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The Women's Health Big Book of Exercises is the essential workout guide for anyone who wants a better body. As the most comprehensive collection of exercises ever created, this makeover manual is a body-shaping power tool for both beginners and longtime fitness buffs alike. From start to finish, this 480-page makeover manual bulges with hundreds of useful tips, the latest The Women's Health Big Book of Exercises is the essential workout guide for anyone who wants a better body. As the most comprehensive collection of exercises ever created, this makeover manual is a body-shaping power tool for both beginners and longtime fitness buffs alike. From start to finish, this 480-page makeover manual bulges with hundreds of useful tips, the latest findings in exercise science, and cutting-edge workouts from the world's top trainers.  Inside The Women's Health Big Book of Exercises you'll find: 619 Exercises! All expertly demonstrated with color photographs, with dozens of movements for every muscle in your body, including: * More than 100 core exercises! You'll never run out of ways to sculpt your abs. * 74 biceps, triceps, and forearm exercises: Tone your arms faster than ever before. * 64 chest exercises, to burn more calories and even help give your bosom a lift. * 103 back exercises, to make sure you turn heads in your backless dress. * 40 shoulder exercises, so you can wear a tank top with confidence. * 99 quadriceps and calves exercises, to help you look great in a pair of shorts. * 62 glutes and hamstrings exercises, for the perfect backside. Hundreds of workouts! From cover to cover, you'll quickly see that there's a training plan for every fitness goal—whether you want to shrink your hip, find your abs, or shape your arms. Highlights include:* The World's Greatest 4-Week Diet and Exercise Plan Lose 10 pounds of pure fat in 30 days! This scientifically proven plan, based on research from the University of Connecticut, shows what's truly possible when you combine the right kind of diet with the right kind of exercise. You'll build muscle and lose fat faster than ever.* The Get-Your-Body-Back (Fast!) Guide If you've never even picked up a weight, you'll want to try this plan from Joe Dowdell, C.S.C.S. Joe makes his living training models, athletes, and celebrities, and has worked with such names as Anne Hathaway, Claire Danes, Molly Sims, and Kate Hudson, as well as Victoria’s Secret and Sports Illustrated swimsuit models. And the strategies he uses when designing workouts for his high-profile clientele are the same ones he employs to help you quickly burn fat, firm up, and improve your overall fitness.* The Bikini-Ready Workout This fitness plan will help you flatten your stomach and tighten your butt. It’s designed by celebrity trainer Valerie Waters, who has perfected the body-shaping workouts you’ll find here on dozens of Hollywood stars, including Jennifer Garner, Rachel Nichols, Kate Beckinsale, and Jessica Biel. Add your name to Valerie’s client list to tone your total body and feel more confident than ever.* The Skinny Jeans Workout Want to look sexier in a pair of Sevens? Try this routine from Women’s Health fitness advisor Rachel Cosgrove, CSCS. In a pilot study at Rachel’s gym, clients who tried the plan dropped two jean sizes in just 8 weeks.  And:* The Wedding Workout Look great—just in time for the big day (and your honeymoon!)* The Hard-Body Workout Use this 12-week plan to tone your legs, arms, and abs faster than ever * The Lose-the-Last-10-Pounds Workout Your guide to finishing off that last bit of flab for good * The Total-body Arm-shaping Workout Blast fat as you shape and firm your arms * The Best Three-Exercise Workouts Shrink your hips with just three simple moves * The Prenatal Workout Stay fit and healthy during your pregnancy * The Best Workouts for a Crowded Gym Sculpt a lean, fit body—no waiting!* The Time-Saving Couples Workout Burn fat together (it's the secret to better sex!)* The Best Bodyweight Workouts Take your workout anywhere with these no-weight routines* The 10 Best 15-Minute Workouts Bust stress, blast fat, and build muscle in almost no time Plus: Every page of The Women's Health Big Book of Exercises is filled with the fitness and nutrition tips and tricks you need to sculpt the body you want.Throughout the book, you'll discover:* The secret to burning 40 percent more fat. * The 18 fitness mistakes you should never make * The best stretch for every muscle * The fastest cardio workout of all-time (just 4 minutes!) * The best exercises you've never done * The 8 healthiest foods you aren't eating * The 4 perfect fitness foods * The 25 super snacks that keep you lean * The 5 biggest nutrition lies—exposed! * The truth about saturated fat * The simple way to master the pushup * The 20 ways lifting weights helps you look great, stay healthy, and live longer


