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Bodyweight Strength Training Anatomy

By August 9, 2013January 14th, 2014Announcements, Strength Training

Hi Fitness Friends! You can now pre-order my new book Bodyweight Strength Training Anatomy through the Amazon link or the Human Kinetics link.

This book is great for beginner and advanced lifters who wish to maximize their understanding of bodyweight training. I especially like the last chapter where I teach you how to create effective programs.

I was sure to include the basic movements all the way to advanced bodyweight movements so you can achieve a great workout no matter what your current fitness level happens to be, and I featured the most popular movements as well as not-so-common movements for those wanting to learn more exercise variations.

The book is illustrated so you can see which muscles are responsible for producing the movements, which is a rare benefit.

Click HERE to access and download a free sample of the product.

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  • Sandra says:

    Wow this looks like it’s going to be an awesome book!

  • Martín says:

    It looks nice…

    Will it be available in Kindle?

    Greetings Bret

    • Bret says:

      Just heard back from publishers Martin. Yes, it will. Sometimes the Kindle version comes out earlier, sometimes the same time, and sometimes a few days later. But rest assured it will be the available on Kindle.

  • james says:


    Love your work, you keep on putting out great books, articles, videos, everything!

    Thanks 😉

  • Ong Beng Hwee says:

    When will the book be officially available since now it is only on pre-order?

  • Steve says:

    Is there any type of program in there for people with crappy joints?

  • Vlad Padina says:


    Bret, could you please tell me if One Arm Push-ups are (inherently) bad for the shoulders (i.e. as some say the bench press is)? Presuming adequate progressions and technique are used.

    Thanks, Vlad

    • Bret says:

      They’re okay if you do them properly (you have to be very strong before you start attempting them). So yes, adequate progressions help immensely.

  • Antinatter says:

    I’m trying to decide whether I should buy the book. I’ve downloaded the free sample and examined it. Could you explain how it differs from Frederic Delavier’s very well-known Strength Training Anatomy (STA) apart from the exclusive bodyweight focus? STA also has some bodyweight stuff, performance descriptions, instructions on safety apart from highlighting the muscles worked. Do you say anything about increasing tendon and ligament strength if indeed they need to be addressed separately? Thanks.

    • Bret says:

      Frederic’s is much more elaborate. This one is less expensive and solely dedicated to bodyweight. Nothing in here on tendon/ligament strength, but there’s not much to that. Just do a mixture of low reps and high reps.

  • Alvin watts says:

    Here’s someone saying not to jumping the glute bandwagon. What are your thoughts on this Mr. Contreras?

    Overall, I don’t see people getting faster even though more and more people are targeting the glutes.

    • Bret says:

      I think she made some great points. I get emails all the time from people who are getting faster after implementing more glute focus. So clearly I’m biased as I probably hear from the people who were successful more frequently than the people who weren’t. But I don’t feel we should neglect the quads. Train the glutes, hams and quads for maximal athleticism. One critique of the iron maven is that I’m not sure if she has experienced training common folk. Their glutes are so weak it’s insane. I mean pathetically weak. But they get strong incredibly fast with good programming.

  • Polina says:

    Hi Bret,
    I read some of your old posts today and I found “strength standarts for women”.
    I think I am in the advanced-elite level right for the upper body , but I’m not sure about my form.
    Can I send you some videos so you could comment and critique my form?

  • Antonio says:

    Congratulations on your new book Bret! I wonder if it is possible to get your books and research articles in Spanish, as it is my native language, I am very interested.

    Greetings and thanks, and congratulations again.

  • Beth Oliveira says:

    This book looks amazing Bret! I recently checked out a book from the library (I guess it was the one someone mentioned above) that showed the anatomy of many gym exercises, but didn’t have many exercises that I could do at home, and I didn’t feel that it gave good instructions on proper execution. I am pretty excited about this book- it will be very helpful both for myself (currently working my way through Strong Curves) and for my 15 year old son, who is a lot like the 15 year old you that you described in the first paragraph, and is about to start working out with me 🙂 I think this book is going to be a great help!

  • Dave Madarro says:

    Wow that’s awesome Brett!

    I’m currently working on several human anatomy infographics in Illustrator, I’m sure this book will come handy as a reference.

    Definitely going to preorder!

  • Vlad Padina says:

    This might just be one of the best ever books on bodyweight training. Can’t wait to read it!

  • Omar says:

    getting this book as soon as it gets released , just wanted to ask , what is the estimated product weight ? since i could not find it on amazon .

  • I. G. says:

    I own “You are your own gym” and I am not so happy with it. Still, I would like to throw in some body weight sessions to mix up and complement my training. Will your book be different from Marc Lauren´s ?

  • Paul says:

    Hi Bret,

    Just seen a sample of the book. Are you planning to link this to any of the rehab exercise packages like Physiotools?

    If not have you considered some kind of similar package? As this is rehab gold!!

  • Sandra says:

    Hi Bret,

    Congratulations for your new book!

    I’d like to buy one of your books Strong Curves or Bodyweight Strength Training Anatomy. My goal is to focus on my glutes and I’m working out 5 times out of 6 from home. Which book would be better for me?

    Many thanks!

    • Bret says:

      Hi Sandra, sounds like Strong Curves would be a better buy considering your goals. However, since you train mostly from home, maybe Bodyweight Strength Training Anatomy would be best for now, until your training situation changes. Best of luck! BC

  • Karl says:


    I’ve read the book on Kindle and am excited to start designing a program. However, I cannot read the excercise table on either the Kindle Fire or E-Reader.
    Can you make the table available on-line? It seems to be the key for program development. Thanks!

  • Rebecca says:

    I have learned some interesting bodyweight exercises – see at
    But what is most important according to the fitness instructors, is diversifying your workout routine. So, the more knowledge you apply, the better is your result!

  • Uzi says:

    Hello, the book is great.
    However, I have to agree with Karl (and his comment from October 22) that the table with exercises is impossible to read on electronic readers.

    @Bret, can you please publish this table online?

  • Reyes says:

    For the side lying hip raise on , is it doing this just with the straight leg raising upwards on every rep?

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