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Strong is the New Skinny, A Book Review

Strong is the New Skinny by Jennifer Cohen and Stacey Colino is great. On the first page of the first chapter I was already making notes. “If the goal of getting fit and strong has seemed too daunting and complicated in the past, you were probably going about achieving it the wrong way.” Not what I wanted to hear right away but blunt and to the point…as is the rest of the book.

I was actually grateful for that too. It kept me interested and looking forward to what they had to say next. “The truth is, a strong, healthy body leads to a strong, healthy spirit and a more inspired, upbeat attitude toward life.” Well, they’re right.

My favorite and most marked pages were 24 to 25. Here they talk about:

  • Finding the right formula for you
    • Specific
    • Time-based
    • Action-oriented
    • Realistic
  • Changing up the challenges
  • Shocking your body fit
  • Focusing on neglected muscles

I love the details and ideas here; since I am a very Type A person this lays it out great for me.

In the first half of the book she is laying great ground work for you to get started on the right foot. From what I have stated above to a lifestyle checkup. This lets you know where you are at the outset.  Things like cardio condition, upper body strength, lower body strength, flexibility in the hamstrings and lower back and a balancing act. She even gives you charts and a multiple answer test.

There are lots of hot tips throughout the book but this next thing jumped off the page and made me think she knew me. Page 46 she titles this section “Picture yourself rocking your performance”. She talks about visualization here. It is the next reference that got me. “After Jen watched the movie Salt with Angelina Jolie, she visualized herself as that character – a kick ass, strong, superhero of a woman who can tackle anything.”  The reason this was so powerful to me…after I saw this movie I did the same thing! Yet with much different results. I started doing push-ups and crunches without instruction on how to do them properly. Doing the crunches I actually popped a rib, not the typical lower rib but one in the middle of the pack. Very painful. I was so inspired by the movie I wanted to get fit and kick ass. Now I know I should understand the proper way of doing things before I attempt them on my own.

Had I owned this book prior to this I would have had the proper instruction. Which brings us to the second half of the book. The instructions for the best workout moves. She gives good pictures with good explanation.  Some are fairly easy and things you have seen before. Others are more difficult and certainly not your run of the mill. She adds in warm ups, a circuit workout and ways to keep it fresh.

There is even more within the covers of this 239 page book and I could keep going with the wealth of info I have read. But I think you have had enough of what I think and it’s time for you to check it out on your own. You won’t be disappointed.

“Blogging for Books provided this book to me for free in exchange for an honest review.”

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