Men's Health Hard Body Plan: The Ultimate 12-Week Program for Burning Fat and Building Muscle

Men's Health Hard Body Plan: The Ultimate 12-Week Program for Burning Fat and Building Muscle


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For fast, effective results, look no further than The Men's Health Hard-Body Plan by Larry Keller and the Editors of Men's Health-- because you won't find this information anywhere else! Based on solid scientific research and exclusively developed by two leading exercise and nutrition gurus, The Men's Health Hard-Body Plan features:

* Three cutting-edge 12-week full-body muscle plans
Choose the level that's right for you and start pumping

* Revolutionary Quick-Set Paths to Power
Get fast results without spending half your life in the gym

* A sensible eating plan to keep you fueled
The Hard-Body Diet allows you to eat six times a day, so you'll never be hungry! It includes hearty recipes for every meal, plus dozens of snack suggestions and fast-food take-out options

Clear step-by-step instructions and accompanying photographs ensure that you'll have no trouble following the Hard-Body Plan. And a 3-week rotation of exercises means that you won't get bored, either. Easily customized to meet your specific goals, this plan is the ultimate guide to building bulk and shedding fat.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781579542290
Publisher: Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/Rodale
Publication date: 11/28/2000
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 206,958
Product dimensions: 8.36(w) x 10.84(h) x 1.13(d)

Read an Excerpt

Chapter One

You Will Get Stronger
The Advance Science
of Strength


    Thirty years ago, Big Wally down at the seedy gym where the fighters worked out was the expert people turned to for advice on how to build muscle, burn off fat, and get a body into buff shape. Big Wally knew how much iron to pump and how often. Big Wally knew what to eat. Big Wally knew what strange supplements to take. People got results because some of what Big Wally taught was right ... but some was dangerous.

    Today, we know a lot more. Men and women in lab coats at top universities study this stuff. They conduct experiments and develop long-term research projects. Universities have whole departments devoted to different specialties within the field of muscle building and athletic performance. People get doctorates in muscle building. They call it exercise physiology.

    This stuff is a science. And the Hard-Body Plan provides scientific precision from the surest science on the cutting edge.

    We enlisted one of the top muscle docs in the world to draft the weight training program for The Men's Health Hard-Body Plan: Peter W. R. Lemon, Ph.D. He is a professor and head of research onexercise nutrition at the University of Western Ontario in Canada.

    Dr. Lemon was in the vanguard of those studying exercise from a scientific perspective—he started in the late 1960s. He's not just a sci-guy He's a musclehead, too. He lifts weights and has for more than 30 years.

    Over those thirty-some years, he's heard and seen a mishmash of theories on how best to amass muscle and lop off love handles. But we're beyond speculative theories. Science now has definitive answers. You're holding the solid science in your hands.

    Science also knows what you should eat to maximize your weight training muscle gains and to trim your fat. We give you those answers too. And you may be surprised by some of them. "Nutrition is an area that has so much misinformation," says Dr. Lemon. "Everyone thinks it's simple. In reality, it's very complex."

    That being the case, we had another expert, exercise physiology doctoral candidate Thomas Incledon, M.S., R.D., create the eating program for the Hard-Body Plan. Incledon is a registered dietitian, a certified strength and conditioning specialist, and the director of sports nutrition for Human Performance Specialists in Plantation, Florida. He has participated in numerous nutrition studies and written articles on diet and fitness.

    So, what's the upshot of all this expertise? You're going to eat scientifically, and you may enjoy it more than you've ever enjoyed eating in your life. You're going to eat using the most efficient technology for fast muscle building. And you're going to experience results that go far beyond a better-built man in the mirror (but don't worry—that's the key part of the plan).

Muscling into
the laboratory

    Along with new findings on how best to build muscle, science has also discovered myriad benefits from lifting weights. The more muscle you add, the higher your metabolism becomes, converting you into a more efficient weight-loss machine. Weight-bearing exercise slows bone loss, which may not seem important now but will be about the time you've lost your hair and your teeth. (Weight training, unfortunately, does not seem to slow loss of hair or teeth.)

    Weight training and other forms of exercise also give you more energy and, of course, strength. Exercise even improves your mood. Skeptical? Well, researchers at Duke University Medical Center concluded that depressed patients who were placed on a 16-week program of exercise showed almost the same improvement as those who were given antidepressant medications or a combination of medications and exercise.

    We're guessing that you want to lose flab and add muscle to look good or feel better. If it also helps you rant less at your wife or kids, that's gravy. So what we give you in the Hard-Body Plan is the latest, soundest thinking on building your body.

