What are some great old classic bodybuilding books?

Englishmustard

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Ones you could maybe still buy on Amazon or find on eBay.
I know there are tons of online resources but I’d love to flip through some old paper pages.
 

Bagua

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I liked Robert Kennedy's books, but like a lot of people had quite a bit of Joe Weider's publications as well. A lot of people had a copy of Dan Duchaine's Underground Steroid book as part of their collection. I think you can get that as an online version.
The Wild Physique: The Complete Book of Championship Physique Training for Men and Women by Vince Gironda is another.
We used charts that came with our first weight sets in the early 70s.
E-bay is an excellent place to look for oldies.
 

Funnyman

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I have lots of books in my basement, I will need to look.
You can get lots of used books from a used book store if there are some still around.
The used books I seen were like 4.95 I remember seeing them.
 

Bagua

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Beef it and Reps were both good. By Robert Kennedy. Keys to the inner universe by Bill Pearl was also good as it had 1000's of exersies and descriptions in it. I liked Arnold's Encyclopedia of a modern bodybuilder too
You didn't have Savage Sets?
 

Funnyman

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My favorite book was Dorian Yates( blood & Guts) it helped me most, since I was finally on stage doing competitions.

It was the first book were I slowed down the rep tempo, then the gains came on and injuries were less with strict form.
 
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Cog

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Arnold’s Bodybuilding For Men,iirc that was the title.Big book.Lent it out and never got it back.35 years ago.Actually longer.
 

Cog

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I liked Robert Kennedy's books, but like a lot of people had quite a bit of Joe Weider's publications as well. A lot of people had a copy of Dan Duchaine's Underground Steroid book as part of their collection. I think you can get that as an online version.
The Wild Physique: The Complete Book of Championship Physique Training for Men and Women by Vince Gironda is another.
We used charts that came with our first weight sets in the early 70s.
E-bay is an excellent place to look for oldies.
Duchaine’s book made a lot of people feel that they were pharmacology experts.
 

The Old Guy

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All of Mike Mentzer’s books. Even have a signed one.
Arnold’s Encyclopaedic of Modern Bodybuilding
Dan Duchaines Steroid Handbook.

Used to have a pile of Muscle and Fitness mags but lost them in my last move.
 

musclememory

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I have all mine — Old Iron Man, Flex, Strength and Health, Muscle Mag etc. 100's of them. Going back to the '70s.
I had a collection like that at one point but when my marrage in the USA went south (no pun intended) I lost everything except what I had with me in a suitcase. i was in Japan at the time when things ended and never went back under assurances I could get my stuff at a later date....ya that never happened as she cut off all communication. Oh well at least I left with my sanity....I think...lol
 

Bagua

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@musclememory if it makes you feel any better my first wife tossed twenty years of Martial Arts magazines going back to the '60s because they had a bit of mould on them. I still have hundreds of them, though. Every so often, I grab a clump to read to remind me how old I am.
@The Old Guy I just predate you by about five or so years.
 
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