There’s really no training book I can think of that I would recommend to a complete beginner.
Ok, starting strength etc, but hmmm… Not really.
As for strength training anatomy, well, it doesn’t really teach you much about training as such. The author also does not mention anything about proper setup for exercises (bench, for example). He just writes something along the lines of
- lie down on the bench
(ok, a little more elaborate, but you get the idea… That stuff doesn’t help at all)
The book has some info on lifting-related injuries though, such as how one can tear ones’ long head of the triceps on back work, pec tears, elbow trauma/abrasions from repeatedly locking out under load etc.
True, but at least he’ll know what a hamstring is and know the terminology of the exercise without asking you about that silly exercise that makes all the other people in the gym look funny at you, but you never see one of them actually doing it, where you lift a barbell from the ground while you straighten your knees and back and subsequentially “hump” it once with a liitle hip trust and then let it fall on the floor again and do this barbell-loving ritual all over again…