College Dorm Workout Paperback – Jan 1 1994
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Top Customer Reviews
My chief complaint is the illustration of the squats. I have since learned that Marthe bends her knees much too far in the photo; *never* bend your knees further than 90 degrees. I too, also hope that a future edition will be spiral bound so that novice exercisers can hold the book open while they work out.
The nutritional advice is good for the weeks that you're dieting, although I have found that you may have to slightly increase the amount of protein you take in daily after your reach your goal weight to keep your muscular body looking well, muscular.
I realize that this book might be simplistic for some people, but for most of us, it's just right. It lays it to you straight. If you want to get to 'C', you've got to go through 'A' and 'B'.
The best thing about this book is that the exercises, which were designed to be done in a small space, are actually effective. I have a niece who is in college right now and has been trying to lose weight for a long time. I bought her this book and she reported that she'd lost quite a few pounds within the first few weeks of starting the exercises.
The author isn't some guru (although her mom is a fitness expert and was the person who put together the training routine), she's just another college gal who's been through the frosh fifteen. It's refreshingly uncondescending in it's voice so you won't feel like a dummy.
However, I DO have a few bones to pick with the designers of the book: Hopefully, in the next edition the pictures will be in color so that you can better visualize the correct postures for the exercises from an awkward position, especially if they don't remedy the dinky text describing the exercises which is equally difficult to peruse from two feet away. Also, it would help if the book were spiral bound or accordian bound so that the pages would stay in place without me having to set a book on top of it to keep the pages from flipping.
Until another edition is released where these nitpicky issues are addressed, I highly recommend you buy this book.
I'm not a college student, but toward summer I still have that extra five pounds to shed...and living on a budget in a small apartment does not equal jazzercise. For anyone looking to lose a few pounds or just get into shape, this book is a must buy.
The language is simple and complex principles are made easy to understand. The pace starts as slow as you need it. And the cost is the best part!
All that's required is a few feet of space, a straight-backed chair without arms (goodwill $10), and two freeweights (another $10-$20 dollars, depending on the weight and quality). AND THERE'S NOTHING MORE TO BUY...EVER!
The exercise is as fast as you'll find it, and more effective than you'd ever believe. With this book I was able to tone up and trim down.
"Bikinis have never looked better."
The best part is that this program works! I saw improvements in my body even as early as the second week... and from there it just kept getting better.
This book contains good, solid advice. As a result, I find myself occasionally pulling this book off the shelf to refresh my memory about certain exercises or fitness expectations.
The College Dorm Workout qualifies as one of the most useful books I've ever bought.
Most recent customer reviews
2 summers ago, I tried this book out and boy was it a success--combined with a healthy diet I managed to lose 20lbs using this program. Read morePublished on April 25 2001
This book not only helped me to lost over 40 pounds, but taught me how to keep it off. Four years later, I still refer back to the book frequently for advice on proper form,... Read morePublished on July 1 1999
I give this book five stars . . . it deserves it!! It was interesting, easy to comprehend and well organized. Read morePublished on June 4 1999
If your living space is small and cluttered and you don't have the money for gym membership, this book tells you how to design a weightlifting routine that works. Read morePublished on June 2 1999
Great book of simple, easy-to-stick-with exercises, mostly with dumbbells. I have been doing them about four weeks now (the exercises, not chasing the girls). Read morePublished on Feb. 13 1999