New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding – Review

February 25th, 2008 by Paul Johnson

This book is written by Arnold Schwarzennegar in 1992, as a updated version of his original 1985 Encyclopedia book.  The book is very comprehensive as it covers 800 pages in great detail on bodybuilding history, diet and nutrition, weight training routines, competitions, injuries and their prevention, supplements, all with Arnold's commentaries. In the training section, he gives various routines based on your goals, whether beginner or advanced. There is a lot of photos of bodybuilders performing many different weight training excercises. The hall of fame section shows pictures of the various bodybuilders of the past. Arnold also talks about many of the bodybuilding champions he faced.

There is some quality content in the book, but I don't think this book should be used as a tool to develop a training routine and especially supplementation advice. We have learned a lot in bodybuilding in the last 15 years, making this book a bit outdated. Overall I recommend The New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding, mainly because of Arnold being the author. If someone else was the author, It wouldn't have been as interesting of a book. If you want a book that is more autobiographical of Arnold Schwarzeneggar, then you read my review of Arnold's other book Education of a bodybuilder

You can purchase The New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding at Amazon.

  1. brooklyn11 on February 26th, 2008

    I am an ardent fan of Arnold.I have seen his nostalgic life- his childhood,workouts,movie career and politics in history channel. Really this man is humble and hard worker.I love to read his book.

  2. Tony on May 10th, 2008

    The updated version of the book is from 1998, not 1992.

  3. Yannis on June 17th, 2008

    I still got my copy, without the cover page, but with all the great information. He is the master.

  4. David on February 9th, 2009

    I think it’s the best book on bodybuilding that’s out there right now. The book isn’t even close to being out dated. everything that is in that book is still being put into practice today by bodybuilders all around the world. Not to mention that arnold’s advice and workout methods are consistantly quoted to this day in the most popular bodybuilding magazines dozens of times a year. I’d like some concrete examples of this statement about being out dated. I like to see a shirtless profile of the whoever made that statement too. I’m willing to bet that statement wouldn’t sound all that convincing if we could.

  5. patrick on April 20th, 2009

    is there any difference between the paper back and hardcover version when it comes to content

  6. admin on April 21st, 2009

    Patrick, I’m not sure if there is any difference. Usually people buy the hardcover because it lasts longer.

  7. body builder on August 18th, 2009

    i really enjoy to read…..

  8. Alessandro Donato on August 21st, 2009

    After not working out for 2 years, after lifting weights for over 20, never been big or ripped I’m going to take a punt on this book.

    WHY?…I’m a small business owner, successful, don’t earn much but do understand one thing. Core principals come from people who’ve tried, tested failed and succeeded, you just look, listen learn and add or subtract to suit your needs.

    The human body hasn’t changed that much in the past 2 centuries.

    I’m sure I’ll find somewhere in this book a place for me myself to fit. As would most people who can benefit from just lifting weights in a structured repetitive regime.

    Now that my life is comfortable I want to be big in physical stature. It’ll take a couple of years then 10 of maintenance….Thanks for your reading, now I’m going to start mine.


    Evel Cycles Melbourne Australia

  9. Build Muscle Fast on November 18th, 2009

    Thanks for the great recommendation!

  10. Alessandro Donato on December 14th, 2009

    The intitial bigginers program worked well for me for 3 months. I did some minor changes to 1. work around aquiered injuries & 2. to shock the body every fortnight.

    The diet section was suplimented by looking for an online body weight x protein, carbs, fats needed calculator to make it more finite.

    Further reading led me to add multivitamins care of Mr Rocco Oppedisano & Spirulina courtesy of a PT Andy.

    Mr Schwarzennegars’ methods for beginners are simple and effective in my sumation, though I could be wrong. I have seen positive results in lifting capacity from for eg: 20kg squats to below knee level to now 95kg at 3×5. The rest is comparable.

    It’s all up to hard, consistent work both in and out of the gymnasium.

    One of the hardest things to train your neurones to do is eat every 2 hrs. Took me 2 months.

    Good luck.

  11. DThom on May 1st, 2010

    I think this is a great book as far as posing, sculpting, and history is concerned… but the “beginner” routine is going to be too much for the vast majority of beginners out there.

  12. how much should i weigh on May 1st, 2010

    wow nice info man.

  13. Phil Heath on June 20th, 2010

    this book is not out dated at all. science may have made progress & learnt more about human body in the past 15 years but i’m a professional & i know many others including jay cutler still use the book for reference.

  14. Bodybuilding Tips and Tricks on August 3rd, 2010

    I have to say, this book is my bible. I really think it’s a great resource and I refer to it often.

  15. Fitness Freak on August 31st, 2010

    Arnie says “I still will be a bodybuilder. I love it. I love the feeling in my muscles, I love the competition, and I love the things it gives me. I have never really had to work in my whole life.”

  16. simbu on September 19th, 2010

    please send “arnold bodybuilding book”

  17. simbu on September 28th, 2010

    please send the new encyclopedis of modern body building

  18. Derek on January 5th, 2011

    I totally agree, I grew reading Arnold’s workout advice and I doubt the bodybuilding world has improved on his standard. After your review I definitely want to grab a copy of this book!

    Thanks, Derek

  19. bodybuilding on February 11th, 2011

    Great book, I got it back in the 80’s and have used it as a reference ever since.

  20. Stuttie (Sydney Australia) on March 6th, 2011

    This is the bible of bodybuilding – period. Anyone seriously trying to build muscle should throw away all other reference books and use this one religiously. My only small criticism, is the lack of ‘warm-up technique’ information.