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67 of 68 people found the following review helpful
on March 9, 2007
I've been hesitant to purchase these types of books specifically for women, but did so once I saw the great reviews written here.

The great reviews here are well deserved. This is an AMAZING book. THis is the most thorough book I've seen on weight training. This book answered EVERY question that other books left unanswered. In addition, the workouts that are included in here are excellent. Not many books teach you how to alter your workout from day to day, from week to week, and from month to month. This one does.

An avid exerciser, I have been doing these workouts for a week. And, every day, I've been sore. I've felt muscles that I didn't realize I had. I used to weight train 3 days per week and do cardio three days per week. Now I've increased my weight training to six days per week and my cardio to six days per week, also. Each exercise is COMPLETELY explained in a way I've never seen before. If one follows the author's instruction, proper form is guaranteed.

Included are workouts for the absolute beginner, for the not-so-new beginner, for the advanced exerciser, and for those who don't have any body fat to lose, but want to gain muscle. For the advanced exerciser (which is what I'm doing), there are so many variations and routines that can follow you through 6 weeks. After that, you may want to cut your weight training back, or continue along those lines. I work out at home and am able to do these on my well-equipped home gym. Otherwise, I'd have to go to the gym. The basic workouts can be done at home with dumbbells and a bench.

This is my favorite book on this subject. As a matter of fact, I'm going to be taking a break from reading any other books on this subject for awhile. . . since everything I need to know at this time is included here. I may pick up the abs book, too, but that would be only because I'm so impressed with this book. As it is, I currently do the Slim in 6 abs routine six days per week rather than the recommended workout included here. For abs, it's just much easier for me to go along with a dvd.. . keeps the momentum up and the Slim in 6 abs routine is excellent.

Included also is a lot of diet information. It is also excellent, although I've kept to my own eating plan which I'm happy with.

I had the original and recently bought this when I found out the revised edition had come out. THe photos are a little better than in the original, and the layout better. I like the idea of the dvd, but I didn't really find it too helpful. They show the exercises, but it could have been more helpful for new exercisers. I don't think the dvd increases the value of this wonderful book, although I still love the book.

Lastly, the updated supplement section isn't that great. It's okay, but it's not wonderful and isn't that informative. It's written for beginners who may want to buy some supplements and can't decide what to buy and want someone to tell them what they should use. It's not enough information, and it seems a little subjective, rather than objective.

Still, the workouts are just excellent, and the information regarding each exercise is excellent, too. The only other book I've found that is better regarding exercising and working out is Arnold's Bodybuilding Encyclopedia which goes into great detail on each exercise, but doesn't include the type of workout routines I, or other buyers of THIS book need, so would not be for everyone.
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51 of 54 people found the following review helpful
on January 23, 2007
I have been working out for many years, but like too many women, I rarely lifted any weights. My workouts consisted of cardio and a few floor exercises. However, when I started learning about all the benefits of weight lifting, such as improved metabolism, better body shape, and added protection against osteoporosis (particularly important for us women) I knew I needed to get started!

When I first got the book, I read through all of the information and while the nutritional information was helpfull, I already had my own system that I follow. I felt like I was in decent enough shape that I decided to skip the two 'beginner's workouts' and got straight into the program. There are two workouts, each 6 weeks long. The first workout is for people who do not have access to gym equipment, and the second is for those who do. I don't have a gym membership so I've been doing the first workout. The workout adjusts every 2 weeks so that your body doesn't get used to it, and then once you've completed the 6th week you start over.

When I first started, I only used 5lb weights, which I was worried would be too light, but I was quite sore the next day. A feeling I've grown to appreciate. I have progressed to the point where I now use 15lb weights, and hope to continue adding weight as I get stronger. I have not gotten "bulky" as women often fear, instead my muscles have simply gotten more toned and defined, and I've noticed my body fat percentage lowering to the point where it's now 19%. I want to eventually reach 15%.

I was originally worried that I would need a lot of equipment that I don't have, but I haven't had a problem. I don't have a weight bench, so I use my couch. Where it instructs you to use a barbell, I just use free weights. Essentially all I use are free weights, and I haven't had a problem. The workout takes me about 30 minutes, 3 times a week. On days when I don't follow this program, I have been doing the Body Sculpting Bible for Abs workout. Also I do cardio after the workouts.

