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Arnold's Bodyshaping for Women Paperback – March 15, 1983


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Fireside (March 15, 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671424793
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671424794
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.4 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,481,653 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 31, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I came across this book at a used book store and love it. It is one of the best pure women bodybuilding books for females available.
And who is more qualified than the greatest bodybuilder of all time?
I understand that Arnold used to run a gym in Germany back in the 60's and he was one of the first to promote bodybuilding for women to develop a shapely figure.
Some people think you will build big bulgy muscles like a man, as Arnold explains, that is not possible since women have different hormones than men and are not likely to train with the intensity of a male competitive bodybuilder; 6-7 days a week, twice a day plus three to four days of running 3 miles per day and a spartan diet.
For me, I found Arnold was right. I developed a more shapely figure. Better tone and looked more feminine.
Arnold has another winner her. I think other women avoid it because they don't understand it.
I also recommend Arnold's Encyclopedia of Bodybuilding to help break plateaus and get more exercise variations.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By chris visconti on July 8, 2002
Format: Paperback
My wife has several workout books but as she states, "not one matches Arnold's". This book not only covers subjects like what to eat, it also goes into great detail on what workouts work what muscles. Great book!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Christopher A. Andre on June 10, 2002
Format: Paperback
If you keep your perspective in check, this is an excellent resource. Good, basic advice. I was struggling training my girlfriend (I am advanced, she a beginner), and this book made it much easier to convince her that I wasn't crazy with my training advice. It is a simple and clear book, pretty basic, but I am a big believer that 90% of the results come from the basic stuff, and the last 10% is for when you hit sticking points, or reach an advanced level. But the book is getting on in age these days; still, don't let that disuade you if you can pick up a copy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andi on November 25, 2008
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If you can get your hands on this book its great on so many different levels. First it is an older book some of the references are out of date, which makes it comical to read, but the techniques and general concepts are tried and true. It's good for "housewives" that plan on exercising at home, many of the workouts include household objects that are in most homes. I would definitely get a second book, but this is a good start and an amusing but good read.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By R. Padilla on January 17, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I love Arnold and what he has accomplished so it suprised me to suggest that women should start out using 3 lb weights. Sorry, you won't get results like that. This book my be good for seniors or those with limited physical ability.
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By Alan Ash on July 7, 2014
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Bought it mostly for historical value- I like collecting old fitness books and such. There is some good stuff in there [Arnold knows what works!], but also has a lot of outdated material- which should go without saying, as this was printed a long time ago.
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