Sunday, December 11, 2011

How A Core Strength Training Program Can Help You Lose Weight

Lou Schuler and Alwyn Cosgrove, the authors of The New Rules of Lifting For Abs: A Myth-Busting Fitness Plan for Men and Women who Want a Strong Core and a Pain-Free Back promise the readers who execute their workouts and follow their diet plan a fat-burning body with an improved and strong core (lower back, hips and abdominals).

Cosgrove is a fitness trainer with a track record of effective fitness programs IF you follow his workouts and eating plans. Schuler is an entertaining journalist who will debunk some very common beliefs; for example, restricting calories will help you lose weight. Yes, you will lose weight, but it's not the type  you want to lose - fat AND muscle. I don't know about you, but I'm not willing to lose muscle. In fact, I'm about gaining muscle. Especially if you're over 50.

The following is a reviewer's take on Cosgrove's programs:
Alwyn's programs have several advantages:
1. They are eminently do-able regardless of your expertise or the shape you are in.
2. The workouts are compact.
3. The workouts are safe.
4. You don't have to know what you are doing.
5. The program adds mobility exercises and metabolic exercises to the mix. This allows you to get stronger while getting more agile as well. This carries over to every other sport you may engage, and is a prime consideration in not getting injured while increasing your performance.
6. The program addresses an appropriate fitness diet and lifestyle, and how to "think" about a fitness diet. The point of lifting weights is to get stronger. Poor nutrition, poor lifestyle and poor sleep will kill this goal dead in its tracks.

Here's the book - buy it and use it wisely:

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P.S. When you do strength training, your body needs more protein for muscle growth. Use this Protein Calculator to help you select the proper nutrition for your program aimed at increasing the muscle mass of your body.

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