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by Samuel Wilson Fussell

Category: Exercise and Fitness
Subcategory: Health, Diets and Fitness
Author: Samuel Wilson Fussell
ISBN: 0671701959
ISBN13: 978-0671701956
Language: English
Publisher: Poseidon Pr (March 1, 1991)
Pages: 252
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Muscle: Confessions of a. .has been added to your Cart. Samuel Wilson Fussell resides in Montana. Since 2004 he has lived as a subsistence hunter and worked as a rescue, recovery, and salvage scuba diver for the Flathead County Sheriff Dive Rescue Team

Muscle: Confessions of a. Since 2004 he has lived as a subsistence hunter and worked as a rescue, recovery, and salvage scuba diver for the Flathead County Sheriff Dive Rescue Team. He is a graduate of the Lawrenceville School, Pomona College, and Oxford University.

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My dad gave me this book in 1991 after Samuel Fussell was interviewed on a radio show that his friend hosted. I never knew that anyone else really knew about this book and enjoyed it as much as I did.

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When blue-blooded, storklike Samuel Wilson Fussell arrived in New York City fresh from the University of Oxford, the ethereal young graduate seemed like the last person on Earth who would be interested in bodybuilding

When blue-blooded, storklike Samuel Wilson Fussell arrived in New York City fresh from the University of Oxford, the ethereal young graduate seemed like the last person on Earth who would be interested in bodybuilding. But he was intimidated by the dangers of the city-and decided to do something about it. At twenty-six, Fussell walked into the YMCA gym. Four solid years of intensive training, protein powders, and steroid injections later, he had gained eighty pounds of pure muscle and was competing for bodybuilding titles

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Fussell has plenty of muscle all right, enough for two men judging by the .

Fussell has plenty of muscle all right, enough for two men judging by the pumped. up, vein-popping photos accompanying his text. But as an Oxford Univ. grad (thus the subtitle) he has plenty of brains as well-and uses them here to deliver a black-humored, shocking, dead-honest chronicle of his sojourn in the bizarre and obsessional world of professional bodybuilding. After he moved to Manhattan from Oxford, Fussell explains in simple, precise prose, his health and psyche deteriorated quickly: ""The problem. His urban paranoia ended only when he picked up a book by the man who was to become his inspiration: Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The author describes his journey from ninety-eight pound weakling to prizewinning muscle man, through four years of endless repetitive exercises, prodigious quantities of food and vitamins, and massive steroid injections
Comments to eBook Muscle: Confessions of an Unlikely Bodybuilder
Keramar
I've read Fussell's masterpiece 4 times, each time enjoying it more, each time seeing more genius. The quest for the perfect body is driven by fear and paranoia. Fussell goes deep into the belly of darkness and synthetic existence, escaping his real feelings, as he hungers to be a bodybuilding champion. His individual pathology is relevant to us all as he makes his desire to protect himself, from the inside and out, a universal plague. The misguided characters he meets in the gym are unforgettable grotesqueries. With biting language and humor, Fussell has written a book to make his literary parents proud.
Otiel
I read about "Muscle" many, many years ago in an article on Fitness, but had never found it for sale, and was pleased when it was released on Kindle. I read it over the course of a few hours, and it was a very involving story, but throughout I found myself wondering at how much of it was true, and how much had been exaggerated or simplified for storytelling effect. The characters he encounters in the book are caricatures, not portraits, and he readily admits that he changed names and details throughout.

I've never been a bodybuilder, and my own fitness levels have waxed and waned over the years, but I did go through a period where I got hooked on going to the gym and strove to lift heavier and heavier weights. My motivation, like most others, was the knowledge that I should be fitter than I was, but I did see the powerlifters and bodybuilders who strove for something beyond mere fitness, for reasons known only to them.

Fussell says that he turned to bodybuilding out of feelings of fear and vulnerability while walking the streets of New York. For reasons he explores in the book, but not quite getting to the real reason - SPOILER ALERT - he gave it up after he competed in his first bodybuilding events.

I don't want to get all Chicken Soup for the Soul or anything, but after an initial read, it seems to me that he did what he did not because of what he felt he lacked on the outside, but for a sense of manliness, for lack of a better of word, that he didn't feel on the inside. He embraced the "bodybuilder identity" and all of its outward hypermasculinity, but eventually realized its hollowness, and when the reality of competition didn't live up to his expectations, he dropped it completely. That's growth, I suppose, but the author's bio page now makes a point of him being a subsistence hunter in Montana, which seems to be another way of seeking to actualize and announce one's manhood. Why the need to call out "the author is now a subsistence hunter", rather than simply saying "the author lives in Montana", unless one is trying to make an impression?

At any rate, it is a good read, and an interesting read, but not the classic I was hoping for. Its reputation is a bit overstated.
post_name
Well told story of a man losing himself in bodybuilding. Perhaps a little light on insights into his motivations along the way. But for anyone who has ever fallen in love with weightlifting and bodybuilding, this book does justice to much of the allure. After all, it is the purity and simplicity of being lost in the pain and blinding effort of the reps that is the drug. The size is the outward proof that you belong in the tribe.

I would not say this is the best written book, nor is it overly pensive; but I could not put it down. And it gives some good insight into the single mindedness of the sport. Best of all was the perspective on the show and show prep.
Samutilar
This was an interesting read. If you're not familiar somewhat with the bodybuilding culture you probably won't like it. But you probably wouldn't be checking out the book if you're not. Sam is a good mix of bookish/athletic to write the story as well as he experienced it. There's no way to judge the truthfulness of some of the antics, but it doesn't take away from the quality of the book.

The friends he makes in his adventure are shown as two-dimensional, but some seem to have cared about him, adding to the story. You feel sorry for them, but at the same time they seem happier than a lot of people - at least they're doing something they enjoy part of the time.

It's a fast read, after a few chapters, the pace and feel are set. By that point you'll know if you're going to like it.
Ffan
You don't expect to enjoy this book. On my second reading through, it occurred to me that I hated the author throughout his journey for being weak and vain and approval-seeking - but it is that humanity that makes this worth reading.

There is also a plain, harsh coverage of the narcissism, training philosophy, and steroid use of modern bodybuilders. It is both illuminating and terrifying. Samuel does a good job covering how the worst bodybuilders in California are better than many of the best everywhere else at the same time that he reveals how emotionally stunted those aspiring to "go pro" tend to be.

Again, you don't expect to enjoy Muscle. It just grows on you.
Usanner
This, long out of print book, provides one of the best insights into the realities of bodybuilding, both the good and the bad. Its not wriiten by an athlete or trainer, but by a skinney Rhodes Scholar, who takes up the sport out of fear of his environment and then gets hooked into all of the negative aspects of the world he becomes addicted to. I've read many books on the subjuect, by all of the greats, but this author was not one of them, This book marks his transition as well as giving all of the information on the sport, including training, diet, and steroids. Sam Fussell writes in a manner as only a scholar can, and this book would be well marketed sold today. It needs to be released again to the public.
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