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  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics (1 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736090355
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736090353
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 21.3 x 27.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 203,980 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Irene Lewis McCormick MS is a personal trainer, an international presenter, an author and a 25 year fitness veteran. She holds a Masters of Science degree in Exercise and Sport Science with an emphasis in Physiology from Iowa State University. She holds professional certifications from NSCA, CSCS, ACE, AFAA, YogaFit, Pilates and AEA.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By marian on 28 Mar 2012
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This book is a very informative read. It begins with a detailed overview on the importance of muscle strength and the benefits of developing a regular regime which is backed up by scientific evidence. There is a number of guides which provide a good benchmark in determining what level of upper body strength you should be striving for as well suggestions for developing good posture and the fat/muscle ratio. The author also goes in to great detail on a number of stretches as well as excercises that are suitable for developing the different muscle groups. I found the section on core muscle strength particularly useful as it gives specific instructions on how to determine if your core muscles are engaged or not and I finally understand why Pilates is is effective in targeting this problem area. There is a a fitness plan at the back which gives a series of suggested exercises but I haven't started those yet. Overall the book is clear, to the point and very easy to read.
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By Oldskoolraver on 30 May 2013
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Brilliant book, very informative and will be very helpful for helping me achieve the goals I want. Fantastic book for women into weight training.
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Thorough and easy to follow 4 April 2012
By Quilted Kat - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I took a little while longer to work my way through this book than I usually do. I wanted to incorporate some of their programs into my own routine before writing a review.

Over half of the book is filled with detailed scientific information on how the body works, how exercise effects metabolism, strength, and your over-all health, myths of exercise and strength training, and the differences between traditional advice given to women who are weight training vs. the conclusions of current research.

The other half of the book is focused on specific weight training programs for different parts of the body, with thorough instructions and detailed photographs of each exercise. Each training section also includes detailed pictures of the muscle groups targeted and information on how the exercises change the muscle.

Of all the women's training books that I have read and used, "A Woman's Guide to Muscle and Strength" is one of the easiest to follow, and best informed. And based on my own use of the exercise routines, it seems to be a highly effective guide. I would recommend it to anyone who is starting a strength training program.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Fitness that Makes Sense! 27 Feb 2012
By Sescreighton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Irene doesn't just tell you what to do to get the body you want--she explains WHY certain methods do and dont work. It's much easier to have the desire and ability to implement a workout when there is knowledge behind the madness! Thanks to Irene for not just "feeding us fish," but teaching us "HOW to fish" so we can be successful independently :) Time to take action ladies!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Comprehensive and well written 14 Jun 2012
By Jessie - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a fabulous book if you want to know the basics about lifting. It's well written, great explanations, exhaustive coverage. I would absolutely recommend.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Excellent book for women 4 Oct 2012
By P. Free - Published on Amazon.com
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I have tried out many books so that I can start an exercise program in a safe way. I have lost weight on an allergy-free diet and I need to fill out with muscle.
The book is superb. It has all the latest training information and complete workouts to get me started. What it lacks is an index of exercises. It has an exercise finder but it still took me a while to figure out where every exercise was because they are not alphabetical. It would have been helpful to have the exercise page numbers on the workout sheets.
Another thing that would have been wonderful is a website with videos of the exercise so that I could be sure that I was using perfect form. I can go on youtube and put in the exercise but I'm not sure I should trust some of those videos.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
WOW! 22 Feb 2012
By amhD - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is amazing! It will change your life! As a former pageant queen and current model, I use these workouts every day! They are easy, can be done almost anywhere, are fun, and most of all REALLY WORK!! Your body will be transformed! It is true results with any workout plan take time, but with Irene's guide you get to see small changes to your body every time you use them! With phenomenal results after time with these exercises! I am a believer in these and everyone I tell becomes a believer! These are doable exercises with thorough explanations and directions. In addition, this is a book for any level, whether you are looking for the model body, looking to improve your fitness level, looking to start a fitness program, or even looking to improve performance in a sport. I have been in every single position and I have turned to Irene. This works!!
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