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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but requires a gym, 24 Sept. 2010
This review is from: Making the Cut: The 30-day Diet and Fitness Plan for the Strongest, Sexiest You (Paperback)
I recently bought this book and have read it cover to cover. Overall I found the book useful and informative and feel it could be beneficial to anyone with gym membership or access to gym equipment. I haven't yet started the programme but I felt it was necessary to point out the good and bad points of the book in general.
Good points
* It is structured nicely and gives you a good framework before entering the exercise section
* All meals and exercises are neatly planned out during the 30 day programme so there is little for you to calculate other than portion sizes
* The book is to the point and easy to read (I read the whole thing in an afternoon)

Bad points
* Meals are geared for the U.S. and recipes frequently cite brand names that are not available here so time must be spent searching for suitable alternatives
* There are no alternative food options so if you don't eat something on the menu there is no advice about what you could swap it for (however I'm guessing you can just pick something from the list of foods under purine levels)
* Some (not all, probably about 10-20%) of the exercises require equipment found in gyms rather than the home (work benches, machines with pulley systems, swiss balls, exercise balls etc) which limits what you can do in the home and again there is no advice about what you could do instead
* This is a minor point but the daily/weekly exercises and menus are not on separate pages so if you like to photocopy pages for each day's plan then some cutting and sticking will be required as the plans can go across two pages.
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