Best massage books according to redditors

We found 189 Reddit comments discussing the best massage books. We ranked the 39 resulting products by number of redditors who mentioned them. Here are the top 20.

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u/BorisTheButcher · 76 pointsr/swoleacceptance

Brother you have discovered the truth of our devotions and achieved enlightenment. Attention is the only reason we lift. Health? There is nothing of health in 600lbs upon our shoulders as we drop our asses within inches of the floor but the attention this brings...

Clothing does not fit our strange proportions , our look is that of Shrek and we say amongst ourselves that they 'mire but do they? Nay, brother, they do not yet still we have their attention and that is enough

We posses the strength to lift a Wagon of whey yet lack the stamina to change a tire. Does this concern us? Nay, brother, not at all. Changing a tire is of no consequence to others yet lift a Wagon and they will pause

Those who bear the cross of fit understand this truth inherently but they lack our physical attainment. To compensate for this they never SHUT THE FUCK UP ALREADY! JESUS CHRIST WE GET IT!!... ahem... forgive me for i am a man of passion.

It is your time , Brother. Depart with pride and form a temple of your own. Spread the word as written in the good book

u/WorkLiftSleepRepeat · 21 pointsr/bodybuilding

Is this version better or is the updated version better?

u/Svansig · 15 pointsr/bodybuilding

FIRST: You will never do everything perfectly. Luckily, that's not necessary in order to improve.

The trouble is, that there are a lot of great resources full of a lot of bad information. There's too much information swirling around and everyone is an expert. The only thing that worked for me was to read everything and believe nothing. If you read six or seven articles, you will get six or seven different theories. Most of these magazines/web sites need new information every day/week/month, and the truth is, there isn't that much new information. The only way to be sure of something, is to see what EVERYONE is saying. Nobody who has a "secret" has your best interests at heart.

That being said, if you have some free time, I have heard good things about the Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding.

u/WorkedInTheory · 14 pointsr/drumcorps

That is simply a poorly written article.

Dance theory, choreography, and general concepts of contemporary dance are quite well defined and clearly articulated.

In the history of dance, there have been a number of approaches to formalize specific principles and vocabulary, even actual dance notation (Labanotation) was created to record specific choreographic movement in order to be reproduced. The availability of film and especially video made this obsolete.

Ballet is still actually the foundation of modern dance, which introduces variations of technique and extended vocabulary. It would literally be impossible to be a professional performer or choreographer in the contemporary sphere without not only a solid ballet foundation, but other well known principles set out since the Denishawn school (school founded by Ted Shawn and Ruth St. Denis that is considered the origin of contemporary dance's break with ballet).

Anyway, here are some essential reads that I would strongly encourage anyone that is interested in choreography or staging, especially in the context of marching arts, to read:


The Art of Making Dances - Doris Humphrey (<<< critical read!)


The Intimate Act of Choreography - Lynne Anne Blom & L. Tarin Chaplin


Anatomy of Movement - Blandine Calais-Germain


Dance and the Specific Image - Daniel Nagrin


Technical Manual and Dictionary of Classical Ballet - Gail Grant


The Routledge Studies Dance Reader - Alexandra Carter


Every Little Movement: A Book About Delsarte - Ted Shawn


What Is Dance?: Readings in Theory and Criticism - Roger Copland & Marshall Cohen


The Illustrated Dance Technique of José Limon - Daniel Lewis


There are so many more!


Also recommended, free OCW course from MIT:


Dance Theory and Composition


u/bigjohnstud · 12 pointsr/bodybuilding

My vote
1)It's huge and makes an awesome coffee table book
2)It's packed with info (see #1)
3)You will always read its text in Arnold's voice.

u/Stinnett · 11 pointsr/bodybuilding

New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding. Amazon link.

u/NakedAndBehindYou · 9 pointsr/Fitness

Yes, it's okay. In his book The Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding, Arnold says that when he became a serious bodybuilder, he had to split his routine into two parts per day in order to have enough energy to get through all his 3+ hours of lifting per day. He says he would lift in the morning, wait 8-10 hours, then lift again after he had recouped some energy.

u/kernozlov · 9 pointsr/steroids

Here a PDF

Kindle Version is $23

PDF of the new version

Did you even google dude? I literally googled encyclopedia of modern bodybuilding PDF.

u/insubordinatePan · 9 pointsr/Fitness

Been meaning to order Arnold's Encyclopedia for some time now. Although I'm sure it contains a hefty dose of broscience, the reviews are glowing and it's still 800 pages of the word of Arnold. Thanks for the promo code!

u/username10294 · 7 pointsr/movies

For anyone who doesn't know, Arnold has written a well respected book on body building where you can get all his tips.

u/Pedantic_Romantic · 7 pointsr/medicalschool
u/DEAthletics · 7 pointsr/Fitness
u/Halston_D · 7 pointsr/bodyweightfitness

Sadly this is a case of personal bias. To say that you only trust someone who agrees with what you agree with is practically the definition of bias. Open your mind and you'll eventually see that there is no right or wrong methodology. What works for one will not work for all. Figure out what works for you by trying different things.

Now, onto your question. This book by Arnold seems good but honestly if you want to get into the science and programming you'll need text books.

u/RanchCornNutsYes · 6 pointsr/WinStupidPrizes

Read! If you’re not sure who will have good foundational material, I think we can all agree The Governor knows a thing or two. Arnold has a “Bodybuilding Encyclopedia” that is for both beginners and advanced lifters, with a huge range of info that even covers nutrition. It’s massive and inexpensive. It can be bought on Amazon.

u/AudreyML3 · 6 pointsr/orangetheory

I had this really badly with my second pregnancy. I wasn't doing OTF at the time but this book helped tremendously. I couldn't even walk up 4 stairs without immense pain. During my third pregnancy it started to hurt but I immediately did the stretches in here and it was gone almost immediately. The stretches seem a bit silly but it's all about stretching your ligaments equally. A belly band didn't help me at all unfortunately.

Relieving Pelvic Pain During and After Pregnancy: How Women Can Heal Chronic Pelvic Instability

u/INTHEMIDSTOFLIONS · 6 pointsr/bodybuilding

you can find used copies on there for like $5. a truly worthy investment. I've read it probably 15 times. It's an incredible book. Nutrition is outdated, though. So be careful with the meal plans in it. Arnold is outspoken against his nutritional information in the book.

u/gzcl · 5 pointsr/powerlifting

Another great read, one that was recommended to me by another guy around these parts, is Power by Fred "Dr Squat" Hatfield. Much more easily digestible filled with great concepts that stand today.

Edit: I figured I might as well help build some libraries while I'm in here.

Top 5 for Brain Gains

Those first three are big bucks. So I opted to go to the library, I suggest many of you do the same. Photocopiers are the shit. (Or just gift yourself a $100 book.)

These last two are relatively cheap and extremely helpful. The first a great stepping point for some of the nuances of strength training. Appropriately written by a doctor who squatted a grand, most appropriately titled "Power."

And it pays to not be a dumbass about the very basics:

u/7zf · 5 pointsr/soylent

Your opinion is a very popular one and quite traditional, often reflected by those outside of the bodybuilding or strength athlete community. My goals with this recipe are to gain muscle mass and fuel high exertion full body workouts and recovery from those without gaining much fat. The macro ratios that I have chosen are in line with opinions of many of the most successful strength/bodybuilding athletes.

