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Bodybuilding for Beginners by Kyle Hunt

5124Oipt0qL._SX403_BO1,204,203,200_Let me start off by saying that you don’t have to want to be ripped with big bulging muscles to get some good use out of this book. It has some great steps to help you tone your body and start getting into shape.

With that said, Bodybuilding for Beginners by Kyle Hunt is an excellent resource if you’re trying to get fit, no matter who you are. It’s more than a book about lifting weights, it’s a guide to building muscle and getting toned healthily.

The book starts with the basics, like finding a gym, making a workout plan, and listing essential techniques. It includes excellent nutrition tips, which makes it stand out. You don’t have to join a gym to benefit from this book; Most of the exercises can be done from home if you have the right equipment (and some of them require no equipment at all).

Starting with warm-ups, you’ll find fitness techniques for all the muscles you want to work on. The book finishes off with an actual 12-week guide filled with the exercises you need to do to build muscle and burn fat.

I got this cool book free from the publisher!

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Pilates For Beginners by Katherine Corp and Kimberly Corp

51ORbD-OR7L._SX260_I got into Pilates when I picked up a video that combined Yoga and Pilates together. I enjoyed the higher intensity (at the time) of Pilates and found it meshed well with the lower intensity and flow of Yoga. Since then, my husband has started doing Pilates. We like the focus on the core you get from this type of workout.

We’ve both been doing Pilates enough to feel like we’re no longer beginners, but we’re still new to this type of fitness. Because of that, I figured a book on Pilates that was geared toward the beginner would be a great addition to both our home library and our workout reference materials.

I like that there are plenty of pictures in this book so you can see what you’re supposed to be doing. However, it’s also rife with words – so you get to read the step-by-step instructions to ensure you’re doing each move correctly.

Even if you have some Pilates videos, or follow along with classes online, this book is still beneficial to you. Why? Well, aside from walking you through the basic moves of this workout regimen, Pilates For Beginners also includes some useful information that will help you do it right!

My favorite parts of the book are the visualizations and the precautions. The visualizations let you know how to picture your body to help you properly do each move (like picturing yourself as a tree…). The precautions let you know if this is a safe position for you to take or not depending on health conditions and other factors.

This is an A+ book, and it would make an excellent gift for the newly fitness-minded person in your life!

I received this book free from the publisher, and this is an honest and unbiased review.