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Sculpting Her Body Perfect - 3rd Edition Paperback – October 12, 2007
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This book is a fine addition to your training library, whether you want a progressive program or simply an assortment of exercises to choose from. It's recommended for serious exercisers who want a varied strength program. --Joan Price --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
"Brad has provided a valuable and accurate system of fitness training, outlining techniques that are essential to sculpt a lean body. The compound movements and supersets are terrific for conditioning, endurance, and flexibility." -- Lori Ann Lloyd, Extreme Fitness Champion
"Brad has written the ultimate book on women's bodysculpting. It is a must-read for any woman who wants to change her physique for the better." -- Debbie Kruck, Ms. Fitness USA
"Wow! Seldom have I read such a comprehensive and well-researched source on women's fitness. Not only does the reader receive an excellent selection of optimum exercises for each body part, but the kinesiology and logic behind the selections is outstanding." -- Lovenia Tuley, IFBB Fitness Pro --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Sculpting starts by outlining why women's body sculpting is more challenging than men's body sculpting, and provides reasons why women should do weight training. He then moves to his body sculpting program, which he claims will provide tone but not bulk to women's bodies. There are three phases, and in each phase you weight train 3x per week, with cardio 3-5x/week. What changes is how the weight training is structured.
Phase one is a body conditioning phase, and includes three full body days. Each day includes one exercise per body part, changing the exercise for each day. (E.g., for day 1 quads you might do squats, day 2 lunges, and day 3 leg press.) For each exercise you do 3 sets of 15 reps, at 75% maximum weight. Each body part is worked 3x per week. This stage is to build muscle -- he stresses that you can't shape muscle unless you first have muscle. He recommends staying with this phase for 3-6 months, and says you will reach 50% of your potential with this phase.
Phase two is the toning and shaping phase, and lasts at least 6 months. Here the body is split into two: e.g., day 1 - chest, back, shoulders and calves; and day 2- biceps, triceps, quads, hamstrings and abs. You still do weights three days a week, but alternate day 1 and day 2. Each body part is worked 3 x every two weeks. You use two exercises per body part in a superset, still doing 3 sets of 15 reps for each exercise. The intensity of the weights is increased in this phase.Read more ›
Overall, the book is very well written and easy to understand. It's a great reference that I'll use time and again.
The book does have some flaws. The author stresses at the beginning of the book that it is important to know what muscles you are working so that you can focus on them while exercising. But when he illustrates each exercise, he does not tell you which specific muscles you are working. Most other books will list the latin names of the muscles you are working, and some even illustrate the specific muscles, which is quite useful. He suggests a limited number of exercises for each category. Some of the exercises he mentions you can't find in the book (such as "spider curls"). When you look at the illustrated exercises, he does not tell you what category it is working. You have to keep referring back to an earlier page to figure that out. There are so many more exercises you could do for each of the categories but he does not mention them. It would have been nice if he had a chart of exercises that you could do without having to illustrate all of them.Read more ›
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Outstanding exercise book. I have had my own copy for years, but gave this copy to a friend who wanted to get started on an exercise program. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Linda Hardy
This book was just bad. I was looking for a book with some exercised to compliment my workout routine. Read morePublished 8 months ago by maurine
Timeless book, reading and implementing again, 15 years after I first purchased it.Published 12 months ago by Rusty
I love this book! It's a great tool for not only creating your own efficient strength training program, but is a great reference for a multitude of exercises. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Luna
Shipped as stated, packed well, and most of all great price.Published 15 months ago by Antonio Ortiz Jr.
This book is great for me as a beginner. It not only helped me understand the aspects of working out such as reps and exercises, it also gave me a plan of action, a sense of... Read morePublished 16 months ago by leahs
I really wish people who put out exercise books could explain what the exercises are meant to do, not only how to execute them. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Clara M. Young