Working with Free Weights

As you progress and become stronger, you might want to use barbells, but at least at the beginning of your fitness quest, light dumbbells are the free weights for you. Starting with one-pounders, they come in small increments. A typical weight room might be equipped with weights of 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 10, 121 2, 15, 171 2, 20, and 221 2 pounds-perhaps even more. A rack of free weights stores a variety of sizes (and weights) for you to Hold the weights lightly but firmly in your hands without...

Books

Fitting in Fitness. New York Random House, 1997. Andes, Karen. A Woman's Book of Strength An Empowering Guide to Total Mind Body Fitness. New York Berkley Publishing Group, 1995. Baechler, Thomas R., and Barney R. Groves. Weight Training Steps to Success. Champaign, IL Human Kinetics, 1998. Bean, Anita. The Complete Guide to Strength Training. London A& C Black, 1997. Birch, Beryl Bender. Power Yoga The Total Strength and Flexibility Workout. New York Macmillan...

Plyometrics Please

If you have ankle or back problem , the slide board might not be for you. The push-off can stress your ankle , and the Bonnie Blair-style speed ikate i forward bend can compiomiie your back, If you have ankle or back problem , the slide board might not be for you. The push-off can stress your ankle , and the Bonnie Blair-style speed ikate i forward bend can compiomiie your back, Plyometrics, the machine-gun routines of aerobics classes, include rapid-fire moves that contract and extend the...

Jump Starting Your Workout

The choices of where, when, and how to exercise can be so overwhelming, especially to a new exerciser, that it sometimes seems easier not to do anything at all. If you can get away for a fitness vacation, you will get a fitness assessment, a suitable exercise program, perhaps an eating plan, and most important, the positive reinforcement and encouragement of fitness pros who want you to start off right. The health and fitness experts at Arizona's Canyon Ranch say that you are a candidate for a...

Isometrics Icing for the Fitness Cake

Charles Atlas was America's first fitness god. Before beefcake was a word and workouts were a way of life, his story was known all over the land. I Changed Myself from a Puny 97-Pound Weakling into the World's Most Perfectly Developed Man, screamed magazine ads in the 1930s, '40s, and '50s. The Atlas approach to muscular training and body-building went by the trademarked name of Dynamic Tension in other words, it was built on a strong isometric foundation. It is still around, and while it is a...

Put It All Together with Combo Workouts

The late 1970s saw the introduction of a workout called The Firm, which combined an aerobics circuit with light weight training. This two-in-one program that used hand weights for strength training and aerobic conditioning captured the public's imagination. Tens of thousands of tapes were sold. Now the concept of hybrid routines is so accepted that most gyms offer some kind of combination classes often several. Generically called circuit training, cardio-strength training, cardio-sculpting, or...

Fitness Your Cheapest Health Insurance

The American Heart Association and its affiliated American Stroke Association are worried. Cardiovascular disease, including stroke, is the number-one killer of women over 25-half a million every year. The AHA believes that at least 30 minutes of daily physical activity will reap untold health dividends and shave that dismal statistic. Recognizing that many people especially women pressured by family, job, and community demands find it difficult to make time, the AHA developed the Choose to...