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Winning Bodybuilding

A Complete Do-It-Yourself Program for Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced Bodybuilders by Mr. Olympia
Narrated by: Franco Columbu
Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
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Regular price: $19.95
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Publisher's Summary

Dr. Franco Columbu, internationally known bodybuilding champion, has written a book that provides a commonsense approach to training with weights - whether for competition or just to get into shape. Columbu is a two-time Mr. Olympia winner who first wrote this book in 1977, when it sold 500,000 copies. Creators Publishing has brought it back with the paperback, ebook, and audiobook.

In the audiobook, recorded with Rick Newcombe, cofounder of Creators Publishing, Franco answers many questions to update his training advice and tells stories about what life was like during the Golden Age of bodybuilding. The audiobook contains priceless stories about the young Franco and his best friend, Arnold Schwarzenegger, when they first arrived in America from Europe. The audiobook is loaded with useful information for getting in shape, and it is very inspiring for training!

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Conversations about Winning Bodybuilding

I was with Franco Columbu when this audiobook was recorded, and we realized early on that Franco's English was much more easily understood when he talked than it was when he read. So we decided that I would read parts of the book and then ask him questions, and he would explain the text in his own words.

We were very careful to follow every paragraph of the book to make sure that nothing was left out. If you listen to the audio book and read along in the paperback or Kindle version, you will see that all topics are covered.

Franco gives an incredible number of helpful suggestions for bodybuilding. He knows from experience, and his insights are offered with wit, amusement and a genuine concern for helping others to achieve bodybuilding success.

One reviewer has called the book "garbage," which is grossly unfair to Franco. He complains that Franco told too many stories about his times with Arnold in the old days, but it was those of us in the recording studio who kept asking him to tell more of those stories. A number of people have complained to me that they wanted more of those stories.

I wanted to call the book, "Conversations about Winning Bodybuilding," rather than "Winning Bodybuilding," but the algorithm that Kindle and audible use requires that the original book title stay the same.

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A Wonderful Book................STILL!

I purchased this AUDIO book through AUDIBLE on the recommendation of a friend. This friend is about my age and is in fantastic physical. Having had 10 spinal surgeries in addition to issues with shoulder, hands, hip......... And fighting Leukemia, I thought it would be a better thing to be in better general physical condition. In the very beginning, I thought my age ( nearing 70 ) and being overweight would really preclude me from any type of physical conditioning......... Well I was wrong.

As I started listening to this book, it sounded familiar. This was a book I had read many, many years ago! I still do have a great memory, but now it's very short! I remembered it helped me all those years ago and now.......it has encouraged me to get in shape again........ So I went from 214 lbs to 170lbs over the coarse of a year and have been following Franco's advice. I'm not ready for any bodybuilding competition.......... No Mr America in my future But I feel so much better following the wonderful information in this book. I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to get into or back into better physical condition. Even us older guys.........I would recommend going to your Doctor and getting the "ok" to pursue lifting.

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For those who love learning the history!

I usually don't care for books that are done in an interview style format, however this one is the exception! It was extremely informative! for those of you that love to hear the old dungeon, where the blonde bomber. Frank Zane. Arnold in the other greats used to lift, this book is for you.

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Not a book! Waste of time. GARBAGE!!!

This audio book is a joke. Title is a lie. There are about 10 tips total in this book. At no point does the author go into any detail about actual training, nutrition, or information about exercises. 97 percent of this book is Franco talking about hanging out with Arnold, how he is such good friends with Arnold, or how great Arnold is. If you’re looking for a great fitness book check out bigger leaner stronger. It’s more informative in a myriad of ways.

DON’T WASTE YOUR MONEY AND TIME ON THIS GARBAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • 08-22-18

Could have been better.

Tad disappointed with the book. On reflection it should not have been an audio book. The contents did not come across as well as it’s intent. It’s a common knowledge that Franco and Arnold are best of friends, it therefore follows that there will be lots of praising towards Arnold. The book title is Winning Bodybuilding and should have refrained from over praising and referencing of Arnold and sticking to the subject. On that basis I have given it a low rating.

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  • 08-10-18

The most informative audio book for bodybuilding.<br />

Finished this book in a day. It had answered so many questions, without having to ask them