Book Review and Giveaway: Totally Toned Arms (Ends 3/6) CLOSED

Friday, February 19, 2010 Posted by Dina N

Many of us make New Year's resolutions - including plans to get in shape, exercise more, or eat better. According to some unofficial statistics among my friends, most resolutions fizzle out by Valentine's Day. Still, a new year, a new you - the promise of a fresh start can be exhilarating! Thanks to Hachette Book Group, I have a book that may help. Read on!

Book Description
Once Barack Obama joined the presidential race and attended events with wife at his side, the media, bloggers, and people everywhere started buzzing about Michelle's toned arms--and asking how on earth she does it. Even at the Presidential Inauguration, much of the talk was about Michelle's amazing arms. Media outlets from GMA to CNN to MSNBC have covered the story, inspiring women across the country to call their personal trainers and say, "I want Obama arms!"

Certified personal trainer Rylan Duggan, creator of the successful (and pricey, at $70 each!) e-book series Go Sleeveless!, constantly gets calls from clients and reporters asking for the training secrets behind Michelle's arms. Duggan is the expert quoted in much of this coverage, and in FIGHT ARM FLAB, he offers his 21-day program to get those sleek and sexy arms.

In this low-priced paperback, Duggan reveals the program (combining strength training and cardio) including a 7-day jumpstart maintenance plan, and essential diet secrets designed to shed fat and reveal toned muscle, plus 50-60 black and white photos throughout to illustrate. This is a simple program that anyone can do, no matter what their fitness level, at home and with little equipment. With this series of 25 easy exercises, anyone can have Obama arms--in a matter of weeks!

My Review
I love toned arms - and to get ready for summer sleeveless, now is the time to start working on these biceps! And who better to have in your corner than a professional personal trainer and body-sculpting authority. Since not all of us can afford to hire one, reading his book is the next best thing.

What I found surprising is that - besides the exercises I expected to see - the author focuses on the whole picture: what we need to eat to build muscle, and how to work out - while he points out that trouble-shooting just a single area of your body is a myth. There is a chapter on strength training, one on cardio exercise, and one about the nutrition program. Another chapter details a 21-day plan, and the last part of the book is dedicated to the maintenance plan. I really like the approach, and that every exercise is explained in detail, accompanied by a picture to make things even clearer.

Another great advantage of this book is that the exercises can be done wherever you want: at the gym, while traveling, or in the privacy of your own home. There is no need for special equipment, besides free weights, a stability ball, and resistance bands. At home, you can use chairs instead of a workout bench or machines. If you prefer a gym, for every exercise there is a gym version - followed by the home version.

Totally Toned Arms by Rylan Dugan is a relatively small book, packed with useful information. It is geared towards women, and it will help you improve your overall physical fitness - and get ready to look better in spring and summer clothes, too!

The Giveaway
And now, as promised, thanks to Hachette Book Group, FIVE readers will win a copy of Totally Toned Arms by Rylan Dugan!

To enter, leave a comment sharing how you stay healthy.

You may do any and all of the following for extra chances to win:
  • follow me on twitter and tweet about this giveaway, feel free to copy and paste: "Win 1 of 5 copies of Totally Toned Arms by Rylan Dugan! Get in shape now! #books #Giveaway ends 3/6 @aitmama #win http://tinyurl.com/ygzstpx" – you may do this once a day;
  • go here for additional ways to get extra entries.
The deadline to enter is March 6, 2010, 11:59pm EST. Five winners will be randomly selected and notified by e-mail. They will have 72 hours to get back to me, or alternates will be chosen.

Open to residents of U.S. or Canada only. No P.O. box addresses, please. One book per person. Winners will receive their prizes directly from Hachette Book Group. Book information was provided by the publisher.

Disclaimer: I received a review copy of this book without any obligation to write a positive review. The opinions expressed in this post are based on my personal experience and may differ from yours. I take no responsibility if you fail to achieve Michelle Obama arms with the help of this book.

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