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Weight Training for Dummies 2ND Editionby Liz Neporent
Synopses & Reviews
It's only natural for a beginner to be baffled by the equipment and the lingo of weight training. In this book, you'll find the knowledge and confidence to start a weight training program, either at home or at a gym. Weight Training For Dummies describes more than 150 exercises suitable for rookies and veterans alike. This edition also updates you on the latest in weight training equipment, Web sites, videos, research, and gym classes.
Everyone has different reasons for wanting to lift weights. Undoubtedly, many of these reasons have to do with looking better. Sculpted arm and toned "abs" have become somewhat of a fashion statement. But there are even more compelling and, ultimately, more satisfying reasons to lift weights. Here's a reminder of what weight training can do for you:
Lifting isn't one of those activities like, say, checkers, that you can competently engage in after a one-minute explanation. Weight Training For Dummies explains the jargon and key safety precautions you need to get started. But the book won't leave you wondering what comes next. This engaging, down-to-earth guide covers all of the following topics and more:
The exercise section of this book demonstrates a wide variety of exercises for all your major muscle groups. Each chapter includes a muscle diagram (so that you can locate your "quads" and your "delts") and an ever-so-brief physiology discussion. Exercises are demonstrated for novices and veterans, home lifters and gym members. You will also find out how to modify many of the exercises if you have trouble with your back, your knees, or other joints.
Updated with more than 30 percent new material, this second edition takes readers through the basics of weight training and identifies the tools of the trade, from free weights and machines to bands and other accessories. New chapters cover the latest trends in strength training from Pilates and yoga to advanced weight training. 8-page color insert. Photos & illustrations.
Whether you want to bodybuild, sculpt your physique, or simply preserve bone density, this guide will help you meet your fitness goals, from free weights to buying the best equipment.
Now featuring new quickie, core, and other specialized workouts
Fight flab, build strength, increase flexibility, and sculpt your body!
No matter what your age or fitness level, weight training has many health benefits. Featuring illustrated step-by-step exercises plus tips on equipment and specialized workouts, this friendly guide shows you how to get started and get results — at home or at the gym, using free weights or weight machines.
Praise for Weight Training For Dummies
"A fun, easy-to-follow guide. . . . You'll never be intimidated by a weight room again."
—Peg Moline, Editorial Director, Shape
"Takes you step-by-step through setting up your own gym to developing a training program."
"One of the easiest-to-understand, best-illustrated guides to important strength exercises we've ever seen."
"Solid, comprehensive, and fun. . . . Photos illustrate more than 150 pages of exercises."
Discover how to
A properly executed strength or weight lifting regimen can lower your blood pressure and cholesterol levels, stabilize your blood sugar, reduce the risk of heart disease, increase your strength, and more. Weight Training For Dummies, Third Edition,is packed with all the information you need to start your own personalized weight training program and get yourself into peak condition fast. You’ll find out about:
If you’re getting pumped about weight training, don’t delay. Buy Weight Training for Dummies, Third Editiontoday, and you’ll be in shape in no time!
About the Author
Liz Neporent is the author of Fitness Walking For Dummies and is on the board of the American Council on Exercise.
Suzanne Schlosberg is a contributing editor to Shape magazine. They coauthored Fitness For Dummies.
Table of Contents
PART I: Stuff to Know Before You Pick Up a Weight.
Chapter 1: Tools of the Trade.
Chapter 2: How to Avoid Dropping a Weight on Your Toe and Other Safety Tips.
Chapter 3: Testing Your Strength and Tracking Your Progress.
PART II: Weight Training Wisdom.
Chapter 4: Joining a Gym or Exercising at Home: Which Is for You?
Chapter 5: Choosing Your Guru: Trainers, Videos, and Exercise Classes.
Chapter 6: Weight Training Etiquette.
PART III: The Exercises.
Chapter 7: How to Read the Exercise Instructions.
Chapter 8: Working Your Back.
Chapter 9: Working Your Chest.
Chapter 10: Working Your Shoulders.
Chapter 11: Working Your Arms.
Chapter 12: Working Your Abdominals.
Chapter 13: Working Your Butt and Legs.
Chapter 14: Advanced Weight Training Exercises.
PART IV: Designing Your Workout Program.
Chapter 15: Designing a Basic Workout.
Chapter 16: Expanding Your Repertoire.
PART V: Beyond the Barbell.
Chapter 17: Yoga and Pilates.
Chapter 18: Whipping Your Heart and Lungs into Shape.
Chapter 19: Stretching: The Truth.
Chapter 20: Improving Your Balance and Coordination.
Chapter 21: Pills, Powders, and Potions: Nutrition in a Nutshell.
PART VI: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 22: Ten Ways to Educate Yourself about Weight Training.
Chapter 23: Ten Myths and Misconceptions about Weight Training.
Chapter 24: Ten Major Weight Lifting Goofs.
Chapter 25: Ten (G-Rated) Things You Can Do with Latex Rubber.
Chapter 26: Ten Weight Training Deals and Duds.
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