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Tony Ryan , Martica Heaner
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June 4 2000 For Dummies
Anyone can get into a fitness rut. You could be exercising regularly but feeling unmotivated about your current routine. Or you could be enjoying your workouts but not getting the results you really want. You can even be on health club hiatus and looking for a way to get back into exercise-mode. Whatever your situation, cross-training is a practical solution. Cross-training is a well-rounded way of approaching exercise. It allows you to vary your workouts so you can inject a little excitement into your fitness routine, while you receive better results out of your exercise plan.

If you have a real thirst for fitness knowledge then Cross-Training For Dummies is for you. Whether you just want to use cross-training as a way to spice up a dull workout routine or you’re looking to develop specific skills that will enhance your performance in a specific activity or sport, this book can get you on track.

Cross-Training For Dummies will keep you motivated, intere sted, strong, and injury-free as you strive to improve your level of fitness. From savvy tips that’ll turbo charge your workouts to great advice on weight lifting, fitness activities, and team sports, this book has just what you need to advance to a higher level of fitness. Cross-Training For Dummies also covers topics hat will help you to:

  • Assess your fitness level
  • Set personalized exercise goals
  • Have fun with individual and team sports
  • Incorporate kickboxing, Pilates, spinning, and other cutting-edge workouts into you routine
  • Understand the five elements of fitness
Challenging your body to new fitness levels is hard work, but the results are well worth it. Cross-Training For Dummies will help you understand how cross-training works and show you how to put together a well-balanced training program that will keep you happy and healthy.

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From kickboxing Pilates, and other cutting-edge exercise options to perennial favorites such as running, biking, and swimming, this guide helps readers create customized workouts that minimize boredom and maximize results.

Tips on mixing and matching activities for a balanced workout

Photos and illustrations show proper techniques

Explanations on how to set goals, stay motivated, and prevent injuries

From the Back Cover

"The next best thing to having your own personal trainer." Sarah Mahoney, Editor-in-chief, Fitness magazine "The perfect inspiration to take your fitness routine to the next level." — Sally Wadyka, Senior Editor, gymamerica.com

Great tips on customizing your training plan to maximize results

Are you not getting the results you want from exercise? Are you ready to try something new? Congratulations! This friendly guide is about to rock your world. From savvy tips that'll turbocharge your workouts to great advice on weight lifting, fitness activities, and team sports, this book has just what you need to advance to a higher level of fitness.

Discover how to: Assess your fitness level Understand the five elements of fitness Set personalized exercise goals Incorporate kickboxing Pilates, Spinning, and other cutting edge workouts Have fun with individual and team sports

Get smart! www.dummies.com


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5.0 out of 5 stars A balanced fitness plan is easy with this book! June 9 2000
By A Customer
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Cross-Training For Dummies is like having your own personal trainer! You pick a cross-training plan to follow (I picked the Weight Loss plan, but you can also choose from a "Base Fitness" plan, Athletic plan, or "Mix-n-Match" plan). Each plan tells you how much time you should spend on cardio and strength training, which exercises (cardio and strength training) you should try, and how much time you should spend on flexibility and power. Then, you just turn to the chapters they note to get a description of the exercise you should do! If you are already involved in a sport, you can also find exercises that will help you with that sport. Plus, there are a bunch of charts you can use to track your progress in your general health, body measurements, or weight training.
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This book would be good for someone who is new to fitness and can be used as a reference to someone that already has a fitness lifestyle. It will answer alot of questions you may have but don't want to ask. I highly recommend this one!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A balanced fitness plan is easy with this book! June 9 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Cross-Training For Dummies is like having your own personal trainer! You pick a cross-training plan to follow (I picked the Weight Loss plan, but you can also choose from a "Base Fitness" plan, Athletic plan, or "Mix-n-Match" plan). Each plan tells you how much time you should spend on cardio and strength training, which exercises (cardio and strength training) you should try, and how much time you should spend on flexibility and power. Then, you just turn to the chapters they note to get a description of the exercise you should do! If you are already involved in a sport, you can also find exercises that will help you with that sport. Plus, there are a bunch of charts you can use to track your progress in your general health, body measurements, or weight training.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars this is a must-have for someone starting a fitness lifestyle June 5 2000
By rebecca davenport - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book would be good for someone who is new to fitness and can be used as a reference to someone that already has a fitness lifestyle. It will answer alot of questions you may have but don't want to ask. I highly recommend this one!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Put the fun back into exercise with Cross-Training for Dummies Feb. 2 2011
By Bob Weinstein, Lt. Colonel, US Army, Ret. - Published on Amazon.com
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We live in a society that is too focused on getting partial aspects instead of the whole concept. Cross-Training for Dummies not only puts the fun back into a workout but also gives to all you need to get a complete body workout without all the fancy equipment. We spend too much time indoors as it is. Cross-Training for Dummies gives you all you need to take your workout outdoors although many of the exercises can be done in the comfort of your living room. This book uses the one piece of equipment you always have with you, your body. I highly recommend this book.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic book for anyone who is seeking an exercise routine to fit their own particular interests and needs. March 13 2014
By Joseph J. Truncale - Published on Amazon.com
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I have been into physical fitness all my life. Even at my advanced age I still workout hard seven days a week doing various exercises. This is the reason I purchased this book (Cross-Training for Dummies by Tony Ryan). I have always loved circuit type of fitness programs that work the entire body and provide a total fitness approach. Even though I have tried numerous fitness program such as The U.S. Navy SEAL workouts, Cross Fit programs, body weight strength, tactical aerobics, boxing workouts, martial arts workouts and numerous other exercise routines, I am always looking for different ways to improve my overall fitness level. This book is filled with great ideas and suggestions to achieve whatever fitness goals you are seeking.

This great book not only covers numerous physical fitness programs, but provides vital information on how to design your own specialized routines. This book is part of the "For Dummies" series, but do not be turned off by the title. This 350 page text is organized in a specific way to make it easy to understand and apply to your specific needs.

Part one covers the way to "wake up your workouts" by cross training principles. The second part deals with specific things like setting goals, fitness testing and other information. Part three explains the numerous cross-training plans you can follow depending on your needs and interests. Part four goes into some of the various exercises and routines to improve yourself. The fifth part covers in detail various exercises and movements you can use to vary your exercise routine. Part six gives numerous tips to stay on track with your physical fitness needs. The final part has the glossary and fitness charts you can use to keep track of your goals and objectives. This brief review cannot do justice to the amount of information this text contains.

If you are into physical fitness this is one book that should be in your personal library as an excellent reference source.

Rating: 5 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale ( Author: The Samurai Soul: An old warrior's poetic tribute)
5.0 out of 5 stars Kick your fitness into overdrive! Feb. 11 2014
By Robert T Spencer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I'm loving adding the cross training to my weekly workout routine. Weight loss and fitness levels are responding quicker than I had anticipated. Give it a try.
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