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The Women's Health Big Book of Exercises is the essential workout guide for anyone who wants a better body. As the most comprehensive collection of exercises ever created, this makeover manual is a body-shaping power tool for both beginners and longtime fitness buffs alike. From start to finish, this 480-page makeover manual bulges with hundreds of useful tips, the latest The Women's Health Big Book of Exercises is the essential workout guide for anyone who wants a better body. As the most comprehensive collection of exercises ever created, this makeover manual is a body-shaping power tool for both beginners and longtime fitness buffs alike. From start to finish, this 480-page makeover manual bulges with hundreds of useful tips, the latest findings in exercise science, and cutting-edge workouts from the world's top trainers.  Inside The Women's Health Big Book of Exercises you'll find: 619 Exercises! All expertly demonstrated with color photographs, with dozens of movements for every muscle in your body, including: * More than 100 core exercises! You'll never run out of ways to sculpt your abs. * 74 biceps, triceps, and forearm exercises: Tone your arms faster than ever before. * 64 chest exercises, to burn more calories and even help give your bosom a lift. * 103 back exercises, to make sure you turn heads in your backless dress. * 40 shoulder exercises, so you can wear a tank top with confidence. * 99 quadriceps and calves exercises, to help you look great in a pair of shorts. * 62 glutes and hamstrings exercises, for the perfect backside. Hundreds of workouts! From cover to cover, you'll quickly see that there's a training plan for every fitness goal—whether you want to shrink your hip, find your abs, or shape your arms. Highlights include:* The World's Greatest 4-Week Diet and Exercise Plan Lose 10 pounds of pure fat in 30 days! This scientifically proven plan, based on research from the University of Connecticut, shows what's truly possible when you combine the right kind of diet with the right kind of exercise. You'll build muscle and lose fat faster than ever.* The Get-Your-Body-Back (Fast!) Guide If you've never even picked up a weight, you'll want to try this plan from Joe Dowdell, C.S.C.S. Joe makes his living training models, athletes, and celebrities, and has worked with such names as Anne Hathaway, Claire Danes, Molly Sims, and Kate Hudson, as well as Victoria’s Secret and Sports Illustrated swimsuit models. And the strategies he uses when designing workouts for his high-profile clientele are the same ones he employs to help you quickly burn fat, firm up, and improve your overall fitness.* The Bikini-Ready Workout This fitness plan will help you flatten your stomach and tighten your butt. It’s designed by celebrity trainer Valerie Waters, who has perfected the body-shaping workouts you’ll find here on dozens of Hollywood stars, including Jennifer Garner, Rachel Nichols, Kate Beckinsale, and Jessica Biel. Add your name to Valerie’s client list to tone your total body and feel more confident than ever.* The Skinny Jeans Workout Want to look sexier in a pair of Sevens? Try this routine from Women’s Health fitness advisor Rachel Cosgrove, CSCS. In a pilot study at Rachel’s gym, clients who tried the plan dropped two jean sizes in just 8 weeks.  And:* The Wedding Workout Look great—just in time for the big day (and your honeymoon!)* The Hard-Body Workout Use this 12-week plan to tone your legs, arms, and abs faster than ever * The Lose-the-Last-10-Pounds Workout Your guide to finishing off that last bit of flab for good * The Total-body Arm-shaping Workout Blast fat as you shape and firm your arms * The Best Three-Exercise Workouts Shrink your hips with just three simple moves * The Prenatal Workout Stay fit and healthy during your pregnancy * The Best Workouts for a Crowded Gym Sculpt a lean, fit body—no waiting!* The Time-Saving Couples Workout Burn fat together (it's the secret to better sex!)* The Best Bodyweight Workouts Take your workout anywhere with these no-weight routines* The 10 Best 15-Minute Workouts Bust stress, blast fat, and build muscle in almost no time Plus: Every page of The Women's Health Big Book of Exercises is filled with the fitness and nutrition tips and tricks you need to sculpt the body you want.Throughout the book, you'll discover:* The secret to burning 40 percent more fat. * The 18 fitness mistakes you should never make * The best stretch for every muscle * The fastest cardio workout of all-time (just 4 minutes!) * The best exercises you've never done * The 8 healthiest foods you aren't eating * The 4 perfect fitness foods * The 25 super snacks that keep you lean * The 5 biggest nutrition lies—exposed! * The truth about saturated fat * The simple way to master the pushup * The 20 ways lifting weights helps you look great, stay healthy, and live longer

