Sculpting Her Body Perfect-3rd Edition Paperback – Oct 12 2007
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"The book that every woman needs in her quest for being the best she can be." -- Ms. Fitness magazine
"Very thorough... beg, borrow, or steal this book (from a friend)." -- Oxygen magazine
"Embrace this book as your body-sculpting bible, and I guarantee it will change the way you feel about your body--and yourself--forever!" -- Kiana Tom, Star of Kiana's Flex Appeal
“The book that every woman needs in her quest for being the best she can be."
Ms. Fitness magazine
“Very thorough... beg, borrow, or steal this book (from a friend)."
"Embrace this book as your body-sculpting bible, and I guarantee it will change the way you feel about your body--and yourself--forever!"
Star of Kiana's Flex Appeal
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Top Customer Reviews
Also, the book shows overhead shoulder presses with the bar behind the back, which is widely considered to be dangerous. Several of the pictures for squats & lunges show the front knee bending beyond the ankle & toes. Even a basic body sculpting class at a gym will give you that form pointer. Further, deadlifts, which can be really dangerous if done improperly, are shown with the head down & back rounded--totally wrong form.
I'm not a doctor or PT or weight training snob...But I've used three different PTs before, and have spent not an insignficant amount of time reading various strength training sources on the
web, and I've never seen any of these moves/forms recommended.
I bought the book b/c I thought it would help me come up with my own routines. It does seem helpful in that regard (hence 1 star as opposed to 0), but the egregious errors make me worry about everything else in the book. If you're using this book, go to a *good* PT to check your form!
Sculpting starts by outlining why women's body sculpting is more challenging than men's body sculpting, and provides reasons why women should do weight training. He then moves to his body sculpting program, which he claims will provide tone but not bulk to women's bodies. There are three phases, and in each phase you weight train 3x per week, with cardio 3-5x/week. What changes is how the weight training is structured.
Phase one is a body conditioning phase, and includes three full body days. Each day includes one exercise per body part, changing the exercise for each day. (E.g., for day 1 quads you might do squats, day 2 lunges, and day 3 leg press.) For each exercise you do 3 sets of 15 reps, at 75% maximum weight. Each body part is worked 3x per week. This stage is to build muscle -- he stresses that you can't shape muscle unless you first have muscle. He recommends staying with this phase for 3-6 months, and says you will reach 50% of your potential with this phase.
Phase two is the toning and shaping phase, and lasts at least 6 months. Here the body is split into two: e.g., day 1 - chest, back, shoulders and calves; and day 2- biceps, triceps, quads, hamstrings and abs. You still do weights three days a week, but alternate day 1 and day 2. Each body part is worked 3 x every two weeks. You use two exercises per body part in a superset, still doing 3 sets of 15 reps for each exercise. The intensity of the weights is increased in this phase.Read more ›
The book does have some flaws. The author stresses at the beginning of the book that it is important to know what muscles you are working so that you can focus on them while exercising. But when he illustrates each exercise, he does not tell you which specific muscles you are working. Most other books will list the latin names of the muscles you are working, and some even illustrate the specific muscles, which is quite useful. He suggests a limited number of exercises for each category. Some of the exercises he mentions you can't find in the book (such as "spider curls"). When you look at the illustrated exercises, he does not tell you what category it is working. You have to keep referring back to an earlier page to figure that out. There are so many more exercises you could do for each of the categories but he does not mention them. It would have been nice if he had a chart of exercises that you could do without having to illustrate all of them.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
More organization and variety in programs would be beneficial.
Better to use the book Home Workout by the same author.
I purchased this to replace my worn-out copy of the original edition, but found it to be less than. I prefer the original edition.Published on Oct. 26 2013 by Polar Expressions
This book explains how the muscle groups work and provides exercises that target them the best. It has both weights and resistance band exercises so it's possible to do the... Read morePublished on Jan. 2 2012 by Lex
I have been following the sculpting program for about six months and it has totally changed the way I look and feel about myself. Read morePublished on Sept. 21 2002 by Charleen
Very thorough, easy to follow details on training protocols and techniques. Useful for the out-of-shape beginner as well as those more advanced in training.Published on Feb. 7 2002
I am getting back into lifting weights after several years absence. I had previously used nautilus and now have a home gym with free weights. Read morePublished on Jan. 13 2002
This book is brilliant. It presents a complete exercise program in a very readable way. I have now been on the program for over six months and I'm just starting the advanced... Read morePublished on Aug. 5 2001 by Josephine Sica
I could not believe how outdated this book seems to be. I opened it and to my horror it was terrible. The exercises are elementary at best and not explained well at all. Read morePublished on Aug. 2 2001
I was so excited to read a book especially designed for women, however once I opened it up it didn't take long before I was disappointed. Read morePublished on July 19 2001