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Look Great Naked: Slim Down, Shape Up and Tone Your Trouble Zones in Just 15 Minutes a Day Paperback – January 1, 2001
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Women learn to choose clothes that mask their flaws--few are comfortable with the way their bodies look nude. Look Great Naked is an exercise and diet program emphasizing muscle toning for getting rid of those flaws. Fitness trainer Brad Schoenfeld, author of Sculpting Her Body Perfect, focuses on the "trouble zones"--abdominals, buttocks, and thighs. He recommends high reps (15-20) for definition without increasing muscle size. Although he admits there is no such thing as spot reducing--you can't trim fat from one area of the body--his targeted exercises define and tone those problem areas.
Schoenfeld recommends working each trouble spot for 15 minutes a day. The exercises are clearly explained and illustrated. Many exercises use health-club equipment, but you can work out at home with dumbbells, ankle weights, elastic strength bands, and an adjustable bench. Schoenfeld's nutritional program is higher in protein and lower in carbohydrates than most medical and dietary associations recommend. He includes 45 recipes, some from fitness models. This book lacks upper-body exercises, so it isn't a complete body sculpting program. But if you're looking for a variety of exercises for abs, buns, and thighs, you'll find them here. --Joan Price
From the Author
How can I tone up my thighs ?
What can I do to get six-pack abs ?
Whats the best exercise to lift my butt ?
Having trained and lectured thousands of women over the past decade, Ive heard these questions more times than I can remember. Without a doubt, the abs, butt and thighs are the female triad: the problem areas that always seem so hard to get into shape.
I wrote this book to provide a solution to this dilemma, ensuring results in the most effective and efficient manner possible. But I want to stress that this is not a quick fix program. Rather, by using a combination of diet and exercise, the book takes a systematic approach to helping you trim down and tone up your trouble zones. No hype. No gimmicks. Just cutting-edge information based on my proven system of training.
I guarantee that, with the proper dedication and effort, you really can transform your body and look great naked. If you have the will, this book will show you the way. I look forward to hearing of your success.
Brad --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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You will not get big bulky muscles if you follow this workout because you do not use very heavy weights. Instead you will get leaned, toned muscles which is what most women want and it targets the trouble zones, the abs, butt, and thighs. He also talks about the importance of diet (not dieting) and consistancy (it doesn't happen overnight, you have to keep at it).
My biggest criticism of this book is that he does not include exercises for the upper body, though he does mention that it is important to work the upper body as well as the lower body. Therefore, I find it to be incomplete for an overall training manual, but I do think it is a good place to start. Just don't forget to work your upper body every other day as well.
I highly recommend it!!!
this book on how to follow the exercise routines and understand the how's and why's of why we have to do them...but I guess I still was not motivated to actually carry it out.
Not to say this is not a good book, because as for exercise books, that WELL, I just have a tough time buying into...this book really give sound advice, relatively simple exercises and an exercise program that anyone that has reached that moment..when ENOUGH IS ENOUGH...they can do this.
Yes, it is a good book, but like any exercise or diet program you have to be READY.
And written by a female that knows what she means...grin
Here is what I did not like (besides the almost embarrassing title):
(1) it does not lay out an exact program to follow. I think it is fair to say that when one buys a book titled "Look Great Naked," she is looking for something quick, easy to follow and effective. The book is just not set up in that way. Should you train 3 times per week or less? All muscle groups on the same day or spread them out? 15 reps or 10 reps? While the book provides some general principles (e.g. "a minimum of 48 to 72 hours is necessary for adequate recovery"), one has to look hard for them, and make a lot of choices. If you want everything laid out nice and neat for you, like in Joyce Vedral's books, you are out of luck.
(2) the diet section was pretty basic - really broad principles, but as with the weight section, he does not put it together into a program. A much better book is "Nancy Clark's Sports Nutrition."
(3) one-third of the book is taken up with recipes. Now, some people enjoy this in a book, but I personally never follow such recipes, so it is a waste of space for me. If you like recipes for things like "fat-free tuna melt" or protein shake meals, you will like it.
(4) there is a lot of information that Schoenfeld has on his website that is not in the book - e.g. sample menus, frequent questions. So the book provided nothing new.
Overall, I expected the book to focus the information from "Sculpting" and the website to the lower body, provide workout and diet programs, and be written in a very user-friendly way. It did not accomplish it. On its own (without reading the website or "Sculpting"), I think it still would rate as a mediocre book. But knowing his other work, this book is a real disappointment. I suggest buying his other book instead.