Strength training has been proven to have a beneficial effect on our body
image and health, so it's not surprising that the number of people
participating in this activity has been rising steadily over the last 20
years (in the US, for example, 21 of all adults now train with weights at
least twice a week, with women making up one in five of those training).
Strength Training is the ultimate personal trainer for every reader. It
provides exercises for all parts of the body, taking you step by step
through each movement and highlighting exactly which muscle should be
working when. You are shown the perfect stance to adopt, and how to perform
the movement with optimum technique.
Exercises are also accompanied by helpful features such as common pitfalls
to watch out for; variations to do at home or in the gym, and on fixed
machines or using free weights; and adaptations you can try to tailor an
exercise more closely to your particular needs. Specially commissioned
programs provide easy to follow instruction for a variety of objectives, and
each program has three different levels beginner, intermediate, and
advanced to help you maximize its usefulness. Tailor made programs for men
and women, younger and older, ensure that the book works on many levels.
One key sector to embrace strength training in recent years has been the 50
age group, for whom the risk of injury is also relatively high. This book,
with it's emphasis on clear demonstration of optimum technique, detailed
outlines of the muscles used, and advice on avoiding common pitfalls,
provides the maximum safeguard against the danger of injury, and helps you
stay at peak fitness.