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New Rules Of Lifting For Women: Lift Like a Man, Look Like a Goddess Hardcover – 27 Dec 2007

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  • Hardcover: 258 pages
  • Publisher: J P Tarcher (27 Dec. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1583332944
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583332948
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 2.3 x 24.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 615,158 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Lou Schuler has finally written a training book for me, and for all women. His expert advice, no-nonsense plans, and sense of humor are reassuring, motivating, and entertaining. I'm starting the program tomorrow!" - Susan Kleiner, Ph.D., author of "Power Eating" and "The Good Mood Diet" "The workouts in this book are unique, challenging, and extremely effective...be prepared to get into the best shape of your life!" --Valerie Waters, celebrity trainer --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Lou Schuler is a National Magazine Award-winning journalist, a certified strength and conditioning specialist, the author of popular diet and strength-training books, and a dedicated blogger. He has written and edited Men's Fitness, Men's Health, Men's Health Muscle, Men's Journal, and other magazines.

Alwyn Cosgrove is co-owner, with his wife Rachel, of Results Fitness in Newhall, California. He is a professional member of the National Academy of Sports Medicine and the American College of Sports Medicine, among other organizations, and is a frequent contributor to a variety of magazines, including Men's Health and Men's Fitness.

Cassandra Forsythe, M.S., is a doctoral student at the University of Connecticut, studying exercise science and nutrition. She is an expert consultant for fitness and nutrition media, including Men's Health, Fitness Rx for Her, and Fitness Rx for Him.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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Format: Hardcover
"Lift like a man, look like a Goddess" says the book. But is it true? I believe it is, and this book is right on the money. It is cleanly divided into three parts.

The first part discusses the similarities between men's and women's bodies as it pertains to weight lifting- and why they should train the same. I agree with the book on this point entirely. While women's muscles won't get as big as a man's from lifting weights, the stimulus to make a woman's muscle bigger and stronger is identical to that of a man's- overload the muscle with progressively heavier weights.

Part two, "You aren't what you don't eat", is the eating/diet section of the book. A lot of wisdom is also packed in here as the book gives the reader a lot of basic nutrition info, such as calorie needs, protein intake, etc. The reader is also introduced to the four "Ironclad Rules" which include: you must eat breakfast, you must eat a total of 5 meals and snacks a day, you must have a post-workout recovery shake on the days you lift, and you must have more calories on workout days than the other days. Meal plans are nicely laid out for the reader in this section as well.

Lastly comes part three, "Resistance is vital." Of course this is the section that discusses the workout routines and the exercises. Without going into details, you work out 2-3 times a week, and the workouts are divided in 7 stages (each with a certain goal) which roughly give you 6 months worth of workouts- which I might add, are all highly detailed in the book. Pictures of warm-up exercises and the resistance exercises are included and very easy to follow. Weight lifting exercises are nothing crazy, with a lot of them being sensible, basic exercises such as squats, deadlifts, and various presses.
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Format: Paperback
Lke most other reviewers I found the content of this book good, with good clear descriptions of the exercises.
I would advise anyone thinking of buying this to get the book, not the kindle edition since the workout tables are illegible on my kindle and it is not possible to increase the font size. This is a shame because I had thought it would be handy to use my kindle to refer to the workouts at the gym. The only way I have been able to read the tables is on my pc.
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I truly loved this book - it goes into detail about exactly why women should weight train and shows you how.

The diet section is great - pointing out that if you want to build muscle (and you do, if you want a lean body) that actually have to eat.

The only bug I have with it is that the workouts shown (six months worth) don't actually seem to use all the exercises pictured in the book - there were way too many step-ups for my liking and not enough lunges/reverse lunges even though it had pictures showing you how to do them.

However, it did give you alternate exercises if you can't get to a gym, all you need are dumbells, a stability ball, some kind of bench is good, and a darn step!

I'd been lifting for about a year before buying this and it was definatly worth it for all the information, would certainly recommend it for a beginnner (you'd be very lucky if this was your first book!) and for intermediates too.
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Format: Hardcover
This is a well written, thoroughly researched book with a light tone and a nice easy going style which makes it a pleasure to read. Despite being a qualified personal trainer and experienced lifter I learned several things I did not already know about muscle physiology. The workouts included (six months or more worth) were different from everything else I have seen of late and am looking forward to starting them when I finish my current training cycle. I may update this review after a few months actually on the programme.

The nutrition section provided little that was new to an experienced lifter but would be a good resource to someone who doesn't know how to eat to maximise metabolism and get the body they have always wanted. The recipes, unusually for a book of this type, actually sound delicious, and the advice is more practical and aligned to a normal lifestyle (i.e. 3 meals and 2 snacks per day, plus post-workout shake on lifting days rather than the six mini meals often recommended in lifting tomes). I would have liked some more recipes, but there is a support forum so I'm sure recipes will abound there.

The only criticism is that the programmes look a little confusing when viewed as a whole. Despite this, the system is explained well, and if you take it one step at a time it should become clearer. I would recommend this book for any level of lifter, from the novice who can't even do a single full press-up (adequately catered for in the exercise choice options) to an experienced lifter who would like a new programme to shake things up plus an update on what's new in muscle physiology.
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Format: Hardcover
I finished the programme in this book back in October, it took me approx 6 months to complete.

I'd done some weight lifting using dumbbells but nothing like this programme has you doing. I'd never even touched an Olympic bar before! This book is great if you love the idea of being strong - it's about strength training, not bodybuilding.

There are 7 stages to complete and the workouts are varied and always full body and focus on compound moves (no body part splits or bicep curls here).

Following this programme made me much more confident in the weight room (unless you have a well-equipped home gym, membership to a gym with decent free weights is a must) and I went on to buy the original New Rules and follow workouts from there.

Lou Schuler's writing style is great. Not full of technical jargon, just very informative and humourous. He debunks the myth that when women lift heavy they get bulky and although I didn't use any recipes from the book, I followed the nutritional guidelines and lost some weight whilst lifting. If I'd been really compliant, I would have lost a lot more.

Remember that lifting heavy will make you stronger and help retain and hopefully gain some muscle but it's nutrition that will really change your body shape.

I love this book!

p.s. The suppport forum is excellent.
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