Getting stronger, fitter, and healthier by sticking to the basics. It's not rocket science, it's doing the simple stuff the right way.
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Monday, October 25, 2010
Book Review: Knack Weight Training for Women
By Garcia, Leah
This book is aimed squarely at women. Each page is color-coded for difficulty and level of the exercise, has a nice little "Zoom" box with more information or just helpful workout information in general, and has both text and illustrations for the workouts.
The exercise choices include mostly "money" exercises - squats, pushups, lunges, etc. But equally they'll have you kneeling on swiss balls and doing curls, triceps kickbacks, lower-back rotational exercises, wobble-board squatting, and other marginal exercises. Plus there are a lot of isolation exercises most women (and men, for that matter) won't need right off the bat, like concentration curls, flys, and triceps extensions.
The exercise form is consistently good. Squats are to full depth, pushups are elbows tucked, etc. The pictures are excellent too but could use multiple angles.
Content: 4 out of 5. The book covers all the ground it claims too, and does it pretty well. But it mixes the necessary with the not-so-useful so thoroughly it's hard to pick out what you really need to succeed.
Presentation: 3 out of 5. A very attractive book, but all the color coding, snazzy pictures, and descriptions don't make up for all the page flipping you'll need to do to make sense of the workout plans.
Overall: Not a bad book overall, and it's very attractive. But it seems hard to use - I flipped pages all over trying to make sense of the workouts. It's not very simple and straightforward, so you need to really dig before you have any idea what to do. Useful but not necessary if you've got another workout book to use.
I am a professional personal trainer. I train clients at CR Fitness in Wyckoff, NJ.
I am a Certified Personal Trainer from the NSCA.
I am also a Precision Nutrition Level 1 Certified nutrition coach.
I am also an athlete myself - I formerly fought amateur MMA and submission wrestling, and I train twice a week in MMA.
I also train under a strength coach - Mike Guadango at Freak Strength. I am skilled at training others, but I thrive best when I have a knowledgeable coach to direct my own training.
About Strength Basics
This blog is a collection of various advice and information about basic strength training. I'm interested in strength and conditioning. The "frequently asked questions" in this area are VERY frequently asked.
This is my attempt to pull together the stuff I keep saying over and over. It's also a place for to put links related to strength and conditioning, and to muse on strength training in general. Further, writing this blog tests what I know. You never really know something until you can demonstrate an ability to explain it to someone else. As I write, I learn what I know and I don't know. In the process, I hope to pass on knowledge to you.
I hope this material is useful to you. Please consider it a springboard to future study. Although I endeavor to be complete and accurate, this is not meant to be the final answer to any subject addressed within the blog. Strength Basics may teach you something, but more than that I hope it makes you curious to learn more!
Always remember to check with your doctor before you begin any kind of strength or exercise program. I'm a professional personal trainer, but I'm not your personal trainer. Use this information at your own risk and with the understanding that not all exercise advice is appropriate for all trainees.