Glucose/ATP levels lost in the muscles must be refueled by very high levels of available carbohydrates, higher levels of fats would IMO just encourage more fat storage. Of course my "base" dietary needs/levels of fats are being met with the quantity of fats in this recipe. I quote Arnold but there are many many anecdotal examples like this one. Of course I am not Arnold but there is a middle ground, my current recipe is Protein 30% Carbs 50% and Fat 20%.

> Kindle location 10130: According to the McGovern Select Committee on Nutrition and Human Needs, Protein 12%, Carbs 58%, Fats 30%. In my own career I usually found myself eating a diet balanced quite differently: Protein 40%, Carbohydrates 40%, Fats 20%

To speak to your comments about fat breakdown, I am very interested in learning how best to meet fat ratios and I do not know enough about it for sure. I have done some investigation but a good conversation about optimal omega ratios (4/1 or 5/1 omega3/omega6?) and how best to acheive this in a cost effective way is long overdue. I am not sure why including more saturated fat via something like butter would be helpful but if you could provide some justification for that I would be interested. I will also most likely be adding medium chain triglycerides (MCT oil) in the next iteration as a source of fat. It seems that fish oil is the best source of omega 3 but it is very expensive for volumes offered 500 mg/pill and having to take something like 12 caps seems unappealing. I'm sure /u/QuidNYC could speak to this issue.

In terms of Canola oil being unhealthy, I still have it in my recipe because it is inexpensive and I cannot find any reasons why canola oil which is stored in the proper temperature and lighting situation is unhealthy other than the fact that Rapeseed is GMO which in and of itself has not been shown to be a real problem (obviously correct me if I am wrong).

u/CephalopodAlpha · 5 pointsr/Fitness

I have to offer a different opinion than the folks before me. I was in exactly this same scenario about eight months ago. I did power lifting back in high school, was in relatively good shape, and then through poor choices during the twelve years after graduating, I ended up at 254 pounds and my doctor informing me that I was beginning to develop a fatty liver. So, I got my shit together and joined a local gym that same week. I knew I was out of shape, so for the first couple of weeks I just focused on hitting the treadmill and starting slow. I also used that time to take stock of the equipment, the people, what I knew how to use and what I didn't. If there were things I had never used before, I just observed others. When I felt ready to jump back into lifting, I started with free weights and cables, because these were things that I knew how to use. If you've lifted before, like you said, then there is bound to be shit that looks familiar that you still remember. I also knew that I would have terrible DOMS for the first few weeks as my muscles adjusted again. So I started light with everything. I wanted to develop a baseline again before I started working a program. I went slow and gradually worked back up to the big compound lifts. I also put a lot of time and effort into technique, breathing, stretching, muscle contraction. If I was going to basically relearn everything, I wanted to do it right. Fast forward to now, and I'm down to 215, and following a modified 5x5 program called Ice Cream Fitness. I'm also in the best shape of my life through eating way better and regular exercise. You can do it. Here are my recommendations:

-Start slow, don't take on too much at once. Too much change leads to stress, stress can lead to failure.

-If you don't know how to use things, observe, or better yet, just ask. You might be surprised that a lot of people are willing to help, even if they have permanent bitch face. It's a gym after all, people are usually focused and are just going to look that way when they are there. You'll do it too. As far as looking stupid, a lot of people are probably just not going to be paying that much attention to you, so don't overthink it. It's easy to feel dumb if you are going to the gym and starting with just the bar, but everyone has to start somewhere, and you're never going to improve until you start. I did it, and it's just something you do and get through. I've gone from just the bar to almost 200+ lb. squats now, and it feels great to see that improvement. Work for you, not for anyone else.

-To help with your anxiety, check into forms of meditation, it can work wonders. You can retrain your brain if you put in the effort. A life lower in stress is a thing that you CAN control, you just need to put in the effort.

-These two books, here and here were, and continue to be, invaluable to me. They are not expensive and they are worth every penny. They will help you learn a lift from the inside out, and they will teach you how to stretch properly. I reference them constantly.

Stay positive, put in the effort, and you will beat your anxiety and be on the road to a happier, healthier life.

u/SigismundBT · 5 pointsr/bodybuilding

> Arnold's bodybuilding encyclopedia

this one you mean? link

u/bonsajamal · 4 pointsr/bodybuilding

Baby wipes, srs.

Also, this is really a great gift, got it for Christmas myself a couple of years ago:

u/AdolphTroller · 4 pointsr/bodybuilding

If you want a massive book about bodybuilding, The New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding by Arnold Schwarzeneggar is pretty good.

u/StupidStrong · 4 pointsr/bodybuilding

Arnold's The New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding is of course ghostwritten mass-market content, worth having for the photos and the name on the spine on your shelf, but that's about it.

For the science/biology, the definitive reference right now is Science and Development of Muscle Hypertrophy by Brad Schoenfeld, one of the leading researchers in the field.

For how to plan your training and why, the best thing I've read so far is Scientific Principles of Strength Training by Mike Israetel, and his other book The Renaissance Diet is also a great guide to applied sports nutrition if you don't want to slog through a textbook. These are not bodybuilding-specific, but very valuable for the thinking lifter in understanding and prioritizing the many factors that go into designing and executing a training/diet plan.

Greg Nuckols and Omar Isuf's The Art and Science of Lifting pair of books are also okay, though I found "Art" too watered down, "Science" too bland, and both too disorganized to recommend.

u/fork_that · 4 pointsr/loseit

First stop should be /r/fitness top place.

It's not really literature but I found BioLayne's youtube series really helpful in helping me to progress my training. He also has a blog which is really good too. seems to be quite good as well.

Some on my reading list

Getting to ripped is literally just about really low body fat with some muscles.

u/dbilz · 3 pointsr/weightroom

Gray Cook's book Movement covers everything you just described. That, combined with Kelly Starrett's Becoming a Supple Leopard and you're set. One more book I recommend, Travell and Simons' The Trigger Point Manuel.

This is just skimming the surface though. A thorough understanding of kinesiology, anatomy, and physiology, while not required, will help you understand the theory behind the human body.

u/trevors685 · 3 pointsr/bodybuilding
u/IanLeansForALiving · 3 pointsr/massage

Yeah, I'm also willing to show some techniques to any clients willing to listen. I see several couples (not simultaneously...), and I'm trying to get them to work on each other more. If every trained MT got their clients giving some massage, the world would be so damn full of massage it would be amazing.

OP: I heartily recommend The Massage Book by George Downing. Super hippie-ish and super awesome. Some MTs hate it because everyone seems to be naked all the time, but it was the '70s. C'mon.

It takes you through basic Swedish philosophy, gives techniques and routines, and helps you figure out ways of changing the massage based on if you're on the ground or floor. And it's freaking charming.

u/Spooksey1 · 2 pointsr/intermittentfasting

Sorry about the wait, my mum had leant them out to someone and no one could remember the name.