    The Hard-Body Plan is your guide, your bible, to building bulk and shedding fat. It is packed with reliable information on how often and how much to lift, how often and how much to eat. Here's an overview. You'll find more in-depth information on these subjects as you dive into the program.

Good Eats

    Here's a feature of the Hard-Body Plan that we know you'll like. You get to eat often. In fact, we insist. Try six or seven times a day. Now, we're not talking six trips through Big Bertha's Bountiful Buffet every day. Because if you did that, the only thing bountiful would be the girth of your gut and the size of your butt.

    But we are saying to eat often and eat less. By chowing down on six or seven easy-to-find or easy-to-fix designer meals and snacks throughout the day, you certainly won't be haunted by hunger as you follow this program. There are many good reasons for doing this, all supported by the latest research.

    Smaller, more frequent meals spaced strategically throughout the day enable your body to get the maximum benefit from food's nutrients and give you the best shot possible at building muscle.

If you gorge yourself at the dinner table, your body simply can't absorb all the nutrients. You literally flush them down the drain.

    Frequent meals, however, parcel out nutrients as needed and help your body maintain an anabolic or tissue-building state. Plus, eating several times a day raises your metabolism because your body has to burn calories to digest the food. This in turn helps you burn body fat. Your body will use those calories as fuel rather than storing them as fat.

    We give you dozens of Hard-Body meals that are not only tasty and varied but also balanced, with a ratio of carbohydrates, protein, and fat that will best enable you to build muscle when you follow our weight training program. The formula is this: 15 percent protein, 20 to 25 percent fat, and the remaining 60 to 65 percent carbs.

    Maybe you were expecting a diet packed with protein. A lot of gym junkies believe that protein powers the path to bigger muscles fast. We know you've heard that. We know that high-protein diets have hit the heights of hype recently ... again. And, in fact, protein is the crucial nutrient for repairing and building muscles. But you probably are getting plenty already.

    The Hard-Body Plan is heavy on carbohydrates because carbs are more easily converted to energy by your body than protein is. Burning carbs for energy means that your body won't have to tap into protein as a source of fuel, so the protein will be available to repair muscle fibers and stimulate muscle growth—just what you want.

You needn't worry that this is a diet that only Kate Moss could love. It's hearty and healthy.

    You might have, for example, a mushroom omelette with a slice of rye bread and some milk, coffee, and grapefruit in the morning; a tuna salad sandwich at lunch; and a chicken breast, baked potato (with butter!), veggies, and strawberries for dinner. Add in three or four hearty snacks—more like mini-meals—throughout the day It's hardly a hardship diet, yet it's one that will help you lose weight when combined with your Hard-Body weight training program.

    The other key component of the eating plan is timing. Research shows that consuming a mix of carbohydrates and protein before and immediately after your workout can be a boon to building muscle. That's because the combination of the two nutrients seems to lessen the harmful chemical reactions that result from the tiny tears in muscle fibers that occur when you lift weights. Result: You shorten the recovery period after exercise, have less soreness, and build bigger muscles faster.

    What could be better than that?

In the Hard-Body Plan, you eat a snack containing a 4:1 ratio of carbs to protein within an hour of completing a workout. It's a no-sweat thing to do because you have so many options—anything from bagels to fruit or an energy bar.

    We also realize that there are times when you're vacationing or on a business trip and you have to eat out a lot. That's a challenge to even the most diligent diet watcher, but we've made it easy for you. We show you how morning forays to Dunkin' Donuts and nocturnal visits to Taco Bell can be managed as part of the plan.

    First, we provide you with lots of tips on how to keep your calories in check when traveling. (It's easy-to-remember stuff: Order salad dressings and potato toppings on the side, for example, so you can control how much to use to flavor your food. Or bank calories by eating a little less breakfast and lunch and fewer snacks if you know you're going out for dinner, so you can stay close to your calorie quota.)

    Even better, we give you plenty of suggestions for restaurant meals you can order that don't ooze fat with every bite. Better still, we aren't talking sprouts and alfalfa sandwiches with a dollop of cottage cheese on the side. No, with the Hard-Body Plan, you can eat lobster, steak, and fajitas—just not in the same meal. You will still eat well, and you'll eat smartly.

The Poop on Pumping Iron

    Eating wisely won't build muscles, of course, but food provides the fuel for your workouts and the nutrients for your recovery from them. And when it comes to weight training, the Hard-Body Plan offers a 12-week path to power whether you are a beginner, intermediate, or advanced weight lifter. How do we know? Because the workout program, like the food program, is supported by scientific research and the real-life experiences of guys just like you.

