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Smart Girls Do Dumbbells: Develop the Leanest, Healthiest, Sexiest Body You've Ever Had in 30 Minutes 30 Days 30 Ways [Paperback]

Judith Sherman-Wolin
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1 Sep 2004
Most women have dieted and exercised their entire lives. It's always the same story: lose weight, gain it back; or lose weight, but not the desired amount. Some have very intense fitness regimes, yet still don't get the results they're looking for - tight buns, strong arms and a flat belly. The UCLA Centre for Nutrition has developed a fast and easy dumbbell programme that readers can do at home and set up for much less than it costs to pay to the gym every month. Say goodbye to flab and sag, and hello tight and pert.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Riverhead Books,U.S. (1 Sep 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573223867
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573223867
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 19 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 183,771 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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152 of 153 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smart Book 4 Oct 2004
By A Customer
I've had a very attractive set of pastel-hued dumbbells sitting in the corner gathering dust for years now. On a recent shopping trip I was utterly horrified to see myself in the changing room mirror - flab and sag all round - not a pretty site. Time then, I surmised, to dust off my dumbbells and tone up my weak and weedy body. Of course, having a set of dumbbells at your disposal and actually knowing what you're supposed to do with them are two entirely different things. Joining a gym is my idea of going straight to hell (and I couldn't possibly afford it anyway) so I was very happy indeed to discover "Smart Girls Do Dumbbells", which specifically sets out to show you how to workout in the comfort (and convenience) of your own home with little more than a set of cheap dumbbells.
The book gets straight down to business in a no-nonsense, friendly and non-threatening way. It is specifically written for women (of all ages and fitness levels) and the author's "Smart Girls" philosophy is encouraging and motivational without being irritating or twee. She has over twenty years experience as a Personal Trainer and you very much feel that you are in a safe pair of hands. There is no hype and, thankfully, no glossy images of impossibly toned, glamourous bodies to make you feel inadequate. Just good sound advice and an easy-to-use, well-designed fitness regime that aims to help you tone and shape all the major areas of the body, including tums and bums, thighs, arms, back and chest. Each exercise is thoroughly described, paying particular attention to detail to ensure you perform each move with proper form and technique. Sensible questions are asked and answered authoritatively and you are left feeling that you really can achieve your goals in a realistic way. All-in-all highly recommended.
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110 of 113 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great buy 7 Mar 2005
By A Customer
I bought this book a couple of months ago. I was looking for something easy to use in front of the television. I get a little bit of exercise through walking each day, but wanted to do something to give me more shape. I used to go to the gym fairly regularly about 7 years ago and i have to say that this book did the job just as well! You have to have the dedication to stick with it, but most of the workouts only take about 15-20 mins and just about anyone can fit that in in front of their favourite tv programme.
I've found that i have lost a bit of weight because i have been dieting at the same time, but overall i haven't lost very much. The difference has been in my body shape. Allthough the scales don't say much i've had a lot of compliments from people and it has helped my midriff and arms to get more shape.
I have given this a four and a half out of five because i don't think the layout of the book is quite as clear as it could be and it can be tricky flicking from the exercise it tells you to do, to the specific instruction for that exercise. But this is a small price to pay and i highly recommend this as a VERY cheap alternative to the gym. The only thing extra you really need to buy is a set of dumb bells.
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Encouraging and positive. 2 Feb 2007
I couldnt put this book down. Written by a woman for women - what more could you ask for?! Judith is so encouraging and positive in the book and it almost seems as though she wrote the book just for me. She knows what I am thinking and how I feel about things - of course she does, she is a woman! I had bought a different book before this one, witten by a man for women - why you ask? I dont know! I much prefer this book and would recommend it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 28 May 2010
I bought this book along with the York Vinyl dumbell kit. The introduction before you even pick up a weight is quite lengthy but important if like me you've never lifted weights before. The 30 ways in 30 days programme is a great way to add variety to your workout and i began to see results in a week! Highly recommended book.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Varied 30 day workout 31 May 2007
I've been using this book for a few months now. I was getting bored with my exercise routine using just a rowing machine. This keeps me going by being varied with a different work out for each day for 30 days. I wanted to use weights but didn't know where to start or what exercises to do. This book is like having a trainer telling you each day what to do, and it's only 4 or 5 dumbell exercises a day, so it wasn't difficult to add to my normal routine with the rowing machine and it wasn't so much that you want to give up.

