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"Brad Schoenfeld nails it in this book, advising how to create a gym and a personalized training program at home. What could be better? Save your money and your time and lose those love handles by training at home! My home office is now doubling as my gym."

Susan M. Kleiner, PhD, RD, FACN, CNS, FISSN Author of Power Eating and The Good Mood Diet

"Brad Schoenfeld's experience and expertise as a leading women's fitness trainer shine through on every page of this indispensable home workout book. His plan is easy to understand and follow. And best of all, it works!"

Elena and Steve Kapelonis, authors of The Pump Energy Food Cookbook

"A must-read for every woman aspiring to achieve a fit and healthy body in her own home. Detailed and motivational, Women's Home Workout Bible helps women reach personal success in fitness."

Amy Lee Martin Ms. Figure USA

"For those who want an excellent alternative to a fitness club, Brad Schoenfeld provides the essential guide to creating the ultimate home workout space and customizing a comprehensive exercise program. Women's Home Workout Bible will save you time and money while helping you reach your highest fitness goals.

Oz Garcia Celebrity nutritionist and best-selling author of The Balance and Look and Feel Fabulous Forever

"Your time is valuable. Take advantage of fitness guru Brad Schoenfeld's expertise in Women's Home Workout Bible, and you will see great results--fast."

Dr. John Spencer Ellis, CEO National Exercise and Sports Trainers Association

“Women's Home Workout Bible is fantastic. Each chapter is filled with education, direction, and encouragement. If you're a woman looking to get into amazing shape, then this book is for you."

Jen Hendershott IFBB Fitness Professional Two-Time Ms. Fitness Olympia Two-Time Ms. Fitness International

About the Author

Brad Schoenfeld, CSCS, CPT is widely regarded as one of America’s leading fitness experts. He is the owner of the exclusive Personal Training Center for Women in Scarsdale, New York. Schoenfeld is a lifetime drug-free bodybuilder who has won numerous natural bodybuilding titles, including the All Natural Physique and Power Conference (ANPPC) Tri-State Naturals and USA Mixed Pairs crowns.

Schoenfeld is the author of seven fitness books, including Sculpting Her Body Perfect, 28-Day Body Shapeover, and the best-seller Look Great Naked (Prentice Hall Press, 2001). He is a columnist for FitnessRX for Women magazine, has been published or featured in virtually every major women’s and fitness magazine (including Cosmopolitan, Self, Marie Claire, Fitness, and Shape), and has appeared on hundreds of television shows and radio programs across the United States. He also serves as the fitness expert contributor on diet.com and diet-to-go.com.

Certified as a strength and conditioning specialist by the National Strength and Conditioning Association and as a personal trainer by both the American Council on Exercise and the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America, Schoenfeld was awarded the distinction of master trainer by the International Association of Fitness Professionals. He is also a frequent lecturer on both the professional and consumer levels.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics; 1 Original edition (September 30, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736078282
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736078283
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.7 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #337,717 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Joanna Daneman #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 13, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book is flat-out terrific. I don't think I've been this happy with a workout book since The New Rules of Lifting for Women. You can set up a simple space for very little money or if you have the desire for a more professional gym-at-home, you can set one up as well using the advice in this book. The budgets range from a minimal $100 to upwards of $2500 (estimates, as your costs locally will vary.)

I just listened to someone complain that their gym played "unsuitable dvds" for their little toddler in the babysitting area. And someone else complained about loud cellphone conversations on the treadmill next to them. Uck. AND it is flu season and perhaps you don't like to watch people wipe their noses on equipment, not wash their hands after you-know-where and drip sweat without wiping it up. If you are grossed out by this, or have no good gym nearby or if you are happier at home, this book is for you. Also for you if getting up and out of the house is an issue; no excuses when the workout area is right next to the tv set.

The book has beautiful photographs that show proper position for using weights on benches, physio ball or bands, as well as machines. These photos are LARGE and CLEAR. While I think it's advisable to see a professional trainer if you are beginning to work out in order to get the best advice on the safest way to position yourself, this book is a great adjunct to occasionally working with a trainer or to re-familiarize yourself.

There are workout routines in the back of the book for core stability, body sculpting, or body conditioning and they are organized by ...budget! Yes. Not everyone has megabucks to set up a home gym.
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Women's Home Workout Bible is a fantastic book for any woman looking to get into better shape. It's one of the best books I've found to help you get started - from the very first steps.

Author Brad Schoenfeld does an awesome job - with great details - on getting your home setup with a budget anywhere from under $100 to over $2500. Brad lists the type of equipment that will work in each cost range, and what to plan in terms of space.

The transition from this area into the exercises could be done a little better - it seems that you're reading about equipment and then POOF pages of exercises just appear. Some sort of an introduction could have done well here. Also, some of those models look decidedly grumpy :) I'd be more inspired by people who looked like they were enjoying their workout.

Still, minor complaints. The photos are large and very clear, and the descriptions include modifications for those who need help. The book indicates - as research is showing - that stretching before working out doesn't really help much. You should always stretch daily as part of a daily routine, and not try to cram it in right before working out! Instead, do light cardio to warm up, and then if you want to, stretch at the end of your workout while your muscles are nice and warm.

Brad guides you sensibly. 80% of people who set up a gym stop using it in two months because they give up. Make realistic goals, in 3 month chunks. Visualize your healthy state with focus, and eat well. Drink lots of water. Make sure you include rest days in your routine, to give your body a chance to heal and settle.

One thing Brad talks about is the worry some have about the "ideal time to work out".
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This book is designed to assist women with creating a custom workout space at home. In his Introduction, author Brad Schoenfeld asserts that home-gym ownership provides both freedom and significant savings. His book is extremely individualized, allowing the reader to determine what exactly is appropriate to her allotted workout space. Once these preliminary decisions have been made (in Part 1), Schoenfeld devotes Part II of the book to selecting exercises based on the type of equipment which works with both your space and your budget. He begins with the most basic of tools, including one's own body weight, balls, and bands. The next chapter introduces use of weights--in the form of dumbbells and barbells--and finally, Schoenfeld, addresses the use of larger pieces of equipment such a multifunction machines. Throughout this section, the exercises are are beautifully illustrated using full-color photographs: a single move is featured per page, with two separate photos displaying the start and end points for each exercise; additional variations are sometimes shown as well. Schoenfeld ends Part II by offering some guidance for the cardio portion of your exercise routine (including a brief discussion of cardio machines) and devoting a chapter to stretching.

In the final section of the book, Part III, Schoenfeld provides specific fitness strategies and exercise routines based on the information provided in the previous chapters. Here he reviews general training tips and presents an overview of the major muscle groups. Schoenfeld advocates a multiple set training style, maintaining that this will optimize results and avoid plateaus.
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