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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 withsand; when they started leaking sand all over the house, her motherrelegated all weight lifting activities to the basement.
Since that time, Liz has graduated into a well-known corporatefitness consultant, designing and managing fitness centersworldwide. Along the way, Liz also was a personal trainer, receiveda master’s degree in exercise physiology, and got certifiedby the American College of Sports Medicine, National Strength andConditioning Association, American Council of Exercise, and theNational Academy of Sports Medicine. She is coauthor and author ofseveral books, including Fitness For Dummies and FitnessWalking For Dummies and writes frequently for the New YorkTimes, Family Circle, Shape, and others.
She currently hosts a daily internet show on eyada.com.

Suzanne Schlosberg: Suzanne’s writing career beganher freshman year in college when she was assigned to cover apre-season NBA game and found herself in a locker room interviewinga dozen, tall, muscular, naked Boston Celtics. She decided sheliked this writing stuff. Suzanne went on to become a newspaperreporter and magazine writer. Now a contributing editor to Shapeand Health magazine, Suzanne is the coauthor, with LizNeporent, of Fitness For Dummies and the author of TheUltimate Workout Log. She is also an instructor in the UCLAExtension Certificate in Journalism program. Always happy when shehas a barbell in hand, Suzanne has lifted weights in Zimbabwe,Morocco, Iceland, and Micronesia, among other locales. She is thewomen’s record holder in the Great American Sack Race, aquadrennial event held in Yerington, Nevada, in which competitorsmust run 5 miles while carrying a 50-pound sack of chickenfeed.

Shirley Archer: Shirley is a former New York Cityattorney who traded the fast life for the fit life. A survivor ofChronic Fatigue Syndrome from stress and overworking, her recoveryhelped her to become a champion of fitness for health and to livefully in body, mind and spirit. She’s now a health educatorand fitness specialist at the Health Improvement Program atStanford University School of Medicine in Palo Alto, the author often fitness and wellness books, an international trainer of fitnessinstructors, and a frequently quoted media spokesperson worldwide.Her master’s degree is in East Asian Studies from HarvardUniversity, and she has special expertise in mind-body exercise.She’s a mind-body spokesperson for IDEA, author of a monthlymind-body news column, and a spokesperson for the American Councilon Exercise. She’s certified by the American College ofSports Medicine, American Council on Exercise, and NationalStrength and Conditioning Association, among others. She’salso a certified Pilates teacher and yoga instructor. She’screated a number of corporate fitness programs, includingWalking for Workplace Wellness, Fitness 9 to 5, andStretching and Relaxation Tips for Workday Survival. Shirleybelieves that healthy bodies come in all shapes and sizes, and thatyou can live a longer, happier, and better life by choosing fitnessevery day.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 412 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 3 edition (March 6, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471768456
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471768456
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #142,647 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 13 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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9 of 10 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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7 of 8 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By clayport on January 10, 2014
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Very informative helps people who don't know how lifting weights affects our bodies.is a good book for personal trainers. Tells you all about how and what lifting weights do to the body
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By let's go on July 2, 2006
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I have read serveral fitness book, but this book contains all the important information in a simple to understand way. Depending on your goal, you have to do weight training, eg. 4 to 6 reps for maxinum muscle growth. The book is a powerful tool when combined with a log. I use a mobile phone log available at [...] and make all my log entry easy and available online blog.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. R. Thorn on February 23, 2008
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I've been doing a lot of weight trainging since I retired and have done a lot of research but this puts is all in a nutshell.
Would reccommend.
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5 of 7 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 4 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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