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Posts: 573
3/29/12 11:24 P

I ordered the books off Amazon, they had some excellent prices. Thanks for the help!!
The magazines will be fun to look at next time I am at the bookstore!

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3/28/12 11:25 P

An advantage of the books which I listed is that in addition to the hows it gives the whys also which magazine articles often lack. In addition the exercise descriptions are accompanied by excellent photos which help to ensure proper execution.

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3/28/12 11:10 P

Thank you! I am going to check these out and likely do a combination of these suggestions.What good ideas! I do not know what I want since I do not have enough info but sometimes I do not have internet access for a day or so...which is why a book, never thought of a magazine and keeping favorites in a file would work, too. I am going to be busy.
Thanks to each of you, this is motivating!!!!!!!!

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3/28/12 12:24 P

Yes! I also have many workouts from online. Not knocking books...I'm sure there are good ones w/ workouts/fitness plans out there, but I love my workout binder lol. I just bought a big binder w/ those plastic sheet protectors, and when I read my fitness magazines and see a good workout, I tear it out and put it in my binder (I also usually label them with what type of workout they are too...ex cardio, circuit training, upper body strength, etc.). I do the same with workouts I find online...I found some good ones here on Sparkpeople and also on I just google to look for new workouts too.

I always read about how your body adjusts to routines and you need to keep your muscles guessing, so I like my binder because I will stick with one workout plan for awhile (ex. a week, a few months), then when I get bored or it becomes too easy, I pick a new one.

I also have a recipe binder of recipes I have tore out of magazines and found online (Sparkpeople,, etc)

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3/28/12 11:13 A

I'm the same way... I don't have one particular book but rather a binder of workouts that I've collected over time. You can find SO many online that you can print out and take wherever!

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3/28/12 10:55 A

I know it isn't a book, but I got a lot of ideas from exercise magazines...I used to subscribe to Womens Health, Shape and Fitness. Out of the 3 I think Womens Health is my favorite, followed by Shape. But all of them have great info on nutrition, workouts and more.... all of them feature different workouts that you can tare our and use. I have a binder of workouts that I pulled from these magazines and use them in my workout rotation.

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3/28/12 10:23 A

You could also look at your local library. Is there a type of exercise you think you're more interested in? Get a book or workout video specific to that and start there.

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3/28/12 8:32 A

The Women's/Men's Health Big Book of Exercises
The New Rules of Lifting for Women/Men

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3/27/12 10:29 P

I like Body for Life as well. I also have The Body Sculpting Bible (women's version) and like it a lot.

Posts: 6,412
3/27/12 9:18 P

My suggestions are "Body for Life" or "The New Rules of Lifting (there is one for men and one for women so get the appropriate one).

Posts: 573
3/27/12 8:29 P

I do not know much about exercising and would like a book that has the names and explainations of what to do and what it is doing. I looked at the bookstore today but was overwhelmed...

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