Strength training is important for a number of reasons. It helps with managing weight by increasing calorie burn, increases bone density, balance & stability, and eventually results in a leaner stronger you. But what’s the point if you don’t know what muscles you’re working (or need to be working), and how to ‘work’ them properly?
There are many ways one can become familiar with these things, whether it be research (tons of info out there), a professional, or even a book. This is why I was immediately interested in Freeweight Training Anatomy: An Illustrated Guide to the Muscles Used while Exercising with Dumbbells, Barbells, and Kettlebells and more by Ryan George. Since many people ask me for recommendations (and I am no professional) I found that this book would be a great reference. Perfect for those wanting to know more about the muscles they’re using while strength training, how to work them correctly, basic fitness methods, movement types, and training plans.
The book begins with a introduction to how your body functions and other basic information, then goes into methods related to strength training. The second part of the book includes over 100 exercises with color diagrams and directions on how to do each one of them. Many of the exercises require equipment (dumbells, barbells, kettlebells, medicine balls,) and some, just body weight. It is sectioned based on muscle groups, and very easy to follow along. An actual visual highlighting the working area and step by step explanation is much easily digested – and this is what he gives you very simply put.
In addition to the exercises he touches on warming up, stretching, and cooling down. There are also diagrams showing how to do several stretches. These are 3 aspects I feel are often overlooked while training. He provides explanations for each as well.
The third section of the book goes into different levels of exercise programs that you can customize to your liking to get results in just 6 weeks. Although I have not done any of the plans myself (since I am already following a plan) I do find that these can be useful for someone who has no plan // freestyles when strength training. It’s best to have a plan and this is a great place to begin. It’s essential for one to know what muscles they’re training and the proper way to do it and this is a great resource to have.
This is valuable resource for athletes of all levels and types that are strength training. This guide will inform you about your muscles, teach proper form & technique, and allow you reach your goals injury free. Grab a copy of Freeweight Training Anatomy, personalize a fitness routine, and get a jump-start on your fitness goals.
Freeweight Training Anatomy is available on Amazon.com for $17.95.
*Disclaimer: I was provided with a copy of this book for review. All opinions are my own.