Denise Austin-star of Lifetime Television's The Daily Workout as well as Fit & Lite, television's #1 exercise program-has always been in the vanguard of the exercise revolution. Now she has come out with another sensational breakthrough: the first book that combines two powerful, proven tools-the exercise ball and resistance band-to give you the safest, most effective method of body shaping, muscle toning, and weight loss.
Denise shares compelling new research that shows performing exercise routines on a fitness ball will help you strengthen and tone muscles while enhancing your flexibility, balance, and coordination. Best of all, the effort to hold a position on a wobbly ball is great for a lean and strong core, the key to healthier posture, improved energy and better-fitting clothes!
Denise also uses elastic workout bands of increasing levels of resistance to provide the simplest, safest, most efficient way to sculpt and reshape your body. Long a favorite of fitness professionals, these bands eliminate the problem of momentum and make it easier to get the most out of the return part of the movement than either free weights or machines.
Now you can get the benefits of both tools at the same time. Denise Austin shows the most effective best band/ball exercises that target the abs, thighs, waist, butt, and upper arms, as well as sharing rejuvenating, body-shaping, 12-minute workouts in several key disciplines: Pilates, yoga, cardio, and balance/stretching. Each day during her three-week plan, Denise will motivate readers with an inspiring before-and-after story, with photos, of a fan's success; an at-a-glance, 12-minute workout guide; a full-menu plan of delicious, less-than-12-minute meals (with 20 pages of new recipes from Denise's kitchen); and "Denise's Wisdom," an inspiring tip or thought for the day.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I've had this book for a little over a week now. I have read it from cover to cover and am one week into the three-week plan. Here's what I think are the best things about this book.
As usual, Denise's can-do attitude permeates the text. She is upbeat and encouraging in her writing.
This is a book written for busy people. Denise recognizes that many people have a legitimate struggle to fit an hour of exercise into most days and she offers here a pragmatic alternative to that.
Toning exercises with the stability ball & resistance band take up twelve minutes a day, six days a week.
Denise offers five cardio options, from twelve minutes three to four times a week to sixty minutes three to four times a week. Which one you pick is dependent on your goals. (Sixty minutes is for serious athletes who can invest that amount of time; twelve minutes is for people who want to see results from a minimum investment of time.)
I am 48 years old and don't like aerobic exercise, but I really wanted to tone up. I already had an exercise ball at home which I occasionally used to stretch on, but not to exercise. I heard that resistance bands were the way to go for toning (esp. in someone my age). I purchased a set for $10 at Wal-Mart. I read Denise's book cover to cover and then started the plan. I followed the meal plan strictly the first week, then substituted a little the following weeks. If I missed a day of exercise I just "shifted" it to the next day so I wasn't always on the same day of the week that the book was, but I never got out of sequence on the exercises. I walk 2-3 days a week for my cardio. I have now finished 4 weeks and have had amazing results. I've lost around 5 lbs. and seen my stomach, waist, hips, legs, arms, chin, virtually everything shrink in size! The stomach results are the most impressive as nothing I've done in the past has ever toned my abs (which after abdominal...
I would love to have this as a dvd, so I wouldn't have to go back and forth to the book. The 10 minute exercise session is spent getting up and down, checkinig position and trying to do what Denise is doing. When I did the exercises, it was too much for me, I became winded very quickly, I may have been doing it incorrectly. I was searching for a book for older exercisers. I'm 66 and consider myself in reasonably good shape, have worked out since my late 20's. Don't think I would recommend this book to anyone in my age bracket.
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