The Women's Health Big Book of Exercises: Four Weeks to a Leaner, Sexier, Healthier YOU! Kindle Edition
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The book teaches you how to build a basic home exercise program that is an excellent starting point for anyone just learning strength training techniques. The book contains a number of exercise plans that are cross referenced with full color, detailed breakdowns of how to complete each exercise. This is GREAT for strength training beginners , especial those feeling less confident in their ability to follow directions. Completing each workout requires a little bit of study first, because you have to look up each exercise throughout the book.
After a few months of using this book, just sticking with the basic routine, called the "world's greatest exercise plan"where you sub in whatever exercise you want for each muscle group, I noticed a big difference in my muscle tone and a reduction in a few pesky pain problems I'd had. There are 14 workout plans towards the end of the book, which typically include two alternating strength training workouts and a short description of cardio workout to complete on your off-day. Some workouts have a few stages (IE: weeks 1-4 and 4-8). There is also an EXCELLENT prenatal workout. I was having back and hip pain during my pregnancy and saw a physical therapist, and I realized that most of the exercises she gave me overlapped with the warmup in the prenatal workout! Since then, I've been doing this workout pretty consistently with good results. I'm 8 months pregnant now, and the workout at this level is pretty low key, but it's definitely helping manage my aches and pains and stay somewhat in shape.
Since buying this book, I moved on to using the 15 minute workout book, and also got into a few of the other books in this series, like the yoga and pilates books. I've found them all to be excellent, but this book is definitely the first to buy and an excellent reference to hold on to.
I was so tired of the huge "Hulk Hogan-type" trainers at my gym who kept pushing me into a workout that was clearly designed for a man--the main focus on building mass. Chicks do not want more mass! We want to maintain (our current muscles) and build some more BUT we want them to be lean muscles.
This book is the answer!
The whole design of the book is fabulous. The forward is informative and answered many workout questions that I had some knowledge about, but was a little unsure. The photography of the different steps of the exercises are clear and easy to imitate. I love all of the variants to the base exercises. (For example a certain exercise is shown using a bench and then it is also shown using a Swiss ball.)
I am thrilled with the different workout programs in the back of the book. I am currently doing the "Skinny Jean Workout" plan. So far so good. You can't go wrong with buying this one. Also I recommend buying the tangible book as opposed to a kindle version. First of all, you need to see the photos big and clear. Secondly, You can make copies of the pages for the exercises you to do that day and toss them in your gym bag. Good Luck!
This book has a ton of detailed exercises. A lot of exercises that were my favorites like deadlifts, pull-ups, rows and lat pull-downs. There are also many I've never heard of like the side plank row combination. It's nice to have a pre-set workout set-up for you in the back of the book to keep you from overworking the same muscle groups back to back. It also gives you the option of making up your own set of workouts with recommendations from each section: chest, back, quads, abs... etc.
I've used this book in combination with the Fit Book to log my workouts and the weights that I use. It's a nice combination if you're serious about working out. This book is COMPLETELY worth the money!! It's made a huge difference for me. More importantly it gives me a plan, versus me trying to figure out what to do on my own. Highly recommended!!
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