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The New Rules of Lifting for Women: Lift Like a Man, Look Like a Goddess

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31 out of 32 people found this review helpful.

'New Rules' Rules

"Lift like a man, look like a Goddess" says the book. But is it true? I believe it is, and this book is right on the money. It is cleanly divided into three parts.

The first part discusses the similarities between men's and women's bodies as it pertains to wei...
"Lift like a man, look like a Goddess" says the book. But is it true? I believe it is, and this book is right on the money. It is cleanly divided into three parts.

The first part discusses the similarities between men's and women's bodies as it pertains to weight lifting- and why they should train the same. I agree with the book on this point entirely. While women's muscles won't get as big as a man's from lifting weights, the stimulus to make a woman's muscle bigger and stronger is identical to that of a man's- overload the muscle with progressively heavier weights.

Part two, "You aren't what you don't eat", is the eating/diet section of the book. A lot of wisdom is also packed in here as the book gives the reader a lot of basic nutrition info, such as calorie needs, protein intake, etc. The reader is also introduced to the four "Ironclad Rules" which include: you must eat breakfast, you must eat a total of 5 meals and snacks a day, you must have a post-workout recovery shake on the days you lift, and you must have more calories on workout days than the other days. Meal plans are nicely laid out for the reader in this section as well.

Lastly comes part three, "Resistance is vital." Of course this is the section that discusses the workout routines and the exercises. Without going into details, you work out 2-3 times a week, and the workouts are divided in 7 stages (each with a certain goal) which roughly give you 6 months worth of workouts- which I might add, are all highly detailed in the book. Pictures of warm-up exercises and the resistance exercises are included and very easy to follow. Weight lifting exercises are nothing crazy, with a lot of them being sensible, basic exercises such as squats, deadlifts, and various presses.

As a trainer, I found this to be a very sensible weight lifting book for women. Yes it does invovlve some work, but then again that is the only way to make a muscle stronger, whether you're a man or a woman- which is the whole point of the book. Based on a lot of sound science, I give it two thumbs up for a very helpful, effective, and "doable" book. Also recommend Treat Your Own Rotator Cuff for readers who have a shoulder problem that interferes with their training.

posted by 255194 on October 30, 2008

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This book maybe awesome if you are a workout expert but for those of us just starting out I would not recommend this book.It is packed with so much information I feel like I would have to make it my full time job just to follow the program.

posted by Anonymous on December 27, 2007

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2011

    *Very difficult to understand the exercise plan!

    I found this book entertaining. The author is funny and keeps things informational without being textbook- like boring. The information was useful, although I already knew most of the topics he covered just from researching online. The book includes an easy to stick to meal plan, and urges you to eat more then to cut foods out! I had a very, very hard time understanding the workout plans he provides. The charts are nearly impossible to figure out, and he does not explain them well AT ALL. I still don't think I'm doing the routine correctly, which is the main reason I bought this book. If it weren't for the pictures and explanations of each exercise, I would be completely lost. I am disappointed that the plans weren't written clearer.

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