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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Press (30 Jun 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594862435
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594862434
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 2.4 x 27.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 252,276 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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MYATT MURPHY has written articles on exercise, lifestyle, nutrition, and sports for more than 40 worldwide magazines including "Esquire, Fitness, GQ, Men's Health, " and "Sports Illustrated." A frequent guest on national television shows such as "CNN News" and "Good Morning America, " he splits his time between Pennsylvania, Florida, and New York City.

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54 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Lofta on 27 Jan 2008
Format: Paperback
My bog-standard gym program was going nowhere. So I ordered this figuring I would make my own program, but thankfully, there's no need cause the author does it all for you.

What I really like is that he covers EVERY base, grouped into simple choices.
1. what kind of physique do you want (lean/toned/big/balanced)
2. how many days can you work out per week (from 1/2/3/4/5/6/7 days(!))
3. how long can you work out per session (from 10/15/20/30/45/60 mins)

And then he gives you FULL programs per session/day based on your combination of choices. Plus full and simple instructions on every single exercise, with up to 3 ways of doing each one, e.g. 3 options to do bicep curls depending on the equipment available and your personal preference.

There's also sections on nutrition and stretches, so I can't see how you can go wrong with this book to help you achieve your goals, however much time you've got to work out.

This is exactly what I wanted. It's only been a couple weeks so far into my program but I'm seeing definite benefits and leave each workout really knackered. I am being quite strict with diet, though, as calorie intake is key to get the results you want.

Overall, this book is probably the best one I've seen for normal people wanting to get into real shape without the bs of body-building evangelism. Highly recommended.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By S. Kavanagh on 17 Mar 2008
Format: Paperback
I havent had time for a thorough gym work out for quite some time for various reasons but I decided to make myself a deal and start thinking that I owed myself time to work out. With that in mind this book seemed perfect - the way it caters for the time you have is really interesting. I started off with 45 mins/3 days a week and have just decided to add another day in. Looking at the way he structures the work-outs is really interesting - each exerise works on a different set of muscle groups so that if you follow the routine you really do work out all the key muscles during a week. A word of advice is to start with a weight that is simple to lift in order to master particular exercises and then you get confidence to move up weights.

On a very practical level I live in a terraced house with kids so space is at a premium. The only kit i have for these work outs is a chair or two and a set of adjustable dumbells - as the book describes it, these are really the only tools you need. I've been following this for 3 weeks now and I'm starting to see results and feel stronger. Important note here is that Murphy includes a nutrion section to this book and it is really worth reading - eating smaller meals, snacking regularly, eating foods in an unprocessed form and thinking about a genuine 'balanced diet' etc is really interesting and helps stave off tiredness and over-eating. I've certainly taken some (not all) these points on board and have certainly lost the 'bloat' that I always felt I was carrying and never thought I'd be able to get rid of.

Well written (no preaching), brilliantly structured to suit everyone and lots of really pertinent observations. I shall certainly be sticking to this book for a while yet.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By M. Gamal on 19 Dec 2007
Format: Paperback
It's true, it really does give work-outs no matter how much time you have, what you want to exercise for, and how much equipment you've got. There are two or three alternatives for each work-out depending on what equipment you've got, and when and how you do them depends on how much time you have and what you want to achieve.
There are also sections on stretching, massaging and nuitrition.
It is written very simply and assumes you are an absolute beginner.
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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Self-help junkie VINE VOICE on 8 Jun 2006
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What a brilliant idea! The title says it all. Figure out how many days you can set aside to work-out this week (1? 2? 3? all the way up to every day!) and then figure out how much time you can set aside in each day to work out (10 minutes? all the way up to 60 minutes). Then simply turn to the page of the book that has the appropriate combination of days per week and time per day (e.g. 20 minutes twice a week) and pick one of four work-outs: one to get leaner, one to build muscle, one to build strength, or a total-body workout. Each workout is clearly written out for you so that you can photocopy it and take it to the gym, and if you can't get to the gym, there are alternatives that you can do at home/in the hotel with a minimum of expensive equipment.

I really like the fact that even if you can only do 10 minutes one day a week, the author doesn't shout 'WIMP'. He is completely realistic about how the time we can set aside to excercise varies from week to week, and he works firmly on the 'anything is better than nothing' principle. So the whole tone of the book is encouraging.

A great idea and a book that I'm sure I will use many many times and value for its flexible, realistic approach.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By cneal14 on 27 Dec 2010
Format: Paperback
Having bought this book on the strength of the previous reviews, I feel forced to add my own now to guide future potential shoppers. This book, in my opinion, is strictly for beginners to weight training. With good illustrations and solid workout routines, it is a nice start for beginners.
When you read more closely however, you see this is written at a basic level. Firstly, the routines are repetitive when you move from 20-30-40 mins and are very similar across the 2-3-4 days per week schedule. I would have expected more variety, and suggestions for changes in the workshops to keep the routines fresh. This is suggested in the text but the selection of exercise is left to the user, which is a pity and the book loses alot of value because of this. Second, the book includes a 7-day training section, but then suggests not doing this routine. Fine, I agree. But why include this section at all? Why not include 1-6 day schedules and refer in the introduction in a small section why there is not 7 day routine? Thirdly, the workouts include a potentially harmful exercise - leg extensions. Lastly, as someone who has worked on weight training for about ten years, I had hoped to be inspired by the routines and expected some variation between the days per week and time per routine. However, the routines were very repetitive with little variation. Then the timeframes suggested for the routines are extremely ambition, almost as if you have your own home gym. And that is fine for those who have their own home gym, but for those who use public gyms, I think you will find the routines difficult to complete in the timeframes suggested.
In summary, this is an OK weight training book for beginners but with major flaws.
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