Tank Top Arms, Bikini Belly, Boy Shorts Bottom

For the past few weeks, when it comes to weights, I’ve been winging it @ the gym. I have a few books w/weight lifting routines, but they are all packed up in my aunt’s garage. I’ve gone online and pieced together a few routines and just never remember to get myself to a library and check out a book or two, so I was quite happy to receive a copy of Tank Top Arms, Bikini Belly, Boy Shorts Bottom by Minna Lessig. Yes I raved about LL Cool J’s Platinum Workout, but truth be told, I spent more time than not gawking and his FINE body than absorbing the words. This book however, is quite girlie, and I like it.

The book starts off w/a brief intro and some words on cardio and stretching. It’s then broken into 3 sections: arms belly and bottom. Minna breaks it down even further into 3 levels: novice, skilled and master. At the end of the book, she puts it all together and gives 3 four week programs. One for each level: beginner, skilled and master. In the appendices, she gives eating principles and training logs.

It’s a big book, about 275 pages, but I love the layout. Instructions are on the left side and the right side contains pictures of the actual workout in various stages. Based on your level, you She first gives the set/reps based on level. Your sets and reps are based on the level you select. Then she gives direction on doing the move either at home or in the gym.

If there was one thing I wish it had, it would be instructions on using weight machines. All the moves are done w/dumbbells or using your own body weight. Right now and for the next few months, I just don’t have enough floor space to do any weight training at home. That also means I won’t be able to test the book, but I will be pilfering a few lower body moves for my current routine.

Her eating plan is very basic and pretty much what is known to work. Eating slowing, eating every 2-3 hours, eating small portions, good carbs, healthy fats, enough protein. Since it’s primarily a weight lifting book, I’m glad she does touch on food a bit and for the most part, offers reminders and personal examples on why the basic way of eating perhaps is the best.

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