30 review for The Women's Health Big Book of Exercises

  1. 5 out of 5

    Maya Tessema

    Incredibly comprehensive and informative book about exercise (and to a lesser extent, nuitrition). It's glossy and full of pictures, but this is no fluff: there are 619 different exercises, most of which are modifications derived from "main moves" that you are expected to master before moving to the alternates. I am currently trying out the "World's Greatest 4 Week Exercise and Diet Program" as an intro to this book, and so far, I am already feeling a difference in week 1! Not to oversell this b Incredibly comprehensive and informative book about exercise (and to a lesser extent, nuitrition). It's glossy and full of pictures, but this is no fluff: there are 619 different exercises, most of which are modifications derived from "main moves" that you are expected to master before moving to the alternates. I am currently trying out the "World's Greatest 4 Week Exercise and Diet Program" as an intro to this book, and so far, I am already feeling a difference in week 1! Not to oversell this book, but it's probably the best thing I've ever done for my own fitness. There are only a couple of downsides: First, it’s a little overwhelming if you're expecting the kind of book that you read cover to cover then apply, but that's because it's not that kind of book. It’s kind of meant to be used like a textbook/user manual. I would suggest reading the first few chapters, the last few chapters, then choosing the 3rd chapter workout to start(the one I mentioned above), then moving onto the prescribed exercises in the back (all of which reference the exercises described in the middle of the book). Second, if you're planning on taking the book with you to the gym, it may be a drag: it's big, bulky and bound traditionally, which makes it a bit difficult to reference constantly during activity. Maybe a color eReader version might solve that problem to an extent, but I found myself flipping back and forth to match up the prescribed workouts and the specific exercises -- probably not easy on an e-reader (but what do I know -- I don't own one). Hopefully a spiral bound copy will become available in the future when, inevitably, my copy disintegrates out of wear and tear. Hint, hint, Women's Health Magazine...

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kara

    This book is my fitness bible. I absolutely love it. The exercises are well explained and the pictures are great references as well. I bring it to the gym with me all time and people frequently ask me about it. I used this book in combination with a personal trainer, gym membership and dramatic diet change...well it's actually a lifestyle change and lost 80+ lbs, if I can get into shape, anyone can This book is my fitness bible. I absolutely love it. The exercises are well explained and the pictures are great references as well. I bring it to the gym with me all time and people frequently ask me about it. I used this book in combination with a personal trainer, gym membership and dramatic diet change...well it's actually a lifestyle change and lost 80+ lbs, if I can get into shape, anyone can

