Best Bodybuilding Books – Updated for 2019


There is nothing better than practical knowledge. you can get tons of knowledge about bodybuilding in your gym, from YouTube or from other sites. But nothing can replace a good book.
Here I have mentioned some ‘Best Bodybuilding Books’ for you with the updated list.

What to Expect from a Good Book?

  1. Proper training plans for all levels.
  2. Detailed explanations of workouts.
  3. Contains Illustration for better understandings.
  4. Easy to understand.
  5. Proven techniques and methods.
  6. Details explanation of each and every exercise.
  7. Contains proper diet plans.
  8. Covers each and every aspect of training.

1. The New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding: The Bible of Bodybuilding, Fully Updated and Revised- By Arnold Schwarzenegger

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Just like Arnold is the father of bodybuilding. The New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding is the father of all bodybuilding books in the world. No matter how old this book is, it’s still admired by the top builders in the world.

‘The Bible of Bodybuilding’ this book contains everything from Weight training to the history of bodybuilding.

The book is a comprehensive study of the entire world of bodybuilding, which starts from a knowledge about the latest advances in bodybuilding competitions and weight training and covers everything from sports psychology, the required nutrition and diet and the various methods of training to the various injuries that can be incurred, their prevention techniques and treatments.

Features of This Book

  1. Complete weight training methods
  2. Possible injury prevention and treatments.
  3. Tried-and-tested tips for strengthening and sculpting muscles
  4. History of Bodybuilding
  5. How to Prepare for Competitions?
  6. Sport psychology.

About the Author

The one and only Arnold Schwarzenegger. A Role model of Millions. Bodybuilding Legend, Hollywood legend, governor of California from 2003-2011.

2. Jim Stoppani’s Encyclopedia of Muscle & Strength-By Ph.D. Jim Stoppani

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TheBook – Jim Stoppani’s Encyclopedia of Muscle & Strength is a complete training guide to a better body. It’s not just a simple training book, It’s a complete research-based book.

You can learn proper technique and methods for each and every exercise to train your muscles effectively.

Be it free weight, weight machines or body weight it gives you the complete package to train your body.

Features of This Book

  1. Containing 382 exercises covering for 13 muscle groups and the whole body
  2. Research-based training methods and principles.
  3. Helpful for fee weight, weight machines or body weight training
  4. Proper anatomy of muscles explained.

3. Strength Training Anatomy -By  Frederic Delavier

Strength Training Anatomy best bodybuilding books

Strength Training Anatomy contains a detailed explanation of your training anatomy. If you know how your body works then you can train effectively and gain/lose easily.

Knowing Muscle anatomy give you slight advantages over training without knowledge of anatomy.

it contains amazing colorful illustrations,  you’ll gain a whole new understanding of how muscles perform during exercise.

This book aims you to understand and know your muscle movements while training and to educate you on several muscle groups or types of muscle and how to train them.

Features of This Book

  1. More than 600 Colorful Illustrations.
  2. A Detailed explanation of muscle groups and how they work.
  3. Which exercise to choose for a particular muscle.
  4. Study about injuries and to avoid them.

4. Delavier’s Women’s Strength Training Anatomy Workouts- by Frederic Delavier and Michael Gundill

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Delavier’s Women’s Strength Training Anatomy Workouts is a complete guide for women workouts.

This book contains highly illustrated techniques for women to get back into the shape very easily with different training principles.

It reveals all exercises and techniques to reach the goals you want with 290 detailed illustrations, 157 exercises, and 49 exercise programs

This book not only helps to get in shape but it is also helpful for women bodybuilding for all levels.

Features of This Book

  1. 290 full-color illustrations, 157 exercises, and 49 workout programs.
  2. Step-by-step instruction for training muscles.
  3. workout plan for beginner to professionals.

5. Bigger Leaner Stronger: The Simple Science of Building the Ultimate Male Body-by Michael Matthews

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If you want to get muscular, lean, and strong as quickly as possible without steroids, good genetics, extreme dieting, or wasting ridiculous amounts of time in the gym . . . regardless of your age . . . you want to read this book.

Bigger Leaner Stronger: The Simple Science of Building the Ultimate Male Body, this book already helped thousands of men to transform their bodies into a masterpiece of a lifetime.

It shows you to build muscle and lose fat at the same time without spending 5-6 hours in the gym in a day. It contains the exact diet and training plan for anyone to achieve their dream body.

Features of This Book

  1. All in One book for bodybuilding
  2. contains workout as well as diet plans
  3. Tips for burning fat and gaining muscles.
  4. Nutritional advice


In the ‘Best Bodybuilding Books’ I have mentioned the top 5 books to acquire knowledge of bodybuilding. All the mentioned books are good and they all differ from each other in many perspectives so choose any one book according to your goal. They all gonna help you if you will follow the steps mentioned in the book with discipline.

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Utkarsh Sachan
Utkarsh Sachan
A coder by Profession, Fitness by Passion. Helping others to achieve their goals. Over 8 years of training experience in Fitness and Nutrition.


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