The Men’s Health Big Book of Exercises: Four Weeks to a Leaner, Stronger, More Muscular YOU!

The Men’s Health Big Book of Exercises is the essential workout guide for anyone who wants a better body. As the most comprehensive collection of exercises ever created, this book is a body-shaping power tool for both beginners and longtime lifters alike. From start to finish, this 480-page muscle manual bulges with hundreds of useful tips, the latest findings in exercise science, and cutting-edge workouts from the world’s top trainers.
Inside The Men’s Health Big Book of Exercises you’ll find 619 exercises expertly demonstrated with color photographs, with dozens of movements for every muscle in your body, including:

* More than 100 core exercises! You’ll never run out of ways to sculpt your six-pack.
* 74 biceps, triceps, and forearm exercises: Build your arms faster than ever before.
* 64 chest exercises, and featuring dozens of variations of the pushup and bench press.
* 103 back exercises, so you can carve a v-shaped torso.
* 40 shoulder exercises, for a tank-top worthy torso.
* 99 quadriceps and calves exercises, to help you jump higher and run faster.
* 62 glutes and hamstrings exercises, for a more powerful, athletic body.

From cover to cover, you’ll quickly see that there’s a training plan for every fitness goal—whether you want to shrink your hip, find your abs, or shape your arms. Highlights include:

* The World’s Greatest 4-Week Diet and Exercise Plan
Lose 10 pounds of pure fat in 30 days! This scientifically proven plan, based on research from the University of Connecticut, shows what’s truly possible when you combine the right kind of diet with the right kind of exercise. You’ll build muscle and lose fat faster than ever.
* 64 Ways to Add Inches to Your Arms
You’ll learn how to mix-and-match the 12 best biceps exercises to create scores of sleeve-busting routines. The upshot: You’ll never get stuck in a muscle-building rut again!
* The Get Back In Shape (Fast!) Guide
If you’ve never even picked up a weight, you’ll want to try this plan from Joe Dowdell, C.S.C.S. Joe makes his living training celebrities, cover models, and professional athletes, such as NBA stars Troy Murphy and Mike Dunleavy. And the strategies he uses when designing workouts for his high-profile clientele are the same ones he employs to help you burn fat, build muscle, and get back in shape.
* The Ultimate Fat Loss Plan

You might call this the six-pack workout. That’s because it’s designed to help you finally finish off the flab that’s hiding your abs. Created by Bill Hartman, P.T., C.S.C.S., a top fitness advisor to Men’s Health, it’s based entirely on the new science of fat loss. From the sets to the reps to the rest, every part of this workout is designed to optimize your body’s ability to burn away belly-fat.

* Boost Your Bench Press by 50 Pounds in 8 Weeks
World-class powerlifter Dave Tate shares the strategies that helped him lift a personal best of 610 pounds
* Triple Your Chinups in 6 Weeks
Use this simple routine that to master one of the world’s greatest muscle-building exercises
* Add 4 to 10 inches to Your Vertical Leap
This high-flying plan from strength coach Kelly Baggett will have you jumping out of the gym in no time
* The Beach Ready Body Workout
Get-strong to get-big—this 8-week plan shows you how
* The Wedding Workout
Look great—just in time for the big day (and your honeymoon!)
* The Best Sports Workout
Train like an athlete, look like an athlete
* The Scrawny to Brawny Workout
Pack on muscle fast: your 4-week plan
* The Best Workouts for a Crowded Gym
Sculpt a lean, fit body—no waiting!
* The Best Bodyweight Workouts
Take your workout anywhere with these no-weight routines
* The 10 Best 15-Minute Workouts
Bust stress, blast fat, and build muscle in almost no time
* The 7-Minute Back-Saving Workout
End low-back pain for good!
Every page of The Men’s Health Big Book of Exercises is filled with the fitness and nutrition tips and tricks you need to sculpt the body you want.
Throughout the book, you’ll discover:
* The secret to burning 40 percent more fat.
* The 18 muscle mistakes you should never make
* The best stretch for every muscle
* The fastest cardio workout of all-time (just 4 minutes!)
* The best exercises you’ve never done
* The 8 healthiest foods you aren’t eating
* The 4 surprising foods that build muscle
* The 25 super snacks that keep you lean
* The 5 biggest nutrition myths, busted
* The truth about saturated fat
* The perfect foods to fuel your workouts
* The complete guide to protein powders
* The 20 ways lifting weights helps you look great, stay healthy, and live longer

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3 comments for “The Men’s Health Big Book of Exercises: Four Weeks to a Leaner, Stronger, More Muscular YOU!

