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The Ultimate Body Shaping Bible: Get in the Best Shape of Your Life with Targeted Workouts That Tone and Tighten Everything Paperback – April 1, 2009
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Verdict: Few “body Bibles” can compete with this guide’s clarity and organization. Each exercise is accompanied by a summary of the payoffs, required equipment, and recommended frequency/duration. While the flippant explanations of the payoffs (e.g., “Defines your flappage!”) can be ambiguous, the color photos of fitness trainer Karter (KaronKarterPilates.com) and the clear descriptions easily compensate. An infinitely useful guide for readers at all fitness levels.
Background: Karter draws from weight training, strength work, Pilates, and yoga to present a regimen targeted to every body area. Eleven chapters are divided among three sections that focus on the core, the upper body, and the lower body. Readers follow one of four fitness-level tracks: beginner, intermediate, advanced, or super-advanced. Tips are interspersed throughout, as are mini anatomy lessons, prescribed cardio routines, and diet guidelines. -- Library Journal, Xpress Review
About the Author
Karon Karter (Dallas, TX) is an exercise guru featured on The Natural Wellness Channel\u2019s Pilates for Real Bodies. She is the author of The Six-Week Bikini Countdown, The Core Strength Workout, and Pilates Lite.
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Another thing that I do not like about most exercise books is that they are hard to use and follow when actually trying to have a smooth running workout. I also like to know briefly what point there is in doing each exercise without having to look long through a lot of writing.
THE ULTIMATE BODY SHAPING BIBLE is one of the nicest exercise books that I have read to date.
In the beginning of each chapter, there is a diagram in color of what the different muscles look like on a person (think Grey's Anatomy book) and what you will be targeting with the exercises in that section.
Each chapter has a target area, and then there are breakdowns of difficulty. Each exercise is labeled clearly by difficulty dots at the top of the page and the beginning of the chapter.
There are excellent charts that tell you how much total time will be required to do each workout. How Often, how many reps and anything you must have to do the exercises are all listed at the beginning of the chapter under each level of difficulty.
There are plenty of photos which clearly show you how you should look when doing these exercises.
Each exercise also has what you can expect to gain specifically from that exercise.
I love this book. It is very well laid out, and one of the nicest exercise books I have ever seen. The exercises are effective and accurately described as to what they accomplish. I saw some changes after only a week of doing some of these exercises.
I love that this book is in three parts- Abs, lower and upper body workouts.
This book is fabulous in that you can turn to exercises and just do them, or you can easily follow along a routine target collection of exercises. If you can only buy one exercise book, I would say to give this a try. I am very impressed with it. It has taken all of the things I don't like about most exercise books and made them pleasant and easy to use.
The only thing better would be this book in flip chart format to hang up while you exercise and follow the routines. But as it is this book is a winner, in my opinion.
It has some pretty decent examples mixed in with some that aren't really all that Hard.
* If you wanted to make better use of your time I would suggest instead of those resistance bands and weighted balls that you spend your money either on a cheap barbell set and weight bench and add in clean and press, the snatch and barbell deadlifts in the middle of the week. Or buy a Body Weight exercise book such as the ones written by John Peterson.*
Those exercises where Ms Karter is lying on those platfroms that step aerobics use could then be performed on a bench if you had purchased a weight bench.
+ She admits up front that this isn't a diet book but you already know what foods are healthy. You don't see a Twinkie Diet book. If you need a specific Diet I highly recommend Atkins. Up front the author says you won't find any Skinny Bitch tips and that is a good thing. Those crazy wacko vegans that write those books are the kind of fruitcakes that spread bad info and lies about the Atkins diet. Read some of the 1 star reviews on Skinny Bitch and you'll see what I mean.
** I'll close but I disagree with the author about abs showing .. I think they are sexy. Just look at Valerie Bertinelli on those Jenny Craig commercials. Which is another specific diet you could use if you need specific guidance on what to eat.
* Once you get in shape go out and do the things you've always wanted to. Take Dance classes, tennis or golf lessons etc. That's what being in shape is good for.. enjoy your life.
This book is well organized and makes finding specific excercises a breeze. It's divided into three sections:
1. Ab Fab-You-lous
2. The Best Lower Body Workouts
3. The Best Upper Body Workouts
They are color coded to make finding them even easier. I hate excercise books that force me to search contents and several pages to find what I'm looking for - this one places everything I need with a flip of the color coded pages. The exercises are also rated by workout levels:
4. super advanced
It contains plenty of exercises for each level. Some workouts require additional equipment to complete the excercise:
1. 3 lb. weight ball
2. large exercise ball
4. resistance bands
5. ankle weights
I did not want to purchase additional equipment but I had a few of these items already. The photos are a great help with proper positioning and the author also provides extra tips. Overall, I enjoy using this book for my morning routine. There are plenty of useful health tips provided by the author that makes this a great purchase.