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Weight Training and Bodybuilding – Dr Franco Columbu
Posted By Scott Bird

Over the past few weeks I’ve been gradually reading through my dad’s collection of fitness books. Amongst them I came across this gem; reinforcing just how much the weight-training mentality has strayed (in many cases) from a simple, highly effective approach.
This book is an excellent resource for anyone new to weight training – regardless of their reasons for doing this training. It contains simple program outlines for beginner, intermediate and advanced lifters; and details each exercise showing techniques and benefits.
Columbu’s credentials – even if you don’t remember him in his bodybuilding heyday (and his career was certainly nothing to sneeze at) – are found in a line near the end of the book :

To me, the most important thing is to be as strong as you look.

As the book is filled with photos showing Columbu bending iron bars, lifting a car, pulling over 700lb, benching 475lb etc it is clear that he stands behind this statement.
The book also features a brief look into Columbu’s thinking on nutrition (see something like The Bodybuilder’s Nutrition Book for a more complete view), as well as various stories covering everything from old-time strongmen to contemporary arm-wrestling competitions. For those leaning toward bodybuilding, a few thoughts on posing are offered.
Overall it’s a great read – and worth looking at for the numerous photos alone; as well as the beautifully simple advice from someone who has certainly ‘walked the walk‘.

Incidentally, if this has got you thinking about grabbing one for yourself, swing by the SttB Strength Store. Massive range.

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Written By Scott Bird
Scott is a long-time fitness enthusiast (Jan 2004!), writer and photographer living in Sydney, Australia. If you share the passion for spending a bit of time under a bar, welcome. Love hearing how everyone else trains. You can connect via Twitter, Facebook and the various networks listed in the sidebar.
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