If you have always wanted to excel at drawing, then The Complete Guide to Drawing & Illustration is for you. All you need is a pencil, a bit of blank paper and the expert guidance you will find within these pages. This book is designed to systematically teach you the essentials of drawing and lays the groundwork for you to develop your own personal drawing style. • Hands-on course in drawing and illustration, suitable for beginners and improvers alike • Practical, step-by-step, easy-to-follow exercises and demonstrations • From simple object drawing, move on to tackle all aspects of our environment, people and animals • Sketching and observation, materials and theory, tips and techniques - everything you need to know to create original artworks, cartoons and illustrations • More than 1,000 illustrations
A best-seller now features more than 600 full-color illustrations--adding 48 pages of new exercises and stretches for each of the major muscle groups--to give readers an understanding of how muscles perform while training, in a resource that combines the detail of top anatomy texts with the best of strength training advice. Original.
Master the psychological "playbook" top performers use to shift their negative thinking and behaviors into peak performance and lasting success . . . inside and outside the gym.
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
(Piano Method). Since the first release of this classic Schirmer edition over 100 years ago, almost anyone who has taken piano lessons for more than two years has played from The Virtuoso Pianist . Millions of copies have been sold of these progressive exercises which guide a player's technique, building finger independence and strength. This was the first American edition released of this music, and remains a classic at a remarkably affordable price.
The Willpower Instinct
Author: Kelly McGonigal
Based on Stanford University psychologist Kelly McGonigal's wildly popular course "The Science of Willpower," The Willpower Instinct is the first book to explain the new science of self-control and how it can be harnessed to improve our health, happiness, and productivity. Informed by the latest research and combining cutting-edge insights from psychology, economics, neuroscience, and medicine, The Willpower Instinct explains exactly what willpower is, how it works, and why it matters. For example, readers will learn: Willpower is a mind-body response, not a virtue. It is a biological function that can be improved through mindfulness, exercise, nutrition, and sleep. Willpower is not an unlimited resource. Too much self-control can actually be bad for your health. Temptation and stress hijack the brain's systems of self-control, but the brain can be trained for greater willpower Guilt and shame over your setbacks lead to giving in again, but self-forgiveness and self-compassion boost self-control. Giving up control is sometimes the only way to gain self-control. Willpower failures are contagious—you can catch the desire to overspend or overeat from your friends—but you can also catch self-control from the right role models. In the groundbreaking tradition of Getting Things Done, The Willpower Instinct combines life-changing prescriptive advice and complementary exercises to help readers with goals ranging from losing weight to more patient parenting, less procrastination, better health, and greater productivity at work.
Chances are that whatever athletic level you have achieved, there are some serious gaps in your OVERALL strength program. Gaps that stop you short of being able to claim status as a TRUE man. The good news is that--in Convict Conditioning--Paul Wade has laid out a brilliant 6-set system of 10 progressions which allows you to master these elite levels. And you could be starting at almost any age and in almost in any condition! Paul Wade has given you the keys--ALL the keys you'll ever need-- that will open door after door after door for you in quest for REAL physical accomplishment. Yes, it will be the hardest work you'll ever have to do. And yes, 97% of those who pick up Convict Conditioning, frankly, won't have the guts and the fortitude to make it. But if you make it even half-way through Paul's Progressions, you'll be stronger than almost anyone you encounter. If you're a 3-percenter, in particular, then this book is for you. Have at it!
Boost your energy, build muscle, lose fat, and improve your performance with the best-selling sports nutrition guide! The fifth edition includes the latest research on hydration, vitamins, supplements, energy drinks, organic foods, and balancing carbohydrate and protein intake for exercise and competition.
Success and happiness are not accidents that happen to some people and not to others. They are created by specific ways of thinking and acting in the world. Paul McKenna has made a study of highly successful and effective people, and distilled core strategies and techniques that will help the reader to begin to think in the same way as a super-achiever. Learn how to master your emotions and run your own brain, how to have supreme self-confidence and become the person you really want to be. Paul McKenna's simple seven-day plan really will change your life for ever. Brilliantly effective self-improvement, in the bestselling tradition of Unlimited Power and The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.
Author: Bret Contreras, Kellie Davis
Publisher: Victory Belt Publishing
This is not your run-of-the-mill fitness book. Developed by world-renowned gluteal expert Bret Contreras, Strong Curves offers an extensive fitness and nutrition guide for women seeking to improve their physique, function, strength, and mobility. Contreras spent the last eighteen years researching and field-testing the best methods for building better butts and shapelier bodies. In Strong Curves, he offers the programs that have proven effective time and time again with his clients, allowing you to develop lean muscle, rounded glutes, and greater confidence. Each page is packed with information decoding the female anatomy, providing a better understanding as to why most fitness programs fail to help women reach their goals. With a comprehensive nutritional guide and over 200 strength exercises, this book gets women off the treadmill and furnishes their drive to achieve strength, power, and sexy curves from head to toe. Although the glutes are the largest and most powerful muscle group in the human body, they often go dormant due to lifestyle choices, leading to a flat, saggy bum. Strong Curves is the cure.
