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Women weight training books?

I'm thinking of buying a weight training book for women.
I've been lifting light weights and want something to better my arms, back and abs. I lift at home (along with a mix of aerobics), so I wouldn't want to end up getting a book that has all/most exercises that need me to get to gym...
i'm a little confused shopping for the books .. and have come across :-

The Body Sculpting Bible for Women: The Way to Physical Perfection by James Villepigue, Hugo Rivera

28-Day Body Shapeover: Lose Inches, Gain Definition, Look Great by Brad Schoenfeld

Sculpting Her Body Perfect - Brad Schoenfeld.

One of my friends has Sculpting her body... book and I liked it having various exercises with snaps and a program to start from the beginning level and moving ahead.

Any recommendations from trainers, or others that have tried any good books they liked for people gymming at home!


Fri. Apr 14, 1:10pm

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I use Weight Training for Dummies, which is written by two women. One of them is a personal trainer with a master's in exercise physiology. They emphasize the fact that there are lots of ways to work muscles without going to the gym. (There are lots of examples where gym equipment is used, though.) They have a section called "testing your strength" which separates the info by gender. I'm not a trainer but I think it's a great book! It has helped me to be more in tune with all the muscle groups and to work each one in a systematic way.

Friday, April 14, 2006, 8:05 PM

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I have a hard time with books, but Shape magazine usually has great mini-workouts.

Try some videos, too! The Firm has some great videos of different lengths that combine weights and cardio, or use mainly weights. Great results, I promise.

Friday, April 14, 2006, 10:03 PM

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About 6 years ago, I bought "Weight Training for Dummies" by Liz Neporent and Suzanne Schlosberg (IDG Books) and have been very pleased with it. It is aimed at both men and women, and has exercises for free weights, rubber bands, and machines that are usually found in a gym. it also discusses stretching and aerobics, though relatively briefly.

It may not be the newest book available, but I recommend it strongly. Good luck.

Saturday, April 15, 2006, 1:35 PM

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I agree with the weight training for dummines book, however, after relying on books and magazines for a couple years and seeing minimal results, I started using Cathe Freidrich workouts. She gives a lot of helpful hints and reminders on form and I saw results rapidly. Check out FITTV or

Saturday, April 15, 2006, 2:14 PM

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an unusual book

Check out this book sometime (at least look at the pictures in the bookstore):
Women's Strength Training Anatomy by Frederic Delavier
It doesn't have a program per se, but it shows pictures of which muscles are being worked as you do various lifts, with weird cut-away anatomical portraits of women. I like it because it gives you a feel for what is going on in your body, and when you really understand that, you don't need anyone to give you a program -- you'll know whether you've worked X, Y, and Z muscles in your routine, and when you can envision them you can more easily feel them working, and tell whether you're engaging them properly and when they are fatigued and so on.


Saturday, April 15, 2006, 2:50 PM

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Thanks for your helpful comments.
Anyone else have any recommendations to share ?

Monday, April 17, 2006, 2:36 AM

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