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Workouts For Dummies

ISBN: 978-0-7645-5124-6
384 pages
December 1998
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Every few months a new diet, wonder drug, or workout machine hits the market promising instantaneous results. Unfortunately, none of these fads ever seems to work. That’s because the secret to good health is based on a balanced workout routine, which consists of eating a healthy diet, exercising, resting your body, and doing your best to find balance in all aspects of your life. If you can dedicate yourself to this goal and are willing to work for what you want you can have a healthy and fit body.

Workouts For Dummies by Tamilee Webb, whose buffed body is the star of the Buns of Steel workout video series, will show you how to get the most out of your workout routine no matter what your current level of fitness. If you’re a workout enthusiast this book will help you shape up with easy workouts you can do anytime, anywhere. Even if you’ve never exercised, don’t worry—this book starts with basic topics such as choosing shoes and warming up.

Workouts For Dummie s covers everything you’ll need to create an effective exercise program, starting with an explanation of body types (so you don’t think you’ll end up looking like Cindy Crawford if you don’t already) and the workouts that suit your body type. You’ll also find directions for stretches, aerobic exercises, muscle conditioning (using weights, furniture, exercise bands, and bars), and workouts for different locations (home, office, gym), all with illustrations. Workouts For Dummies also deals with the following topics and much more:

  • Creating a personalized workout
  • Warming up, cooling down, and stretching
  • Preventing common injuries
  • Targeting and toning trouble spots
  • Evaluating equipment, gear, and gadgets
  • Determining your fitness level
  • Working out while traveling
Filled with expert tips, techniques, and step-by-step photos that illustrate over 100 exercises, Workouts For Dummies will help you make exercising an enjoyable part of your life.
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Introduction 1

Part 1: Getting Started 5

Chapter 1: Motivate Your Mind, Exercise Your Body 7

Chapter 2: The “Where” and “Wear” of Working Out: Shoes, Clothes, and More 19

Chapter 3: Warming Up, Cooling down, and Stretching 29

Chapter 4: Listening to Your Body: Injury Prevention 51

Part II: My Body Type’s Best Workout 57

Chapter 5: The Mesomorph Body Type 59

Chapter 6: Life as an Ectomorph 69

Chapter 7: The Endomorph Body Type 77

Chapter 8: Your Personalized Workout Program 87

Part III: Upper-Body Workouts 107

Chapter 9: Cardiovascular Exercise 109

Chapter 10: Flex Your Pecs: Arm and Chest Exercises 125

Chapter 11: Carry the Weight of the World: Back and Shoulder Exercises 143

Part IV: Lower-Body Workouts 159

Chapter 12: Crunch Time: Awesome Abdominal Exercises 161

Chapter 13: Strong, Fit Legs: Leg Exercises 171

Chapter 14: I Love My Thighs: Inner and Outer Thigh Exercises 183

Chapter 15: Firm Those Buns: Bun Exercises 193

Part V: Special Workouts at Home, on the Road, in the Office, or at the Gym 201

Chapter 16: A Home Workout With an Exercise Band 203

Chapter 17: Hotel and Travel Workouts 215

Chapter 18: Working Out at Work 235

Chapter 19: Working Out at the Gym 263

Chapter 20: Special Workouts for Special Needs: Pregnancy, Seniors, and Kids 271

Part VI: The Part of Tens 299

Chapter 21: My Ten Favorite Exercises and Why You Should Do Them 301

Chapter 22: Tamilee’s Top Ten Workout videos 305

Chapter 23: My Ten Favorite Fitness Books 311

Part VII: Appendixes 317

Appendix A: Exercise Program Chart 319

Appendix B: Finding Fitness in the Web 331

Index 333

Book Registration Information… Back of Book

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Tamilee Webb, star of 22 Buns of Steel videos and author of The Rubber Band Workout and Step Up to Fitness, can currently be seen on cable TV's Health Network.
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