Systems and Structures: The World's Best Anatomical Charts (The World's Best Anatomical Chart Series)

u/Benjammin822 · 2 pointsr/Fitness

I bookmarked this book on Amazon just because of the reviews. I've never used it, but based on what I've read about it, it could be worth a shot:

u/bpi89 · 2 pointsr/IAmA

Read his book

u/GyantSpyder · 2 pointsr/relationships

I would recommend against getting a "sexy massage" book if you're not having sex. I find it more fun to just learn what works and why, and add the sexy myself.

I also recommend against exoticizing books just about eastern massage unless they're for people who actually want to practice it (As opposed to people who just like Asia. You're not doing this just because you like Asian things). There really is no secret - all the schools have something to contribute.

Swedish massage is the style I prefer - it's closest of the schools I've encountered to what people in the States expect from a massage (i.e. starting from the classic back and shoulder rub), and there are techniques for people who like it harder or softer, for all over the body, etc. Best of all, it's systematic, so you can learn principles and then experiment with them - and even if you do it poorly, it's still good. Whereas if you do Shiatzu poorly, it's ridiculous.

But books that teach you those basics and systematic ways of approaching it, but also include Eastern techniques, are especially awesome.

There's a book I really like called The Healing Art of Massage that I can't find on Amazon (which I got when I was in high school for a very similar purpose; I'd find the author, but I'm not by my bookshelf), but in its absense, I'd recommend, just from looking at the listings, The World's Best Massage Techniques by Victoria Stone, or The Book Of Massage: The Complete Step-by-step Guide To Eastern And Western Technique, which has a bunch of authors, including Lucinda Lidell.

u/7_legged_spider · 2 pointsr/swoleacceptance

The best tool for guidance is a basic Anatomy and Physiology textbook, to see all of the muscles, their origins and insertions, and how they generate force. However, that's time consuming and somewhat boring, so here are some quick links to books that have information regarding exercise specificity; i.e. what to do for which muscles you want to work out:

  • Arnold's Newer Book

  • Arnold's Older Book

    Still halfway decent and for both genders, despite the title.

  • Starting Strength

    Not such a fan of Rippetoe, as I tend to go the bodybuilder route, and strength is less of a priority, but still a good source.


    Also, if you're so inclined, a purchasing a single session with a personal trainer to help you sort out your program would do wonders. (Make sure the trainer has some sort of certification, though--B.S. or higher in Sports Medicine/Exercise Science/Athletic Training, ACSM, NCSA, etc.)
u/Fraker3000 · 2 pointsr/Fitness

The Wiki is really useful for just starting out. lurk around here for general information about fitness. The Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding has an answer to almost every question you have.

as far as videos that you could watch there are a few popular channels like Rob Riches or Bradley Martyn. Best advice is find a basic program like starting strength and stick with it for about 3-4 months and stick with it to see results.

u/samiiRedditBot · 2 pointsr/philosophy

I also enjoyed The Passion Of The Western Mind by Richard Tarnas. Personally, I think that Tarnas did of better job than Russel at giving context to the philosophical frameworks that these guys were working within, but that's just my opinion (I've read both books). Russell comes across like a professor giving you his specific interpretation - hence the bias slant - where as Tanas seems able to give you a little more perspective - not that I'm attempting to claim that he is completely without bias, himself.

You might also what to look into Sophie's World.

u/NathanHollister · 2 pointsr/MGTOW

Depends on what muscle you're working. Usually 3 for arms and 3-4 for legs/back, although it varies by person what would be most effective. An important tip is to do different exercises each time you target the muscle I.E. If working chest do bench press Monday, and cables Thursday. Doing the same routine every time becomes less effective. I recommend Arnold's book

u/kvossera · 2 pointsr/drawing

No problem.

Maybe get Arnold Schwarzenegger’s book. While most pictures will be of exaggerated bodybuilders it is still a good reference for muscles and how they will look in different poses.

u/Citworker · 2 pointsr/IWantToLearn

Why would you need to post anything there? That sub is literally made for you. What would you like to ask? How should I train? This question is asked about 680x every day. Why do you want to ask it again? Just sort it by top of all time and start reading.

For me, arnolds books did the trick.

800 pages. A 3 paragraph post by a random commenter will never come anywhere close to this. Pick it up and you will learn every aspect of it.

u/itstinksitellya · 2 pointsr/Fitness

I have Schwarzenegger's Encyclopedia of Bodybuilding. I started by only doing exercises I was familiar with, and adding a new one every once in a while. Before I'd do the new exercise, I'd read the description in here.

I have the physical book, but you can buy the ebook and bring it up on your phone while at the gym. But really, any ebook would probably work.

u/klevenisms204 · 2 pointsr/Fitness

this comes to mind .. but /r/fitness seems to shit on it a bit

u/blackjack_00 · 2 pointsr/Fitness

I've been obsessing over peoples progress pics and considering the shape you were in, I bet you get back there in no time.

That said, I'm reading Schwarzenegger's New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding. When talking about increasing intensity and scheduling he says that he would do splits like that, but it seemed like he was pushing heavy weight lifting to be done in the morning. I think his point was that it's hard to be consistent with weight lifting after a full day.

As for myself, I got a personal trainer going on a couple months ago and he's got me doing weights in the morning, then a cardio session and coming in after work to pickup another cardio session. Working great for me, someone who's never been quite in the shape you were.

Best of luck!

u/MyNameIsNotJeff · 2 pointsr/insanityworkout

Insanity is not a muscle gaining workout. You need to lift heavy weights to see real muscle growth. It will tone you but any sense of real muscle growth from insanity will probably come from losing the fat that's hiding it.

That being said, Insanity will improve your cardio which means, later on if you want to gain mass you will perform much better at the gym.

If you want to learn how to gain muscle I suggest reading Arnold's book.

u/Lionhearted09 · 2 pointsr/gainit

I don't. The bodybuilding workout that was suggested to me by /r/bodybuilding was the one in Arnold's Bodybuilding Encyclopedia. I still today am using the level 1 program and still gaining every time I go into the gym. I'm not saying it will work for you but it sure worked for me.

u/bbobeckyj · 2 pointsr/facepalm

There's no need for personal attacks, and you're still blaming others. The sentiment is most politely and concisely summed up by Pollan, but it was not new information discovered in 2009. The same sentiment could just as easily be written as "Don't eat junk and processed foods, lots of fruit and vegetables, and if you're fat just eat less."

Schwarzenegger's Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding was first published in 1980. The diet section starts by stating that all champions say that diet is the most important factor in their success. And of a 800 page book, only 30 pages are used to cover basic nutrition. In a book about people who diet as a major part of their profession, less than 5% is required to cover the most important part, because it simply is not that complicated. I don't know what you were reading in 1987, but there's plenty of nonsense fad diets still going around while the simple facts are available and have been for a long time, but there's no headline or new book to sell with "Eat less move more, don't eat junk."

u/weazx · 2 pointsr/martialarts

I'd recommend a movement therapy book, actually. Assuming you know physiology already.

Jack Dempsy's Championship Fighting is nice as well.

If you're looking for more philosophy, I just picked up Relaxing into your being, flipping through it looks like there's some good advice and exercises within. Peter Ralston wrote some stuff in a similar vein, but more abstract.

u/failon · 2 pointsr/Fitness

There's an entire textbook written about fascia, and the video posted goes over just one small component of its nature. The book also contains extensive citations.

