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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.
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.
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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