The New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding: The Bible of Bodybuilding, Fully Updated and Revised
by Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Dobbins
Perhaps it was the time when I grew up, but I am still surprised with how many people who are serious about their training do not know about “The New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding” by Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bill Dobbins. This book is the de facto bible of bodybuilding and everyone that even thinks about lifting up a weight, should lift up this book first. While some of the material is more information than many will ever need, there is so much valuable information in this 800+ book that I still revisit it quite often.
Arnold Schwarzenegger attributes all of his success to his bodybuilding career from his major success in bodybuilding to his Hollywood movie career and even to his run as the governor of California. His early roles were earned by his incredible work ethic and name that he made for himself during his championship days. While some of us that followed bodybuilding knew of big names before Schwarzenegger, there is no denying that he introduced bodybuilding to a much greater mass than anyone ever thought could be done.
Even after his bodybuilding career, he continued to be successful at pretty much anything that he attempted. Once again, his work ethic led the way for his success. There are so many amazing things that people could learn from Schwarzenegger if they took the time to delve into his life.
As far as “The New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding,” this is a must-own for anyone interested in bodybuilding on any level. If you are planning on going professional, there are amazing tips for you. If you are a home bodybuilder, there is also plenty for you.
Regardless of whether or not people say that Arnold over-trained, the fact of the matter is that he was highly successful and his body was able to handle anything that he threw at it. His physique was simply amazing from his size to his definition. He had the entire package.
As far as the training techniques details in this book, you can get anything from basic recommendations to detailed training techniques for beginners and advanced bodybuilders alike. This book is about as comprehensive as any book that I have read, be it a bodybuilding book or not. There is not a single book that can boast the level of coverage that “The New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding” does.
I cannot recommend this book enough. It was one of the things that truly got me started and it still sits on my bookshelf always within arms reach.