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Weights for 50+: Building Strength, Staying Healthy and Enjoying an Active Lifestyle [Paperback]

Karl Knopf
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20 Dec 2005
Weight training is one of the fastest, most effective ways to lose fat, improve muscle tone, and strengthen bones. It also helps guard against osteoporosis, diabetes, and heart disease. Weights for 50+ shows how easy it is for anyone at any age to get started with weights. It teaches exercises that are suited to varying ages and degrees of strength, including super-easy, easy, intermediate, and advanced. The program in Weights for 50+ focuses on the use of small free weights (starting at just 3 lbs.), and includes stretches and release moves, everything readers need to design a personalized weekly exercise plan. Weights for 50+ also describes proper training methods and explains how to achieve specific goals by varying the workout and carefully monitoring the number of repetitions. Last but not least, the author shows how to have fun and enjoy a workout for staying young.

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Ulysses Press (20 Dec 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569755116
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569755112
  • Product Dimensions: 24.7 x 19.2 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 358,393 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars well written, helpful for novices 6 April 2014
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The book is well written, clear and to the point; also the figures are clear and helpful. I would have liked the subject to be treated somewhat more in depth, but the book, as it is, can be very helpful to novices and peoples training without the help of a professional trainer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great instruction 3 Sep 2007
By C. Klar - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this book for my husband who just turned 60 this spring. He is no stranger to working out, especially since he was in the army many years ago. He was very fit and muscular and is a mechanic by trade so he is also very strong. He has also never had a problem with being overweight. A few years ago, he was very sick and lost a tremendous amount of muscle mass. Since we already had free weights here at home and exercise bands, this book seemed appropriate. When I gave it to him, he jumped right in and started using some of the exercises. There has been a marked improvement in both his muscle tone and mass. I catch him studying the pages to find yet another exercise that will improve "his guns". Since he is not a "gym" person this has been a godsend. His posture is improving as well as his confidence. He stated that he looks forward to the day when he will no longer look like a shriveled up old man. :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book hits all the body parts! 24 Sep 2010
By D. Kolb - Published on Amazon.com
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We love all of Dr Knopf's books. This is one of the best. Weight's For 50 takes you through motions, angles, reps, progressions of exercise and gives you the reasons to change your old habits, if you have even established habits at all. Within two months (or less), you will be on track and living healthy. If you have recovery issues, WF50+ will help you focus towards healing and resolution. Do not buy other authors who happen to publish books for college kids, then reword the text for the 50+ crowd. Dr Knopf has a long history and long list of success at his university, his studios and with the groups of adults he actually works with every single day. Dr Knopf provides a realistic hands-on approach, which is so much better than other authors and books who really do not care to serve the 50+ exercise crowd.
35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for people over 50 with health problems 30 Dec 2010
By L. Dubas - Published on Amazon.com
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This was a gift for my boyfriends mother. She recently started lifting weights to help her osteoporosis. She had a trainer that she loved but he was let go when two health clubs merged. Her new trainer told her the other trainer was teaching her wrong and suggested she do different things. She told me there is an osteoporosis section in the book and it said if you have osteoporosis you should not push weight directly over your head or do any exercise that makes your body twist. This new trainer was having her do both. So it sounds as if this was a great Christmas gift for her and she is learning a lot. She said there are sections in the book specifically for other health problems as well.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars well illustrated, well written 12 Dec 2011
By Henry - Published on Amazon.com
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This book gives me a wide range of easy exercises for every area of the body that I am using to keep myself physically refreshed and adequately strong for my 50+ age. It is well illustrated and well written. I am very pleased to have bought it. Another book which I have found to be excellent, and that I use in conjunction with this one is
"Age Defying Fitness: Making the Most of Your Body for the Rest of Your Life." I research books very carefully before buying them and these are among the very best, in my opinion.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Romantic Benefits of Weight Training and Senior Fitness 2 Aug 2011
By Mountain Melody - Published on Amazon.com
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Two great things happened for me this past year.

First, I discovered the books Seasoned Romance, Dr. Ruth's Sex at 50, and Grandpa Does Grandma, each of which helped me realize (to a larger extent than ever before) that seniors could still be excited about sex and romance. One of the main common threads running through each of SR's extraordinary chapter/story, I noticed especially, was the importance of exercise and fitness as a prerequisite to great lovemaking. Needless to say, that got my attention.

Which leads me to number two: I discovered several great exercise DVDs and books specifically for seniors, including Stretching for 50+ and Weights for 50+, both by Dr. Karl Knopf. These two I mentioned are obviously for seniors, but they take you from beginning to more advanced.

More than ever, I've become such a cheerleader for seniors to (1) get back in the romance game and (2) focus on fitness. And one of the great benefits from the stretching, strength, and cardio is a much better self-image and sex life.

Thanks, Dr. Knopf, for the great work you are doing for seniors like me!
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