I think this is a great book and I highly recommend!
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25 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on July 23, 2007
Conflicting information on the same page. On the left column it states that the best time to work out is as soon as you wake up in the morning. But a box in the right column says to avoid weight training right after you wake up and that it may be dangerous to do so. Uh, aren't these workouts 50% weight training?

The nutrition information can best be described as "confusing." It seems to be in no particular order. There are 700-800 calorie protein shake recipes listed right after the guidelines outlining 4-5 small meals per day totaling 1200-1500 calories. One serving of soy per day is recommended for women, but no soy products are mentioned on the food choice lists. Diets for fat loss and muscle gain are provided, but absolutely NO information about maintenance. Worst of all, the authors seem to encourage us to eliminate all fruit from our diets unless we "can't live without them."

The previous edition was much more clearly written. The DVD would be good for someone who has never seen proper form demonstrated. All in all, save your $$$. If you have the previous edition, you will get more from other books and magazines. Definitely look elsewhere for nutrition advice.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on August 8, 2008
This workout is worth trying. I committed myself to doing the exercises for three months. It has now been four months and I have lost 36 pounds. I don't follow the eating plan they have, but I do think some aspects of it are good. My husband has followed the man's version, and is now 50 pounds lighter and is showing some serious definition in his chest. I did not get bulky, and I have nice definition on my legs and arms. OH, and it KILLED the upper arm wiggle!! Think of this book as an investment in your future; it will pay off.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on May 13, 2007
This book covers it all. It is not only a book filled with exercises and workout routines, it gives you an understanding of exacly what happens when you work out and begin to shape your body. There is also a section on nutrition and the interaction of different foods with your body. There are different workouts routines depending on where you want to be and if you are a beginner or someone who has been exercising regularly.

I just wanted to scult and tone, so I followed that one. The exercises are easy to understand and explained in detail. The DVD also goes over proper technique.

I highly recommend this book for any woman who wishes to get her body in shape.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on April 29, 2008
I too was disappointed with the nutrition section. It would have been nice for the authors to give us some already laid out meal plans, as I found it very confusing and frustrating to create my own. Also, the 2 sample meal plans given have foods on them that conflict with the advice he gives about limiting your simple carbohydrates (skim milk specifically). However, their training section is good and well explained. It just scares me a little how many typos,careless mistakes, and bits of contradicting information were missed in the editing of this book. Good luck staying motivated with your diet after you read and attempt to follow the nutrition section.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 21, 2007
I've always had a very high metabolism and always been able to eat what I want and never worry about gaining weight. That is, until I hit 25. I never knew how to exercise because I never felt like I needed to before. The original version of this book popped out at me at the bookstore one day and I bought it hoping maybe to get some insight. Wow. I am very pleased with the results I have gotten by following this program. I have since given that book to my mom and bought the revised edition and am still tickled. If you want to work out but don't know where to even begin, this book is definitely for you.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on November 18, 2007
**This is a review of the training portion of the book only. I have a tough time sticking to nutrition plans, and just try to eat smaller portions of reasonably healthy food.**

I was a dedicated to Bill Phillips' Body for Life workouts, and saw a lot of great results from the training. However, I was bored to tears with the same old workouts, and had hit a serious plateau in appearance and performance. I love this program because the workouts are varied, there are so many workouts, AND you can personalize each workout by choosing from numerous exercises for each muscle group. I love knowing that I'll be doing a different routine with every session, and I have noticed a significant difference in my lower body, triceps and abs. The photos and descriptions for each exercise are thorough and make it easy for beginners and experienced weight trainers. Great book to get you out of your workout rut.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 16, 2011
If you are anything like me, you walk into a gym look at all the weight lifting equipment and are immediately overcome and leave shortly there after. This book takes all of that and simplfies it. Every move, every rep is detailed. How many reps you do, what day to do it on, how to add in cardio and how long in between each of the reps. I used it in combination with the abs & the buns and thighs books. And its wonderful. Combining the three of them takes it a step farther and definitely gets you the results you want. No fads, no wonder diets, just straight common sense along with a detailed exercise plan.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on June 21, 2007
If you're new to weight training this is a good book to start. This book includes nutrtion information, and of course, excercises. There are a lot of excercises on machines, which is nice, but I would have been more impressed if there were more things using free-weights or incorporating bosus or balance balls.
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