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Product Details

  • Paperback: 412 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 3 edition (February 17, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471768456
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471768456
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,911 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Now featuring new quickie, core, and other specialized workouts

Fight flab, build strength, increase flexibility, and sculpt your body!

No matter what your age or fitness level, weight training has many health benefits. Featuring illustrated step-by-step exercises plus tips on equipment and specialized workouts, this friendly guide shows you how to get started and get results — at home or at the gym, using free weights or weight machines.

Praise for Weight Training For Dummies

"A fun, easy-to-follow guide. . . . You'll never be intimidated by a weight room again."
—Peg Moline, Editorial Director, Shape

"Takes you step-by-step through setting up your own gym to developing a training program."
Self

"One of the easiest-to-understand, best-illustrated guides to important strength exercises we've ever seen."
Men's Fitness

"Solid, comprehensive, and fun. . . . Photos illustrate more than 150 pages of exercises."
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Discover how to

  • Work with free weights or weight machines
  • Select a gym or set up a home gym
  • Exercise each major muscle group
  • Add Pilates or yoga to your workout
  • Use exercise bands and balls

About the Author

Liz Neporent: Liz’s first set of weights (actually, her brother’s) were made of blue plastic and filled with sand; when they started leaking sand all over the house, her mother relegated all weight lifting activities to the basement.
Since that time, Liz has graduated into a well-known corporate fitness consultant, designing and managing fitness centers worldwide. Along the way, Liz also was a personal trainer, received a master’s degree in exercise physiology, and got certified by the American College of Sports Medicine, National Strength and Conditioning Association, American Council of Exercise, and the National Academy of Sports Medicine. She is coauthor and author of several books, including Fitness For Dummies and Fitness Walking For Dummies and writes frequently for the New York Times, Family Circle, Shape, and others.
She currently hosts a daily internet show on eyada.com.

Suzanne Schlosberg: Suzanne’s writing career began her freshman year in college when she was assigned to cover a pre-season NBA game and found herself in a locker room interviewing a dozen, tall, muscular, naked Boston Celtics. She decided she liked this writing stuff. Suzanne went on to become a newspaper reporter and magazine writer. Now a contributing editor to Shape and Health magazine, Suzanne is the coauthor, with Liz Neporent, of Fitness For Dummies and the author of The Ultimate Workout Log. She is also an instructor in the UCLA Extension Certificate in Journalism program. Always happy when she has a barbell in hand, Suzanne has lifted weights in Zimbabwe, Morocco, Iceland, and Micronesia, among other locales. She is the women’s record holder in the Great American Sack Race, a quadrennial event held in Yerington, Nevada, in which competitors must run 5 miles while carrying a 50-pound sack of chicken feed.

Shirley Archer: Shirley is a former New York City attorney who traded the fast life for the fit life. A survivor of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome from stress and overworking, her recovery helped her to become a champion of fitness for health and to live fully in body, mind and spirit. She’s now a health educator and fitness specialist at the Health Improvement Program at Stanford University School of Medicine in Palo Alto, the author of ten fitness and wellness books, an international trainer of fitness instructors, and a frequently quoted media spokesperson worldwide. Her master’s degree is in East Asian Studies from Harvard University, and she has special expertise in mind-body exercise. She’s a mind-body spokesperson for IDEA, author of a monthly mind-body news column, and a spokesperson for the American Council on Exercise. She’s certified by the American College of Sports Medicine, American Council on Exercise, and National Strength and Conditioning Association, among others. She’s also a certified Pilates teacher and yoga instructor. She’s created a number of corporate fitness programs, including Walking for Workplace Wellness, Fitness 9 to 5, and Stretching and Relaxation Tips for Workday Survival. Shirley believes that healthy bodies come in all shapes and sizes, and that you can live a longer, happier, and better life by choosing fitness every day.

Customer Reviews

This is an excellent book for beginners, and covers most of the basics.
Veniero
I have read serveral fitness book, but this book contains all the important information in a simple to understand way.
let's go
This book has three different authors and it seems like all three had to get a word in on each and every page.
Coffee Geek

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Machina VINE VOICE on June 2, 2009
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I'm a beginner.

I feel like the book has scattered information and certain important details are missing. For instance, they don't really explain how to get create a workout. They sort of give you guidelines in pages of text, but I'm still confused. They give you sample workout routines but don't explain the choices they made.

The exercises they show need to be more detailed. They need to show arrows of motion with certain ones like the Pelvic Tilt. I'm still not quite sure how to accomplish that and I don't want to hurt my back doing it wrong.

I'm just very disappointed in the book. It's an OK reference, but I don't think it is good enough for a beginner's book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Hafner on September 9, 2008
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Liz Neporent does a splendid job providing guidance for those new to weight training; the book describes strength training with weights from top to bottom. I especially think the emphasis on safety the book promotes is a worthwhile feature; weight training done wrong can be hazardous. I've been throwing barbells and dumbbells around for over 30 years, and I still picked up some good info from this title, mainly in the form of reminders. Even experienced fitness enthusiasts can get set in their ways; this book provides a good back-to-basics guide for seasoned jocks as well as an effective intro for those just getting started.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Karin Norgard on March 26, 2008
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This is the perfect book for someone who has never lifted weights before and is looking to start from the very beginning. It is never assumed that you know anything, which is perfect for the complete beginner. The book covers the most basic exercises for each muscle group, and provides basic information on these muscle groups, so that the beginner can become accustomed to putting together a basic program for the entire body. Once the beginner masters this, they will have all the building blocks needed to move on to more advanced programs, such as working on different groups on different days or doing supersets. If you are already familiar with the basics and are looking for more intermediate and advanced exercises and programs, try The Body Sculpting Bible for Women, Revised Edition: The Way to Physical Perfection (Body Sculpting Bible) or The Body Sculpting Bible for Men, Revised Edition: The Way to Physical Perfection (Body Sculpting Bible). However, if you are looking to start with the very basics - nothing wrong with that - then start with this one to get your basics down and your confidence up before moving on to the Body Sculpting series or other more advanced books.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Scott Schiefelbein VINE VOICE on October 18, 2008
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"Weight Training for Dummies" serves up just what it advertises - a comprehensive survey of the bare basics of weight lifting and training. Helpful explanations of various lifts, along with helpful illustrative pictures, offer the perfect entryway to a lifetime of weight lifting for the novice.

The problem is, not everyone is a complete novice when it comes to weight lifting. If you took weight lifting in high school or had a decent chat with someone at your gym, you already know 90% of what you're going to find in this book. One can't be too critical when you read a book on the basics and you get the basics, but in this instance the basics are *so* basic it would be nice if the authors put a toe into the water of more advanced techniques and, ideally, structured workouts.

That being said, if you're looking to get back into weightlifting after a long absence or pick it up for the first time, this is an excellent book, and much cheaper than a personal session with a trainer. Check it out.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Veniero on January 10, 2010
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This is an excellent book for beginners, and covers most of the basics. Well organized, easy to read and easy to refer to later on again.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By David on October 19, 2010
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Useful information but poorly structured. The "how not to do it" section actually precedes the "how to" section! Also, it should have been designed so that the photos appear on the same page as the instructions even if that means wasting a little white space starting a new page for each exercise.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 27, 2011
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we bought the book for our son in law, he is new at the weight training at the gym. he said the book is informative and very helpful in designing a plan for his workouts..the book was reasonably priced on our end
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James Corey on September 11, 2011
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This book was user friendly,It was written,so the average person can read and understand it. It has a little humor added to it,makes it more enjoyable to read.
For someone just starting out or has been doing it for awhile,I found it to fit the bill.
Thanks
Jim
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