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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent extension to the series, May 5, 2012
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This review is from: The New Rules of Lifting For Life: An All-New Muscle-Building, Fat-Blasting Plan for Men and Women Who Want to Ace Their Midlife Exams (Hardcover)
With the fourth installment of their no-nonsense New Rules of Lifting series, authors Lou Schuler and Alwyn Cosgrove deliver an outstanding, customizable fitness plan and lifestyle guide to help readers build and maintain fit, mobile and strong bodies long past the mid-twenties when the human body reaches its cellular physiological peak.

The authors present the latest fitness and diet research to support their 24 "Rules", with the entire book constructed around Rule #1 - "The older you are, the more important it is to train." Citing recent studies, Schuler and Cosgrove debunk common myths surrounding popular exercise approaches and diets and explain why strength training and weight management are uniquely individual experiences as they outline a plan for every reader to understand his or her own body and individual level of responsiveness to new exercise and dietary stimulus to maximize results from the program.

By far the most valuable contribution of this book is the customizable workout system that allows the reader to select from an impressively large and varied menu of exercises and progressions to achieve their training goals in core, power, strength and metabolic fitness as they progress through three major workout phases - Transform your body, Develop your body and Maximize your gains.

These features combine to address one of the biggest obstacles for people trying to make significant leaps forward in their fitness levels -- boredom and lack of progress. Custom-building your own workouts will keep the reader engaged and invested in the process, the large variety of exercise variations will keep workouts fun and interesting, and the progression of both the exercises and the three main workout phases challenges the body to avoid dreaded fitness "plateaus".

As in previous volumes, the section on nutrition delivers a superior commonsense, research-backed approach to diet and weight management that provides a clear understanding of the nutrition-fitness relationship and why the body struggles so hard to maintain hard-fought weight-loss achievements. I found particularly interesting the section where the authors debunk a common myth regarding the linearity of weight gain and weight loss and explain the body's adaptive processes for regulating metabolism and appetite. An understanding of such concepts as provided by the authors is, to me, central to implementing any effective fitness and weight management program.

I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in fitness, especially to novice lifters looking for a way to progress rapidly and to veteran lifters looking for a new, interesting way to stay fit as their bodies age and impose new conditions for continued progress.
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