Weight Training For Dummies 3rd Edition

From the Back Cover
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.”
—Self

“One of the easiest-to-understand, best-illustrated guides to important strength exercises we’ve ever seen.”
—Men’s Fitness

“Solid, comprehensive, and fun. . . . Photos illustrate more than 150 pages of exercises.”
—Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Discover how to

Work with free weights or weight machines
Select a gym or set up a home gym
Exercise each major muscle group
Add Pilates or yoga to your workout
Use exercise bands and balls

About the Author
Liz Neporent: Liz’s first set of weights (actually, her brother’s) were made of blue plastic and filled with sand; when they started leaking sand all over the house, her mother relegated all weight lifting activities to the basement.
Since that time, Liz has graduated into a well-known corporate fitness consultant, designing and managing fitness centers worldwide. Along the way, Liz also was a personal trainer, received a master’s degree in exercise physiology, and got certified by the American College of Sports Medicine, National Strength and Conditioning Association, American Council of Exercise, and the National Academy of Sports Medicine. She is coauthor and author of several books, including Fitness For Dummies and Fitness Walking For Dummies and writes frequently for the New York Times, Family Circle, Shape, and others.

She currently hosts a daily internet show on eyada.com.
Suzanne Schlosberg: Suzanne’s writing career began her freshman year in college when she was assigned to cover a pre-season NBA game and found herself in a locker room interviewing a dozen, tall, muscular, naked Boston Celtics. She decided she liked this writing stuff. Suzanne went on to become a newspaper reporter and magazine writer. Now a contributing editor to Shape and Health magazine, Suzanne is the coauthor, with Liz Neporent, of Fitness For Dummies and the author of The Ultimate Workout Log. She is also an instructor in the UCLA Extension Certificate in Journalism program. Always happy when she has a barbell in hand, Suzanne has lifted weights in Zimbabwe, Morocco, Iceland, and Micronesia, among other locales. She is the women’s record holder in the Great American Sack Race, a quadrennial event held in Yerington, Nevada, in which competitors must run 5 miles while carrying a 50-pound sack of chicken feed.

Shirley Archer: Shirley is a former New York City attorney who traded the fast life for the fit life. A survivor of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome from stress and overworking, her recovery helped her to become a champion of fitness for health and to live fully in body, mind and spirit. She’s now a health educator and fitness specialist at the Health Improvement Program at Stanford University School of Medicine in Palo Alto, the author of ten fitness and wellness books, an international trainer of fitness instructors, and a frequently quoted media spokesperson worldwide. Her master’s degree is in East Asian Studies from Harvard University, and she has special expertise in mind-body exercise. She’s a mind-body spokesperson for IDEA, author of a monthly mind-body news column, and a spokesperson for the American Council on Exercise. She’s certified by the American College of Sports Medicine, American Council on Exercise, and National Strength and Conditioning Association, among others. She’s also a certified Pilates teacher and yoga instructor. She’s created a number of corporate fitness programs, including Walking for Workplace Wellness, Fitness 9 to 5, and Stretching and Relaxation Tips for Workday Survival. Shirley believes that healthy bodies come in all shapes and sizes, and that you can live a longer, happier, and better life by choosing fitness every day.

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Fitness for Dummies 3rd Edition

What exactly is new in fitness? In the exercise world, there’s something new in equipment, research, classes, gadgets, videos, and Web sites just about every day. The last few years have also seen the invention and marketing of new schlock—like pills that claim to eliminate cellulite or burn extra carbohydrates and machines that purport to tone your thighs “without any effort on your part.” It’s all too easy to get confused by all the myths and mixed messages out there.
But don’t sweat it! This thoroughly revised edition of Fitness For Dummies updates you on all the latest—the good, the bad, and the bizarre—tackles your fears about getting fit, and gives you the knowledge and motivation to stick with fitness for the rest of your life. Renowned fitness experts Suzanne Schlosberg and Liz Neporent show you how to:

Test your fitness level and set realistic goals
Pinpoint fat sources in your diet
Create a personalized fitness program
Find Internet fitness forums and Web sites
Brave a public gym

This is your essential get-fit guide, covering state-of-the-art fitness techniques, equipment, programs, and health clubs in a practical, friendly way. You’ll see how your individualized fitness program will help you strengthen your heart and lungs, burn lots of calories, lower your stress level, and even help you stay injury-free. You get the latest on low-carb eating, new food pyramids, the glycemic index and trans fats, and new carb guidelines.

