Let me start this book review with a question: Do you own a fitness book? If yes, which one is it? [Please, leave a comment with its title in the comments section for others to see.] If you don’t own one, don’t worry. Hopefully my review of The Strength Training Anatomy Workout by Frederic Delavier will persuade you to change that.
I am not ashamed to admit that I am a self-confessed book geek (among other things). Even though I prefer to do the actual reading on my iPad, I like to own the paper book too. Over the years I have amassed a collection of biographies, travel and photography books that are proudly displayed on various bookshelves around the house.
My collection of fitness books, however, is very modest and up until a couple of weeks ago, it only consisted of free books from fitness magazines. Don’t get me wrong, even though they are free, these books mostly offer quality information on dieting and exercise.
I felt like I needed a “proper” fitness book and spent quite a bit of time searching for the right one to add to my collection. Most websites and blogs recommended The Strength Training Anatomy Workout by Frederic Delavier and I ended up purchasing it. So here is my review, which I hope you find useful.
The Strength Training Anatomy Workout by Frederic Delavier
The book’s content is spread over 256 pages and divided into three parts. Part 1 deals with developing your strength training. You will find a wide range of information that covers all basics of strength training, muscles functions and development. This part also teaches you how to develop your exercise program, monitor your progress and even tells you how you should breathe during an exercise.
Part 2 is all about the exercises. This part is divided into the basic muscle groups and lists exercises that cover pretty much every muscle in your body. All of the exercises are illustrated and explained in an easy to follow manner. Each muscle and muscle group is appropriately illustrated and their function explained.
Part 3 focuses on strength training featuring a variety of exercise plans depending on how many days per week you can or should exercise. It’s divided into three subparts: men, women and sport-specific.
What I like
The best thing about The Strength Training Anatomy Workout is that it’s written for those of us who prefer to exercise at home. All of the equipment and exercises are selected so that they are suitable for exercising in either your bedroom, living room or whatever space you decide to chose as your workout area.
I love the illustrations and the photographs that accompany the exercises. I also like the structure of the book and the easy to follow language.
What I dislike
Dislike is probably a strong word because I can hardly think of anything negative to say about this book. My only criticism is that it would have been better if the book was available as a hardcover version as well as the paperback.
I am pleased that I have this book. It’s a must-have for anyone who is just starting out and planning to exercise at home.
Published by Human Kinetics Publishers, and costing around £11.55, The Strength Training Anatomy Workout by Frederic Delavier can be obtained from Amazon – link to book on Amazon.