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Does anyone know if the following books are worth getting?

  • Muscle Mechanics by Everett Aaberg
  • Fitness and Strength Training for All Sport by Hartmann
  • Priming the Anabolic Environment - Will Brink
  • Target Bodybuilding - Per A tesch.

I already have Poliquin Principles and Get Buffed.

I have the Will Brink book. Its OK, but nothing to get excited about. I have a variety of books, but to be honest, most seem to be surpassed by the info on this site. One of the best I have seen for a long time is Dr Bernstein’s Diabetic Solution and the worst waste of money ever is DiPascals’Metabolic Diet. Don’t be put off by the diabetic book. What you can learn about the way the body uses food is unreal. Get it. As regards training, has anything really changed in the lst 50 years? I doubt it. Graham

Get these books in this order: 1)Hartman & Tunneman book 2)Brink’s book That’s all I would bother with.

Good books if your a beginner.Get Buffed is essential.More advanced books I’ve enjoyed are ‘Theroy & Methodology of training’ by Tudor Bompa,Essentials of strength training and conditioning by NSCA and some of those POF books put out by IronMan magazine.Clarence Bass’s new book has some good nutrition and cardio info.

Haven’t read any of the above. But would like to add “The Science and Practice of Strength Training” by Vladimir M. Zatsiorsky. It is recommended reading by Louie Simmons and Dave Tate. It’s on my “wishlist” at the moment.

And yes, “Get Buffed” is essential. Also, Charles Staley’s book “The Science of Martial Arts Training” is VERY good. And it is not all about martial arts. It only references them. The book is primarily about strength training, periodization, nutrition and recuperation.

I think the best book is Arnold Schwarznegger’ “The New Encyclopedia Of Modern Bodybuilding”.
The book is huge, its also new and has all the info. Trainning, Nutrition etc are all covered in it.
You will not regret buying this one.

Checkout the “Feed Your Head” article in issue 101 for more good book suggestions.

Chris, what do you think of the Metabolic diet as opposed to the Anabolic diet…i found the t-dawg diet to be superior to the Metabolic diet…Also, what do you think about the effectiveness of one carb up days as opposed to two?..I would also like to add that I find ‘How to write strength training programs’ to be superior in content to Get Buffed. Thanks for the responses

The Metabolic Diet is sort of an updated version of the Anabolic Diet. It’s kind of geared towards the general public more than bodybuilders. It’s an ok book, nothing really all that new if you’re already familiar with The Anabolic Diet or have reads my two “Eat Like a Man” articles. It’s been described as a “steak and salad” diet, but involves more than that. In fact, it’s quite a bit like our T-Dawg Diet.

The Metabolic Diet book is much more detailed than the AD book which was only 100 pages long. The MD is almost 500 pages with a lot more charts and menu ideas. There’s more of an emphasis on good fats but the diet still recommends some saturated fats like those in eggs and red meat. There’s also some workout plans in the MD, but they’re pretty basic and geared towards non-bodybuilders. DiPasquale even uses the word “toning”. Yuk.

It’s worth reading if you’re interested in the science behind low carb and high fat diets, but you could probably do the diet by using the info here at T-mag and the low carb articles we’ve written.

As for the number of carb-up days, I prefer 2, Saturday and Sunday, but I’ve helped a lot of people who do better with only one. Some go the other direction and have a moderate carb day on Wednesday and then really “carb out” on the weekends. It’s an individual thing in my observation.

Target Bodybuilding by Per Tesch is an excellent book. With MRI scans they look at a variety of exercises and determine just how effectively they work their target muscles. Well worth the investment.

Dave Tate mentioned on his Westside Barbell Q&A site that they were collaborating with Dr Mel Siff and planning on coming out with a book soon. If you are interested in powerlifting it should be an informative book.

My company carries the Hartman book as well as many other hard to find titles. I only sell the books I feel are the best on the subject. This is why there are only 25 books on my list. Supertraining is the definative text on strength and conditioning and should be in everyones collection. I have found this to be the best. If you would like to order the book or see a list of the other titles we carry send me an email at EliteFTS@email.msn.com. I can send you an email of our titles or a catalog if you like. The other titles you are looking for can be found on Amazon.

Chris, what do you think about having Saturday as a carb up day and Sunday as a moderate carb day before returning to the 30gram limit on weekdays?

Graham, thanks for the diabetic solution suggestion…my girlfriend’s dad has diabetes and i might get the book just to help him out…

Tan, give it a shot. I think everyone ends up customizing diets with a little trial and error. See if it works for you.