Anatomy Trains

Also, the fuzz that melts/disintegrates under his fingers is not the stuff that's been accumulating for years. The stuff that easily gives way was most likely only accumulating for the period near the end of the person's life, when they were less mobile than normal. He does show a scapula with significant adhesions, and it does not easily melt or give way. It's easier to work through in a living, breathing human as body heat contributes significantly to the pliability of the tissue, but the difference between pathological adhesions and healthy tissue is readily palpable in a living person, and its effects are readily apparent in structure and movement patterns.

u/larnen · 2 pointsr/massage

A good book is The Massage Book. It was written in the seventies so it has illustrations of naked people, but if you just disregard the parts about being naked it gives some pretty good tips for the layperson.

u/Pinchechangoverga · 2 pointsr/massage

This should keep you busy for a minute or two... I'm about finished with volume one, and it has given me more info than I could ever ask for. Enjoy!

u/Jeggerz · 2 pointsr/Fitness

Good read and good to have on his shelves. The remainder id probably hit up a grocery card or a gift card to which normally has great deals on supplements. Or if he has a few gear needs such as wraps or a good belt those are great ideas. A solid belt for big lifts is the best purchase I made for my lifting.

u/walk_the_line · 2 pointsr/movies

Your second question is thoroughly answered in his books. I highly recommend reading his "New encyclopedia of modern bodybuilding." It is a very good reference for any young bodybuilder.

Here it is on amazon:

But your local library certainly has a copy.

u/superflat42 · 2 pointsr/beyondthebump

Sure, I've had some problems even after birth (more with my SI joints, but there's overlap in the treatment). This website has been a godsend:

The poster puts together a short work out on youtube that is also great for re-aligning and strengthening the pelvic area:

I also found this book useful:

Best of luck! I know it sucks.

u/theoriginaljwin · 2 pointsr/bodybuilding
u/dlamontagne · 2 pointsr/Fitness

The New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding

Written by the Governator, even if you're not aiming to be a bodybuilder, it's absolutely full of great diet and routine advice as well as exercises. It's a great reference that I pick something up from everytime I page through it.

u/kempisdead · 1 pointr/slavelabour

Looking for this book in PDF($5)
MBLEx Study Guide 2018-2019: MBLEx Test Prep and Practice Test Questions for the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Exam

u/Nickolai1989 · 1 pointr/getdisciplined

I didn't, I read Schwarzeneggar's book: But if you think a coach would help go for it! Do whatever works man!

u/blinkums · 1 pointr/AskDocs

> They used forty-five healthy college-aged students (twenty men and twenty-five women with an average age of 20.7 years old) and placed surface electrodes on the four muscles during the randomized order of the rehabilitation exercises. They found five exercises that had optimal utilization of each of the four scapular muscles: horizontal abduction with external rotation, side lying external rotation, side lying forward flexion, and prone extension. Wilk, Meister, James and Andrews (2002) also discussed the importance of scapular muscle strength and stability in the rehabilitation of shoulder impingement syndrome.[14] They found that rehabilitation techniques for restoring this strength are manual resistance to the scapula during protraction and retraction as well prone horizontal abduction.

Can't explain why it says "five exercises" and only mentions four.

The existence of heel spurs on x-ray doesn't mean much. I.e. you can have heel spurs and not have any pain at all.

u/capilot · 1 pointr/offmychest

OK, some practical advice: let him see you naked, or at least topless. It can be an "accident", or you could go hot-tubbing with him, or whatever else works. Just a taste will flip a switch in his brain.

Buy a book on massage (this one is excellent: -- ask him if you can practice with him. Let him practice on you. This works. Several of my relationships started with a massage.

u/kentbye · 1 pointr/oculus
  • My overall intention with my all of my podcasts is to learn through engaging conversations with subject matter experts from all different types of domains. I'm not trying to prosthelytize anyone. I happen to find the topics interesting and helpful, and so I share them far and wide for anyone with an open and curious mind.
  • I'd say astrology is more like a language than a religion.
  • People turn to astrology to find meaning in their lives when they're facing some sort of existential crisis as to who they are and what they're doing on this planet. Astrology can provide answers to those questions in a way that aren't always found elsewhere. As to whether or not those answers are "true" can't be really answered by anyone at this point other than each individual who did or did not find value in their astrological delineation. Astrology can provide a story and working theory that has the potential to additional context about their meaning and purpose in their lives. If astrological theory can help people align with things that make them feel fulfilled and happy, then it can be a worthwhile and helpful tool. There are plenty of charlatans out there no doubt, but I've met enough professional astrologers to be able to say that they're often some of the most insightful and interesting people I've ever met.
  • I don't find strength from astrology like one might from Christianity. It's more like looking at a weather prediction, but on a time scale of weeks and months rather than for a single day. Would you go out sailing without looking at the weather? Probably not. Even if it's not 100% accurate, it can get you in the right ballpark as to what to expect and what to prepare for. Outer planet transits of Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto to a natal planet will last between a month to 18 months, and tend to carry a certain archetypal potential. I've felt it in my life, and I wrote a web app to be able to take a look at these in other people. My experience and the experience of dozens of others I've talked to personally over the last year is that outer planet transits can have a very distinct quality.
  • Re: "deleterious to those getting the short end of the stick" - Astrology is not 100% deterministic. But most astrologers recognize that we do not have 100% free will and agency over every aspect of our lives. There are things beyond our control like we can't chose our parents or genetics, etc. So there are some things that are fated. The Hellenistic astrology movement has been bringing back in the perspective of fate into the discussion, and most astrologers realize that life falls somewhere in the middle between what's within our control and what's beyond our control.
  • Re: "people born in the year of the pig" That's Chinese astrology. I practice Western psychological astrology, which is much more nuanced down to the minute someone one was born looking at their ascendant and midheaven. It also has a more sophisticated system of planets, signs and houses that can also change every couple of hours. Modern psychological astrology is much more complicated than you're portraying it.
  • "everything in astrology is falsifiable" -- That's a ridiculous statement. I don't know if I'd be comfortable saying that about any topic. I'll falsify your statement with this article about the connection of certain mental disorders that are connected to seasons.

    > Many contemporary scientists are loath to admit to anything resembling astrology. “It seems absurd that the month you are born/conceived can affect your future life chances,” write neuroscientists Russell G. Foster and Till Roenneberg in a 2008 study. They then go on to then point out no fewer than 24 different health disorders connected to season of birth, and ultimately admit “despite human isolation from season changes in temperature, food, and photoperiod in the industrialized nations, the seasons still appear to have a small, but significant impact upon when individuals are born and many aspects of health.”
    > The problem may be that there’s no clear underlying mechanism for the observed phenomena. Theories range from levels of maternal vitamin D levels during pregnancy to seasonal viral and bacterial exposure.
    > “We know that there is this weird connection between seasonal birth and certain disorders, but we don’t know why,” says Chris Ciarleglio, a neuroscientist currently working as a postdoctoral fellow at Brown University.

