Hi all! I would like to tell you about my present project … I’m writing a book about bodybuilding! I’ve been into bodybuilding since 1988 and have seen the good, the bad and the ugly sides of it. My book is called ‘Sane Bodybuilding’ and it is about avoiding the mental and physical excesses that are now so prevalent in professional bodybuilding. I want to help ‘save’ what I consider a very rewarding activity. It is not for high level competitive bodybuilders, but for ordinary people, men and women, who just want to improve their own bodies in a natural and healthy way. So, the book is a nonsense-free primer, a holistic system that will teach you how to gain muscle size and strength, and lose fat, while also attaining fitness and great health, without the need for drugs or a training-obsessed lifestyle. It’s also about saving you money, avoiding a variety of scams. The training and dietary advice is simple and practical. The end goal is having a healthy body and mind. It’s about achieving realistic – and REAL – results, and appreciating them. It’s about increasing both the length and the quality of your life!
The book has about 265 pages of text (at present … I’m still adding bits to it here and there), and will also have more than a hundred illustrations, depicting exercises, stretches and poses. I discuss a variety of strategies relating to training and diet, and also aspects of psychology. I warn about pitfalls and obsessions and speak about the importance of a positive, grounded attitude. There’s guidance for beginning, intermediate and advanced trainees. While the book is about general muscle-, strength- and health-building, there is advice for getting into more specific activities: competitive bodybuilding, powerlifting, Olympic weightlifting, Fitness and Figure competition, and Strongman/Strongwoman competition. These all having their risks, I speak about how to get involved in them while still maintaining health and sanity. A big part is finding reputable organizations … ideally where there is a strong drug-free ethos.
Basically I’m trying to cram together as much useful and directly relevant (for ‘regular people’) information as possible, in a single book, which I’m going to try to get out as cheaply as possible. There is a lot of good stuff available online but the typical person is going to have to do a lot of surfing and clicking to get it all and will encounter a vast amount of nonsense in the process as well. So I’m trying to do what I can to cut through all the crud that’s out there. I’m thinking of e-book format and possibly printed as well … I do have some connections in the bodybuilding world so I’m really going to try to actually get it published! But … for anyone here who’s interested … I can email you a copy, no charge! At present the book is still in a rough stage and I’ll appreciate any and all feedback, but it’s already pretty complete in terms of content (except for the pics, which I’m still working on).
I intend to share the pics here, when I’m done with them.