Bodyweight Strength Training Anatomy: Your Illustrated Guide to Strength, Power, and Definition

By Michael Dregni |

If you’ve ever done a pushup — or even considered doing one — you need this book.

Yes, I know: There are scads of books out there on how to do exercises. But this one shows you why to do them, with anatomical drawings simply and clearly explaining exactly which muscles the exercises work.

Author Bret Contreras, CSCS, is a well-known strength trainer and sports science expert. He details 156 effective bodyweight exercises, from classics like sit-ups and squats to more-complex, focused variations. There’s everything here from crab walks to donkey kicks.

This straightforward, illustrated guide truly takes you inside each exercise. The anatomical drawings reveal the primary muscles worked, as well as secondary muscles and relevant surrounding structures, including tendons, ligaments, and bones.

And if you’re truly enamored with pushups, Contreras covers 17 different options, from various single-arm pushups to wide-width and elevated options. His succinct text and the anatomical artwork explain why you’ll want to do a set of each type.


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