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Total fitness for women : proven strategies to trim down, firm up and get fit
Luxbacher, Joe.
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Publication Information:
Terre Haute, Ind. : Wish Publishing ; Indianapolis, Ind. : Distributed in the U.S. by Cardinal Publishers Group, [2002]

Physical Description:
viii, 180 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
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RA781 .L89 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Exposes the myths and misconceptions surrounding fitness and weight loss, and clearly demonstrates how each of us posses the power to control and shape our physical destiny. The book is designed to benefit women of all ages and fitness levels who want to lose inches, burn fat and tone muscles. Exhaustive workouts, restrictive diets, nutritional supplements and extreme self denial are not required parts of the package. Instead the reader learns how to harness the immense power of habit and focus that power toward the realisation of fitness goals.

Author Notes

Notes From The Author

I wrote my first book at age sixteen. It was an inspirational "how to" book designed for teenagers who wanted to achieve academic success. I was fortunate enough to have performed well in school & wanted to share my strategies with other teenagers. Since then, I have written several hundred books on various topics ranging from financial/business management to cognitive skill mastery. I never published any of my books, not because they weren't beneficial, but because my life was so full that I never took time to pursue publication.

I was born into a Christian family on September 22, 1965 in Cleveland, Ohio. Before reaching two years of age, my father decided to pursue the ultimate career - full-time missionary work "where the need was greater". The need turned out to be greater in Camden & Dermott, Arkansas. Because of my parents' strong faith in putting God's interests first, they sold our one-story brick house in Shaker Heights, Ohio & headed to Arkansas. Thus, at an early age, I developed an appreciation for spiritual pursuits. I learned how to talk with people from all walks of life, faith, background & religious beliefs. I learned to truly appreciate & enjoy people.

Before my eighth birthday, my mother became pregnant with my oldest brother. The doctors in Arkansas refused to honor my parents' request for the abstinence of blood in case of any delivery complications. As a result, we moved back to the North & settled in Cincinnati, Ohio. It was difficult for my father to get the missionary work out of his system, but he eventually adjusted. He served as a special overseer in a Cincinnati congregation. Mom went back to teaching school in the Cincinnati Public School system. She was a terrific teacher because she was passionate about teaching. She always went above & beyond because she was a stakeholder in her students' lives.

While spiritual pursuits were important to my family, education was extremely important as well. My parents attended every one of my open houses & teacher's conferences. They supported me in all of my extracurricular activities & took great pride in every single accomplishment (no matter how small). This support helped me to shape the very essence of my being. The more I accomplished, the more I wanted to accomplish. I yearned & sought out varied life experiences.

I decided to attend the University of Cincinnati for undergraduate school majoring in Management Information Systems & minoring in Real Estate, Psychology & English. I am still amazed at why I selected MIS as a major. While I had an excellent grasp on computer technology, I never wanted to spend my entire life programming computer systems. I thought the technical background would aid me in any career path I selected. Because of my love for people & insatiable curiosity about their behaviors, Psychology was naturally interesting to me. As to my interest in English, creative expression has always been a magnetizing art form that I continue to strive to perfect. I worked to learn as much as I could about English in College. (Bowker Author Biography)

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Library Journal Review

Many women turn to crash diets and exhaustive workouts when they want to lose fat and inches instead of setting realistic goals and making fitness and good nutrition lifelong habits. Here, peak performance coach and educator Luxbacher and his coauthors argue that a more effective approach is to use skill, knowledge, and attitude to lose weight, get fit, and eat healthfully. Luxbacher offers strategies for women of all ages and fitness levels to help them lose weight, develop strong muscles and bones, gain more energy, and make fitness a lifelong habit. Readers will learn how to determine their current fitness level and create an exercise program. Sample aerobic, strength, and flexibility exercise plans are also included, complemented by illustrations and healthy eating suggestions, and special chapters target children, pregnant women, and older women. This book is informative and easy to read, but it does not offer much that's new. An optional choice for larger fitness and exercise collections; libraries owning Miriam Nelson's "Strong Women" series (e.g., Strong Women Eat Well, Strong Women Stay Slim) could probably skip. Samantha J. Gust, Niagara Univ. Lib., NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Section I Becoming Fit: We Become What We Repeatedly Do
Prefacep. viii
Chapter 1 The Fit Lifestylep. 3
Chapter 2 The Incredible Power of Habitp. 7
Chapter 3 Building a Foundationp. 11
Chapter 4 Slim Down--Firm Up--Get Fitp. 16
Chapter 5 Barriers to Successp. 20
Section II Becoming Fit: The Essential Elements
Chapter 6 Body Compositionp. 25
Chapter 7 Muscular Fitnessp. 34
Chapter 8 Aerobic Fitnessp. 43
Chapter 9 Flexibilityp. 50
Section III Becoming Fit: The Process
Chapter 10 Planning for Successp. 57
Chapter 11 Weight Loss Basicsp. 61
Chapter 12 The Seven Steps to Permanent Fat Lossp. 68
Chapter 13 Getting Strongerp. 76
Chapter 14 Shaping a Feminine Physiquep. 83
Chapter 15 Getting F.I.T.p. 113
Chapter 16 Rating the Aerobic Exercisesp. 118
Chapter 17 Improving Flexibilityp. 123
Chapter 18 Eating for Optimal Fitnessp. 132
Section IV Becoming Fit: Special Conditions
Chapter 19 Kids and Fitnessp. 153
Chapter 20 Exercise and Pregnancyp. 158
Chapter 21 You're Never Too Old!p. 161
Chapter 22 Exercise and the Environmentp. 167
Chapter 23 Commit to be Fit!p. 173
Total Fitness for Women
Appendix Ap. 175
Appendix Bp. 176
Reference Listp. 178