  1. A. Admiraal
    November 27, 2012 at 1:15 PM

    Big Book is Big Disappointment The concept of Men’s Health Big Book of Exercises is great: collect hundreds of exercises, group them by muscle group and add some background information and nutritional advice. There you go: the workout manual to make all others obsolete. But despite the lyrical reviews posted here, I found this book disappointing. In short: the collection of exercises is great, but the way they are presented is not optimal. A serious framework to construct your own training plan is absent and the nutritional information is downright silly.EXERCISESWhat I liked about this book is the sheer number of exercises; they are the reason I continue to use this book every now and then. Each exercise comes with at least one clear picture and has some handy little performance tips scattered around. However, this being the main event of the book, there are a number of omissions that I would consider flaws.First, there is no connection between the discussion of the anatomy in the beginning of each section and the exercises. It’s great that you are shown the different muscles that make up the back, but in the 60 or so exercises that follow, there is no way of finding out which muscle or part thereof is targeted by which exercise. Also, if you give 15 variations of one particular exercise, it would have been logical to mark the variations in terms of level of difficulty. No such luck.Basically, the book first gives some fairly detailed information on an entire muscle group (albeit with some less than great illustrations), but then simply dumps a long list of exercises on you. Though the number of exercises provided is much smaller, the book by Frederic Delavier is infinitely better. It tells you not just how to perform an exercise but also how an individual exercise targets each specific muscle. I sincerely hope Men’s Health takes some cues from Delavier for their next edition of the Big Book.TRAINING PLANSThe ‘exercise plans’ in the Big Book are alright, but if you are looking for a good, consistent framework to get maximal results (as opposed to just “doing something in the gym”), I feel the is way better. It may not have the same number of exercises, nor nice color photos like the Big Book, but I feel the overall framework of training is much more solid and consistent than the somewhat hap hazardous and confusing approach in Men’s Healh Big Book.NUTRITIONAL INFORMATIONNow, if it were for the exercises and plans alone, I would still have given the book three stars, maybe even four; the sheer number of exercises makes it quite unique. Five stars would be out of the question, because the difference in content quality is too far off from some of the other books available. Still, I decided to lower the rating by one more star, because of the nutritional sections which are silly at best.First let me say that from a magazine (such as Men’s Health) I fully accept a somewhat eclectic approach. A new study comes out one month that says coffee is bad for you and the next month another says it’s good – all fine. A book, however, I expect to be a bit more authoritative. This book is not.The Big Book opts for the “high protein, medium fat, low carbs” approach. I think Susan Kleiner in her book clearly demonstrated why a high carb, medium protein approach is far superior for building muscle and losing fat. Other than the Big Book, Kleiner backs up her story with sound scientific references. Where the Big Book settles for “A study in Denmark found…”, Kleiner takes a truly scientific approach. Her conclusions are very different but much more logical and actionable for anyone who can think beyond the simplistic adage “muscle is built by protein, so the more protein I eat the more muscle I get”.Perhaps for people living in the US the nutritional advice in Men’s Health Big Book makes some sense. Unspoken assumptions in the book seem to be a consequence of its orientation on the mainstream US audience. First and foremost, you are assumed to be too fat, or at least struggling with overweight. You also really like to eat a lot of fat and most certainly eat lots of animals. Also, you are not willing or able to change any of these habits.Even within that context, the advice that comes out is sometimes downright puzzling:- Beans, peas and corn should be avoided as they contain a lot of starch (p. 442)- However, whole milk is fine (it’s not all that much extra fat anyway), source cream is almost pure fat but hey, serving size is generally small, so go ahead! Other “healthiest” or at least “guilt free” foods: butter,…

  2. Luca Vincenzo
    November 27, 2012 at 7:31 PM

    A decent book with misleading marketing While this book is marketed as the end-all of training books that gives every exercise you need along with sensible workout and nutrition plans, it falls a bit short of that promise.It does have a TON of exercises with pictures and tips on how to do them correctly, and thus, it’s a good reference book. The organization of the exercises, however, is poorly executed. While they appear in their proper categories, such as “back,” there are no further details about the many exercises that follow as to which particular parts of the back that the exercises target.It also doesn’t indicate which exercises are compound, mass-builders, which are isolation exercises, and which are in the middle. Unless you really know what you’re doing, you won’t know what exercises to do and why.The workout programs given in the book seem to be thrown together kind of haphazardly, and while they’ll keep you “busy” in the gym and are better than being completely random, they’re not the most effective in terms of building muscle and getting stronger. If you get bored of routines easily, you might like the fact that there are many variations that you can do for each muscle group.The nutritional section calls for a diet high in protein, moderate in fats, and low in carbs. This is fine for losing weight if done correctly, but definitely is not optimal for building muscle. Scientific studies have clearly shown the connection between high carb intake and building muscle. In fact, if you don’t eat enough carbs, you’ll not only be short on the glycogen necessary for muscle synthesis, you’ll have a VERY hard time eating enough overall calories to build any appreciable amount of muscle.All in all, if you’re looking for a nice collection of exercises for every muscle group, you will like this book. To be honest, however, is better for this (and better overall).If you’re looking for some guidance in creating a workout and nutrition plan that will help you build muscle and lose fat as effectively as possible, then I recommend .

  3. Tom "gym rat"
    November 27, 2012 at 7:48 PM

    Big Book Equals Complete Book If I had to pick one word to describe this book, it wouldn’t be “big”, it would be “complete”. It’s not just a big book of exercises- its that plus a whole lot of other info as well. Here’s some of what I liked the best about it…-it devotes a chapter to answering questions we all have about lifting, questions such as “how fast should I lift?” or “how many repetitions should I do?”-the exercises are organized by body part, so you get a bunch of ex’s for the chest in Chapter 4, a bunch of exercises for the back in Chapter 5, and so on. Easy to navigate around in this book.-included is a section on warm-up exercies- which a lot of people forget about doing. Here you’ll find a lot of stretches.-there’s a workout plan towards the end of the book for just about every need you might have. For example, you’ll find a workout plan for the crowded gym, for fat loss- even for vertical jumping. Neat!The book ends with a section on cardio, and a section on nutrition. As you can see, while it is a “big” book of exercises (and kinda heavy too), its also a very “complete’ book as well.

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