    The beauty of the Hard-Body Plan is that it is divided into weight training programs for beginner, intermediate, and advanced weight lifters. No matter what level you're at, you'll find an exercise regimen here to challenge you. In fact, there are more than 180 exercises altogether from which you may choose.

There are exercises with free weights. There are exercises with weight machines. There are even exercises with no weights, using everything from rubber tubing to milk jugs and your own body weight. And, of course, we offer fun cardio routines.

    Here are the highlights. You'll find more in-depth discussions as you proceed through the program.

    · One-set lifting. For beginners only, the Hard-Body Plan calls for doing a single set of each exercise.

    · Heavy weights. Most of the time, you will be expected to perform no more than 10 repetitions of an exercise during a weight training set, regardless of whether you are doing one-set lifting or multiple sets. If you can do more repetitions, you will add additional weight so that you can do only 6 repetitions. As you get stronger and progress again to 10 repetitions, you will once again add enough weight that you can do only 6 repetitions.

    · Speed. We have you move from one exercise to the next with the minimal amount of time needed for recovery before you lift again, and not a minute more. In fact, a minute is all you need between sets. Your workout will be more efficient and you'll finish faster so you can do other things.

    · Combo lifts. For the more advanced lifter, we've included combo lifts (also known as super sets). They entail moving directly from one exercise into another without rest. Result: a more intense workout and less time spent in the gym.

    · Forced reps. Some of the exercise programs require you to lift to fatigue (muscle failure) and then try to power through one or two more repetitions. You need a training partner when you're ready for this.

    · Pyramids. Occasionally, you will add weight and reduce the number of repetitions with each set to the point where you can manage but one repetition. As with forced reps, this taxes to the max the fibers that will grow your muscles.

    As with the eating portion of the Hard-Body Plan, the weight training segment doesn't require you to endure a physical ordeal that rivals Navy SEALs training. That's not to say that it's easy. But it's doable. We've provided you with the latest science, the expertise. You have to provide the desire and discipline to stick with it. Do it. It's worth it. In a matter of weeks you'll see a powerful, Hard-Body Man staring back at you in the mirror. We think you'll like him.

Excerpted from The Men's Health Hard-Body Plan by Larry Keller. Copyright © 2000 by Rodale Inc.. Excerpted by permission. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.

Table of Contents



Part 1: The New Science of Strength TrainingYou WILL Get Stronger: The Advanced Science of Strength Anatomy and Physiology Made Easy: Essential Learnings about Muscle Growth Applying the Science: How the Hard-Body Plan Makes Us Stronger Faster Load Bearing: How to Determine the Right Amount of Weight Are We Ready?: When—And when Not—To Lift The Full-Body Muscle Plan: Putting It All Together The Mirror Man: How to Gauge Your Success

Part 2: Full-Body Muscle Plans What's Right and What's Wrong: Warming Up and Cooling Down Full-Body Muscle Plan: Beginner Workout Full-Body Muscle Plan: Intermediate Workout Full-Body Muscle Plan: Advanced Workout Molding It to Your Life, Goals, Needs: Personalizing the Plan

Quick-Set Path to Powerful Arms Exercises Workout Plans

Quick-Set Path to Powerful Shoulders Exercises Workout Plans

Quick-Set Path to a Powerful Chest Exercises Workout Plans

Quick-Set Path to Powerful Abs Exercises Workout Plans

Quick-Set Path to a Powerful Back Exercises Workout Plans

Quick-Set Path to a Powerful Butt Exercises Workout Plans

Quick-Set Path to Powerful Thighs Exercises Workout Plans

Quick-Set Path to Powerful Legs Exercises Workout Plans

Exercises That Work Multiple Muscle Groups: Combo Lifts

A Real Man's Guide to Heart/Lung Workouts: Cardio Routines Speed Golf Walking Stairclimber/Elliptical Trainer Studio Cycling Jumping Rope Aerobic Kickboxing Running Cross-Country Skiing Cross-Training Mountain Biking Rowing Inline Skating

Strength Training for 32 Sports and Activities: Functional Fitness

Part 3: Eating Smart Here's the Plan: Strategic Eating When You Eat Is as Important as What You Eat: Perfect Timing Energy Fuel: Hot Carbs Growth Fuel: The Truth about Protein Chubster Fuel: Fat to Burn Water, Sports Drinks, and Other Cool Repasts: Thirst Quenchers Barhopping: A Guide to Energy Bars Vitamins, Minerals, and Herbs That Enhance Muscle Growth: Vitamin Vitality The Latest on Creatine, DHEA, Powders, and Potions: The Supplement Game A Vegetarian's Guide to High-Energy Muscle Food: Beef Up without Meat Individual Precision: Personalizing the Plan

