Monday, January 11, 2010

Review and giveaway: Totally Toned Arms! (giveaway closed)


Thanks to my involvement at the Product Review Place, I recently received a copy of a new book, Totally Toned Arms: Get Michelle Obama arms in 21 days.  I think that we all can agree that Mrs. Obama has some pretty terrific arms, so I knew this was a book that I wanted to read!

Honestly, I opened the book expecting to see some pictures of arm exercises and a schedule of which exercises to do when.  I could not have been more surprised at what I actually did find inside! This book is a hidden gem!   It starts out with a discussion of the different types of problem arms- big arms, sagging arms and soft arms.  The discussion about sagging arms really spoke to me, I've lost weight successfully in the past but haven't done as much weight lifting as I needed to, so I ended up with very saggy arms. Thanks to this book, I can avoid that happening again in the future!

For the arm exercises themselves, this book has a wonderful section with detailed instructions on how to do them properly. There are also nice pictures to show you exactly what you need to be doing. The thing I really love about this section of the book is that the author has included variations on many of the exercises, one for home workouts and one for gym workouts. Fabulous!

There's also a great discussion about the proper way to do cardiovascular exercise. I could practically feel the author staring at me when he talked about the way that most of us typically do cardio- just spending 20-30 minutes on a treadmill or other machine, not working out as hard as we can, usually overly distracted with the TV or our iPods. So true!  He has a great alternative to that ineffective exercise, a high-intensity/low-intensity plan.

After the arm exercise instructions and the discussion of cardio exercise, there's also a wonderful section on nutrition including "10 nutritional commandments" and lists of what to et and not eat. I really love the grocery list- I never know what to buy so that I have healthy snacks on hand to get me through the afternoon.  The tips in here were very helpful!

The actual 21-day plan for toned arms is at the end of the book, and it incorporates all of the information discussed earlier in the book. Each day of the 21-day plan has easy-to-follow instructions on cardiovascular exercise and then tells you exactly what arm exercises to do and how many reps. The arm exercise part includes a mini picture or two of the exercise so that you can easily remember what you're supposed to be doing. After the 21-day workout there's a great section detailing a plan for maintenance.

This is a serious fitness book, and if you're thinking about getting in shape this winter, it's one you need to run out and get immediately!

I'm giving away 5 copies of this book! US/Canadian mailing addresses only. 

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Giveaway will close at 9 PM PST on January 31, 2010. I'll choose a winner with random.org and will email that person who will have 48 hours to respond. Good luck!


Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book to review for myself, but not compensated for this post and all opinions here are mine and mine alone!

107 comments:

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I love the thought of the cardio workout!

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If not for your review, I don't think I'd have given this title a 2nd glance! This book reminds me a bit of shapewear clothing I've been seeing around lately: I think, oh I don't need that. Then I look again (or in the mirror?) and
realize, ooh, maybe I do!! : P
I love the way this book is put together, especially the "reminder" pics in the end section. I always need those!
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I like the fact that the auther Duggan combines cardio with strength training and includes diet tips and a jump start maintence plan.

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I love the idea of getting my arms into shape!

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I would love to the 21-day plan.

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newmami_rgv said...

This seems like a great book... i use to love my arms, now they need some work! thanks for a chance

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Suzi said...

i'm a fitness instructor so new ideas/variations on exercises is always appreciated!

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I love that it will help me get toned arms again

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Ryan said...

I like the home workouts for arms. I have never had toned arms but would love to!
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I love that it has a detailed section on how to do the arm exercises correct!
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Sarah Lynne said...

I love the exercises that are simple for me. I am not in great health, and cant do alot of intensive workouts. Great giveaway.

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I like a few things about the book. I love how different types of arms are discussed along with a 21-day plan and food list.

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i love the cardio!
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I would love to have this book, I had an experience like yours I lost weight but didnt lift weights and im not too happy about the sagging arms so even if i dont win im definately gunna have to get this book!

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