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This book/dvd got me going!
Posted by sewingmom on 3/22/2008
This book is just what I needed! I purchased it after one of the reviews here stated that the included DVD showed proper weight training form. The book itself starts by listing the benefits of weight training. Reno advises the reader to start slow with light weights and build gradually. She says to have realistic goals and make a plan. Correct form is stressed and pacing of the workout is discussed. Reno recommends keeping a weight training journal. An official "Eat-Clean Diet Workout Journal" is available, but unnecessary. You can simply use a spiral notebook and list the date,exercise, weight used, number of sets and reps. There are also sample pages from the journal in the back of the book that can be copied.
Of course Reno says to eat healthy (eat-clean) and drink plenty of water. Bodybuilding tools and vitamin supplements are discussed. There is a chapter on building ideal proportions that interested me and was the final clincher for purchasing the book. After that are charts for beginner, intermediate and advanced routines. This is followed by a chapter on each body part: chest, thighs and calves, biceps and triceps, abs, shoulder shaping, and the back. Exercises are shown with clear directions for each and their specific target. The book then goes into training principles for competition.
The DVD is 30 minutes long and is essentially a primer on weight training. It is not a workout routine (I already have many of those) but rather a demonstration of how to do 9 moves correctly. 5 - 20 pound weights are used. The moves demonstrated are: seated shoulder press, dumbbell bench press, lunges, reverse crunch (toe to ceiling for bad backs), stiff leg dead lifts, single arm rows, standing dumbbell curls, single arm triceps extension and single leg raises. Reno advises resting 1 -2 minutes betweens sets and 24-48 hours between working a particular body part. She begins with warm-up suggestions and after showing the proper form for the 9 moves, shows 8 stretches. You will need to pause the video while you complete the moves. I used a portable DVD player and found that worked well. I did find the oil on her body to be distracting. I also wish that she had demonstrated squats. However, squats are covered in the book.
This book/DVD has motivated me to begin weight training at the age of 61 which is why I gave it 5 stars. I have purchased other weight training books such as the Body Sculpting Bible for Women, which also has a DVD, but I found it too dry and have not used it. The conversational style of The Eat-Clean Diet Workout works for me and I feel healthier already after working with the DVD.
Posted by Pollywogg on 1/9/2008
This is a very informative and easy to read book that gives you the knowledge and inspiration you need to take charge of your own workout and achieve the fitness goals YOU set.
The author assumes no prior knowledge of weight training on the part of the reader and explains the basics in a clear, concise manner. At the same time she gives to-the-point guidance for all levels of fitness and how to adjust your workout as your fitness level improves.
While the focus of the book is definitely oriented towards weight training, there is a lot more to weight training than just lifting a dumbell and Tosca addresses this. The first half of the book is chock full of excellent information. Not just proper form and how much/often to train, but things such as evaluating your current fitness level, tools and gadgets, nutrition, supplements, body proportion, mental attitude, sticking with it and more. In addition there are tons of helpful little tips throughout the book.
The second half of the book is the workout portion.
It starts with beautiful anatomical drawings clearly identifying each of the primary muscles that are the focus of weight training.
In each of the following sections (Chest, Legs, Arms, Abs, Shoulders, Back) Tosca gives a variety of exercises for each muscle group. She gives a few examples with machines but most of the exercises can be done with only dumbells or dumbells and a bench. A few, such as lat pulldowns or chin lifts, require a machine or special bit of equipment but that is simply the nature of that exercise.
Each exercise is well explained and accompanied by clear, good quality photos of Tosca performing the move.
Tosca gives you 9 sample routines to get you started, but emphasizes the fact that we are all individuals and need to tailor our routines to fit our own needs, goals and lifestyle.
The last few (short) chapters deal with scientific training principles, competition preparation and a Q & A section.
The included DVD is not a comprehensive workout. It is more a walk-through of some basic moves with good tips on performing the moves properly. It reiterates many of the principles from the book and includes a post workout stretch. I did find Tosca to be an engaging instructor and would like to have seen more actual workout content in the DVD. However, for me the book alone is worth the purchase price so the DVD was just a bonus. Also I felt the book was more about giving the reader the knowledge and tools to create his/her own dynamic fitness regime rather than just following someones else's canned workout.
The general tone of the book is encouraging without being 'gushy.' It is easy to read with an attractive layout, glossy pages and lots of photos. (mostly of Tosca of course, but it is her book!) In my opinion, there is nothing in its pages that isn't solid, sound information.
Tosca gives you good guidance, but YOU are the one IN CONTROL. I found this book to be an empowering tool to taking control of your own body, health and fitness. Well worth the money. Thank you Tosca!! !