I know it's helped my arms especially, as they are now slimmer and more toned.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good manual, bad title, awful colour of cover 12 Sep 2008
By S. Yogendra VINE VOICE
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An almost too-catchy title, a Barbie-pink front cover and under-par photos do injustice to this otherwise good manual for resistance and weight training, targeted at women. I bought this book to build and maintain my own resistance training routine without going to the gym. I have earlier worked with good trainers who have taught me correct technique and the use of body weight, free weights, resistance bands and tubes and the Swiss ball. This book is a good companion for motivation and for remembering to do the right exercises in a balanced manner throughout the week.

The book is written accessibly. Judith Sherman-Wolin peppers it with stories from her clients and their experiences with exercise failure. She proposes an exercise success triad of virtue comprising knowledge, consistency and results. She recommends the equipment required for this exercise and lists their prices in US dollars which is not very useful for readers like me outside the US. She also address myths related to bulking up.

The book could be organised a bit better. For instance, stretches are listed in Chapter 7 and exercises do not appear till Chapter 10. It can be disorienting for users who have not worked out in structured gyms before. The photos could have been better, probably even in colour. However the breathing techniques are explained which are not ordinarily found in many books. For those, who do not want to devise their own routine, the 'exercise menu' at the back is very helpful in maintaining a balanced workout with weights.

I recommend the book but I should add, just as Sherman-Wolin says, motivation is necessary to get results.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars ... to get to the exercises but in all a good book with pictures to...
Takes a while to get to the exercises but in all a good book with pictures to help get positions correct. I am still a beginner to dumbbells but can't complain about this book
Published 1 month ago by J Nicholls
4.0 out of 5 stars Use with the dumbells
Suitable for use. A useful book to use alongside dumbells also purchased to give ideas of how to use them.
Published 8 months ago by P Francis
5.0 out of 5 stars For the future
The more I read about this book the more I knew I had to at least buy it and read it. I am still reading it but have already put into practice the programme. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Scorpion
4.0 out of 5 stars I can recommend for sure, it works
I was trying to loose extra pounds around my belly when a friend of mine suggested me to do dumbells in order to tone and speed up the process, what a surprise! Read more
Published on 23 Aug 2011 by Claudia
4.0 out of 5 stars A very useful book
I found this book to be very useful in both giving the background information on the benefits of weight training and in giving practical advice about how to carry out the exercises... Read more
Published on 20 Mar 2011 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Smart Girls Do Dumbells: Develop the Leanest, Healthiest, Sexiest Body...
Only had this book a few weeks but found it easy to understand and very motivating when you feel a little low on doing the workout. Read more
Published on 5 Mar 2011 by J. Woolley
4.0 out of 5 stars Really good...easy to read an understand!
I recommend it to anyone but especially to the begginers who wants to learn a bit more on the benefits of using dumbells as part of your daily rutine. Read more
Published on 28 Oct 2009 by G. Pereira Costa
1.0 out of 5 stars Should carry a health warning
This is meant to be a book for beginners and is therefore quite dangerous. Anyone who advocates, as this author does, sitting in a car for a few minutes with the heater on as a way... Read more
Published on 19 May 2009 by L J Slater
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Workout Book Ever
Judith is incredibly inspirational and encouraging without being the slightest bit patronising. She's not some 25 year old gym bunny you just want to smack, she does look fabulous... Read more
Published on 19 April 2008 by C. Hanley
1.0 out of 5 stars Very difficult book to use
Well written and really positive and 'go-getting', but unfortunately very difficult to use.

There's way too few pictures, so you regularly have a guess about the... Read more
Published on 18 April 2008 by Rosey Lea
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