  • "When you have no other means of discovery, you make shit up." -- Some bad astrologers do this. If it doesn't resonate with people, then they'll only go so far as a professional astrologer. Full-time, professional astrologers are grounded in a solid theoretical foundation, but they have personally observed astrological configurations over many years and gotten feedback for how those energies play out.
  • "But to hold what people randomly made up as true" Astrology is an oral tradition of observation, and involves each archetypal complex is composed of many different facets like a diamond. These sets of correspondences have survived over 2000 years because they continue to find resonance in people's lives. But I wouldn't characterize that evolution of astrological correspondences as "random."
  • "which has since been falsified by modern science is just plain odd" -- It's true that astrology doesn't follow the practices of most items on this checklist as to whether or not Astrology is scientific. There is a lack of rigor within the astrological community that people like Richard Tarnas has lectured about. But again, I would recommend checking into the work of Tarnas who has studied astrology for over 30 years and wrote a philosophical history of western thinking BECAUSE he found validity in astrology and wanted to write a book about the correlations between outer planet synodic cycles and patterns of culture. But he needed to trace how neo-Platonic thought lost favor since the Enlightenment period in an academic book called "The Passion of the Western Mind" that's used in college philosophy courses across the country. Tarnas is on the bleeding edge of cosmological thinking and argues that astrology is starting to point towards a new worldview within his epic Cosmos and Psyche. I think if you have an open mind and can read through those two books, then he provides the philosophical foundations and evidence for why astrology is relevant and worth consideration.
u/Sha-WING · 1 pointr/funny

Great point. If you haven't heard of it before, a really good read is by reddit's favorite body builder, Arnold. Most refer to it as the bible of body building.

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u/thebrokendoctor · 1 pointr/gainit

I'm still by no means a big guy, I'm still working my way up. But when I look at my facebook pictures from a year ago, or two or three years ago, there is a very clear progression of muscle mass being put on.

I would definitely recommend picking up this book, I bought it a couple months ago after Arnold did a thread in /r/fitness and doing one of the programs I've put on about 7 pounds in a month and aesthetically I've bulked up all over.

u/Benny_Lava · 1 pointr/Fitness

I had rotator cuff pain and treated it myself using the stretches and exercises in the book Treat your own rotator cuff. Great book, but it will take time to recover doing it yourself.

u/azenhi · 1 pointr/AskHistorians

The Passion of the Western Mind: Understanding the Ideas that Have Shaped Our World View Here are the great minds of Western civilization and their pivotal ideas, from Plato to Hegel, from Augustine to Nietzsche, from Copernicus to Freud. Richard Tarnas performs the near-miracle of describing profound philosophical concepts simply but without simplifying them. Ten years in the making and already hailed as a classic, THE PASSION OF THE WESERN MIND is truly a complete liberal education in a single volume.

u/SnOrfys · 1 pointr/

Fair enough. Notably, anyone who goes through Arnold's workouts listed in his Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding is superhuman. Those are insane.

u/Tickle_my_taint · 1 pointr/bodybuilding
u/conjunctionjunction1 · 1 pointr/Swimming

This is exactly the same exact advice Arnold gives in his Workout Bible... basically, whatever workout is more important for you to do, do that first. So if you're a triathlete who is supplementing weight training, do your S/B/R 1st. If you're a bodybuilder who is doing cardio to supplement your cut, do your cardio second.

u/originalcynic · 1 pointr/tipofmytongue
u/ThoughtCrimeSpree · 1 pointr/philosophy

The Passion of the Western Mind - Richard Tarnas

The book starts with Plato and Socrates and travels through the evolution of western thought up to contemporary times. It touches on the major ideas of the major thinkers of each era. I found it to be a good base before getting into the primary literature I've read since then. Just try to ignore his own little discourse at the end... or don't.

BTW I'm an armchair philosopher.

u/abomb41 · 1 pointr/Fitness

I did the same thing, went too hard too fast and tweeked my shoulder. I bought this book and it really helped a lot. I've learned that a lot of shoulder problems stem from a weak rotator cuff. (the muscles that hold the head of the humerus into your glenoid cavity) Read the reviews if you are unsure. It is well worth it to get back into lifting without pain.

u/lipplog · 1 pointr/IWantToLearn

Believe it or not, this book is great. It's where I learned.

u/OGAG99 · 1 pointr/Fitness

I recommend Arnold's book. I have been reading it for a while it is five books in one. You will learn about everything. one of the books included is chest exercises with full pictures and instructions.
Good luck.

u/Merger-Arbitrage · 1 pointr/PurplePillDebate

Ah damn, I triggered some people here really hard. Good. I'm going to rub more salt on the wound, because it will feel great to me in this instance.

>he is just as autistic as some of the TRPers and not particularly self-actualized.

Oh wow! Autistic! The ultimate insult when.. you have no clue how to respond. Perfect.

>You find this a lot with reddit posters.....the complete lack of ability to look outside their bubble to realize that not everyone is exactly LIKE them...I mean read his is all "every normal person knows this" and "everybody understands that you do that"....well fuck if those guys knew that shit and were fucking 2 or 3 women a month\year then you think that would be on the internet looking for why they are not successful with finding a mate?

I watch even chubby slobs get decent looking girlfriends.. Maybe that's some 4 year, private college, white priviledge thing going on. Who knows? I've been armchair diagnosed by a very angry forum whiner with autism.. I can't possibly know anything!

There is something VERY wrong with these "men" in the Manosphere, and it's often more internal than external.

>It is the same as why people like Labron James would likely suck as a basketball coach because his instruction would only work if you are a physical specimen who is 6-9 275lbs and can jump out of the gym. But that doesn't mean that you can never learn to play basketball quite well even if you are a 5-11 165lb with instruction and practice from a guy who understands the challenges of not being a natural.

Asking a Manospherian for attraction advice is like asking a man who was born blind to teach someone basketball. No, people who are good something may not be good teachers, but at least they don't suck (or didn't suck in the past) at that thing...

>The guy is one of the navel gazers..he has a small modicum of success, doesn't really understand why or how but feels superior so he goes around blasting people for not being normal and just "understanding" this or that....truth is that he couldn't help even if he wanted to help because he really doesn't know.

Now my favorite part. Oh boy. I'm going to brag like no tomorrow because... why not?

My "small" modicum of success with women goes back to grade school. First kiss around age 12-13. FWB-like relationship towards the end of high school. Play around with some girls in college and then junior year I meet a keeper - who I marry 5 years later and am still together with till today (going on 9+ years now). I've had no shortage of interest from women even ever since I was taken - I'm not blind to their attention at all. Now, how did I do it? Well I have a pretty good idea, even if not perfect. Here's the catch: they are either too dumb to replicate it, too lazy, too unlucky or too late.

