Do You Have Your Summer Shape?: If Not, These Books Should Help

Monday, 23 May 2011 14:26 Rich Hatibbon
It’s almost summertime. In the midst of popular video workouts such as and , some people still lean towards instructional books before they hit the weights. I chatted with people to see what books they use to get into shape.
by Adam Campbell
As I was commuting downtown on the No. 2 train, which runs on the West Side of New York, I spoke with Adrian Friel, 23, who was reading a paperback, by Adam Campbell. It’s a book I purchased myself in the beginning of the year, you know when we make those nice new year resolutions we never manage to keep. As Adrian was drinking his protein shake, he was flipping through the pages to learn some routines to teach at his job. He works as a personal trainer at a New York Sports Club, and uses the book as a step-by-step guide for beginner clients, and for himself as well. In addition to the various workout methods, it provides information regarding nutrition he follows on a daily basis.
“It’s very visual,” said Adrian, who works with both college athletes and average people exercising. “It shows easy-to-understand exercises with pictures to achieve proper form when you train. The book has over 600-plus exercises. It gives ways to train in all types of situations such as crowded gyms or if you don't have any weights at home. It will definitely keep you busy for quite some time.”
by Lou Schuler
After getting a salad downtown around Greenwich Village, I watched a few games at the West 4th Street basketball courts, which is also known as “The Cage.” I spoke to Ben Herrera, 23, a junior at New York University, who watched a pickup game alongside with me. After exchanging predictions about the NBA playoffs, I decided to ask what kind of books he enjoys reading at the moment. He loves reading biographies about his favorite athletes, but he pulled out a paperback book called by Lou Schuler, a fitness journalist who writes mainly about men's health and exercise. Ben expressed how the book targets people who are looking to increase lean body mass and reduce body fat, but aren’t looking to become bodybuilders. He admitted to struggling with obesity throughout his teenage years, and has devoted time to working out and playing basketball to get into shape. In addition to this book, he hangs an old extra large shirt of his within his home gym as a motivational tool.
“It takes you to your limit,” said Ben, who has been following the program for over a year. “It simplifies many body workouts in just six basic exercises that strengthen your muscles. It showcases the importance of not letting your body get too used to a routine and working out your legs. You can definitely be confident you’re getting the most out of your time in the gym with this book.”
by Arnold Schwarzenegger
After speaking with Ben, I took the F train uptown, which runs throughout Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens, and I met Shawn Palmer, 24, who was reading a paperback of by Arnold Schwarzenegger (he may not know much about fidelity and marriage but the former Mr. Olympian is still a pretty good authority on bodybuilding). Shawn is a big fan of his work. He has been using his methods since high school. He expressed the best part of the book was Arnold’s tips for sculpting, strengthening, and defining every muscle to create a buff physique.
“It’s my workout bible,” said Shawn, who was taking the train home after working out with his brother at Derek Jeter’s signature club, 24-hour Fitness. “It contains everything from the history of bodybuilding to proper presentation of your posing routines. Like me, it will satisfy the hardcore muscle heads. The gains I’ve seen following Arnold’s advice has been amazing to me, as well as several of my friends I’ve lent the book to. Just don’t lean towards any books of him giving love advice.”
by Pam Peeke
Later, I went back home to the Bronx to finish up some studying for finals. To relieve my mind from the stress, I usually take a jog around my neighborhood. When I took a water break, I met Katy Jansen, 30, from the Bronx, who was reading by Pam Peeke on her Kindle. She is halfway done with the 12-week program and highly recommends it for any women struggling to get into shape. Katy discussed how the author’s main points consist of eating a balanced diet, ditching junk food and exercise with thinking positively.
“It’s a great book for women, whether you want to lose weight or not,” said Katy. “The book insists on creating a healthy, balanced life based on what is realistic for your body and your lifestyle. It has information about the different stages women experience, how we change over time and how to change our eating and exercise programs to fit where we are in life.”
If you have any other suggestions on any books to get into shape, sound off below.
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