I always cringe when I see the words “authoritative guide” stamped on anything as if the words inside are the know all and be all on the subject. That said, I never judge a book by its cover and The World’s Most Authoritative Guide to Building Your Body is a thorough and complete guide to understanding how you can become a new, lean and fit you.
What Does the Book Offer?
The premise of this book is that a man’s body is a complex machine with hundreds of muscles and millions upon millions of fibers that make up those muscles. Knowing how our muscles work and grow is the first step to knowing how to adequately work them and The World’s Most Authoritative Guide to Building Your Body illustrates the body in a format that is easy to understand so that you can plan your exercise program around your desired results. The excerpt below is taken from Amazon and shows the detail the book goes into in order to help you understand the fundamentals of exercise physiology.
A Thought-Provoking Statement
The book starts with a challenging statement, shown below:
The Book of Muscle presents exercise programs for beginners, intermediate and advanced lifters. The focus is mainly on big muscle groups, as the excerpt explains below:
What Others Are Saying
According to Franklin Joyner, a reviewer on Amazon, this book has allowed him to succeed greatly and reach his fitness goals.
“The key to this book” he says, “is that it takes you through a cycling approach. By taking you through stages with varying sets, reps, and exercises, you muscles are always in a state of shock and always responsive to the workouts.”
However, some people feel that the book is a bit overwhelming. GymGoddess “teresaalvia” feels that the program demands a lot of time that most people are unable to dedicate to fitness, saying,
“for someone who has other responsibilities, kids, job, home, this is a fairly time and concentration intensive program.”
Will it Help Me Lose Weight?
If you use this program properly, you will actually gain weight— in muscle that is. Franklin Joyner reported that he gained twenty pounds from the program, which is impressive because it was completely in the form of muscle. Karl Miller, another user, notes that this book does not promise immediate results, but it gives you a game plan. He also says,
“This is without a doubt their best book yet on the value (and IMPORTANCE) of personal fitness.”
Pros and Cons
- This guide is very easy to read and understand and provides insight on how muscles and groups of muscles work so that you can know what to expect from a workout.
- The World’s Most Authoritative Guide to Building Your Body provides nutritional advice as well as an exercise program to help you reach all of your fitness goals.
- The book provides actual illustrations so that you are able to understand concepts from a visual level.
- This book can drain a lot of time and be overwhelming as a result.
Problems and Complaints
The two main complaints I’ve seen concerning this book are that it requires a lot of your time to read up on the program and exercises and then to perform them. Some people feel that anyone who has a naturally busy life due to real world concerns may not be able to dedicate the time that is required to succeed with this program.
What Level of Fitness Does This Book Provide?
The World’s Most Authoritative Guide to Building Your Body is a good book for beginners and those looking for an intermediate workout, but it may not appeal as well to you if you are into more advanced and extremely workouts. If you are more advanced, you may feel that this guide is filled with information that you already know and you may feel disappointed.
How Does and The World’s Most Authoritative Guide to Building Your Body Rate Overall?
Overall, this is an informative book that will help you plan your meals and workouts to achieve success. On Amazon, it received a 4.5 out of 5 rating.