Strength Training Anatomy by Frederic Delavier – A Review from a Chi Running perspective

The strength of this book overall is the brilliantly detailed anatomical diagrams. If you are a visual person, this book will really help you understand the inter connected muscles and tendons that are involved in running. The Chi Running and Chi Marathon books mention the way that core muscles and elasticity of tendons are involved in running and that these should be the main drivers rather than our leg muscles. This book helps illustrate neatly how your body is put together! You can see clearly which muscles are connected to what, and the knock on effect that might have on your running.
That said, the book is written with the main audience being those who go to the Gym for strength training, so there is a difference of key perspective there.
The colour coding in the book is most useful. Exercises are coded to that you can quickly establish which muscles groups they are working. That way you can quickly build your own workout to focus on, say, upper body, or core muscles. There are also some exercises which can easily be completed without the aid of gym equipment.
All in all I’d suggest this is well worth a read if you are interested in anatomy and prefer to learn from a highly visual perspective. If you are prefer theory and explanation and are coming from a chi running perspective, then there are probably better books out there for you.
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