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Lean, Long & Strong
by Wini Linguvic
Order:  USA  Can
Rodale, 2005 (2005)
* * *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

This fitness book comes in 5 parts - an explanation of how to 'work out smarter, not harder'; precision workouts at different levels of difficulty; discussion of how to customize them to your own 'trouble spots'; a 'nutrition program'; and training logs.

Wini Linguvic, a personal trainer for over 20 years, offers 'synergistic workouts' that combine strength training, cardio work and stretching. Workouts can be done at any time at home, using basic equipment - essentially dumbbells and an exercise ball. Additional 20-minute cardio workouts are recommended 3 times weekly. Precision workouts are split into those aimed at Core, Lower Body and Upper Body. Exercises are explained clearly (including breathing and what to watch out for), with color photographs illustrating each step, and with easier and more advanced ways to do each routine.

After explaining how to do all the exercises, Linguvic discusses how to combine them to meet personal fitness goals, suggesting four focus plans: Fat-Blasting Focus, Core Focus, Lower-Body Focus or Upper-Body Focus. Then she talks about eating, advising common sense instead of diets. Her strategies, which are discussed in some detail, include keeping a food journal, increasing water intake, eating 'closer to the source', applying the 'Two-to-One' rule to vegetable and protein content of meals, and being a mindful eater.

Lean, Long & Strong is one of the better fitness books I've seen - I appreciate its simple equipment, clear explanations, individual adjustments, and sound common sense advice.

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