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Sculpt Your Body with Balls and Bands: Shed Pounds and Get Firm in 12 Minutes a Day (With Your 3-Week Plan for Fast, Easy Weight Loss) Paperback – Bargain Price, July 28, 2004

ISBN-13: 860-1401013891 ISBN-10: 1579549926 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books; 1 edition (July 28, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579549926
  • ASIN: B000E1KPTG
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 0.7 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,446,583 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Denise Austin, in addition to her enormously popular fitness programs on Lifetime TV, offers regular fitness advice to readers of America's #1 health magazine, Prevention, in her column Shape Up with Denise Austin. She lives in Alexandria, Virginia.

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A native of San Pedro, California, Denise started gymnastics at the age of 12 and earned an athletic scholarship to the University of Arizona, graduating in 1979 with an exercise physiology degree. She began her career teaching aerobic exercise classes in the Los Angeles area and went on to cohost the The Jack LaLanne Show, in 1981. (Denise considers Jack LaLanne one of her role models, and she is delighted to still speak regularly with the 94-year-old fitness legend.)

During more than 25 years promoting health and fitness, Denise has created 82 workout videos or DVDs. Her enormous number of sales led to her 2003 induction into the Video Hall of Fame.

Denise has been married for 25 years to Jeff Austin, a sports attorney and brother of tennis champ Tracy Austin. They share a home with their two teenage daughters, Kelly and Katie.

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Its fun and easy.
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It is a great time- and money-saver and I fully recommend it to anyone!
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And even better are the routines!
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128 of 128 people found the following review helpful By DNP on August 5, 2004
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I've had this book for a little over a week now. I have read it from cover to cover and am one week into the three-week plan. Here's what I think are the best things about this book.

As usual, Denise's can-do attitude permeates the text. She is upbeat and encouraging in her writing.

This is a book written for busy people. Denise recognizes that many people have a legitimate struggle to fit an hour of exercise into most days and she offers here a pragmatic alternative to that.

Toning exercises with the stability ball & resistance band take up twelve minutes a day, six days a week.

Denise offers five cardio options, from twelve minutes three to four times a week to sixty minutes three to four times a week. Which one you pick is dependent on your goals. (Sixty minutes is for serious athletes who can invest that amount of time; twelve minutes is for people who want to see results from a minimum investment of time.)

I've found what's working for me is to do the twelve minutes of toning in the morning before anyone else gets up and then we take a walk in the evening after supper as a family.

As far as the toning exercises, they're great! I've worked with a stability ball before, but I've never worked with the ball & resistance band together. You can really feel your entire body working. Of course, it's too early for me to SEE results, but I do already feel like I'm walking and sitting "taller" and it's only been a week.

One tip: The exercises in the three-week program are different every day, so you're not going to be learning a routine and then repeating it. Therefore, in order for my actual toning session to last twelve minutes, I read the exercise instructions for the next morning at night before I go to bed.
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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Lucy the Bargain Hunter on January 18, 2005
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This is a lot of book for the money. You get all the usual introductory information about equipment, exercises, and anatomy. Then there are separate sections for core exercises, upper body, lower body, stretching, pilates, and yoga - I felt like I was getting about 3 books in one right there. Then she goes into a do-it-yourself program that included menus for each day, words of encouragement and before-and-after photos of many women and even one man. Some exercise books that I have bought advertise that they only use certain equipment then after you buy the book you find out you need many other things. Not so with this book. Ball and band is all you need. And the exercises are really great. I highly recommend this book.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Theresa Reed on October 25, 2005
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I'll have to hand it to Denise Austin - this is one ambitious gal. She has written workout books with every possible slant - weights, yoga, pilates, and now a book clearly demonstrating how you can get in shape with balls and bands. This is a good cheap alternative for those of us who can't afford to go to a gym (or for those of us who don't have time!). All the equipment can be purchased cheaply - making this the most reasonable workout imaginable!

Did I mention that it is an intense workout? Who ever thought that you could do so many things and work so many body parts with this simple equipment?

The pictures in the book are remarkably clear. The directions are succint and to the point. And even better are the routines! There are three weeks of programs laid out for you along with eating suggestions and motivational stories from Denise and her fans. This is a book that can inspire and it does work! Good job again!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Eric O. Odera on March 31, 2006
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I just bought the book, and I was really surprised by the many different ways one could utilize the ball and band.I have clients who only have an hour to get into the gym, change, workout and change back into their work clothes.I find these workouts convenient, because we get to focus on the training instead of looking for different weights and equipment-especially around lunchtime!

I found the pictures and other illustrations to be beneficial, because form is really important.This is my first Austin book, and i'm impressed.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By chrisiti taylor on January 30, 2005
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I really like this book. It took me a while to get into it but now I find it really helpful. I leave my ball and band in a convenient spot and usually manage to complete an upper body or lower body or abs workout each day. The workouts are a bit harder than with hand weights which is good. Would recommend it to anyone who is a bit time poor and wants to do something a bit different to tone up. This book is truly a gift to share with others. [...]
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Impressed in Atlanta on July 9, 2009
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I am 48 years old and don't like aerobic exercise, but I really wanted to tone up. I already had an exercise ball at home which I occasionally used to stretch on, but not to exercise. I heard that resistance bands were the way to go for toning (esp. in someone my age). I purchased a set for $10 at Wal-Mart. I read Denise's book cover to cover and then started the plan. I followed the meal plan strictly the first week, then substituted a little the following weeks. If I missed a day of exercise I just "shifted" it to the next day so I wasn't always on the same day of the week that the book was, but I never got out of sequence on the exercises. I walk 2-3 days a week for my cardio. I have now finished 4 weeks and have had amazing results. I've lost around 5 lbs. and seen my stomach, waist, hips, legs, arms, chin, virtually everything shrink in size! The stomach results are the most impressive as nothing I've done in the past has ever toned my abs (which after abdominal surgery, 2 kids and a tubal ligation were pretty pitiful), particularly my lower abs which this has done. I'm hooked for life!!! Thanks Denise!
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