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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Avery Trade (December 26, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1583333398
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583333396
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (377 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,500 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Lou Schuler has finally written a training book for me, and for all women. His expert advice, no-nonsense plans, and sense of humor are reassuring, motivating, and entertaining. I’m starting the program tomorrow!”
– Susan Kleiner, Ph.D., author of Power Eating and The Good Mood Diet

“The workouts in this book are unique, challenging, and extremely effective…be prepared to get into the best shape of your life!”
—Valerie Waters, celebrity trainer

About the Author

Lou Schuler is a National Magazine Award–winning journalist, a certified strength and conditioning specialist, and the author of many top-selling fitness books. He lives in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
Alwyn Cosgrove is a veteran trainer and strength coach. He co-owns Results Fitness in Newhall, California.
Cassandra Forsythe, Ph.D, R.D., is a women’s fitness expert who has been featured in major magazines like Women’s Health and Oxygen. She currently resides in Connecticut, where she runs her own group fitness facility.

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I found the book easy to read and the workouts easy to follow.
Katie Koch
I highly recommend this book for those women who like structure and want to take their fitness to a new level.
Gerri G.
I had been working out in the gym without really seeing any results and getting frustrated.
Nancy Watson

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613 of 620 people found the following review helpful By swimmer45 on January 3, 2008
Format: Hardcover
"Lift like a man, look like a Goddess" says the book. But is it true? I believe it is, and this book is right on the money. It is cleanly divided into three parts.

The first part discusses the similarities between men's and women's bodies as it pertains to weight lifting- and why they should train the same. I agree with the book on this point entirely. While women's muscles won't get as big as a man's from lifting weights, the stimulus to make a woman's muscle bigger and stronger is identical to that of a man's- overload the muscle with progressively heavier weights.

Part two, "You aren't what you don't eat", is the eating/diet section of the book. A lot of wisdom is also packed in here as the book gives the reader a lot of basic nutrition info, such as calorie needs, protein intake, etc. The reader is also introduced to the four "Ironclad Rules" which include: you must eat breakfast, you must eat a total of 5 meals and snacks a day, you must have a post-workout recovery shake on the days you lift, and you must have more calories on workout days than the other days. Meal plans are nicely laid out for the reader in this section as well.

Lastly comes part three, "Resistance is vital." Of course this is the section that discusses the workout routines and the exercises. Without going into details, you work out 2-3 times a week, and the workouts are divided in 7 stages (each with a certain goal) which roughly give you 6 months worth of workouts- which I might add, are all highly detailed in the book. Pictures of warm-up exercises and the resistance exercises are included and very easy to follow. Weight lifting exercises are nothing crazy, with a lot of them being sensible, basic exercises such as squats, deadlifts, and various presses.
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515 of 533 people found the following review helpful By CMCM on August 1, 2008
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New Rules of Lifting for Men was quite interesting, but I didn't do anything with it as it was so targeted at men. But I eagerly bought this new women's version, which is similar in some ways but overall is quite different and definitely targeted for women. I enjoyed Lou Schuler's witty writing style and offbeat humor, which made the information easier to digest and less dry. I read this entire book carefully front to back (important to do!!) and decided to implement co-writer Alwyn Cosgrove's workouts exactly as written and stick with it. One caveat: I think this book and its workouts is NOT for total beginners. In a way, you have to "arrive" at this book and the ideas it presents. I think if you were a newcomer to weight training you'd need some help with the exercises and proper form (particularly the squats and deadlifts, which must be done correctly to avoid injury). As a newcomer you would not have the frame of reference to appreciate the total brilliance of the workouts.

I've worked out and tried many different programs in the last 10 years. I admit to having a tendency to "over-do" my workouts, my approach was always "more must be better", and consequently I always burned out on the programs and the 2-hour workouts I'd end up doing. Despite my hard work, I never got the results I wanted. Coming into this book, I knew a lot of weight routines and was familiar with proper weightlifting form. At first glance I thought the routines didn't look hard or detailed enough, that there were too few exercises! But I was WRONG! Despite the apparent simplicity of the workouts, they are not easy or fluffy. Rather, they are quite substantial because they are not isolation exercises. Every exercise works multiple muscles at one time.
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142 of 160 people found the following review helpful By TheCafeWriter VINE VOICE on December 28, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is truly a book for women who aren't afraid of gyms or barbells, who want to get serious about their efforts, and who want to see real results.

It's a mix of straight sets and superset total-body workouts with emphasis on functional fitness and periodization, so it's built around 6 basic multi-muscles moves (such as squats and deadlifts). There's also a progession with a mix of variations to prevent workout boredom. It's a little hard to figure out the charts at first glance, but what they've done is spell out every workout for you.

The workout incorporates use of a barbell, dumbbells, a step, and a stability ball (but you don't need all of them). You can do a home workout with this book, but having a gym membership is helpful.

I like the eating plan, too. There's not a lot of elaborate recipes, and most of it is pretty simple. It builds on plans like the Zone and other similar 30/30/40 types of diets.

The only con I have with this book is that there aren't variations within a given exercise to make it easier or harder. Some of these will be very easy for a beginner but others will be quite challenging.
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103 of 115 people found the following review helpful By Victoria Stinnett on August 22, 2010
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There are a lot of things that I like about this book. I thought it was very informative and the exercise plan easy for me to understand and it offers guidence in nutrition that although I wasn't really that interested in, I thought the nutricionist knew her stuff. And I love the way an entire total body workout can be achieved in 45 minutes time. I can't really enjoy this book as much as I would like because I have yet to find a practical way to impliment the exercises into a coherent routine at the gym or at home.

Basically the program involves doing exercises that are grouped together in a very particular way. For example, "do a set of lunges with dumbbells for 15 reps, rest for 60 seconds then go into an ab exercise on a stability ball for 8 reps, rest, then back to lunges. This is how all of the workouts go. Jumping from on piece of equipment working one body part, then going into something else. I don't mind that but if you are in a gym, even a not crowded one, it is difficult to leave one machine and still expect it to be available to you when you come back to do the second set. How is this supposed to work? I have to lug a barbell across the gym to where the lat-pull down machine is so that I can do a set of squats with the barbell then jump onto the lat machine for 15 reps then back to the squats, then oops... someone is using the lat machine while I'm doing my squats so the 6o second rest turns into a 2 minute rest. And although there are modifications for at home exercises some of them must be done at the gym unless you have a cable machine, multiple barbells and dumbbell weights, etc. It is so frustrating!!!!
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