! They are crap... the bodybuilding history and pictures are awesome though, its a pretty entertaining book.
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    i loved it. great pictures, great history on BB'ing, nice dieting/food info but yeah the training stuff is whack, the routines are nOT for even seasoned BB'ers but maybe for pros.
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    i've had it for awhile now, great book, good stories, amazing for newbies who want to learn how to correctly proform movements. The diet section is also good.
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    i bought it about a month ago, yea the routines seem kinda crazy, but everything else is great. i've read about a third of it so far, and its god some good stuff. i love the pictures, history, stories, and i use it as a source for motivation every night.

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