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Re-Reading : Jim Stoppani’s Encyclopedia of Muscle & Strength (2nd Edition)
Written By : Scott Bird
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Great book.
We first looked at this one a while ago, and a conversation on the weekend had me pulling it from the shelves once again. The 2nd Edition of Jim Stoppani’s Encyclopedia of Muscle & Strength.
The title gives you a general idea, and a couple of brief comments will help fill in the gaps :

Readers will appreciate the combination of plain facts and expert advice. Anyone looking to build muscle mass will appreciate this thorough, no-nonsense guide to proper strength-training technique.

The book is very well written, and provides a complete, precise set of tables throughout the chapters that allow the novice or advanced bodybuilder or strength athlete to start using proven exercises/techniques to improve their appearance and/or performance. The “Rating” matrices of Time/Length/Difficulty/Results alone were, for me, worth the price of the book.

Jim Stoppani’s Encyclopedia of Muscle & Strength. Good stuff.


NB : We first looked at this one in the weekly Strength & Fitness Newsletter (part of the Strength Kit). If you’d like to have it sent to you automatically (free!) each week, just add your email here.
And if you’re looking for other training-related books I recommend, check out the complete lists on Goodreads.


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Cheers.

 

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