My recipe for success: get lucky to experience living on 2 different continents between age 0-18, and then on a third one. But hey, that's not even necessary... that's just gravy. Observe what women around you find attractive. Figure out what interests them (and people in general). Take advice from SUCCESSFUL people. Here's the meat of it: work hard in school and get into a very good college (and possibly grad school) and get relevant certifications (I'm a CFA Charterholder), then get a very competitive, very well paid job (I'm 30. I work in investment management at a large firm in Boston ; I've made over 75K/year all my life ; over 100K last 2 years. My income upside is exponential. ). Meanwhile, get lucky to enjoy some hobbies which other people can relate to (esp women) such as "food & drink". Don't be a lazy idiot - want to look good? Exercise hard. Learn basics of nutrition. Want to build muscle? Don't do that half-ass 5x5 or whatever crap. Get a resource from a legend.. Then benefit from it. 1 year of baseline exercise in college + 4 now in my late 20's = me now.. In the process of doing MUCH of this (and that's more than what most men will achieve), you actually do something that everyone jerks off to here: you build a specific personality/character which is attractive on many levels to women (both sexually and for relationships). You also gain worldly knowledge and become an interesting, unique individual (I speak 2 languages fluently plus advanced with a 3rd one; I can speak intelligently about everything from microbiology, to the energy and retail industries, the global economy and financial markets (duh), anything related to food and drink (including nutrition), electronic music (I used to DJ clubs/lounges and radio when I was younger), among a smorgasbord of other things that I could list.)

So.. what advice am I supposed to offer? Here's the summary of problems:

Most Manospherian guys are..

Too dumb to (or it's too late for them): get into a great college and get yourself into a great career; figure out nutrition and how to effectively manage calories; figure out which hobbies to pursue to become an interesting conversationalist; too dumb to figure out how to buy attractive / stylish clothes without breaking the bank

Too lazy to: get in good shape with a program that actually works; too lazy to practice impeccable grooming/hygiene; too lazy to do the above (get into a great school and then get a great job - here it's laziness, not a lack of "smarts")

Too poor to: buy designer clothing and grooming/styling accessories to look great; too poor to finance interesting hobbies

And it is perhaps impossible to truly / effectively teach someone: assertiveness/confidence, passion, empathy (this might be based on genetic baseline intelligence), moral integrity (people with shitty morals repel people with generally good ones), conscientiousness/agreeableness, general "wit" ("how well you think and analyze" - again, this could well be 50% genetic), humor (again, most impromptu use is intelligence-based.. maybe humor books can help), worldly knowledge and a unique, well-rounded knowledge bank. < These traits in this last list are either things you are born with OR built over time. There are no shortcuts to many of these.

So yeah, I think I have a pretty decent idea of why I am successful. I just think it's impossible to teach much of this, or people aren't good enough to learn it / do it. I could certainly help with some of the basic things or parts of these, but why would I if most of the Manospherians are, based on their behavior, vile asshats in my eyes?

Pardon me.. were you saying something?

u/LoCHiF · 1 pointr/Fitness

I think all beginners should start with a simple linear strength program before moving onto a more goal specific program. So Starting Strength is a great start.

For bodybuilding you're probably going to want to read Arnie's Encyclopedia.

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u/PM_ME_UR_THONG_N_ASS · 1 pointr/worldnews

Read his 800 page bodybuilding book and entertain yourself for life:

The New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding : The Bible of Bodybuilding, Fully Updated and Revised

Legit bestseller

u/mcdoh · 1 pointr/science

get a small notebook to keep track of the exercise you performed, the weight used, and how many repetitions you performed. It will help give you an idea of your improvement and will aid your gains because you won't have to try to remember or guess what weight you used last time. Something measured grows faster.

Also, get a good weightlifting book or hire a personal trainer for your first few visits to the gym. It might sound cheesey, but Arnold actually wrote a great weightlifting book, just don't worry about the sections on competition. The New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding

u/SwellsInMoisture · 1 pointr/AskReddit

If you're seriously interested in gaining weight, you should read this. There's a great breakdown of body types and diet. Basically, overload your metabolism.

Edit: Oh, and I'm the same as you... I cannot eat large meals, but I eat CONSTANTLY. While trying to gain weight, I have alarms set for 6 AM - Breakfast, 7:30 AM, 9 AM, 10:30 AM, 12 PM - Lunch, 1:30 PM, 3 PM, 4:30 PM. Then workout, then dinner, then snack, bed. Yup, 10 feeding sessions. Getting an average of 800 per 3 main meals leaves you with 2100 calories over 7 snacks = 300 calories each. More manageable solutions.

u/O_Kropo · 1 pointr/veganfitness

Jog and do push-ups man. Couple that with eating well and you will be fine. If you ever want to get into lifting weights I recommend checking this book out. Obviously you don't have to be into bodybuilding to appreciate this book, but it's been very helpful to me.

u/Horger · 1 pointr/Fitness

I'm just gonna leave this here. This book is amazing and will help you with pain relief, correcting imbalances, and releasing tight muscles. It's magic.

edit: also this foam roller is much better than the usual type. Very good for loosening up your T-spine.

Also work your upper t-spine with 2 baseballs in a sock. It's good stuff.

edit: The trigger point workbook is fucking insane. My quads are slowly transforming from tight slabs into nice fibrous bunches of muscle. I have reversed acute tennis elbow (sharp pain on inside of elbow, due to triceps trigger point) before it had a chance to put me out for any period of time. You will have fun going through every spot of your body and being in complete pain but then finding relief. You will wonder in amazement how you let yourself get so tense.

u/jadebear · 1 pointr/massage

As a doula, the birth partner has been amazing.



Travell and Simons

Kisner and Colby


I have PDF's of lots of these as well. I feel like I should set up a drop box or something

u/AIDS12 · 1 pointr/Fitness

Grab a copy of Schwarzenegger's Encyclopedia of Body Building. This book is perfect for beginners who need to learn how to build muscle mass. It explains both diet and exercise. There are workout routines in the book that should help you get started.

u/emprameen · 1 pointr/Tantra

This probably isn't the place to get the best answers for this sort of inquiry. But I'll give you my perspective in brief:

Regardless of whether there is a mutual attraction, there's a huge breach of ethics for a practitioner to engage in a relationship with clients aside from/outside of their practice. It's also important to have clear communication around it, in case there is any ambiguity.

My instructors said that their school insists on waiting a year from the last session before attempting a relationship with the client.

The reasons it's problematic are multifaceted, but include things such as dynamics of power and money. There's also the subject of the reason you went to get massage in the first place.

Ultimately, there aren't any police for this sort of thing, though. I think the best option is to have a candid conversation, and if a relationship were to happen, be aware of the dynamics that might create problems.

I'm sure there is a lot of literature on the subject, but one of my favorites is The Educated Heart: Professional Boundaries for Massage Therapists and Bodyworkers

Edit: Sorry there's no Tantric perspective offered.

u/ZachMeadows · 1 pointr/Fitness

The first to come to mind is one that I bought (in French) is called Anatomy of Movement, I found an english version here .

I highly recommend it, very informative and noob friendly. It is more geared towards how the body works and less about exercices, but there's a second book with exercices.

u/young_london · 1 pointr/naturalbodybuilding

I took it from his book. But yeah, i've found it really good and have made a lot of progress on it. The rep schemes also give me a good range of lower weight - high reps and higher weight - low reps, which has pushed on strength and hypertrophy.

u/cavalier_tj · 1 pointr/ultimate

Oh man, I don't like that article very much at all.

> A balanced program means that you’re not training the front of your body more than the back or the upper part of your body more than the lower.

I think this is nonsense. Training your chest and back are different. Training your upper and lower body are different. Different body parts respond differently to volume.

