Part One - Overview of Anatomy
The sections here cover:
- Anatomical definitions and terminology - this is helpful in learning the shape, movement and location of different muscles.
- The muscular and skeletal systems - this section includes summaries of how each system works as well as detailed illustrations.
- Anatomical planes - this section offers a basic understanding of the planes of motion, which is necessary in understanding the biomechanics of exercise.
- Anatomical terms and joint movements - this is a well-written section offering a chart showing movements along with the plane of motion, a description and an example of the movement. This is a great resource to continually refer back to.
- Posture and muscle balance - this section covers functional training as well as suggested workout parameters for different goals.
This is a nice overview of the basics for people who want to learn more about how the body works and the more technical aspects of exercise.
Part Two: Anatomy of Exercise
Each exercise shown includes all the details of the move including:
- Type of exercise, what it does and whether it's for beginners or advanced (e.g., a pushup is: core exercise, compound, push, closed-chain, body-weight, functional and beginner to advanced)
- A basic description
- Tips for good form
- A chart analyzing the joints and muscles used
- A full illustration showing the muscles worked
- Pictures showing the start and finish of the movement
The Bottom Line
There are also interesting facts included about each exercise, giving you tips for what they do and how to include them in your workouts.
Overall, this is a great resource for both professionals and fitness enthusiasts and a great reference to use for creating and changing strength training workouts.