Here’s what’s on my bookshelf (alphabetically):

Body-For-Life by Bill Phillips: this was the first fitness book I ever owned. I bought it after reading an article in a magazine (I believe it was Phillip’s own magazine) discussing the body-for-life transformation contest. Even looking back now much of what the book says is still valid and it’s well written for the beginner, however much of what it leaves out is the very things that gave me true results.

Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle by Tom Venuto: this book is the first fitness book I read in my modern fitness reemergence. It still stands up as possibly the best book out there for obtaining a bodybuilder’s physique (specifically while dieting).

Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding by Arnold Schwarzenegger: I wouldn’t take this one as gospel, but there is some really interesting ideas in here from the master himself. I found the program in it to be ridiculously high volume at the time.

High-Intensity Training the Mike Mentzer Way by Mike Mentzer: You either love or hate Mike Mentzer. I used to love him and now I see him as a bit of a sideshow. But the book has some interesting ideas and certainly his character comes through.

Natural Hormonal Enhancement by Rob Faigin: If you want to learn about utilizing food and exercise specifically to get a maximal hormonal effect than this is an excellent resource.

Periodization by Tudor Bompa: As far as building a periodized program this is a pretty good resource. It is a little bit of a touch read and some of the information is a little dated.

The Poliquin Principles by Charles Poliquin: Poliquin is great at bringing practical application to muscle development. This one is a bit older but certainly some good fundamental info in here.

Super Squats by Strossen: This is an oldie but a goodie. It has stood the test of time as many people started off with this program in their early days of physique building.

Superhero Physique by Shawn Buffington: this book is designed to help you attain the “next level” of fitness, depending on what your ideal body looks like, with 12 different training programs to help you accomplish it as well as a chapter on how to create your own program.

My “e-book shelf”:

The Blueprint 2.0 and 3.0 by Rob Regish: This is a really innovative muscle-building program that will get you really thinking about training and nutrition.

The Ketogenic Diet by Lyle McDonald: The original intent of this document was to teach about extreme dieting to get ripped. But it contains a lot of information about hormones and body mechanisms that can actually be very useful when striving to add mass as well.

MI40 & MI40x by Ben Pakulski: MI40 is a great resource to learn about doing proper movements and proper nutrient timing for hypertrophy. MI40-x takes these principals another step by adding in several other intensifiers.


SuperHero Physique
superhero_physique by Shawn Buffington

MI40x honest review

Burn the Fat Feed the Muscle – non-biased book review


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