Over the last one hundred years, the image of the physically strong, confident, muscular woman has been the object of derision, fascination, and erotic fantasy; she is often portrayed, in both photography and illustration, as a sexy dominatrix, sexless mannequin, or sideshow freak. In this fascinating collection of rare archival images from the late-nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century, authors David L. Chapman and Patricia Vertinsky trace the peculiar yet fascinating history of muscular women in popular culture.
One of the battlefields in this cultural conflict appeared in popular imagery: posters, advertisements, comic books, magazine illustrations, and (most particularly) photography all offered outlets of expression for many muscular women. Until quite recently, however, such females were packaged for the general public as physical monstrosities, lesbian man-haters, kinky sex objects, or beautiful living statues. At the same time, many women, including those in the emerging female bodybuilder community, have had to fight hard to reclaim the image of female muscularity as their own.
Featuring some two hundred full-color and black-and-white illustrations, many never before published, "Venus with Biceps" is a beautiful and historically significant book about gender, image, social expectations, and female power.
David L. Chapman has written extensively on gay erotic photography and male bodybuilders.
Patricia Vertinsky is a professor at the School of Human Kinetics at the University of British Columbia who has written four previous books on sports and gender.
Hugo Rivera gives you the tools you need to keep your training workout on track with this sturdy, take-along diary that will help you plan your regimen and measure your progress effectively. You'll find lots of space to log all of the key elements of your training and make the most of every workout, plus Rivera's expert weight-training guidance and tips that will keep you focused and inspired.
- Includes Hugo's Five Directives for good training and four 12-week weightlifting plans that have everything spelled out for you with no guesswork
- Provides plans for weight-training beginners, veterans, and those aiming for a celebrity-style body, as well as a 30-minute plan for people with busy work and/or parenting schedules
- Includes space to log the date, days since last workout, time and length of workout, and cycle, cardio exercises (time, distance/intensity, heart rate), and strength exercises (muscle group, weights and reps, types of sets)
- Features a helpful spiral binding that lies flat and stays open, plus a durable, glossy cover- just what a book needs to survive a sweaty gym
The ideal addition to your gym bag, The Weight Training Diary helps you achieve results by taking the guesswork out of your workout regimen and allowing you to focus on ways to identify and achieve your bodybuilding and fitness goals.
Cyclists like to pile on the miles, but mileage alone can leave important muscle groups underdeveloped. True improvement requires a balanced program of off-season weight training coupled with strength maintenance throughout the year to build total body strength. Weight Training for Cyclists will show you have to create the power you're looking for and make you a better overall rider. You don't have to wait another season for the results you want. By adopting this total body training program, you will improve your cycling strength, skills, and endurance-without adding bulk. In addition to building balanced strength, the resistance training program from authors Ken Doyle and Eric Schmitz will also improve sprinting power and climbing pace; increase bone density; boost lactate threshold and aerobic power; and improve exercise efficiency. With detailed illustrations and instructions on how to perform the recommended exercises safely, Weight Training for Cyclists will help you develop the balanced program you need for success.
This is a comprehensive and up-to-date hockey-specific training guide based on hundreds of on-ice tests performed on professional hockey players from North America and Europe. The book contains descriptions and photographs of the most effective weight training, flexibility, and abdominal exercises used by hockey players world-wide. Inside, you will find year-round hockey-specific programs that will improve your performance and get you results.
The Women's Health Big Book of Exercises is the essential workout guide for anyone who wants a better body. As the most comprehensive collection of exercises ever written specifically for women, this book is a body-shaping power tool for both beginners and longtime fitness buffs alike. This book contains hundreds of useful tips, the latest findings in exercise science, and cutting-edge workouts from the world's top trainers. Backed by the authority of Women's Health magazine, this updated and revised edition features 100 new exercises in 20 workouts designed by BJ Gaddour, the Fitness Director of Men's Health magazine, and 1,350 photographs, showing movements for every muscle and training plan to match every fitness goal.
With information on strengthening and toning the legs, buttocks, abs, and back, Women's Strength Training Anatomy provides full-color, detailed anatomical illustrations of exercises for these hard-to-shape areas. What makes this book unique is that readers can see the muscles at work during each exercise, like an X ray of the body in motion.
