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Look Great Naked: Slim Down, Shape Up and Tone Your Trouble Zones in 15 Minutes a Day Hardcover – May, 2001

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Women learn to choose clothes that mask their flaws--few are comfortable with the way their bodies look nude. Look Great Naked is an exercise and diet program emphasizing muscle toning for getting rid of those flaws. Fitness trainer Brad Schoenfeld, author of Sculpting Her Body Perfect, focuses on the "trouble zones"--abdominals, buttocks, and thighs. He recommends high reps (15-20) for definition without increasing muscle size. Although he admits there is no such thing as spot reducing--you can't trim fat from one area of the body--his targeted exercises define and tone those problem areas.

Schoenfeld recommends working each trouble spot for 15 minutes a day. The exercises are clearly explained and illustrated. Many exercises use health-club equipment, but you can work out at home with dumbbells, ankle weights, elastic strength bands, and an adjustable bench. Schoenfeld's nutritional program is higher in protein and lower in carbohydrates than most medical and dietary associations recommend. He includes 45 recipes, some from fitness models. This book lacks upper-body exercises, so it isn't a complete body sculpting program. But if you're looking for a variety of exercises for abs, buns, and thighs, you'll find them here. --Joan Price --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Author

“How can I tone up my thighs…?”

“What can I do to get six-pack abs…?”

“What’s the best exercise to lift my butt…?”

Having trained and lectured thousands of women over the past decade, I’ve heard these questions more times than I can remember. Without a doubt, the abs, butt and thighs are the female triad: the problem areas that always seem so hard to get into shape.

I wrote this book to provide a solution to this dilemma, ensuring results in the most effective and efficient manner possible. But I want to stress that this is not a quick fix program. Rather, by using a combination of diet and exercise, the book takes a systematic approach to helping you trim down and tone up your trouble zones. No hype. No gimmicks. Just cutting-edge information based on my proven system of training.

I guarantee that, with the proper dedication and effort, you really can transform your body and look great naked. If you have the will, this book will show you the way. I look forward to hearing of your success.

Stay Fit!



Product Details

  • Hardcover: 174 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall (May 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0130322954
  • ISBN-13: 978-0130322951
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,109,160 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I'm best known as a fitness author, educator, speaker, trainer. Fitness is my passion, and I've devoted the better part of my life to helping people get into shape. I consider myself lucky that I actually make a living at what I enjoy most. I am committed to helping people achieve their fitness goals and welcome the chance to interact with readers on You can check out my books, THE MAX MUSCLE PLAN, SCULPTING HER BODY PERFECT, WOMEN'S HOME WORKOUT BIBLE and 28-DAY BODY SHAPEOVER, here on For my complete bio and lots of cool fitness info, visit my blog (www.workout911) and website (

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171 of 174 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 21, 2001
Format: Paperback
I was very disappointed with this book. I first read his other book, "Sculpting Her Body Perfect", which is a excellent and realistic approach to women's weight training. Because of that book, and because of the additional information on his website, I was really looking forward to reading "Look Great Naked." Weight training for "problem areas" plus diet - sounds perfect, right? Unfortunately, I really felt the book was well below the standard set by "Sculpting." It almost seemed like it was written very quickly with a marketable title and fitness magazine-type promises ("only 15 minutes a day!") to get it out in stores as soon as possible and make a quick profit.
Here is what I did not like (besides the almost embarrassing title):
(1) it does not lay out an exact program to follow. I think it is fair to say that when one buys a book titled "Look Great Naked," she is looking for something quick, easy to follow and effective. The book is just not set up in that way. Should you train 3 times per week or less? All muscle groups on the same day or spread them out? 15 reps or 10 reps? While the book provides some general principles (e.g. "a minimum of 48 to 72 hours is necessary for adequate recovery"), one has to look hard for them, and make a lot of choices. If you want everything laid out nice and neat for you, like in Joyce Vedral's books, you are out of luck.
(2) the diet section was pretty basic - really broad principles, but as with the weight section, he does not put it together into a program. A much better book is "Nancy Clark's Sports Nutrition."
(3) one-third of the book is taken up with recipes.
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90 of 94 people found the following review helpful By Tina on January 3, 2001
Format: Paperback
I'll admit, I bought the book because I was intrigued by the title. But boy was I glad I did! Make no mistake, this is a serious fitness book with a lot of substance. It's NOT for those who just want to take it easy in their workout.
The first few chapters are very inspirational. It begins with some interesting info on why women store fat more easily than men, why quick fix programs don't work, and what it really takes to get your body into shape. The author doesn't pull any punches and says flat out that you have to put in the effort, but he does it in a way that really makes you want to start working out. It then describes in detail the specific exercise program for working each of the three women's trouble zones (abs, butt and thighs). The organization here is excellent. It's very thorough and covers everything from sets to reps and everything in between (and yes, the workout does only take about 15 minutes!). It even describes the exact equipment needed to do the workout at home (you can do the routine either in the gym or at home). But what's really cool is that the routine is designed in a way that makes it simple to create perfect workouts every time you train--even if you don't have any background in exercise. I've never seen anything like this before (and I've read a lot of fitness books) and it's a real help.
The last part of the book deals with nutrition. I was extremely impressed with the straightforward approach taken. There is an indepth discussion of carbs, protein and fat, with specific recommendations for apportioning each in the right amount as well as a formula for figuring out how many calories to take in. But it doesn't get overly technical with diet and it's again laid out in a very easy to understand way.
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59 of 60 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 3, 2001
Format: Paperback
I would have enjoyed this book a lot more if it would have given equal time to the upper body. There was no mention of arms or back in this entire book. I borrowed his first book, and he did mention those body parts in it. I would have been more pleased with his first book -- which I plan to buy. By not mentioning arms and back in his second book "Look Great Naked", the author contradicted himself by his comments in his first book of making sure all muscle groups are worked equally to prevent a misshaped and unballanced look. I'm looking forward to owning his first book so I can incorporate my upper body into my workouts. All in all, the content and information in "Look Great Naked" is very valuable. His books are definitaly geared for people who have access to a Gym -- so if you don't, skim the book first before buying to make sure you're happy with it. I learned some new exercises with some of the machines that can target my muscles in a different way. I'm looking forward to trying some of his suggested moves.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Jeanine on April 24, 2001
Format: Paperback
Mr. Schoenfeld has written an excellent book that is totally results-oriented. My entire body has changed since starting this program several months ago. No matter what anyone else says, the way you look influences how you feel. My clothes now fit great and I feel much better about myself and my body.
Also, some of the reviewers who say you need a gym are off base. Maybe they are commenting without reading the book. There are substitute home-based exercises for all the machine exercises that are fully demonstrated. I do this routine at home three days a week just using dumbbells and strength bands. It works fantastic.
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