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The Women's Health Big Book of Exercises: Four Weeks to a Leaner, Sexier, Healthier YOU! Paperback – Dec 22 2009

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books; 1 edition (Dec 22 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605295493
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605295497
  • Product Dimensions: 20.4 x 2.3 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 32 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #23,963 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Adam Campbell is the fitness director for Women's Health and a National Magazine Award-winning writer. He holds a master's degree in exercise physiology and is a NSCA-certified strength and conditioning coach. Campbell has appeared on Good Morning America, The Early Show, and VH-1.


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Book arrived within two days of ordering it. Was a bit wary because I wanted different exercises and this book exceeded my expectations. I reviewed it when I received it and the info that is in this book is awesome. They have the very basic exercises but also have different ways to do each basic exercise which I am sure will go a long way in preventing boredom. Each exercise is explained in length with color photos. Each chapter involves separate parts of your body (i.e. shoulders, glutes, legs, core etc.) they also have workouts for every part of your body. Also have chapter on dieting. Also have chapter on total body exercises and daily workouts. Its the book I was looking for and I am very please that I one for my own fitness regiment.
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This large amply illustrated book is sure to attract attention and provides a useful visual guide to over 600 exercises, if you include all the variations of single exercises. The 'call-outs' and side notes are especially interesting and informative.
However, this text is almost an exact copy of the version written a year earlier for men (The Men's Health Big Book of Exercises). In fact with the exception of changing the pictures to a woman and a few lines of text modified, the books are identical, to the page.
To my thinking, it's sort of like cheating as the text and the included exercises are not specifically for women. One thing that involvement in the fitness field for over 45 years has taught me is that although there are many similarities, there are also many differences in how women move and exercise as compared to men.
For example, most men in average condition can do a simple parallel squat and maintain some semblance of balance. Women on the other hand, tend to have great difficulty with squats, likely related at least in part, to the differences in hip shape. On the other hand, many exercises which require significant flexibility, tend to often be easier for women. In a similar fashion, exercises such as dips and chin-ups are an extra challenge for the average female.
These differences should be taken into consideration and alternate exercises suggested until the balance, strength, and familiarity can be sufficiently developed to realistically include such exercises in a routine. Actually, some women many never be able to do some of the exercises with proper form.
More attention to providing a number of simple starting routines and greater detail as to how to progress to increasingly strenuous movements, would prove extremely useful.
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A friend of mine, who is also a fitness instructor, uses this book to help create fitness routines that work. There is SO much great information in this book of exercises. I highly recommend it, even if you're not an exercise buff, because you can learn so much on how to stay healthy with the training you learn. The illustrations are very clear and they target specific muscle areas and teach you how to maintain them.
Highly recommend.
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I find it very useful for changing my work out routine every 2-3 months. The explanations are good, detailed, so are the pictures. But I wouldn't recommend it for someone with absolutely no gym experience. Otherwise, pretty good book.
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Absolutely love this book! Large size book, numerous clear photographs of the exercises with complete explanations and instructions. I like how each body part is separated into sections and there is also a section for exercises to work out multiple body parts. Info also on healthy eating provided. I purchased this years ago and couldn't find my copy and was excited to get it again- they've improved it a lot since- including the larger thicker size book with much more info. I purchased one for my sister and then promptly purchased another for myself. Great to devise a work out plan at home. You can select which version of each exercise you want to do based on which equipment you have at home- not much is required additionally. You can see your body weight for a lot of these, or buy a barbell or dumbbell, or select equipment. They don't necessarily suggest you go out and buy it all. In my former life, I was an avid gym rat and since having kids, it's hard to travel to gym back and forth. Even when I used to go to gym, I would have the old copy handy (several years ago) and find ways to make my workout fun and varied a bit.
I know in this day and age, the info is easily extracted via Internet, however, nothing beats having the book handy and having marked out which pages of exercises I want to do. Beginner to advanced can use this book. I worked out with my baby beside me while laying on the floor and managed to get a good glute workout in!
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Wonderful book full of great exercises each with numerous variations. Pictures and instructions are clear and easy to understand. The only issue i had was with the binding. The pages in the middle of the book soon started to tear away so I had to tape them back together. The binding wasn't strong enough to support the high quality paper. I would still recommend this book for its content. Only wished it hadn't fallen apart after a few days.
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There is a lot of information in the book and can be overwhelming at first but once you get an idea of what kind of workout you want it is very helpful. It gives you many variations on some of the exercises and if you want a specific kind of workout you can pick one that is pre made or one that you make up yourself.
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