Item description for Beyond Brawn: The Insider's Encyclopedia on How to Build Muscle and Might by Stuart McRobert...
This is the fully updated second edition of the sequel to Brawn, the book that created a bodybuilding revolution. This encyclopedia offers the key to training success. By acknowledging each person's individuality, this book teaches people precisely how to become their own expert personal trainers. Whether readers are male or female, beginners or very advanced, young or not-so-young, want to train at home or in a public gym, this book offers outstanding guidance.
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Studio: C S Publishing
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.82" Width: 6.14" Height: 1.18" Weight: 1.72 lbs.
Publisher CS Publishing
ISBN 9963916368 ISBN13 9789963916368
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More About Stuart McRobert
Stuart is one of the most established and respected writers in the exercise genre. He was first published in 1981, and has written for all the mainstream bodybuilding magazines including "Muscle Fitness, FLEX, Iron Man" - over 500 articles in total. He has a degree in eduction, over 35 years of training experience, was the editor of a training magazine for 15 years and is the author of "BRAWN, BEYOND BRAWN, NEW BRAWN SERIES".
Reviews - What do customers think about Beyond Brawn: The Insider's Encyclopedia on How to Build Muscle and Might?
Top notch writer, no nosense accurate advice (review former Physiology Teaching Fellow) Sep 10, 2007
I like Stuart McRobert in general. His books are well-organized, to the point and contain accurate information without hype. He is also realistic about what can be achieved and not achieved based on your genetics. At the same time, he is enthusiastic and very motivational.
With respect to scope, this book is geared toward how to train, training cycles and related issues and building a good foundation. Although it is well-written, it doesn't have many diagrams and doesn't include detail on exercises. For this, I recommend Build Muscle Lose Fat Look Great: Everything You Need to Know to Transform Your Body and Starting Strength. These are REALLY... the only two books you need.
My background is that I have a graduate education in biochemistry, psychology and physiology. I was a Physiology Teaching Fellow, researcher and a personal trainer at one time. Currently, I am reviewing some of the new books out there and this author is particularly impressive. If you are going to get one of the Stuart McRobert books, I would get Build Muscle Lose Fat.... However, they are complementary and in my opinion, you would be cheating yourself not to get both. Build Muscle Lose Fat focuses more on proper technique, general training guidelines, etc.
One interesting inclusion in this book is a calculation scheme for ideal symmetry. This is great for setting realistic goals and I also like that this author is drug free and favors a natural approach. As a biochemist, I think his nutrition guidelines are very good, but I think he is overly cautious. For example, he doesn't recommend protein powders, but doesn't give a compelling argument why they are not a good idea. While it's true most people could get by with milk, I think protein powders and other supplements can be useful to hard-gainers or people that don't eat right.
If you are a hard gainer, then this book is for you and so is Starting Strength and Build Muscle Lose Fat Look Great: Everything You Need to Know to Transform Your Body.. especially the latter two! From Scrawny to Brawny is also very good, but a distant second as a one point reference. However, it's worth getting for the training tips and tricks for people with long limbs, that are prone to injury in the shoulders, knees, etc.