Chris Aceto is known for creating bodybuilding champions like Jay Cutler. He wrote Championship Bodybuilding in the 1990’s. Before reading the book, I had an extremely difficult time putting on visible muscle. My goal was to never have to flex to show off my muscles. In 2005, I obtained my Personal Training Certification from the International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA). I learned the basics of weight training and the different training phases (beginner, intermediate and advanced). However, the personal training course was not geared towards people with bodybuilding aspirations. Personal training courses are generally geared for basic fitness goals. I working out at home from 2002-2007, obtained a lean, but unimpressive build. Due to frustration, I searched and search online, and asked around for advice. Finally, in 2007, I found out about and read, Championship Bodybuilding. In it, Chris Aceto stresses the need for progressive overload, with all muscle groups, for maximum muscle fiber recruitment. That is what I was lacking. I was also lacking a variety of equipment for my lower body. In the book, Aceto basically states that if you’re not willing to go to the gym, or a facility with the poundage and equipment necessary, forget reaching your goals. After reading that, I joined Gold’s Gym right away. I’ve been a member ever since. In a few short months, I put on more muscle than I put on in five years of weight training at home. I competed in the figure division in 2009. I ranked 9th out of over 16 women in my division. That’s so-so, considering I didn’t have my posing down or stage presence.
The breakdown of the book
The book is only for people with the goal of gaining large muscle. Not for someone who wants to be “toned” as so many people call it.
- Aceto covers form and technique of bodybuilding exercises. Drawings and descriptions included.
- Aceto goes over the different set and rep schemes for different fitness levels (beginner, intermediate or advanced)
- Training schedules – Aceto goes into detail about split schedules and offers multiple options for beginner, intermediate and advanced trainees.
- Types of sets – Drop sets, pyramids, supersets and so on.
- How to obtain optimum muscle fiber recruitment, via peak contractions, forced reps and partner-assisted cheat reps.
- Nutrition – Off-season and on-season nutrition are covered.
Championship Bodybuilding is so much more than what I can write in this blog post. It has helped me greatly. In fact, the five years of training I did before this book did not produce one month worth of the results I received after reading Championship Bodybuilding.