If you want to build muscles these 5 bodybuilding books are ” must-have ”

We selected only titles which grabbed the most attention and ranked to the top.

Whether you are an experienced trainer or starting out enthusiast. These titles are ultimate and provide deep practical knowledge.


bigger leaner stronger

About the book

If you want to build muscle, lose fat, and look great as quickly as possible without steroids, good genetics, or wasting ridiculous amounts of time in the gym and money on supplements … regardless of your age, then you want to read this book.

  • The 7 biggest muscle building myths and mistakes that keep guys small, weak, and frustrated.
  • How to build muscle, lose fat, and get healthy eating foods you love and never feel starved, deprived, or like you’re “on a diet.”
  • An all-in-one training system that delivers MAXIMUM results for your efforts, helping you build a big, full chest, a wide, tapered back, thick, powerful legs, and bulging arms…spending no more than 3 to 6 hours in the gym every week…doing workouts that energize you, not wipe you out.

#2. Thinner Leaner Stronger: The Simple Science of Building the Ultimate Female Body – by Michael Matthews

About the book

The exact formula of exercise and eating that makes losing 10 to 15 pounds of fat while building lean, sexy muscle a breeze…and it only takes 8 – 12 weeks.

Here are just a few of the things you’re going to learn in this book:

  • The 5 biggest fat loss myths & mistakes that keep women overweight, frustrated, and confused.​
  • How to build lean muscle, lose fat, and get healthy without ever feeling starved, deprived, or like you’re “on a diet.”
  • An all-in-one training system that delivers MAXIMUM results for your efforts, helping you get those lean, sexy curves in all the right places…spending no more than 3 to 6 hours in the gym every week…doing workouts that energize you, not wipe you out.
  • Average rate: 4.5/5

What readers say

When I bought this book I weighed 180, and I was severely depressed that was almost 2 years ago.
Today I am a happy for 57 year old woman.
Mike is telling the truth when he tells you you can achieve the body of your dreams. I stuck to the program and ignored the naysayers. I am now 115lbs and only 14% body fat.

#3. Strength Training Anatomy, 3rd Edition – by Fredric DeLavier.


About the book

  • Over 600 full-color illustrations reveal the primary muscles worked along with all the relevant surrounding structures, including bones, ligaments, tendons, and connective tissue.
  • Anatomical depictions show both superficial and deep layers and detail how various setup positions affect muscle recruitment and emphasize underlying structures.
  • Details about common strength training injuries in a fascinating light and offer precautions to help you exercise safely.
  • Average rate: 4.8/5

What readers say

Loads of information..Do’s and don’t of for each excersie . . lots of illustration to help you understand the muscle you are targeting and ROM when performing excersie.
This is a great book for everyone to have, especially if your are a beginner

#4. Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training, 3rd edition – by Mark Rippetoe

About the book

With over 150,000 copies in print in three editions, Starting Strength is the most important method available to learn the most effective way to train with barbells — the most important way to improve your strength, your health, and your life.

  • Why barbells are the most effective tools for strength training.
  • The mechanical basis of barbell training concisely and logically explained.
  • All new photographs and improved illustrations of all the lifts, and the biomechanics behind them.
  • Complete, easy-to-follow instructions for performing the basic barbell exercises: the squat, press, deadlift, bench press, power clean, and the power snatch.
  • Revised instruction methods for all six lifts, proven effective in four years of seminar, military, and group instruction.
  • Completely indexed and many many more.
  • Average rate: 4.8/5

What readers say

Excellent resource that has had an enormous impact on my quality of life. Combine this with the free Starting Strength podcast and instructional YouTube vids and you have your self a worthwhile education and practical application class. 

#5. The New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding : The Bible of Bodybuilding by Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bill Dobbins.


About the book

The New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding will help you achieve your personal best. With his unique perspective as a seven-time winner of the Mr. Olympia title and all international film star, Arnold shares his secrets to dedication, training, and commitment, and shows you how to take control of your body and realize your own potential for greatness.

  • Arnold’s tried-and-true tips for sculpting, strengthening, and defining each and every muscle to create the ultimate buff physique
  • The most effective methods of strength training to stilt your needs, whether you’re an amateur athlete or a pro bodybuilder preparing for a competition
  • Comprehensive information on health, nutrition, and dietary supplements to help you build muscle, lose fat, and maintain optimum energy
  • Expert advice on the prevention and treatment of sports-related injuries
  • Average rate: 4.7/5

What readers say

I loved this book. Arnold’s enthusiasm for bodybuilding is infectious and it is full of so many great anecdotes about his personal experiences while competing in the field.

Do you want to learn how to build muscles ?

Reserve a spot for these books in your library then.