First of all, WOW, this book is HUGE! There are over 500 pages of fitness advice, photos, and motivation. It begins with a breakdown of equipment, including safety equipment. One thing I enjoy is it also goes into the physiology of how the body works and how it is affected by what we do with it. It has chapters for beginning strength routines, and also intermediate and advanced, so you can grow with this book, which is really nice. There are also separate chapters for each of the specific muscle groups. Name it, it's in here. Cardio, nutrition....even information on fitness careers and taking it to the competitive level. The nutrition section goes into vitamins and other nutrients as well as womens' health issues. I really enjoyed the chapters "Staying Motivated" and "Getting in Shape Doesn't Have to be Boring", because let's face it, losing motivation can be a killer to keeping up a fitness regimine. Throughout the book are photos of the beautiful fitness pros you see in Oxygen Magazine, I find these ladies to be very motivating to look at. I highly recommend this book, especially if you like Oxygen Magazine. The authors show both knowledge and sensibility, and it is very motivating and well balanced.
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