BOOK REVIEW: The Strength Training Anatomy Workout III

Title: The Strength Training Anatomy Workout III
Author: Frederic Delavier & Michael Gundill
Publisher: Human Kinetics, ISBN: 9781492588511
Details: Paperback, 256pp
RRP: AUD $57.99 OR $46.39 when you use the code HK20 to SAVE 20% at the checkout HERE.

Reviewed by Tony Boutagy, PhD, AEP, AES

The Strength Training Anatomy series is a must-have for all trainers and those who take their training seriously, and this new addition to the range is no exception to its predecessors. It reads like an in depth conversation on training one might have with a seasoned veteran in the field, full in both the detail of the science of training and the wisdom of a lifetime gleaned in the iron game. This unique information is the reason why millions of readers have turned to Strength Training Anatomy to learn more about exercise technique and program design.

Part 1 of the book is devoted to advanced anatomy, where the authors cover the fascinating topic of muscle morphology and the role it plays in an individual's ability to develop their own unique physiques and muscle symmetry. As part of this, special consideration is given to certain ‘anatomy types’ and exercises to avoid or to do, based on limb/muscle architecture and inherent risk of injury. Also covered in this section is detailed information on structuring an ideal warm up that considers weak areas and muscles prone to injury, and a useful discussion on the science of partial vs. full range of motion in strength exercises.

Part 2 covers training and recovery methods. Having already discussed blood flow restriction, vibration options and electrical stimulation techniques, the authors turn their attention to several other advanced training techniques and an in-depth discussion on recovery, covering overtraining, recovery times for the nervous system vs. the muscle/tendon/ligaments systems. The authors conclude the section by outlining several supplements that they argue might improve nerve and muscle/tendon recovery.

Parts 3 and 4 contain the really practical aspects of the book. Essentially, the authors discuss each
major body part and, based on the individual differences in the anatomy of the joint biomechanics,
make recommendations for exercises to do, to modify or to avoid. This is extremely valuable information and shows immense learning and experience on the part of the authors, and to my mind, is one of the really key strengths of the book. Both beginners and veterans will find something here to improve their exercise selections and program design to break plateaus in muscle mass or strength development. The final section of the book outlines specific workout routines aimed at developing lagging areas in the arms, chest, shoulders, back and thighs.

As we have come to expect from Frederic Delavier over the past two decades, this book combines a deep knowledge of the science of training with the wisdom of a trainer who has spent a lifetime in the gym. As always, a must-have for all trainers.