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Publishers Weekly Review:
“Stellabotte, a personal trainer and veteran of the U.S. Navy, and Straub, an exercise physiologist, have built a clear and comprehensive manual that lays out the foundational basics of how to use weights and explicitly demonstrates the differences between safe, or “correct,” movements and injury-causing “incorrect” ones. The book is divided into seven sections, kicking off with a crucial introduction to selecting the right workout regimen. Subsequent sections focus on different parts of the body: legs, back, chest, shoulders, arms, and the all-important core. Along with the essential weight exercise for the body part in question, these sections go over necessary equipment, key points for safe and effective movement, and “Master Techniques,” the more advanced exercises. The writing is clean and straightforward, effectively communicating what to avoid and what to do, as incorrect form can be dangerous. Color photographs appear on nearly every page illustrating the authors’ tips. This guide is essential for anyone who hopes to get into weight training, and it should be mandatory reading before setting foot into any gym.”
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FRED STELLABOTTE, a US Navy veteran and an expert in bodybuilding, has developed weight-training programs with a focus on proper form and injury prevention for over 50 years.
RACHEL STRAUB, MS, CSCS, is an exercise physiologist, nutritionist, biomechanist, and certified strength and conditioning specialist. She is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Southern California.