Part 4: The Hard-Body Diet 16 Perfect Morning Feasts: Breakfast 16 Outstanding Sandwiches, Salads, and Soups: Lunch 18 Perfect Plates of Food: Dinner 48 Great Guy Chow Choices: Snacks 100-Plus Beers, Desserts, and Other Reckless Pleasures: Splurges Road Eats: Eating Well on the Run

Resources How to Create the Ultimate Workout Space: The Perfect Home Gym The Right Clothes for Working Out: The Hard-Body Closet What Every Guy Should Stock: The Perfect Pantry What Hard-Body Man Keeps on Ice: The Smart Refrigerator For First-Aid and Do-It-Yourself Doctoring: The Protective Medicine Cabinet


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Guest More than 1 year ago
I love reviewing weight lifting books and of many I have read, I found this one to be good for anyone who wants to get their body in better shape- manly because it covers all the basics. The book starts out with a little muscle anatomy and physiology and then goes on to talk about warm-ups and cool-downs, and other pertinent info such as basic stretching. Then comes the heart of the book, the workouts, which are divided into beginning, intermmediate, and advanced routines. The best part? The workouts are all in pictures, laid out easily for anyone to get a clear understanding of what all they are going to do. A section is also included on personalizing the plans to meet individual needs. Chapters on workouts for specific body parts follow. For example, there's a chapter on chest, shoulders, etc. And, within each of these chapters, are sections for beginner, intermmediate, and advanced lifters. To boot, they even give you exercises using free weights, machines, or even no weight. The book then finishes with info on how to eat smart and talks about the 'hard body diet.' A complete package, especially for the beginner who doesn't know where to start, this easy to follow volume will be valuable to anyone who wants to get in better overall shape.
Tahlil77 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A very good guide for anyone who's looking for total body health. It may seem at first like it focusus only on weight training, but it has equally large sections on cardiovascular exercise, proper training diet, and supplements...all while separating truth from fact about fitness training. There are also sections on how to grocery shop in the most healthful way, and what you should have stocked in your pantry for a well balanced diet. The workout section is broken into 3 twelve week programs (beginner, intermediate, advanced); and your entire week, exercises, and rest days are all mapped out for you. All that you need to do is get to the gym and follow the outline provided. If you stay focused, you'll see that the program does work in 12 weeks, and that you feel and look better.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm not sure what the others were reading but I thought this was a waste of my money. The book is huge- much bigger than I expected- but I was looking for some specific workout programs and it falls way short on that. It claims to have a 12-week program but I've thumbed through several times and can only find 3 weeks worth. Perhaps I have to dive into it more but I find it confusing to find what you're looking for and unorganized. If you're looking more for information about working out, diets, etc. then maybe it's for you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sensational book. My main goal was to get an organized approach to devoloping a workout schedule. This provides that and then some.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you really want the information on the path to a HEALTHY body, (some diets give weight loss but actually hurt overall health) this book is a must have. It's a complete guide for a day to day lifestyle. This book leaves no room for interpretation, and clearly and thoroughly explains what you do and don't need. If you are looking for fast, easy results without doing any real work and don't care about nuking your body, try one of those fad diets. But if you can commit yourself to a lifestyle of healthfullness and fitness, then this book will give you the jump start you need.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Helps readers stay on tract and follow through thier workouts plans.Well thought out training routines.
Guest More than 1 year ago
hi i lift weights for about a 1.5 years. I am getting realy big and this book helped me to build a solid schedule. Plus it has a nice diet plan to it. it shows different exercises and muscles. I think this is the best book that i bought so far.
Guest More than 1 year ago
All I want to know is, where is the Womens hard body book? I really need one. And with the the proper weight to use.(lbs, etc.)
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book shows and tells you everthing you will ever need to know about weight lifting.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is great, all you have to do is follow everything it says. It has three level full work outs so this book will NEVER get old. It has meal plans and everything. AND the BEST part is that you can customize it to fit your daily life. If your looking to get mussle and strength, you will see results INSTANTLY!
Guest More than 1 year ago
its like haveing your own personal trainer its easy it has pictures if you dont understand lose weight and build the muscles you have always wanted
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great book for guys who want to get in shape. It doesn't matter if you want to lose or gain weight this book tells you how to get results. There is a huge variety of exercises with pictures and descriptions to make sure you are doing them correctly. I am experienced at the gym but this book helped me make dramatic improvements in my progress. This may be a 12 week plan but it is usefull far beyond that period of time.