One example I can think of: The general consensus in the strength training community is to format your pushing/pulling at a 2:3 ratio. You need to do more pulling volume than pushing volume because your back is used in more lifts/natural movements than your chest/shoulders.

Another example: Schwarzenegger said in his Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding that it took him forever to realize that his arm with effectively 60% tricep and 40% bicep (bro science is real science sometimes I guess) and that he should train them with a 3:2 ratio triceps:biceps as well.

> 4 Parts – knee, hip, push, pull

This part really gets me. Calling squats a knee exercise and deadlifts a hip exercise is like calling an 8 course meal "salad".

> Push:

>Anything that looks like a bench press or a pushup

The main pushing movement for sports like ultimate should be Overhead Press because it requires alignment and strengthening of the entire posterior chain.

I also think using lunges as a main movement the same way we use squats/press/deadlifts is silly. Sure, lunges work some very important muscle groups and you definitely do lunges in ultimate as a part of the sport, but training them the same way you train squats/deadlifts is setting yourself up for injury. Lunges should be used as a volume exercise imo.

u/yoyoigotaquestion · 1 pointr/Fitness

I had a roommate who was a big proponent of , written by Arnold Schwarzenegger. One of the things I remember reading was how important timing was to the workout. Meaning having schedules of working various zones of your body hard on various set days, allowing time for breaking muscles and for recovery. I'm sure this part of the governator's plan is right, considering many serious gym enthusiast friends I've had followed some variation of Arnold's regiment. Eg. Chest / Legs on one day, Arms/Abs next, cardio, then repeat the cycle again with a day of rest on one day of the week. There are many variations of routines you can find online.

Of course, take what I say with a grain of salt, as I personally have no motivation to do physical stuff other than what I do at work (lifting boxes). You can most likely already kick my ass. I might poke one of your eyes during the process however...

u/petite_squirrel · 1 pointr/books

A book I happened upon at a garage sale called hardcore bodybuilding was something that in hindsight changed my life entirely. I dove into fitness in the midst of a spell of depression/anxiety problems that ended up plaguing me for the next half-dozen years--in that period I probably reread that book a number of times, and it was one of the only things that wasn't in flux. It's been about ten or so years since I first read it and parts of the book still stick with me.

u/ACDCrocks14 · 1 pointr/bodybuilding

If you haven't already, go read the bodybuilding bible. I wouldn't even recommend working out without reading this front to back. Best fucking decision I've made in my life to get this book.

u/Apdravenop · 1 pointr/USMCboot

I'd suggest this book if you are just starting out with fitness/body building in general.

If you have Air Force ROTC at the college you want to get your masters degree from that will only make your military transition even easier as they can write you good testimonials and help open doors.

The military in general, active or reserve, will not make you into a fit body. The transitional period during boot camp (That good old 13 week fun course) is only going to give you average fitness levels. They just want to train you enough to pass the fitness test, because that is their job. If you want to do anything beyond that you will have to do it on your own (and on your own time). Fitness is a habit that can be gained through repeated action just like everything else.

u/SaraFist · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

You wouldn't believe how helpful this book would be! I ended up on partial bedrest with my last pregnancy, and they say it just gets worse with later pregnancies ... and I'm 17 weeks into one.

u/Tanag · 1 pointr/Fitness

What are peoples thoughts on Arnolds beginners plan from New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding?

I wouldn't say I'm a total beginner, but definitely not a seasoned lifter. I picked up the book and really like it, and I like how varied the plan is. I however am only doing it 3 days a week, rather than 6.

Here is the workout for those without the book:

  • Day 1 - Chest/Back - Bench Press, Incline Press, Pullovers, Chinups, Bent Over Rows, Deadlifts, Crunches

  • Day 2 - Shoulders, Upper Arms, Forearms - Clean and Press, Lat Raise, Upright Rows, Push Press, Barbell Curls, Dumbell Curls, Close Grip press, Tricep Extensions, Wrist Curls, Reverse Crunches

  • Day 3 - Thighs, Calves, Lower Back - Squats, Lunges, Leg Curls, Calf Raises, Straight Leg Deadlift, Good Mornings, Crunches
u/Pinkhouses · 1 pointr/taoism

Pragmatism means the idea that what is true is what is most useful. The investigation of metaphysical concepts is termed foundationalism and is a disease that has plagued philosophy since it's inception. I believe in pragmatism, but I try not to metaphysicalize it.

Now, this discussion is impossible to contain in book of infinite pages, but since you say you are new, il just say what I think would be the most useful for a non philosophy student. It is really difficult to investigate these concepts without a teacher but sadly many philosophers are extremely arrogant so it might be hard to find one.

You need to read a history of western philosophy to understand it's truth. This is itself a debatable proposition, because some say that philosophy is a progressive enterprise and that we march closer to the really real every day. From my perspective, I would start out with this book:

It is spectacular and will make you as knowledgable about the western tradition as most philosophy majors. It is profound and easy to read. Can't recommend enough.

Then, you should pick the ideas that grab you and start looking into them. There is a lot of stuff online about it, but tbh you need a book. Books are the western style of meditation, because they demand repeated return to the same idea, awareness of awareness.

I love the presocratics, my favorite is Pythagoras. There is a lot of really cool stuff on them, but it mostly comes from anthologies because their direct insights have been destroyed,

You already are enlightened, the idea is to become aware of this fact. Don't get turned off by the arrogance of philosophy, because it's really something that belongs to everyone.

u/wang-bang · 1 pointr/leangains

First off, you don't need to worry at all about the concepts I bring up in this comment before you've spent a good 3-6 months getting into the routine I laid out earlier.

So about running

You have to run for a mile, 1600m, to burn around 100 calories; this takes 10-12 minutes to do. Which is roughly the same as one and a half of my big sugar free wheat biscuits. Or 2 simple low fat ham sandwiches.

Cardio for weight loss is a pointless waste of time. If you're going to do cardio then do it after strength work (so that you still keep good form during the strength work).

However, there are other valid reasons for doing cardio. Improved oxygen capacity helps against drowsiness and makes it easier to concentrate intently for longer periods of time. Very useful if your main job is mentally demanding. I also personally find it a lot easier to sleep on the days where I've run.

If you have feet issues, flat feet, then specific exercises to fix that with a later addition of barefoot running will keep it in check. This will have a knockon posture effect on the rest of your body.

So since I've mentioned that then lets get on with the very real preexisting issues you might be faced with as you begin hitting those 3 month and 6 month marks.

First off you need to cross off a checklist of extremely common body dysfunctions to make sure nothing will get worse as you lose weight and strength train.

We'll start in the order you will have to fix them in. The order is from the bottom to the top.

Because each muscle balance issue that exists lower in the body will affect the issues above it. If you decide to fix upper back issues first then that will simply stall out on its own or worsen your pelvic issues.

1.Preexisting injuries:

  • Broken a bone in your wrist? - > Add wrist mobility exercises

    Consequence if you do not add wrist mobility exercises: depends on the injury itself and how the healing/treatment went. At a minimum you can expect that that wrist will have less mobility, less range of motion, at worst you will develop chronic pain for a variety of reasons. A physiotherapist or doctor can fill you in there if you're interested. Visit the local clinic and ask /r/askdoctor for good measure.

