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A Woman's Guide to Muscle and Strength by [Lewis-McCormick, Irene]
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About the Author

Irene Lewis McCormick MS is a personal trainer, an international presenter, an author and a 25 year fitness veteran. She holds a Masters of Science degree in Exercise and Sport Science with an emphasis in Physiology from Iowa State University. She holds professional certifications from NSCA, CSCS, ACE, AFAA, YogaFit, Pilates and AEA.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4921 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007F1SGEE
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #274,956 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This book is a very informative read. It begins with a detailed overview on the importance of muscle strength and the benefits of developing a regular regime which is backed up by scientific evidence. There is a number of guides which provide a good benchmark in determining what level of upper body strength you should be striving for as well suggestions for developing good posture and the fat/muscle ratio. The author also goes in to great detail on a number of stretches as well as excercises that are suitable for developing the different muscle groups. I found the section on core muscle strength particularly useful as it gives specific instructions on how to determine if your core muscles are engaged or not and I finally understand why Pilates is is effective in targeting this problem area. There is a a fitness plan at the back which gives a series of suggested exercises but I haven't started those yet. Overall the book is clear, to the point and very easy to read.
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Brilliant book, very informative and will be very helpful for helping me achieve the goals I want. Fantastic book for women into weight training.
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Everything about fitness is covered in this book (gymnastics, nutrition, etc.).
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9a75f18c) out of 5 stars 44 reviews
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HASH(0x9acc0540) out of 5 stars Thorough and easy to follow 4 April 2012
By Quilted Kat - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I took a little while longer to work my way through this book than I usually do. I wanted to incorporate some of their programs into my own routine before writing a review.

Over half of the book is filled with detailed scientific information on how the body works, how exercise effects metabolism, strength, and your over-all health, myths of exercise and strength training, and the differences between traditional advice given to women who are weight training vs. the conclusions of current research.

The other half of the book is focused on specific weight training programs for different parts of the body, with thorough instructions and detailed photographs of each exercise. Each training section also includes detailed pictures of the muscle groups targeted and information on how the exercises change the muscle.

Of all the women's training books that I have read and used, "A Woman's Guide to Muscle and Strength" is one of the easiest to follow, and best informed. And based on my own use of the exercise routines, it seems to be a highly effective guide. I would recommend it to anyone who is starting a strength training program.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a76e1ec) out of 5 stars Fitness that Makes Sense! 27 Feb. 2012
By Sescreighton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Irene doesn't just tell you what to do to get the body you want--she explains WHY certain methods do and dont work. It's much easier to have the desire and ability to implement a workout when there is knowledge behind the madness! Thanks to Irene for not just "feeding us fish," but teaching us "HOW to fish" so we can be successful independently :) Time to take action ladies!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ef16e4c) out of 5 stars Comprehensive and well written 14 Jun. 2012
By Jessie - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a fabulous book if you want to know the basics about lifting. It's well written, great explanations, exhaustive coverage. I would absolutely recommend.
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HASH(0x9ae6ce94) out of 5 stars Big thumbs up! 13 Oct. 2013
By Yolanda - Published on Amazon.com
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Great book! It's about exercise and strength and not about diets and recipes. I have been doing the workouts for 3 months now, I can see a difference in my body. Great for cross training I was able to complete 7 days cycling trip without a problem, my legs felt great.
Some of the workouts are a little longer than others, it can be a challenge is your time is limited. But overall big thumbs up.
I can't wait for the sequel.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2cde138) out of 5 stars Common Sense Workouts I Can Do At Home 12 Feb. 2014
By Books and Chocolate - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm a 57-year-old woman who would like to get more fit but I've found myself overwhelmed by all the information out there, intimidated by gyms and complicated dance type exercise classes, and not interested in extreme "Biggest Loser" type workouts that make me wish I was dead instead of making me feel stronger. What I've wanted was solid, basic information about what works and a realistic workout for a woman of my age and fitness level that I could do at home and without having to invest in expensive equipment. A Woman's Guide to Muscle and Strength has provided that.

I appreciate the common sense approach the author takes while providing scientific information in layman's terms that any reader can understand. The chapter on the myths and pitfalls about strength training for women was especially helpful in addressing issues such as whether using heavy weights will develop big, unfeminine muscles; cardio vs. strength training for fat loss, and whether one can "spot reduce" through exercise. There is also a helpful chart that lists over 100 exercises, the muscle groups they target, the equipment needed (if any), and page number so that readers can customize their own workout to address specific needs. The author includes valuable information and a series of self-assessment tests to help the reader determine their fitness level, what size of weights or level of resistance to start with, how many reps are recommended, how to discern between normal soreness vs. pain that could be an injury, how to move beyond a plateau, etc.

The exercises are presented with clear photos and easy to follow instructions. I appreciated the variety of equipment used to work the same muscles, ranging from standard gym equipment to using the body's own weight for resistance, allowing readers a choice based on accessibility and budget. Most equipment featured is easily found online or in sports stores or super-stores like Walmart or Target, including kettlebells, medicine balls, balance balls, foam rollers, resistance bands, and hand weights. The book also features suspension training using the TRX suspension training. The home version of that system starts at around $200 but I purchased the Dosho Jam Gym system for less than $30 which suits my purposes as a beginner and provides a good workout for the areas I want to target.

I'm encouraged that I can use this book to develop a safe and sensible strength training workout for myself that will help me reach my fitness goals, and feel women of any age or fitness level can likewise benefit from the information it contains.

I received a copy of this book for review from the publisher but the opinion of it is my own and was not solicited, nor was a positive review required.
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