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    This book has been a great resource for my workouts. I was feeling like I needed some new ideas to refresh my routines. This book has many, many new exercises and so many variations. I am actually excited about working out now. Every exercise had big, full color photos and detailed notes and tips. All the variations also have photos and notes. Each chapter focuses on different muscle groups so you can pick and choose exercises for your workout. But you don't have to put a workout together on you This book has been a great resource for my workouts. I was feeling like I needed some new ideas to refresh my routines. This book has many, many new exercises and so many variations. I am actually excited about working out now. Every exercise had big, full color photos and detailed notes and tips. All the variations also have photos and notes. Each chapter focuses on different muscle groups so you can pick and choose exercises for your workout. But you don't have to put a workout together on your own. There are many different complete workouts already included in the book. I have been working out for a while and I have a lot of equipment at home. Newbies to fitness training will find several body weight workouts, but most exercises require some form of equipment such as dumbells, a barbell, stability ball, step up box, or cables. Most exercises or variations can be done with a set of dumbbells. Complete workouts are usually set up as a circuit or supersets, which I like because they go quickly and give you a bit of a cardio workout as well. A sample diet and diet program are included, but I pretty much already eat that way anyway. Cut out added sugar, lots of protein, fresh fruits and veggies, less starchy foods. Read it for the exercises, not the diet plan. I think this is my longest review ever.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Becca

    This is a good workout reference for one good reason: it teaches you how to master a move, and then it gives you variations of that move with increasing intensity so that your body never acclimates to the movement. A lot of the exercises are pretty basic if you're a seasoned weight lifter, but it's still great for some fresh ideas on old favs (moves). This is a good workout reference for one good reason: it teaches you how to master a move, and then it gives you variations of that move with increasing intensity so that your body never acclimates to the movement. A lot of the exercises are pretty basic if you're a seasoned weight lifter, but it's still great for some fresh ideas on old favs (moves).

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    A superb resource for fitness - I really liked the way that the book was laid out with categories and various modifications for many different exercises. The authors include several circuit trainings for full-body work, and each exercise is accompanied with a clear modeled photo and short description. Great for the beginner and the seasoned fitness person who wants some new variations.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    Best for: Women interested in strength training who aren’t overwhelmed with a million (733, to be specific) options. In a nutshell: Author Campbell provides an overview of lifting, a diet plan (boo), and chapters with body-part-specific target exercises. Line that sticks with me: “So whether you’re toting groceries or holding a baby, you’ll notice the difference.” Really, dude? Women use their arms for two things: shopping or children? Awesome. Why I chose it: I’ve been consistent with my non-stren Best for: Women interested in strength training who aren’t overwhelmed with a million (733, to be specific) options. In a nutshell: Author Campbell provides an overview of lifting, a diet plan (boo), and chapters with body-part-specific target exercises. Line that sticks with me: “So whether you’re toting groceries or holding a baby, you’ll notice the difference.” Really, dude? Women use their arms for two things: shopping or children? Awesome. Why I chose it: I’ve been consistent with my non-strength exercise for many years (running, elliptical, long walks), but haven’t really done much focused strength training in quite a while. Plus, I had a gift certificate to the shop where I found this one. Review: When I started this review, I planned to give the book three stars, but after considering it further, I’ve bumped it down to two. There are components of it did like. There are workout plans, and there are detailed images. I’ve already tried one of the Back workouts (and learned that not only can I not do a chin-up, I can’t even jump to one and lower myself down) and the Quads / Calves. The latter was good. When I get back from a vacation I’m taking in a couple of weeks, I’m going to jump into the “Get Your Body Back” collection of exercises, because, as I said, I haven’t done strength training in awhile. So at the very basic level, this book is as advertised. Now, let’s talk through what bothered me about this book. First, every person in the book is TINY. Like, there is variety in ethnicity of the women showing the moves, but it seems as thought the person responsible for staging the photography thinks the only people who do strength training are a size 2-4 with no boobs. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that body type, but come one. There are strong women who are larger than Keira Knightly; perhaps a few of them could be featured? Next, there are a probably too many exercise options. I fully get that I bought a book that is literally called the “Big Book of Exercises,” but there’s a difference between a dozen exercises per body area and over ninety. It’s just a lot, and it all blurs together. I think it’s possible it could have been better edited to not seem so overwhelming, but this version? Not so much. Third, the sections on nutrition are pretty generic and a little blech. There’s even a part with a heading called “Why Diets Work.” The text below talks about why nutrition is a necessary component of changing your weight, but come on. Anyone who has read any studies knows that for the vast, vast majority of people, diets don’t do anything good, and often do very bad things. It’s disheartening to see that in a book ostensibly from a health magazine. Fourth, the marketing of the book. The subtitle is “Four Weeks to a Leaner, Sexier, Healthier YOU!” Again, blech. I’m sexy as I am, thanks. Would it have been so hard to just replace those words with things like ‘stronger?’ Also, is it just me, or is the photo-shopping of the lovely cover woman just a bit too uncanny valley? And finally, it bugged me that this book was written by a guy. I’m sure there are plenty of women out there who could compile a bunch of exercises, and I wish Women’s Health magazine would support those women. Also, at the end of many chapters are suggested workouts, which I appreciate, but again — full of guys. Seriously, I thought maybe I was misremembering, but I just flipped through and the one time a name stuck out that I thought might belong to a woman or non-binary person, nope. Still a dude.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    I'm not a sports person or big into exercise, but I want to get stronger, so I appreciate how this provides not just pictorial explanations of how to do strengthening exercises, but also explains how to modify your workouts to get the results you want (and avoid boredom) along with specific workouts for different fitness levels and interests, from sports training to quick 15-minute workouts to prenatal programs. There are certain things that I think I'd still want a real human to help me with be I'm not a sports person or big into exercise, but I want to get stronger, so I appreciate how this provides not just pictorial explanations of how to do strengthening exercises, but also explains how to modify your workouts to get the results you want (and avoid boredom) along with specific workouts for different fitness levels and interests, from sports training to quick 15-minute workouts to prenatal programs. There are certain things that I think I'd still want a real human to help me with before trying, but most of them seem like something I can do. The nutrition and diet information contain pretty standard advice and reference which studies they pull their information from. Basically, it boils down to: get a good mix of protein, fat and vegetables; take it easy on the sugars, starches and dairy products; drink water. I can't say I've been terribly diligent about my strength building attempts so far, but I feel more confident about my ability to do so and am able to do things I couldn't do a year ago.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jenny

