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4.0 out of 5 stars For serious weight training, December 28, 2007
This review is from: The New Rules of Lifting for Women: Lift Like a Man, Look Like a Goddess (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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Showing 1-3 of 3 posts in this discussion
Initial post: Apr 3, 2008 4:07:34 PM PDT
Pasquelli says:
Thank you for including what equipment is used, I work out at home and can not flip through the book to find out if it is gym-specific or not.

Posted on Dec 12, 2008 5:52:20 PM PST
Anna says:
What Pasquelli said. Thanks!

Posted on Oct 6, 2009 1:44:09 PM PDT
ben smith says:
There are a few exercises that have variations included to make it easier or harder. Such as the push up, the plank, the sit up on the swiss ball...
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