Plus, you’ll see how to:

Take advantage of hot trends like Yoga and circuit training
Incorporate weight training in your workout
Choose the best fitness equipment for your home gym
Stay fit at all ages and stages

Complete with a list of ten great fitness investments under $100 (and ten fitness ripoffs!) as well as proven ways to stay motivated, Fitness For Dummies, Third Edition is your one-stop guide to a slim, trim new you!

Weight Training For Dummies 4th Edition

Tone up, burn calories, stay strong
Weight Training For Dummies makes it easy to get started with weight training by offering trusted and straightforward guidance on the latest circuit and resistance training, and all-new information on the highly popular bodyweight and High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). Whether you’re working with dumbbells, free weight sets, or machines, you’ll find out how to combine weight training with other exercise to properly strength train and get in the best shape of your life.

Along with aerobic exercise and flexibility, body weight training is an integral part of a complete physical activity program. But with all the different equipment and techniques available, getting started can feel overwhelming. Want to get pumped about weight training? Consider these facts: strength training, whether via free weights or a machine, builds muscle. And the more muscle you have, the higher your metabolism and the less prone you are to injuries―in and out of the gym. Plus, strength training promotes bone strength, which can significantly reduce your odds of developing osteoporosis. If that’s not enough, strength training―unlike cardio workouts like running―reaps benefits almost immediately. So what are you waiting for? Weight Training For Dummies has everything you need to get started.

Provides examples and directions for powerful 20-minute weight training routines for the time challenged
Features advice to help you choose a weight training system that you enjoy and that fits into your lifestyle
Includes new coverage devoted to warm-ups and the hottest and most beneficial stretches
Introduces using weight training to address specific health or orthopedic conditions

Whether you’re already in the gym several times a week or are just starting out with a fitness routine, Weight Training For Dummies shows you how to use free weights or weight machines to get results―fast.

Core Strength For Dummies

Core Strength For Dummies explores a number of workouts designed to work the different core muscles that stabilize the spine and pelvis and run the entire length of the torso. It also provides information on all of the tools and guidance needed to reach a desired fitness goal.

Wii Fitness For Dummies

A fun and friendly guide to enjoying the benefits of video games with actual fitness results!
Lose weight, find serenity, and tone your muscles while playing a video game? It’s almost too good to be true! Yet, the Wii offers all of that, with fitness games that focus on losing weight, achieving balance and building strength. Written by an author team of Certified Personal Trainers, this friendly guide is aimed at anyone who is eager to take advantage of combining the fun, interactive, and motivational aspects of video games with traditional fitness activities.

You’ll learn how to use Wii Fit Plus, EA Sports Active and other games as part of a sensible workout routine and lifestyle. The authors guide you through best practices for doing the exercises and explain how to incorporate a variety of other activities to maintain long-term results.

Wii Fit Plus and EA Sports Active feature different fitness games that focus on losing weight, achieving balance and building strength
An author duo of Certified Personal Trainers guide you through combining the fun, interactive aspect of Wii fitness with traditional fitness activities
More than 100 color screen shots serve as helpful examples for performing the routines safely and effectively

Using this instructional and innovative book, you’ll be fit with your Wii!

Low-Calorie Dieting For Dummies

Break your bad habits and start enjoying a low-cal lifestyle!
Want to lose weight and keep it off for good? This no-nonsense guide shows you how to consume fewer calories than you burn, providing a delicious, easy, and safe low-calorie plan you can follow for life! You’ll find tools to improve your eating and exercise habits, cope with stress and boredom, assess your progress, and live healthier and happier.

Discover how to:

Understand your metabolism.
Set realistic, attainable goals.
Maintain a healthy weight.
Stock a low-cal kitchen.
Eat right with simple, scrumptious, low-calorie recipes.
Stay motivated long-term.
Find outside support.