    This is the perfect resource for my current exercise wants and needs. I have been a 5-day-a-week cardio girl for years, but have needed a spring to jump off my plateau, a plateau that’s lacking in weights and toning exercises. I’ve wanted a simple routine that I can do at home with basic equipment. I am currently on week three of “The Skinny Jeans Workout” from The Women’s Health Big Book of Exercises. I still do cardio 5 days a week, but have incorporated this workout on three of those days, in This is the perfect resource for my current exercise wants and needs. I have been a 5-day-a-week cardio girl for years, but have needed a spring to jump off my plateau, a plateau that’s lacking in weights and toning exercises. I’ve wanted a simple routine that I can do at home with basic equipment. I am currently on week three of “The Skinny Jeans Workout” from The Women’s Health Big Book of Exercises. I still do cardio 5 days a week, but have incorporated this workout on three of those days, increasing my total workout time slightly, but decreasing the time I spend on the treadmill or bike. I expect to see results, but ones that come slowly and stay permanently. Furthermore, with 619 detailed and pictured exercises to tone and shape my abs, arms and legs, future boredom is unlikely. I’ve “read” this book, but it is one that I will continue to read and use on a weekly basis. Highly recommend!

  9. 4 out of 5

    adlin

    I love this book! Each exercise is shown with multiple photos and the instructions are very good. All chapters are easy to read and include reasons to weight lift, an FAQ chapter, and nutrition secrets (a really good chapter). The exercises are divided by muscle group and each group is a chapter. In addition, there are defined workouts for everything from "getting your body back" to the "bikini workout" to the "skinny jean workout" and more. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because th I love this book! Each exercise is shown with multiple photos and the instructions are very good. All chapters are easy to read and include reasons to weight lift, an FAQ chapter, and nutrition secrets (a really good chapter). The exercises are divided by muscle group and each group is a chapter. In addition, there are defined workouts for everything from "getting your body back" to the "bikini workout" to the "skinny jean workout" and more. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because the exercise plans assume you have access to gym weight machines and treadmills, etc. I think it's great that the book covers all types of exercises, but it would be nice if they had a free weight equivalent for some of the machine exercises. Having said that, I've identified equivalents and am giving two of the workouts a try. Honestly, one of the best exercise books I've seen when it comes to weight training.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ruth