Are there definite anatomical differences in the way men and women should build their bodies? According to the best-selling author and illustrator of Strength Training Anatomy, the answer is an overwhelming yes Exercise variations based on a woman's unique anatomical features are also covered, helping to isolate muscles and make each exercise more effective.
Make your workouts work harder for you If you work out to strengthen and shape your body or if you help women get stronger and more defined, this is one book you need for understanding the female form and getting the most from your exercises.
Every workout is intended to do one thing: maximize results. Whether that result is fitness, function and performance, fat loss, or physique improvements, you want your efforts to pay off. What if you had the opportunity to have the NSCA Personal Trainer of the Year observe your workout and show you how you could make it better? Now you do have access to that expertise, with Your Workout PERFECTED.
Nick Tumminello, author of Strength Training for Fat Loss and Building Muscle and Performance, knows that a "one size fits all" approach can't work. That program you're following--the one you love--may be more harmful than beneficial. Or maybe, with some slight alterations, that program is exactly what you need. That's why he developed Your Workout PERFECTED. It's a unique and cooperative approach--one that works to improve, not replace, your routine.
Inside, there are 243 exercises and 71 programs to develop your fitness, promote fat loss, improve your function and performance, or work on your physique, including beginner workout programs for those who are just starting and even alternative home or hotel gym workouts and bodyweight workouts. Plus, you'll learn the following:
- The mistakes you may already be making
- Minor changes to techniques that can produce big results
- Why certain exercises are preferable over others
- Whether men and women should be trained differently
- Exercises to avoid and proven principles to follow
- Combinations and sequences to maximize results
Each of the exercises is accompanied by step-by-step instructions on setup and execution. The workouts are designed for various settings (in the gym, at home, or on the go), and each ready-to-use program is also customizable to meet your specific needs and help you reach your fitness goals. Highly visual and instantly applicable, Your Workout PERFECTED will help you fine-tune your approach to your personal fitness.
The benefits of strength training for youth are clearly documented. Yet teachers, fitness instructors, and youth coaches are often not sure how to proceed, and they end up watering down adult versions of strength-training programs.
That is definitely not the way to go. But authors Avery Faigenbaum and Wayne Westcott, with their 50 years of combined experience in teaching youth strength-training classes and coaching, can tell you the way to go--and back it with the most current research on instructional techniques and program design for youth.
Long recognized as leading authorities on strength training, Faigenbaum and Westcott guide you in designing efficient, enjoyable, and productive programs for kids of varying abilities in elementary school (ages 7 to 10), middle school (11 to 14), and high school (15 to 18). You will focus first on broad-based, balanced muscle development, and then move into comprehensive, sport-specific strength-training programs.
In addition, Youth Strength Training will teach you
- productive protocols for warming up and cooling down;
- procedures for enhancing joint flexibility;
- innovative ways to incorporate resistance exercises into physical education classes, sport practice sessions, and exercise facilities; and
- proper exercise technique for 111 resistance exercises using weight stack machines, free weights, medicine balls, elastic bands, and body-weight resistance.
Much has changed since the authors first wrote a book on strength training for youth, and those changes--including information in the areas of nutrition, hydration, and recovery to maximize the effects of strength training and minimize the risks of overtraining--are incorporated in this book. Additional changes, based on the authors' studies, are reflected in workout frequency, exercise repetitions, related training components, and other factors that affect program design and conditioning results. All programs were fashioned with the latest NASPE standards in mind.
Faigenbaum and Westcott have included new information on periodization and long-term planning, perceived exertion scale for youth, overtraining and undertraining, dynamic warm-ups and static stretches, new exercises, effective instruction of youth, and plyometrics.
Through strength training, kids as young as 7 can safely develop a strong musculoskeletal system that can help them improve their health and fitness and also withstand the rigors of sport participation.
Youth Strength Training is the definitive source to guide you in designing and overseeing the programs of the kids you work with, whether you're in a school, fitness center, or home setting. If you want to see high rates of strength development and spark a lifelong interest in strength-building activities, rely on Youth Strength Training.