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  • Paperback: 412 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 3rd Edition edition (7 Mar. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471768456
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471768456
  • Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 2.1 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 196,523 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Now featuring new quickie, core, and other specialized workouts

Fight flab, build strength, increase flexibility, and sculpt your body!

No matter what your age or fitness level, weight training has many health benefits. Featuring illustrated step–by–step exercises plus tips on equipment and specialized workouts, this friendly guide shows you how to get started and get results at home or at the gym, using free weights or weight machines.

Praise for Weight Training For Dummies

"A fun, easy–to–follow guide. . . . You′ll never be intimidated by a weight room again."
Peg Moline, Editorial Director, Shape

"Takes you step–by–step through setting up your own gym to developing a training program."
Self

"One of the easiest–to–understand, best–illustrated guides to important strength exercises we′ve ever seen."
Men′s Fitness

"Solid, comprehensive, and fun. . . . Photos illustrate more than 150 pages of exercises."
Seattle Post–Intelligencer

Discover how to

  • Work with free weights or weight machines
  • Select a gym or set up a home gym
  • Exercise each major muscle group
  • Add Pilates or yoga to your workout
  • Use exercise bands and balls

About the Author

Liz Neporent: Liz s first set of weights (actually, her brother s) were made of blue plastic and filled with sand; when they started leaking sand all over the house, her mother relegated all weight lifting activities to the basement.
Since that time, Liz has graduated into a well–known corporate fitness consultant, designing and managing fitness centers worldwide. Along the way, Liz also was a personal trainer, received a master s degree in exercise physiology, and got certified by the American College of Sports Medicine, National Strength and Conditioning Association, American Council of Exercise, and the National Academy of Sports Medicine. She is coauthor and author of several books, including Fitness For Dummies and Fitness Walking For Dummies and writes frequently for the New York Times, Family Circle, Shape, and others.
She currently hosts a daily internet show on eyada.com.

Suzanne Schlosberg: Suzanne s writing career began her freshman year in college when she was assigned to cover a pre–season NBA game and found herself in a locker room interviewing a dozen, tall, muscular, naked Boston Celtics. She decided she liked this writing stuff. Suzanne went on to become a newspaper reporter and magazine writer. Now a contributing editor to Shape and Health magazine, Suzanne is the coauthor, with Liz Neporent, of Fitness For Dummies and the author of The Ultimate Workout Log. She is also an instructor in the UCLA Extension Certificate in Journalism program. Always happy when she has a barbell in hand, Suzanne has lifted weights in Zimbabwe, Morocco, Iceland, and Micronesia, among other locales. She is the women s record holder in the Great American Sack Race, a quadrennial event held in Yerington, Nevada, in which competitors must run 5 miles while carrying a 50–pound sack of chicken feed.

Shirley Archer: Shirley is a former New York City attorney who traded the fast life for the fit life. A survivor of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome from stress and overworking, her recovery helped her to become a champion of fitness for health and to live fully in body, mind and spirit. She s now a health educator and fitness specialist at the Health Improvement Program at Stanford University School of Medicine in Palo Alto, the author of ten fitness and wellness books, an international trainer of fitness instructors, and a frequently quoted media spokesperson worldwide. Her master s degree is in East Asian Studies from Harvard University, and she has special expertise in mind–body exercise. She s a mind–body spokesperson for IDEA, author of a monthly mind–body news column, and a spokesperson for the American Council on Exercise. She s certified by the American College of Sports Medicine, American Council on Exercise, and National Strength and Conditioning Association, among others. She s also a certified Pilates teacher and yoga instructor. She s created a number of corporate fitness programs, including Walking for Workplace Wellness, Fitness 9 to 5, and Stretching and Relaxation Tips for Workday Survival. Shirley believes that healthy bodies come in all shapes and sizes, and that you can live a longer, happier, and better life by choosing fitness every day.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Simon Parker on 16 Aug. 2013
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I've been going to the gym for many years and have invested many hours in exercising.
It's funny to think though that I have only really ever had a 30 minute induction by a gym instructor, which involved nothing more than some advice on how to adjust the machines etc. I don't think the instructors at my gym are even really qualified in any way.

You see a lot of people thrashing away on the cardio machines trying to get the weight off, who obviously don't understand the importance of doing resistance training as well. You also see an awful lot of people who just go through the motions and fail to properly overload their muscles when training. That's were this book starts and it goes on to cover the subject in quite good detail. It's a better read than 'fitness for dummies' by the same authors.

I started adding serious resistance training to my gym sessions about 2 years ago and have really seen some good results, despite having stopped dieting ! Now I am gaining a better understanding of what all the machines do and will be making sure that my weights sessions are better balanced to cover every thing . I've bought some dumb-bells for use at home. I never realised that you can do most major muscles at home with a simple set of cheap dumb-bells !

One last thing to add, the descriptions of the exercises are OK, but if you search on YouTube you can find hundreds of videos showing you how to do all of them in exquisite detail. A video is worth a thousand pictures ! ( check out Scooby on YouTube)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DJF on 8 Sept. 2014
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I bought this book for my teenage son who was just starting to go to the gym and lift weights. It has been the ideal book for introducing him to weight training in a sensible and controlled manner. My son is now able to discuss muscle groups and how different weights are for different groups and the importance of a set regime including rest days and not pushing his muscles.
This is a very readable book which has imparted a great deal of sensible knowledge to my son to enable him to safely do weight training. It looks at all aspects of training & how to get the best from it without pushing the body too far. My son & I can highly recommend this book for someone who is just starting out.
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This book is definitely for the beginner, and as such covers a lot of important topics. However it never really delves deeper and I was left less than satisfied. If you intend to begin a rigorous weight lifting regime this book is not for you. If you're not sure if weight lifting is your thing or if you want to lift weights for recreational or social reasons then this book should be right up your alley.
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By Vinny on 12 Aug. 2013
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Although ive been training for 16 years i downloaded this book for a few ideas on technique and must say it was a great read and very helpful
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Enthusiast on 5 Sept. 2010
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I have not read all of this book, but I will add my comments at this stage. I am a beginner about to get into weight training, looking for a guide to get me safely started.
Perhaps I could get more out of this book if I gave it a lot more time, but my impression is of a much shorter book, with good information and illustrations, seriously padded out, possibly to match the For Dummies format. As such I found it hard to get to the information I want. There seem to be chapters telling you what the following chapters will cover, all very tiring. I also found it unclear in the guidance for a beginner like me to get a basic start-up routine underway.
I would be quite happy to buy a separate beginners' guide, then buy another book later covering the next level. I don't need one book to cover everything for all levels.
I have ordered a different book to help get me started. I will, however, keep this one for possible reference use.
I hope I have not been unfair to the book under review, but I've given my honest reaction. The content no doubt merits more than 2 stars, but for me the presentation negates it. After all, the title is For Dummies, so it should be much more focused on getting novices started, some time soon!
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Good book my partner has now discovered where they got some of their aches and pains from. Detailed dos and donts are the most valuble information you can have to prevent injury. Great book.
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Clear and easy to follow instructions, essential to ensuring safe and effective training at home. Mostly used by teenage son who has his first set of weights.
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