    My local clinics for example are staffed by utter morons who can't fix a rotator cuff or send me to someone competent enough to devise a treatment plan to fix it if so their very own bare balls where on the line.

  • Dislocated shoulder? - > Add rotator cuff mobility & strengthening exercises (You probably should to rotator cuff strengthening exercises anyway for injury prevention) This book is very good. It exists as an ebook too.

    Consequence if you do not rotator cuff exercises: reduced mobility in shoulder girdle (especially upwards mobility), as strength grows in the shoulder girdle you will end up spontaneously dislocating your shoulder (I re-dislocated twice while stretching out laying in bed). Instability of the shoulder socket. Chronic radiating pain.

  • Flat feet? - > Do the towel toe grasping strength exercise and find strength progression exercises from there. I progressed to barefoot jogging in sand, and then in forests. For a couple of weeks I had an issue walking up stairs.
  • Any odd recurring aches or pain anywhere? - > Go see a physio to get it examined and cleared

    Consequence if you do not fix flat feet: Chronic pain. Difficulty walking. Knees will rotate inwards which in turn will lead to lordosis which in turn leads to kyphosis and forwardleaning vulture neck. Bones in the foot will fuse together (happened to a relative of mine).

    2.Check for/treat lordosis (Forward leaning pelvis. Inwardly rotated knees. Lower back pain/soreness.)

    Easy to check in the mirror:

    Another live photo:

    Forward leaning pelvis example:

    As for the exercises to fix that I've pretty much forgotten what I used. Think it was weighted squats and then I used hip flexor stretches. Very simple fix. Still do the exercises today. You can look it up online and get a progression that works for you. The key thing here is progressively more difficult exercises until you hit the goal you want.

    The key thing is to activate the glutes and use them more while at the same time stretching out the hip flexors.

    Consequence if you do not fix lordosis: Lower back pain. Radiating pain down the leg. Leg weakness. Difficulty doing a proper deadlift. Possible hernias if you deadlift improperly with lordosis still there.

    3.Check for/treat Kyphosis (Hunchback, forward leaning posture, forward leaning neck, inwardly collapsed chest)

    This one is easy to check. If you are at a decent low BF % (10-20%) and look at your upper back then are the spinal ridges poking out more at around chest height than in other areas? Also check your shoulders, are they rounded and leaning forward?

    Take a picture from the decide and compare it to the example picture below.

    If any of those are true then you need to work at restoring thoracic mobility & stability (Your ability to twist and turn around the chest spine, as well as the core strength, spinal erector strength, and shoulder girdle strength needed to support it.

    Example picture:

    I'll come back and add the exercises I use later with sources.

    Consequence if you do not fix kyphosis: Upper back pain, weak shoulder girdle, difficulty standing or sitting for medium to long periods of time (1 hour - 12 hours). Shallower breathing.

    4.Check for/treat forward neck

    Very easy to check, take a picture from the side with a relaxed posture.

    I'll come back and add the exercises I use later with sources.

    Consequence if you do not fix forward neck: Sore neck, pain, basically the higher up you go in these common dysfunctions the less serious and less debilitating the symptoms are.

    5.Learn how to sit and stand relaxed with good posture

    I personally use the esther gokhale method. It's easy, relaxing and helps me breathe better. Heres a preview of her book.

    Stretchsitting, that way of standing and stretchlying in particular have been big things for me. She also has a side chapter of exercises to fix common issues.

    6. Learn the main lift in the RPT (reverse pyramid training) strength routine that the leangains routine is based on, record your lifts, and stick to it

    From here on you simply reap gains and maybe add some accessory exercises when you run into trouble (hand grip strength for example).

    7.Do a dexa scan for 100-200$ every 3-9 months & Learn the numbers on how quick you can do a leangains cut at different body fat percentages. Also learn how to to a leangains bulk.

    That's it. You know have a perfectly healthy, practical, and safe routine that will keep you strong and lean until breathing appears to difficult and someone spends an afternoon shovelling dirt on top of you.

    If you want to add cardio for a specific purpose -> Fits into the routine after the strength training
    If you want to learn a complex physical movement (hanstands whatever) -> Do it after strength training.
    Want to stay nimble and mobile? -> Do a whole body stretch routine daily (starting stretch is a programme you can use. Then find progressions for the exercises there)

    Wanna do something sporadic like rock climbing? Go ahead, its low effort cardio and no issue whatsoever with your newfound strength.

    I know I've made a lot of unsourced claims in the past few comments and I'll set to fixing that during the week so you can check out the validity yourself. This is something I'm putting together for myself anyway.
u/pg13xxx · 1 pointr/Fitness

I bought this book.

Arnold is great, he is a good writer, you'd think he's a stereotypical choice but there's more. There's lots of glossy photos in the book that i didn't care a ton about but there was good meat in it too like techniques and form and some good motivation i.e how a persons body can go from being a 10HP engine to a 15HP engine, by training where at real motor will just burn out.

u/thisisntscott · 1 pointr/physicaltherapy

I am a biology major, and it has been a while since i took Anatomy, but i am looking for something that would give me a a bit of biomechanics/kinesiology while brushing me up on anatomy. The reason i made this post is because i was searching on amazon and found this book. It looks like what i'm looking for but i wanted to ask the community to see if there was something better/similar out there. I just looked up Basic Biomechanics, and that looks like a good book as well. I figure i've got 6 months off until i start school (i graduate with my undergrad in december) So i can devote my time to reading one textbook deeply, and i want to pick a good one.

u/TOUGH_LOVE_GAL · 1 pointr/TwoXChromosomes

Stim is more for triggering or growing new muscle. Myofascial release is sort of like massage but the theory behind it is different. It's about identifying trigger points (little knots) in muscle and fascia and releasing them, allowing the muscle/fascia to stretch back out and relax.

I'd seek out an expert to give it a shot, but you can also treat yourself. This book has been helpful for me with my back and neck:

It's non-invasive and at least worth a shot if you're on your way to surgery. Best of luck.

u/PublicLeopard · 1 pointr/GetMotivated

> Arnold encyclopedia

there sure is

even better is his autobio

Pumping Iron (1977) sometimes appears on streaming sites like netflix and is worth a watch

u/ZOMBIEWINEGUM · 0 pointsr/bodybuilding
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u/diggemigre · 0 pointsr/bodybuilding

In this book Hatfield suggests doing all these sets...without stopping. It's called the C workout.

u/JuiceFraba · -1 pointsr/bodybuilding

There you go, read that cover to cover and see how little Arnold knew and learnt about nutrition. Clen... no, just much longer cuts for comp with heavy anabolics to prevent muscle loss, although there was less of a calling in those days for super lean, dry, physiques as the 'doughy' era (talking about Reg Parks etc.) had not long ended.

u/DaDibbel · -2 pointsr/

The tool hasn't a fucking clue!

If you're even contemplating juicing up,
read this book:
Sam Fussell documents his 4 years on the juice

u/Russkiy_To_Youskiy · -3 pointsr/fitness30plus

Yeah? Ok

Still don't understand why everyone doesn't go straight to this book. It's literally the only book anyone needs in their fitness journey.