Item description for Build Muscle Lose Fat Look Great: Everything You Need to Know to Transform Your Body by Stuart McRobert...
Overview Teaches you: how to train - a step-by-step program of just two or three workouts a week; how to master exercise technique - the descriptions on the market; how to eat for training success, and health benefits; and how to lose bodyfat - a practical proven method.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1.25" Width: 6.25" Height: 9" Weight: 1.86 lbs.
Publisher CS Publishing
ISBN 9963916309 ISBN13 9789963916306
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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 Build Muscle Lose Fat Look Great: Everything You Need to Know to Transform Your Body?
Forget the rest,buy the best! Mar 2, 2008
As a personal trainer and searcher of knowledge I buy a great deal of books. If you wanted just one book that you could believe in for common sense and effectiveness - this is it!
Highly over-rated strength guru Jan 13, 2008
To start with, I should say that I learned most of what I know about exercise from technical and professional sources: exercise physiology textbooks, direct reviews of scientific studies, professional coaches, Siff, Yessis, Verkoshansky, etc... I usually avoid popular writers because there is so much bunk mixed in with whatever decent information they have to offer that it drives me nuts.
Nonetheless, I was interested in giving McRobert a try, since the favorable reviews are nearly ubiquitous. After looking this book over for a couple hours, I have to say I cannot really endorse it. McR definitely has a higher ratio of good info to bunk than many fitness gurus I've seen, but still has big problems.
The biggest problem I have with the book is the plain, declarative style. McRobert mostly just tells you how it is and what to do without giving much in the way of explanation or references. I understand that there is a need for popular books for more ordinary folk who don't want to pour through scientific studies and participate in debates, but this book contains way too many questionable claims to be presenting them like gospel.
For instance, he makes somewhat miraculous claims about ART massage therapy, including stuff about fascial adhesions being the major cause of injury problems. Look it up. ART has scant anecdotal support, and there is no evidence whatsoever about "fascial adhesions" being freed by it, nor that such phenomena are any hindrance to anyone. Likewise, he simply states that one should consult a *chiropractor* before doing squats... what on earth would a chiropractor necessarily know about heavy strength training? Chiro has never been shown to accomplish anything except temporary symptomatic relief of a few chronic pain problems, and has nothing to do with exercise science at all.
Okay, those are more peripheral bits. I have other problems that are more fundamental. Number one, there is way too much emphasis on stretching. Most real athletes - particularly Weightlifters - don't do a lot of stretching. A little light stretching never hurt anyone, but extensive stretching programs carry a high risk of tearing muscles, loosening joints, and should only be used to address specific, identified problems. Proper weight training itself IS a relatively complete flexibility program for general purposes.
Another issue I have is with exercise selection and program design. There are way too many piddly bodybuilding exercises and machine exercises, and the programs themselves have too many exercises for a lot of trainees. I would rather see emphasis on simplicity and the big exercises. Unless you are a lean bodybuilder fine-tuning your physique, exercises like calf raises and the neck machine are mostly a waste of time at best, unnecessarily injurious at worst. Though he has good debunking info on ab exercises, he doesn't go far enough: they are virtually all a waste of time.
One telltale flaw in this area is the L-Flye, and McR's claims that these are necessary to prevent shoulder injury. If you NEED weird rehab exercises in your regular program to shore up imbalances caused by other exercises, your exercise selection is flawed. Good, biomechanically sound exercises don't need special counter-exercises to shore them up. If you skip or de-emphasize flat bench pressing and flyes, you shouldn't need L-Flyes - pressing overhead and dips are inherently sound exercises that work the same muscles and have better practical application.
I could go on, but I'm not looking to write my own book here. If you must read a popularizer, I suggest trying a recent book or two by Clarence Bass, or just go to his website and download about a book's worth of articles for free. If you are interested in more depth, try the free articles at Casey Butt's Weightrainer website, Supertraining and Facts and Fallacies of Fitness, by Mel Siff, or a real exercise science text like Essentials of Strength and Conditioning by Baechle and Earle.
Program that works Dec 21, 2007
Over the years I tried many different programs, and books , nothing ever worked or I would loose an interest in the program, until I have stumbled upon this book. If you are serious about changing your appearance , this is it. This is the only book, you will ever need. People, who left negative reviews just did not take enough time to actually follow the program , no amount of reading or motivation will help you out. You'll need good directions, which this book provides and lots and lots of hard work to put in. If you follow the program the way that author suggests, I guarantee you will see immediate results within a month and a half. I have been following the program for 6 months now and changes in my appearance are dramatic. I would of never believed that I can look like this. I'm 34 years old and suffering from colitus , so there is no chance in hell that I can eat any supplements , fruits , vegetables or dairy, but regardless of that, just from being on meat and potatos diet, hard work and following "the program" I have gained muscles and lost extra weight. . My shoulders and chest are twice the size after I have been following directions from this book, I feel stronger, I can bench press my "own weight" with ease . IF you want to be disappointed look for some other book, but for the real results and if you are not afraid of hard work, this is the book for you.
The Last Word On Weight Training . Dec 18, 2007
You could spend countless dollars and hours trying to learn about weight lifting. Save yourself the trouble and buy this book. It may be the last one you'll ever need.
Disorganized and Annoying Nov 21, 2007
I like The Program chapter, maybe exercise description chapter too, the rest is junk.
It's every thought the author ever had that loosely relates to training in what appears to be the same order he had them in.
Some of it sounds strange or dangerous like "normalize your chi" or "near-miraculous intervention". Parts are outright advertising, among other crap for "active release techniques"..
..plus never ending wining about "genetic reality check"!