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Old 03-25-2010, 09:24 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Beth-Wow,just when I thought there was nothing else to do with biceps! I don't want boredom to set in with the regular curls, and I want to keep challenging the muscles too. Thanks for the link. It's just what I needed!
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Old 03-26-2010, 05:12 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Beth, I had to look up what supinating bicep curls were. I guess I haven't been hanging around at gym long enough yet. I will be trying those and some others from the link you posted on my next upper body day. Thanks again.
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Old 06-09-2010, 02:42 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Hi Beth, or anyone else that cares to answer--
If there is one book that is the most instrumental for your success, which would it be? I'm thinking its the Body for Life book but I wanted to get some feedback from you first.
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Old 06-09-2010, 05:02 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I love the philosophy of BFL. Very simple, very easy. I kinda liked the New Rules of Lifting (also NRL for Women), but BFL simplifies it better and is more intuitive to me.
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Old 06-09-2010, 05:37 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Thanks, Cassie!

Is the BFL you are referring to the 1999 one written by Bill Phillips?
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Yes, I think he has moved on to other endeavors since then, though. I take bits and pieces of a lot of different stuff and combine to make it "friendly" for me, so I don't do just any one program, but his is so common-sense it's hard to argue with. Beth knows a ton about his stuff, so hopefully she will contribute some here, too...she's walking the walk right now!

Just started reading the Flat Belly Diet book...like I said, I take bits and pieces so I won't follow it exactly, but it's pretty interesting and helping me to focus on good fats (monounsaturated fatty acids). I kinda like that because it's also intuitive to the way I eat.

I thought Dr. Phil was amusing, but not really helpful. Had to read it to slake my curiosity .
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Julia,

Without a doubt, Body-for-LIFE by Bill Phillips has been the most intrumental program in helping me reach my goals. Phillips puts a lot of emphasis on mindset exercises and that makes sense to me. And it flat out works. It does require 6 days of fairly intense exercise (geared to each individual's ability), including weights and cardio, but you never spend more than an hour working out (some days just 20 minutes). Success rates are highest for those who are willing to workout first thing in the morning. Nutrition is a big focus (as it must be) and if someone was vegan, I'd tell them to look for another plan because this plan calls for 6 servings of protein daily from meat, chx, fish, cottage cheese & eggs. Initially (back in 2002) what sold me was a weekly "free" day where I could satisfy any cravings I might have had during the week, and as long as I stayed on plan during the week and didn't go too crazy, results have been great.

One caveat, the program is geared toward achieving reasonable goals (20-25 pounds) in 12 weeks. After 12 weeks, if one stops exercising regularly and starts taking 2 or 3 free days, or eating haphazardly, the weight will return. Of course, that's true with any program.
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