am 8. September 2000
Zu Beginn wird der Aufstieg Arnold Schwarzeneggers vom Niemand zum Bodybuilding-Gott erzählt. Es wird alles aus der "Ego-Perspektive" berichtet und lässt somit den Leser sehr gut am Geschehen teilhaben. Auch die Einblicke in Schwarzenegger's Gefühlsleben sind sehr aufschlussreich. Im zweiten Teil wird eine Anleitung zum Bodybuilding-Einstieg in Form eines 4 bzw. 6 Tageprogrammes gegeben. Auch die Ratschläge und "Kniffe" von Arnold selbst sind für jeden Sportler sehr förderlich. Insgesamt ein Buch, dass wieder mal herausstellt, dass selbst Arnold Schwarzenegger kein Übermensch ist und für seine Karriere hart hat arbeiten müssen. Für Fans, die sich nur für seine Filme interessieren, ist das Buch weniger geeignet, da es dieses Thema nur am Ende des ersten Kapitels kurz aufgreift.
am 30. Januar 1998
In this exciting book Arnold reveals not only his bodybuilding secrets, but also how his mind works: his SUCCESS secrets. I bought the original edition years ago, and have probably read it twenty times. This book will become one of YOUR favorites, because you'll learn the secrets of Arnold's drive, self-confidence and hard work. You'll understand HOW to become successful at whatever you do. And the book is loaded with great photos. Thanks, Arnold, for a great book! By the way, keep a pen or highlighter handy...because you'll want to mark all the great success principles Arnold reveals!
am 9. April 1999
The book is an autobiography of Arnold, up through the mid-70s. It is interesting to be inside the mind of a super-athlete such as Schwarzenegger. He conveys how and why he rose to become what many believe to be the greatest bodybuilder of all-time. He writes about many of the distractions of the early days -- girls, school, parental disaproval, a year of army duty -- and how he dealt with these and managed to stay focused on his dream to be the best at the sport.
Within five years he became Mr. Universe. He perservered to become more than just a great bodybuilder. He became a superstar. After he had beat every other bodybuilder of his time, he decided to do away with competing and accomplish his next set of goals. He went into acting, and as we all know, became an international moviestar. In addition he went into the promotion side of bodybuilding, running competions such as Mr. Olympia, Mr. Universe, and of course, the Arnold Classic. He also set up many gyms in several countries.
The second half of the book is a rough guide on how to begin a progressive resistance program, additional motivational advice, nutrition and the like.
Throughout the book he demonstrates the many benifits he obtained from bodybuilding -- optimal health, discipline, mind control, etc. Basically, I found it very inspirational to read. However, I would suggest not to solely rely on the information in the second half for workout planning. Though it is good information, it is somewhat brief, and it is WHAT WORKED FOR HIM. Everyone varies in their response to weight training (i.e. how quickly their muscles grow) due to genetic predispositions, such as natural metabolism level, and and I would suggest getting additional, more comprehensive information, such as Gold's Gym Mass Building Training and Nutrition System, or check your local bookstore and do some browsing through the selection to see what appeals to your interest.
am 23. März 2000
Actually, Arnold wrote this book long before his Hollywood career took off. He tells an honest story about his life and career as a bodybuilder back in a time when bodybuilding was considered strange and obscure. Arnold helped shatter all the myths and stereotypes about the sport and realistically tells us how gruelling and demanding the sport really is. He is correct in accessing that certain body types have a better chance at succeeding while others have many obstacles to overcome. Sheer muscle mass is only part of the sport. Just as important is definition and symmetry. Arnold was blessed with just about perfect body symmetry so he was a natural. This doesn't mean he didn't work hard. In fact you'll gather inspiration as you read about him always pushing himself and striving to do better. Arnold is also not shy about some of the seedier elements that were around at the time he was in competition. Promises of contracts, endorsements, and money could disappear as fast as the unscrupulous businessman who took advantage of them. This is a great book about a great man and brought bodybuilding the dignity it deserves.
am 6. Februar 1998
When I picked up this book in my local store, I had little idea that it would have the effect it would have on me. This book contains all you need to know about how to safely get into bodybuilding, or simply how to get fitter and firm up your body. With detailed training plans that I am using and seeing the benefits from, to simple diets that teach you what to eat and why, this book takes you step-by-step into the world of the body builder. Even if you don't want to end up like Arnie, this book will get you fitter and stronger, and with that will come self-confidence.
This book is a must for anyone looking to get stronger, and combined with some common sense the progress you can make with it is great. Happy reading....Michael
am 27. April 2000
Arnold is the greatest bodybuilding champion of all time. No one has approached his will to win and his desire to set unmatched records in the bodybuilding field. As a world class trainer and world champion weightlifter, I recommend this very basic of all bodybuilding books to anyone who has the desire to be the best that they can be. Arnold, you set the world afire with your charisma and your will of steel. May I encourage others to share these wonderful secrets from this great book. Dr. Harry Sneider, author of the Olympic Trainer book which can also be found on Amazon.com
am 28. August 1998
One week after entering the gym at the age of 18 I bought the English version of this book. It gave me the inspiration to become a contest bodybuilder. Now, at the age of 35, married, father of two kids and being a well paid manager I still live by the rules of bodybuilding. I studied in terms of sets and reps and I manage in sets and reps. For me Arnold is the embodiment of everything that has to do with persistance. I hope that this book can do the same with you as it did for me.
am 5. Juni 1998
Bodybuilding and the science of weight training has come a long way since this book was published. Arnold outlines a very basic routine and philosophy. I read this 15 years ago, when I first started lifting. I don't agree with everything he says, but I still have tremendous respect for him. Even if you don't bodybuild, you will find the autobiography aspect of the book interesting.