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Adam Campbell is the fitness director for Women's Health and a National Magazine Award-winning writer. He holds a master's degree in exercise physiology and is a NSCA-certified strength and conditioning coach. Campbell has appeared on Good Morning America, The Early Show, and VH-1.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books; 1 edition (December 22, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605295493
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605295497
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (360 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,357 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Very comprehensive overview of hundreds of exercises that can be done using gym equipment, home equipment (stability balls, dumbbells, etc.), and/or no equipment. The photos detailing each exercise are in full color and the accompanying explanations are detailed, specific, and easy to follow.

The book is broken down into chapters dedicated to body parts: Chest, Back, Shoulders, Arms, Quadriceps & Calves, Glutes & Hamstrings, Core, as well as chapters for Total Body and Warmup Exercises. There is also a chapter on how to put various exercises together for specific-goal workouts (e.g. "The Get Your Body Back Workout", "The Skinny Jeans Workout", "The Bikini-Ready Workout", "The Best Sports Workout", "The Best Three-Exercise Workouts"). In addition, there are chapters dedicated to Nutrition, Cardio Workouts, the importance of Weights, etc.

All in all, this is an extremely comprehensive book that is not at all about gimmicks or shortcuts but is simply well researched and well presented. It will literally replace several books I've bought on this subject in past years. I'm not easily impressed by books on this subject and yet I'm extremely impressed by this compilation. Well done Adam Campbell and contributors!
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I bought this book as I work for group exercise at my campus rec center; I was hoping it would give me some ideas for new moves/exercises for my class routines. It does have lots of exercises... but it'll spend several pages with the same exercise just adding different equipment/positions: i.e., squats with weights, squats w/o weights, squats in wide stance, squats in mid stance, etc... each that cover the span of two pages and it counts each as a new exercise. It's great for beginners to sculpting and includes a ton of overview, but not many safety details or progressions (which is essential for any exercises!!!). Likewise, it assumes you have all kinds of equipment: weights, barbell, step/bench, etc., so half the book is useless if you're trying to do this stuff at home. The workout plans in the back of the book are great, again for beginners, but no one should ever really do some of these things without first having gone to a professional to make sure they're doing it properly... overall, it wasn't a waste of a purchase and it's a well organized book, just underwhelming for the very boastful title!
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i purchased this item for kindle and much of it is unreadable because it is in charts that you cannot read and cannot change the size of (i have 20/20 vision) Also i just tried to return it in order to buy the print copy and not be out the 14 dollars but it turns out that you cannot return digital content on amazon. Its only 14 dollars but i am really bummed i cant use the book because i cant see any of the recommended exercises---DO NOT BUY THE KINDLE VERSION OF THIS BOOK especially if it is a kindle program on your phone
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After years of clipping articles from magazines, I have a binder full of fitness plans that I rarely use. I would try a set of strength training exercises for a while, get bored or discouraged, and then go back to cardio only. My New Year's resolution was to eat healthier, so I bought the Women's Health Diet. I liked that book so I thought I would give the Big Book of Exercises a try. 6 months later, I am still using the book. It contains solid information about strength training, a variety of exercises, and several plans you can follow. I've been able to complete a 4-week plan, then choose another one to prevent boredom. I've also followed the advice of another reviewer and used the book's guidelines to create my own workouts.

As far as equipment is concerned, I started working out with 5 lb, 8 lb, and 10 lb dumbbells and a step. I just added a Swiss ball. While the book does have exercises that use gym equipment, it offers enough variations that you can work out at home. For example, if I am following a plan that calls for barbell deadlifts, I can easily substitute dumbbell deadlifts.
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Purchased to do exercise and keep in shape on Kindle. Would Not recommend for the Kindle. Very difficult to follow with chapters and directions. Diagrams very small. Constantly changing font. Certain items even enlarged needed a magnifier to read.
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The book is excellent for having colorful detailed pictures of 619 varying forms of exercise movements using weight or strength training. My only issue with the book is that the Women's version is nearly identical to the Men's version. I bought both, one for me and the other for my husband, thinking it would offer something different, because a woman's body is different than a man's and does not lose weight or build muscle at the same degree. I was sadly disappointed. Buying both is a waste of money. The information is exactly the same as well as the exercises, it also has the EXACT amount of pages in each book.

The diet plan section was too brief and did not go into enough detail. The cardio section was dismal at best. Some of the nutritional information was iffy, like High Fructose Corn Syrup being nutritional similiar to sugar,that's a crock. Look up HFCS and find out how they manufacture it. Any synthetic food should be limited, but natural is better thank synthetic, and as the book states both should be limited. But it didn't say any of the harmful effects that HCFS has on your liver and how it's works harder trying to process HFCS. My theory, if God didn't grow it, don't eat it.

What I did like was the exercises, I like how the sections were divided and how it went into detail describing the muscles being worked for that section and why it is important to work that particular muscle group. It's very easy to navigate through and it has exercises to perform for home or for the gym.

I think the price is too high for what they deliver, but if you can find it cheaper than the listed retail price which is 24.99 plus shipping which is nearly $4, I say go for it. But it's definitely not worth 28.00.

I will be sending this book back and keeping the Men's Big Book for my husband.
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