    I think this is a great book. There is a men's version as well if you happen to be a man. The book gives you routines for various goals like getting ready for a wedding or fitting into jeans or whatever. Plus shows you how to do a lot of moves and has nutrition information at the beginning. I would recomment this to anyone getting started on a workout program for the first time. The only thing I'd like added is for routines to do using weight machines. I feel like I always kinda derp around lost I think this is a great book. There is a men's version as well if you happen to be a man. The book gives you routines for various goals like getting ready for a wedding or fitting into jeans or whatever. Plus shows you how to do a lot of moves and has nutrition information at the beginning. I would recomment this to anyone getting started on a workout program for the first time. The only thing I'd like added is for routines to do using weight machines. I feel like I always kinda derp around lost with the weight machines and am not using them as effectively as I could. I bought this book in 2010 around when my grandpa died even though Jewish law tells you not to buy anything new for ten days. I believe they were referring to leather and clothing and not workout books.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Skylar

    An excellent resource chock full of exercises using dumbbells, barbells and some machines. Offers lots of variations as well. Organized fairly well and also includes workout ideas, a section on dynamic stretching/warm ups and cardio drills. My only wish is that each exercise gave more specific information on the exact muscles being targeted. For instance, rear lateral raises are categorized under the BACK section but I would like to know which muscles are actually being worked.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Scottsdale Public Library

    This book was so excellent, I went out and bought it. It is completely illustrated with photos that demonstrate every exercise imaginable; thus making performing these exercises easier. This book focuses on all body parts and what exercises work those parts. Excellent for a beginner and one who is looking to put together an all over exercise routine. --Colleen G.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    I think this is a must have book for any women who is interested in weight training. It has fantastic pre-fab workouts, as well as an extensive listing of alternatives for the same muscle groups so you can plan your workouts yourself. This book is really great for the beginner and helpful for everyone else. Coupled with my "Fitness Buddy" App this is everything I need for fabulous workouts. I think this is a must have book for any women who is interested in weight training. It has fantastic pre-fab workouts, as well as an extensive listing of alternatives for the same muscle groups so you can plan your workouts yourself. This book is really great for the beginner and helpful for everyone else. Coupled with my "Fitness Buddy" App this is everything I need for fabulous workouts.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    This book is a gold mine. Great weightlifting exercises and their variations for women. I ended up reading it all the way through and trying many of the exercises and routines. Many of the pages of this book will be photocopied for future use!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jacob

    Why yes, I did in fact read this as my introduction to weight training. You see, I mentioned to my direct supervisor that I started working out. The next day, she brought this book in for me to borrow. We joked together, "this is how we'll end toxic masculinity." A workout's a workout's a workout. The only difference is women in the photos instead of men. And, I mean, I'm achieving those sought after 'gainz' with the workouts outlined in this book. Take that, toxic masculinity. Why yes, I did in fact read this as my introduction to weight training. You see, I mentioned to my direct supervisor that I started working out. The next day, she brought this book in for me to borrow. We joked together, "this is how we'll end toxic masculinity." A workout's a workout's a workout. The only difference is women in the photos instead of men. And, I mean, I'm achieving those sought after 'gainz' with the workouts outlined in this book. Take that, toxic masculinity.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Stacy

    The best workout book. I use this daily and am on my second copy because I wore out my other one! It’s great for putting together your own weight lifting routine and finding exercises to target specific areas.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Eliza Escamilla

    Good beginners guide to fitness

  18. 4 out of 5

    JP

    Checking out the women's section. Simple, easy to follow routines. Checking out the women's section. Simple, easy to follow routines.

