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Better Body Workouts for Women Book Review - Timmie Wanechko

Book Review

Better Body Workouts for Women

Better Body Workouts for Women
By Dean Hodgkin, Caroline Pearce
Human Kinetics, 2014, 264 pages
ISBN-13: 9781450432764

I remember when I first entered the world of bodybuilding at the age of nineteen. I devoured every piece of information I could get – read every magazine, and poured over every book in search not only of the perfect workout routine, but of the why and how.


In the book department, I was looking for big, comprehensive, bible-type guides that would tell me everything about everything related to women’ fitness. At the time, the big winners for me were The Body Sculpting Bible for Women, Sculpting Her Body Perfect, and Body-for-LIFE (the original, not the one for women).

Better Body Workouts for Women by Hodgkin and Pearce is a top contender in the bible-type department of women’s fitness books. I can just imagine many, bright-eyed young women not unlike my teenage self flipping through the pages and thinking, I definitely need to read this one!

Better Body Workouts for Women is definitely comprehensive, as it details everything from the psychology of fitness, nutrition, basic exercise science, individual exercises (with color photographs) and of course, offers many workout routines.

The exercises are very modern, which is a huge plus, and include plyometrics, kettle bell exercises, and various warm-up, cool down, and stretching routines.

Each exercise is also described in great detail, although some of the models’ postures are a bit off. My only beef with the book is the name they gave one of the exercises, the “Hindu Push-Up”. Call me overly sensitive, but I don’t appreciate the religious connotation, especially since it’s more commonly known as the Downward Dog Push-Up. I’m sure that the writers had absolutely no intention of being offensive, though, I just think it was a poor choice of words.

Semantics aside, this really is a great book for the serious fitness enthusiast.

If you’ve been working out for a long time and looking to advance your routine and deepen your understanding of weight lifting, this book is for you.

If you’re hoping to compete professionally, I think this book would definitely be an asset.

If you’re a beginner however, you should be aware that this is a very “heavy” book, so you may find it a bit overwhelming. Definitely worth keeping though, as the information is definitely valuable!

Gender-specific training is crucial for optimal results, and Better Body Workouts for Women can definitely help you accelerate your fitness goals.

Buy Better Body Workouts for Women from Human Kinetics or Amazon!

Timmie Wanechko Edmonton Reiki

Disclosure: I receive complimentary books for review on sassywellness.ca, but I am not compensated for writing or obligated to write anything in particular. I am a Human Kinetics and Amazon affiliate, meaning I earn commission on all products purchased through the links I provide on this site.

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