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Fit and Female: The Perfect Fitness and Nutrition Game Plan for Your Unique Body Type Paperback – August 1, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0471739036 ISBN-10: 0471739030 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (August 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471739030
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471739036
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 7.4 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #922,689 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Coopersmith, resident fitness instructor on the Fine Living Channel's Simplify Your Life, has devised a fitness and nutrition plan to accommodate the needs of women of all shapes and sizes. Observing that "fitness is not one size fits all," Coopersmith divides her approach to address six basic body shapes: the endo-pear, endo-apple, meso-pear, meso-apple, ecto-pear and ecto-apple. Each shape, she claims, requires a customized workout and eating plan, though all incorporate components of a cardio workout, muscular fitness segment and flexibility training. For instance, the already slim ecto pear focuses on shaping muscles while maintaining weight and should not overdo aerobic exercise, while the bulkier meso-apple needs to zero in on cardio work to trim the waist and abs. Illustrated exercises are provided for each body type. Noting that "fitness must fit into a busy woman's life," Coopersmith modifies each sequence, offering a "bare minimum," "ideal" and "gung-ho" work out. While Coopersmith's methods are individualized, her message to all women is to give up their notion of a "Barbie body," work with what they have, steer clear of fad diets and eat healthfully. Perky and friendly, Coopersmith offers an accessible plan and outlook that many women will warm up to. (Aug.)
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* Coopersmith, resident fitness instructor on the Fine Living Channel's Simplify Your Life, has devised a fitness and nutrition plan to accommodate the needs of women of all shapes and sizes. Observing that ""fitness is not one size fits all,"" Coopersmith divides her approach to address six basic body shapes: the endo-pear, endo-apple, meso-pear, meso-apple, ecto-pear and ecto-apple. Each shape, she claims, requires a customized workout and eating plan, though all incorporate components of a cardio workout, muscular fitness segment and flexibility training. For instance, the already slim ecto pear focuses on shaping muscles while maintaining weight and should not overdo aerobic exercise, while the bulkier meso-apple needs to zero in on cardio work to trim the waist and abs. Illustrated exercises are provided for each body type. Noting that ""fitness must fit into a busy woman's life,"" Coopersmith modifies each sequence, offering a ""bare minimum,"" ""ideal"" and ""gung-ho"" work out. While Coopersmith's methods are individualized, her message to all women is to give up their notion of a ""Barbie body,"" work with what they have, steer clear of fad diets and eat healthfully. Perky and friendly, Coopersmith offers an accessible plan and outlook that many women will warm up to. (Aug.) (Publishers Weekly, May 22, 2006)

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To conclude, I highly recommend this book.
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Although it does contain all of these things, the book outlines specific diets and excersise plans for each of the six body types.
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This book does an excellent job of explaining how it's the little things that can go a long way toward living a healthy life.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Sunita on August 13, 2006
Format: Paperback
If you are looking for a book that will tell you what to eat and how to exercise in order to get a super-muscular body, or a super-thin model-type body, then look elsewhere. This is not a book about diet and exercise, but about learning to accept and take care of your body, no matter the shape and size. That said, there are exercises designed for each body type, as well as nutrition and eating advice.

Now we have all heard the message that we should love our body, no matter what, and certainly there are lots of books out there with the same message. So what makes Geralyn's book different from all the rest? It's because she's lived through the same struggles as the average woman. When a genetically-blessed woman tells you that you should accept your body, you probably think "Yeah, it's easy for her to say because she has the perfect body." And consequently, we never really listen to the message and reflect on what it means. However, coming from Geralyn, the message hits home because she has suffered the same weight issues as many of us. I was able to relate to Geralyn's message, because her struggles really mimicked my own. I've struggled to accept myself almost my entire life, and despite being an avid runner and very healthy, I still have a hard time with self-acceptance. Knowing that Geralyn was able to overcome her issues and find self-love and self-acceptance is a real inspiration. I think if someone had told me these things many years ago, it would have saved me a lot of suffering.

You may think that the motivational part of the book is too long, but I think Geralyn is on to something.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D C on January 18, 2009
Format: Paperback
I think if you're someone who is trying to lose weight or get healthy and fit, it's essential to do your research. We can count fat grams or carbs all we like, but that's not the entire story. This is an easy to read book that gives you insight into your individual body type, and how best to work with what God gave you for weight-loss success. The only thing that I don't like is that you will have to go elsewhere for really good, results-oriented exercise plans, but this gives a good start.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Make it Funny on May 17, 2007
Format: Paperback
What I like:

The author helps you figure out which of the 6 body types you are via a Quiz. It's a combo of being either an Apple or Pear, and being one of (Meso, Endo, or Ecto). I was amazed when I read the description of my body type and how 'true' her description rang.

She then recommends a regiment of Cardio and Weight exercises (with pictures for each exercise) for your body type. there's a range of 'how often' and 'how hard' you work out based on your own fitness level, time, etc...

Then the books goes into the diet portion, explaining very Factually and realistically what you need to do to lose weight, what to eat (food groups wise) for each body type.

I like that this is very concise and tailored to your body type, so it's fast and easy to digest!! Leaving you more time to actually workout!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By dancer on August 17, 2006
Format: Paperback
I read through the introduction of her book so fast that my eyes couldn't keep up with me. I couldn't wait for the next line to know more about this real life story laced with struggles and successes alike.

Her understanding yet no nonsense approach takes all the guess work out of confusing exercise facts and myths. She walks you through topics like body image, genetics and all the stuff in between that "the never taught us in school".

There is a neat little quiz that helps you define your body type. Then, workouts and nutritional plans for each specific type i.e. Ecto-Apple or Meso-Pear.

Jam Packed with motivation and inspiration; it's a real sense of "touch down". A relief from the crazy world wind of unhealthy fad diets, magic pills and empty promises that bombard us every day.

I have already benefited from the many little tips she offers that can be implemented into daily life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Champagne Carey on July 17, 2011
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Six months ago, I picked up us this book and finished it one day. It was exactly what I needed to read to help me with where I was in my life back in January: STUCK (with my weight struggles). I never had to worry about my weight until I hit my 30's; however, after giving birth to two little girls and my metabolism slowing down on me, my reality hit hard with an excess of 20 lbs that I didn't know how to handle. Today, I'm 15 lbs lighter with a health body fat percentage, and I happily write this review to give credit to where credit is due. I love this book. It totally speaks to me, and I highly recommend it to ALL women. I read it through once and then had to go back and highlight all the good stuff (so my friends won't miss it as they pass the book along). Fit and Female is a fun and easy read that changed my point of view and my thoughts about the results I was expecting see in my body. Thank you, Geralyn Coopersmith, for writing a book with a women in mind. Thank you for sharing your inspirational story with me and debunking the crazy myths of unhealthy fad diets and empty promises that bombard us every day. But most importantly, thank you for the mental clarity I now have about my self image ~ I embrace my Meso-Pear shape (big muscular legs and all)!
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