  19. 5 out of 5

    NanSki

    If you want to up your weight-lifting game, this is a very comprehensive guide.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Deb Ford

    Great book, clear view of exercises.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lori

    Both seasoned and novice female weight trainers will benefit from this fabulous book. Proper form is clearly explained and displayed. Also, many exercies are offered in different positions, which results in slightly different areas of the same general body area to be worked. This is excellent not only for obvious reasons, but for mixing up what could otherwise turn into a boring routine. Because the book is broken down into major body sections, one can workout every day for about a week without h Both seasoned and novice female weight trainers will benefit from this fabulous book. Proper form is clearly explained and displayed. Also, many exercies are offered in different positions, which results in slightly different areas of the same general body area to be worked. This is excellent not only for obvious reasons, but for mixing up what could otherwise turn into a boring routine. Because the book is broken down into major body sections, one can workout every day for about a week without having to plan a day off while automatically 'resting' the muscles that were worked the day before. My only recommendation is that the book should have been spiral bound. Thankfully, Fedex Office did a fine job converting this soft-cover to spiral, thereby making it practical for realistic use in the gym.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    A very useful guide!! Provides many alternatives for standard exercises and has a great intro section! Because it provides tips to get the right form, it is perfect for novices. I would imagine it would be a good reference for experienced lifters as well due to the sheer number of exercises available. Definitely worth the money! Update 4/24/12: Pages within this book are unfortunately starting to fall out. Despite this, it will continue to be one of my favorites. I am, however, removing a star fo A very useful guide!! Provides many alternatives for standard exercises and has a great intro section! Because it provides tips to get the right form, it is perfect for novices. I would imagine it would be a good reference for experienced lifters as well due to the sheer number of exercises available. Definitely worth the money! Update 4/24/12: Pages within this book are unfortunately starting to fall out. Despite this, it will continue to be one of my favorites. I am, however, removing a star for the poor physical design of the book.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Laurel

    As a reference book for exercises, this is an essential book. I would recommend this to anyone who exercises, especially at home. As far as I can tell, it has every exercise anyone currently has thought up. It's pictures and descriptions make performing the exercises easy to understand and perform. It also has complete workouts listed, interesting tidbits of info, and nutrition advice. As a reference book for exercises, this is an essential book. I would recommend this to anyone who exercises, especially at home. As far as I can tell, it has every exercise anyone currently has thought up. It's pictures and descriptions make performing the exercises easy to understand and perform. It also has complete workouts listed, interesting tidbits of info, and nutrition advice.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lynne

    The subtitle is more than a bit eye-roll-inducing, but the actual book content is quite useful. Lots of information on how to do various exercises, what muscles they strengthen, how to put them together into actual workouts, pictures to show you proper form, and variations you can do with or without specific equipment.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jaime

    Thinking of buying this book, bu wondering if it's worth it... I subscribe to Women's Health and frequently visit the website. I think all these are available on-line. Is it worth spending the $ on the comprehensive guide? Thinking of buying this book, bu wondering if it's worth it... I subscribe to Women's Health and frequently visit the website. I think all these are available on-line. Is it worth spending the $ on the comprehensive guide?

  26. 4 out of 5

    Janice Wu

    Complete. Clear. Very useful. I got this from the public library and am sad to let it go. Maxing out the renewal time. I want to purchase this book for myself. Makes a great reference. Highly recommended to any female getting into weight lifting or for those who want to mix up their routine.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Brienne E.

    This book was recommended to me by a personal trainer and I love it. Not only does it break down the exercises it has work-outs for each muscle group and at the back complete work-outs created by noted trainers. I pick it up weekly to get ready for the gym.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    Excellent for my job. Really complete. Even like ALL of the variations.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Holly

    This is something I will have to keep refering back to. But I did learn that I was going about the gym thing all wrong. Hopefully now I will actually show some progress.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Amber

    Love this book! soooo helpful

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