Free Weight Training Anatomy: A Book Review

I always emphasize that weight training is an absolute must for weight loss, long-term weight management, and overall good health, as it is critical for building and maintaining adequate muscle mass. In addition to improving your general physique, muscle mass enhances the strength and integrity of your bones and joints in ways that reduce your risk of injury while also improving your metabolic efficiency, which essentially means you’ll burn more calories throughout the day.

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Still many people tend to avoid weight training for a wide range of reasons. A lot of women associate this type of training with “bulking up”. Older adults often have overriding fears of getting injured. Others simply do not know how to lift weights. For such reasons, I’m constantly on the lookout for straightforward and practical tools, tips, and resources that make the process of weight training easier and more approachable for everyday people, both young and old.

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One of the newest books on the market titled Freeweight Training Anatomy certainly fits the bill. Authored by professional fitness trainer Ryan George, Freeweight Training Anatomy is a simple guide to weight training artistically designed for both novice and experienced weight lifters.

Freeweight Training Anatomy Review Nina Cherie Franklin PhDThe majority of the books pages contain easy-to-understand diagrams depicting all the body’s major muscle groups and real-life, step-by-step images of men and women performing a variety of traditional and functional exercises using free weights (barbells, dumbbells, and kettlebells) and other effective forms of resistance like the sandbag, medicine ball, and exercise ball.

The collection of exercises outlined are highly effective for building better balance, coordination, core strength, agility, and posture.

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In addition to the nearly exhaustive illustrative list of weight training-specific exercises, numerous stretching and other flexibility-promoting exercises are detailed. These exercises are especially valuable, as adequate flexibility is needed for injury prevention, maximum performance, and general training success.

While Freeweight Training Anatomy lays out a laundry list of exercises, you’re also offered a ton of valuable recommendations for choosing the ones that suit your individual needs. Best of all, the equipment highlighted in this book is relatively versatile and inexpensive when compared to oversized, commercial weight training machines housed in gyms. This allows you to carry out most of the exercises at home.

The book also holds a wealth of fundamental information on manipulating specific training variables to better achieve your individual goals, whatever those goals may be. Based on solid fitness principles and concepts, among the many variables highlighted include repetitions, tempo, load, sets, and volume, which I’ve pinpointed in previous articles.

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This information will seem a bit overwhelming at first glance, but don’t be intimidated. In addition to laying out the fundamentals of repetitions, tempo, load, sets, volume, and other key training variables, Freeweight Training Anatomy provides specific recommendations for manipulating these variables with your specific goals in mind. While the guidelines are somewhat general for experienced lifters, they are specific enough for readers of all levels to establish a sound start-up routine.

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So whether you’re looking to drop a few vanity pounds or lose a significant amount of weight, build better stamina, endurance and athleticism, or gain substantial muscle mass while shredding body fat, you’ll most certainly find a suitable weight training plan that works for you. With continued use of Freeweight Training Anatomy as a resource, you’ll also become accustomed to continuously progressing your training program for optimum results.

Pick up a copy of Leaving Your Fat Behind and learn what it takes to achieve and maintain good health through weight control.

Disclaimer: The information provided is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Any reader who is concerned about his or her health should contact a physician for advice.

Before starting an exercise training program you should first make sure that exercise is safe for you.  If you are under the age of 55 years and generally in good health, it is probably safe for you to exercise.  However, if you are over 55 years of age and/or have any health problems, be sure to consult with your physician before starting an exercise training program.