The sport of running is ever changing, be it the shoes we wear or the goals we set, the training methods we use or the role models we emulate. But there is one constant: For 40 years, Runner's World magazine has been recognized worldwide as the leading authority on running. Now the collective wisdom of the most savvy running writers, coaches, and editors can be found in the Runner's World Complete Book of Running. Whether you are a beginner or veteran runner, here is advice--both timeless and cutting-edge--guaranteed to maximize your performance and enjoyment. Inside you'll find in-depth coverage of training and racing including: • A surefire plan to get beginners hooked on running • 15 surprising foods to boost your running performance • A proven plan to increase speed by training less • Tips from triathletes to maximize your training efficiency • A woman's encyclopedia of running • The big five running injuries and how to prevent them • An innovative running plan for weight-loss • Cross-training exercises that strengthen your core • How to train for your first half-marathon • Mental training tips for running a smart marathon Packed with valuable advice from running's top experts on everything from building strength, speed, and endurance to nutrition and injury prevention, the Runner's World Complete Book of Running is the book you'll turn to again and again to answer all of your running questions.
The Mystery Method
Author: Mystery, Chris Odom
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
"One of the most admired men in the world of seduction" (The New York Times) teaches average guys how to approach, attract and begin intimate relationships with beautiful women For every man who always wondered why some guys have all the luck, Mystery, considered by many to be the world's greatest pickup artist, finally reveals his secrets for finding and forming relationships with some of the world's most beautiful women. Mystery gained mainstream attention for his role in Neil Strauss's New York Times bestselling exposé, The Game. Now he has written the definitive handbook on the art of the pickup. He developed his unique method over years of observing social dynamics and interacting with women in clubs to learn how to overcome the guard shield that many women use to deflect come-ons from "average frustrated chumps." The Mystery Method: How to Get Beautiful Women Into Bed shares tips such as: *Give more attention to her less attractive friend at first, so your target will get jealous and try to win your attention. *Always approach a target within 3 seconds of noticing her. If a woman senses your hesitation, her perception of your value will be lower. *Don't be picky. Approach as many groups of people in a bar as you can and entertain them with fun conversation. As you move about the room, positive perception of you will grow. Now it's easy to meet anyone you want. *Smile. Guys who don't get laid, don't smile.
Top Olympic lifters have it, elite gymnasts excel because of it, sprinters break the speed of light driven by it, high level bodybuilders get huge because of it… THE CAPACITY TO MAXIMALLY STIMULATE THE HIGH-THRESHOLD MOTOR UNITS! This is what separates the best from the rest. The fast-twitch fibers that compose the high-threshold motor-units (HTMU) exceed, by a humongous margin, the hypertrophy potential of low and medium-threshold fibers that too many of us rely on in our everyday training sessions.Yes, to some extent, the capacity to activate and stimulate those powerful fibers is a genetic thing: some peoples are born with a greater number of HTMUs than others; some lucky few also have been blessed with a super efficient nervous system that's very effective at turning on these growth-friendly fibers. However with the proper training techniques, exercise selection and movement execution, you can palliate for an “average” fiber distribution.Tihanyi (1997) has demonstrated that with proper training it is possible for someone with only 30% of fast-twitch fibers to develop himself to the same extent as someone with 70-80% of fast-twitch fibers. This book will show you exactly how to do that!The advice given in this book may look simple, because it's logical and practical, but it's exactly what you need to apply if you want to become a fast-twitch machine!
ACSM Fitness Book
Author: American College of Sports Medicine
Publisher: Human Kinetics
Start where you are and go wherever your goals take you. No other guide offers a more comprehensive plan for developing a personal fitness program and sticking with it. Developed by the American College of Sports Medicine, ACSM Fitness Bookoffers the total package from one of the most respected organizations in the field. In its first two editions, the ACSM Fitness Booksold more than 100,000 copies. Now the classic has been enhanced and expanded with the tools you need to succeed. From simple, step-by-step instruction to new insights on nutrition, weight control, motivation, and overcoming setbacks, the authors provide the help you need to reach beyond your personal best. The key to making any fitness program effective is finding the right level of difficulty for your current ability and creating a plan that will take you to the next level. With a simple and scientifically proven fitness test, the ACSM Fitness Bookgives you everything you need to determine your starting point and monitor your ongoing progress. With sample programs, worksheets, and more, ACSM Fitness Booktakes the guesswork out of getting started and offers color photos of a variety of exercises that require minimal equipment and space. Whether your objective is to improve cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength, flexibility, or overall body condition, the ACSM Fitness Bookwill lay out a proven plan for reaching your goal in a way that works for you. Richly illustrated and easy to follow, it is the one book you need for the tools, and the motivation, to put your personal fitness program on track.
This second book by Coach Thibaudeau focuses more on the science of strength as well as the various methods you can use to boost your strength and power. A great tool for athletes of all kinds! Also includes information on electromyostimulation, chains, bands, weight releasers and over 30 different training methods!
Mind & Muscle
Author: Blair Whitmarsh
Publisher: Human Kinetics 1
If you really want to succeed as a bodybuilder, you need to develop your mental power right along with your muscle power. Mind & Muscle can help you acquire the mental toughness you need to succeed. From the most basic goal setting for body shaping to the most advanced psyching techniques for competing, this book contains the best and most specific mental-training information tailored to strength development and bodybuilding. Mind & Muscle explains how mental training works with muscle training to produce visible results. And it goes beyond theory. It's also a hands-on workbook that brings mental training into the world of muscle training. Easy-to-use exercises and self-tests show you how to assess and develop your psychological strengths, and a thoroughly guided sample workout incorporates mental exercises into your physical workout. Mental preparation and the right attitude during training and competition separate superior athletes from good athletes. Just as you train your muscles by lifting weights, you can develop mental skills by practicing them diligently and consistently. You can build the body you've always wanted when you harness the power of Mind & Muscle.