New Rules Of Lifting For Women: Lift Like a Man, Look Like a Goddess Hardcover – 27 Dec 2007
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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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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
the info in the first half of the book is good. but the workout part is designed terribly. impossible to understand. seriously how hard is it to make it clear for everyone? Read morePublished 6 months ago by liza c
Why am I only learning now (44) that I can still eat and loose weight. I've been following the programme 2 weeks and already see a difference. Brilliant book.Published 11 months ago by Dobo
This book is an excellent buy to incorporate many of the exercises in your work out. And the advise is clearly explained, really inspired me to raise my reach a new approach to... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Sheila S
This book has changed my life. I'm eating and looking better than I have done in years. It is easy on the eye with good illustrations and menu plans. Read morePublished 17 months ago by sparkle999
The lifting explanations and workouts are very good and clear, easy to follow. I think the people who can't follow it haven't read it properly, he explains everything well as he... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Penguin1234
great book for my daughter who is starting out in the gym with us!!Published 20 months ago by Mrs Justina Lewis
The writing style is so straight forward and easy to understand and relate to. No fluff and nonsense trying to make themselves sound above anyone, just good practical advice.Published 21 months ago by Jazz
While the programme itself is good I would recommend buying the paper version as the workout tables are impossible to read on kindle (slightly better on iPad). Read morePublished on 9 Jun. 2014 by Weevilmama
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