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Kathy Smith's Lift Weights to Lose Weight [Paperback]

Kathy Smith
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Jan. 1 2001
From America's Leading Fitness Expert comes Kathy Smith's Lift Weights To Lose Weight, a 12-week guide to boosting metabolism, toning & sculpting the body, building stronger bones, & getting the body you want.


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After some 20 years as a highly respected aerobic fitness instructor and health promoter--one who rarely uses the phrase "lose weight"--Kathy Smith is shifting her priorities. "I would never want to choose, but if I could only do one form of training from now on, I'd give up cardio and focus on weight training." A strong statement, indeed! The title of this, her fourth book, suggests Smith's goal is to help exercisers lose weight. But as readers work through the engrossing chapters on physiology, exercise basics, and making the shift from aerobics to weight lifting, Smith says they'll note that weight loss is simply a pleasant by-product of the true benefits generated by this straightforward, nonthreatening weight-lifting program.

Smith believes in the power of consistent, progressive exercise with free weights and weight-lifting machines to counteract the muscle loss and slower metabolism that naturally come with age and typically cause the pounds to pile on. Her 12-week "mini commitment" eases newcomers into a comprehensive program of weight lifting and sensible eating, and includes weekly checklists for tracking workouts and meals. Large photos accompany clearly written descriptions of more than 60 stretches and exercises, nicely organized by muscle group (chest, back, abdominals, and so on). Just pick a gym or a room at home, and Smith will provide the routine. Advocates of her popular fitness videos (more than two dozen to date) will appreciate Smith's natural warmth, encouragement, and intelligence throughout this motivational book. --Liane Thomas


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4.0 out of 5 stars Kathy is one of the best! Jan. 19 2003
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I've been lifting weights for a little over a year, so have already experienced many of the benefits Kathy mentions in her book. I've lost 40 pounds and about 18% body fat by following a good diet and weight training at progressively heavier weight and added sets. Even though I am not brand new to weight training, I still found the book helpful. There is an anatomy chart, and Kathy dispels many myths about weight lifting, in particular that women shouldn't lift heavy or that they will get big and bulky from lifting. Also, there were a couple of exercises that I was not doing, so I was able to modify my current program a bit.
I tried using a trainer, but frankly have been disappointed, so I am now learning all I can on my own. Lift Weights to Lose Weight will be a book that I use. I like it much better than the accompanying video tape, which I have used briefly; it is not a very comprehensive workout.
I recommend this book to beginners and intermediates, and anyone who wants to learn more about the basic principles of weight lifting.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Kathy is one of the best! Jan. 19 2003
Format:Paperback
I've been lifting weights for a little over a year, so have already experienced many of the benefits Kathy mentions in her book. I've lost 40 pounds and about 18% body fat by following a good diet and weight training at progressively heavier weight and added sets. Even though I am not brand new to weight training, I still found the book helpful. There is an anatomy chart, and Kathy dispels many myths about weight lifting, in particular that women shouldn't lift heavy or that they will get big and bulky from lifting. Also, there were a couple of exercises that I was not doing, so I was able to modify my current program a bit.
I tried using a trainer, but frankly have been disappointed, so I am now learning all I can on my own. Lift Weights to Lose Weight will be a book that I use. I like it much better than the accompanying video tape, which I have used briefly; it is not a very comprehensive workout.
I recommend this book to beginners and intermediates, and anyone who wants to learn more about the basic principles of weight lifting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great foudation for weight lifting July 21 2001
Format:Paperback
When I bought this book I didn't know the diffence between a rep. and a set. I have enjoyed the benefits of cardio workouts for years and I felt like I was ready to go a step further and begin stregth training. This book was EXCELLENT to give me the exact insight I needed to get started. Kathy takes an aproach that is often sadly missed in weight training books, she gives as much attention to home weight training as gym weight training. I love to train at home, and hate the gym scene, and yet so many books only tell you how to work muscles using only specificaly designed weight training machines, available only at the gym. From the beginning Kathy expains both the pros and cons of home and gym training and lets the reader choose. From there she balances her attention between both the home and the gym scene. I particularly loved that she went on to give helpful tips in starting your own at home set of weights for much less than you would think, and she explains how to add on to that set and what at home machines are worth their weight in gold vs. which one will more than likely only collect dust. Kathy goes on to explain the benefits of weight training and as well as tips to the most effective methods. For each exercise she specifies the muscle that is going to be targeted, the set up for the exercise, exactly what to do during the exercise, and what you need to focus on. By the time I was through this book I was sounding like one of my friends who is an actual trainer. This book offers great insight on weight training and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in taking the next step in their fitness training, I can't believe the changes I have noticed in my body!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for beginners Feb. 22 2001
Format:Paperback
I am a very big fan of Kathy Smith, and her "Lift Weights To Lose Weight" is one I use frequently, so of course I had to check out her new book inspired by the video. The first section explains why we all need muscle, especially for weight control, and for many other body processes. There is many interesting facts, and the muscles are illustrated and explained. The page design is an easy-to-digest format as well. The second section is the bulk of the book-the weight exercises described in detail with photographs of KS performing the exercises. There are both hand weight and machine exercises. Also, bonus, a section on balance work (I almost kept the book for this alone). The last section describes diet and there is an exercise and diet journal , I believe for a twelve week cycle. This is a very good book for those trying to lose weight, people brand spanking new to weight training and consistent exercise. Kathy Smith is great- she is a class act, and teaches safely and effectively.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh Start Nov. 9 2003
By LORI
Format:Paperback
I had weight trained several years ago with good results but a bad fall down a flight of stairs led me in a different direction and I after gaining weight and loosing muscle I need to start again. This was an excellent fresh start for me. I saw results in just a few weeks and feel stronger and healthier and have now moved on to more serious weight training once again.
Kathy's book is very easy to follow and had very clear direction. Her training advice is sound and her guide to technique was excellent. Her eating plan is sensible and easy to follow and I found no problem working it into my day to day lifestyle. The amount of time spend training each week is very reasonable.
A great book for beginners or people who want a FRESH START
Also a very reasonably priced book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
I found this book to be very helpful! I loved it. I have been exercising for many years using at home videos. Read more
Published on June 27 2004 by lesaaa
5.0 out of 5 stars Strength training is no longer a mystery
Prior to reading this book, I only used weights if they were part of an aerobics class. Now I have the confidence to walk into a weight room at a gym! Read more
Published on Sept. 27 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Weight Lifting Reinforcement
Kathy Smith's companion book Lift Weights to Lose Weight to her popular tape and DVD is a strong reinforcement to her weight lifting program. Read more
Published on March 23 2002
1.0 out of 5 stars bad
This tape would be ok if the instructer wasnt a complete distraction, she paid hardly any attetion to women but flocking about the men in this video. Read more
Published on Feb. 14 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but no cigar
This book is broken into several sections. The 1st is good because it tells you about the benefits of lifting weights. Read more
Published on July 6 2001 by Melissa Orman
5.0 out of 5 stars Weights are the answer!
I thought this was a great book for the person who is very new to weight lifting. I have Kathy's video, which is great... Read more
Published on Feb. 16 2001 by Maggie
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a solid book on the topic!
The first reviewer of this book, seemed to be referring to a video tape he/she had seen. She is confused. This is not a tape. Read more
Published on Jan. 16 2001
4.0 out of 5 stars BUY IT!
I think that this tape is perfect busy people, like me. I have done free weights before on my own, but I like the way Kathy Smith teaches you correct form and then works out your... Read more
Published on Jan. 6 2001
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