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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Villard; 1 edition (January 15, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375758550
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375758553
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #238,961 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Whether you want toned arms for your sleeveless gown or flat abs for your honeymoon bikini, certified trainer Sue Fleming can help you get in better shape for your wedding, even if you have only six months. This slim (106-page) book presents a six-month strength-training daily workout guide with cardio recommendations and a "crash program" if there’s only 12 weeks before the wedding. The strength-training exercises are basic, beginning workouts using dumbbells, stability ball, step, and ankle weights, all clearly explained and illustrated.

The cardio recommendations are very general--for instance, 75 minutes per week for weeks five and six, doing one or two activities that raise your heart rate for most of your workout, which should last at least 25 minutes. Sadly, Fleming runs through just a few ways (walking, running, and biking) to get aerobic exercise, but doesn't explore the huge array of cardio options or give much detail on this essential fitness component. Recommended for beginning exercisers who are committed to following a regular program and need specific strength-training exercises. --Joan Price

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From dumbbells to wedding bells . . .

Whether you have six months or just six weeks until your wedding day, Buff Brides is an invaluable must-have for every bride-to-be.

Buff Brides is a comprehensive, fully illustrated fitness book by a New York City personal trainer who has helped hundreds of brides get into shape over the past decade. Providing clear, concise instructions and photographs for each exercise, Sue Fleming knows what brides want the most. From toned triceps for sleeveless dresses to flat abs for the honeymoon bikini, Buff Brides provides results.

Why Buff Brides? Well, are you

? Running out of time? Buff Brides features a 12-week crash course as well as the 24-week
optimal program that works for any body type!

?Short on space? No need to panic?all of these exercises can be done right in your own
home, with minimal equipment.

?Stressing out? Helpful stress-relieving stretches will calm your pre-wedding jitters!

?Having sleeveless-dress anxiety? Easy-to-follow exercises will show you how to tone
your arms and make your back look fabulous!

?Concerned about a specific target area? From thighs to abs to triceps, Buff Brides has
the exercise for every bride-to-be?s problem area!

?About to settle for the first dress you see? Buff Brides offers helpful hints for choosing
a wedding dress that best suits your body type.


Incorporating fitness tips, motivational secrets, and wedding-planning reminders, Buff Brides will help you look great and make it to the altar on time.

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Customer Reviews

Very easy to follow and well organized.
S. Irving
It was my dream dress though, and thanks to this book I was able to look the way I should have looked in it.
"springbride03"
If you follow the program, you will definitely get the results you want to look good in your wedding gown.
M. Flaherty

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

57 of 59 people found the following review helpful By njbookworm on May 24, 2002
Format: Paperback
I've been doing the "Buff Brides" workout for 1.5 weeks now and already feel more energetic and, well, buff. Yesterday, my pants kept slipping down!
The book, complete with large, black and white pictures, is arranged by exercise group (e.g. butt, arms, back, abs), allowing you to pick and choose which area(s) you would like to focus on. Detailed instructions are listed for each exercise.
What I like is that this book encourages a healthy lifestyle by promoting moderation. The author discourages straining muscles or going on a starvation diet.
The book assumes that you have both little time and little space to work out. As such, most of the strength training exercises can be completed in approximately 1/2 hour in a very small space.
Frankly, I would rather eat a bag of broken glass than exercise. However, this workout is high-impact enough to get results, but easy enough to keep my interest.
My only criticism has to do with the construction of the book. The book is very tightly bound. As such, it's difficult to hold the book open *&* concentrate on your form, especially when you're learning new excercises. Ring binding is a must for the next edition!
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By S. Lamparello on March 24, 2004
Format: Paperback
I purchased this book a few years ago when I was working part time in a bookstore. At the time I was in a relationship and thought I might be a bride someday soon, and I wanted a workout that would give me tone (I don't need to lose a lot of weight, just firm and strengthen those muscles that give us trouble once we hit 25...) and help me feel more energized. Well, the relationship broke up and I put the book on the shelf and forgot about it.
Until a few weeks ago, when I was visiting a friend and we watched an episode of the "Buff Brides" show on TV. After watching the trainers instruct the brides-to-be, and seeing the great results, I remembered I had this book at home. Even though I am nowhere near being a bride, getting in better shape is never a bad thing, right?! So as soon as I returned home I dug the book out and started looking at the exercises. I realized I already had almost everything I would need to get started on the program...I had 3 lb and 5 lb weights, and a sturdy coffee table and chair to use in place of the aerobic stepper they show in the book...and after a quick trip to Target for a very inexpensive exercise ball I was all set. (I even got a great workout using the hand pump to inflate the exercise ball!!!)
I've only been doing this workout for 1 week now but I absolutely LOVE it!! I can already feel my arms and legs getting stronger and more toned. I commute to work and have about 30 minutes of walking time from the Metro to my office...so I have started wearing my sneakers and making that walk part of my workout plan too. My HUGE problem area is my tummy, so I expect it will take a little longer to see results there.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By "springbride03" on July 9, 2003
Format: Paperback
This book is great! I hate working out and am the type of person who avoids it at all costs. This book gave me no excuses. The program does not require a lot of space, nor does it require a large investment in time or pricey equipment to do these exercises. I could do the workout at my convenience in the privacy of my own home. Now who can find excuses with flexibility like that? The exercises were explained well and the book was very easy to follow. The workout switches up from week to week so it doesn't get boring. I LOVED the results I achieved, and the fact it didn't take forever to start noticing the improvement (another key element to keeping me motivated).
I received so many compliments from friends who said things like "I wish I had the arms to be able to wear a dress like that" and "You are so lucky to have a nice back so you can wear that style". Believe me, I looked like an over-stuffed sausage in that dress when I first tried it on. We all know how slimming white is anyway. It was my dream dress though, and thanks to this book I was able to look the way I should have looked in it. I can't say enough good things about the Buff Brides workout. My husband is quite happy with the results too. ;)
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By "rochelle24" on February 5, 2002
Format: Paperback
As a bride to be I recently purchased a copy of Buff Brides. Living in an apartment and saving every dollar for my wedding I don't have the room, nor the funds, for bulky gym equipment.
After only 2 weeks of following Buff Bride's workout program I can already feel the results. The exercises require very liitle equipment and are less time consuming than picking out bridesmaid dresses. Planning for a June wedding has left me with little time to think of myself and how I will look in my strapless wedding dress. However, the exercises in Buff Brides are illustrated, to the point, and results driven. In June, I know I will have the confidence to wear my strapless gown and I'm incredibly thankful to Buff Brides for helping me look my best.
I certainly recommend Buff Brides for every bride, whether you need the confidence to look great in your gown or you are just looking to tone up, you will find it in Buff Brides.
Thanks.
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