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Muscle & Fitness Excerpt: Stop The Workout Insanity!

Whether you're an advanced trainer following a hopelessly complicated routine or a beginner just starting out, this back-to-basics program will give you the body you want. Get a fresh start right here!

The following is an excerpt from the November/December 2006 issue of Muscle & Fitness Hers Magazine.

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Muscle & Fitness Hers Magazine - November/December 2006.

Stop The Workout Insanity

Everywhere you turn, people are screaming at you to get up, get active and get in shape. Of course, the media doesn't relent, bombarding us with books, self-help programs, fitness-gadget infomercials and news vignettes: Stay tuned for our next segment, toning your butt with Dr. Phil! Ugh. It's enough to make you want to not work out.

Meanwhile, while the masses struggle to prevent the Halloween to New Year's weight gain, the typical HERS reader is already at full throttle, furiously goal-setting, accomplishing and training hard. Miss a workout? Blasphemy! You often wonder instead how to squeeze more into an already-overstuffed schedule.

Which brings us to our holiday message, aimed squarely at the overachiever: Resolve to roll back your prodigious training efforts to give your body more rest and recovery time, thus actually making your workouts more productive in the long run. And for beginners just checking in for the first time, this feature is equally relevant.

Have Fun With It:

    Our training routine focuses on the basics, providing just enough stimulation to prompt positive, noticeable results in your physical appearance but not so much as to overwhelm your body1s ability to recover. We've divided the body into two:

    1. Legs, back and shoulders on Mondays and Thursdays
    2. Chest, arms and abs on Tuesdays and Fridays.

    The program is even effective if you need to cut back to three days a week; for instance, on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. In that case, every other week you'll do one of the workouts twice and the other once, which is still enough stimulation to get lean and strong.

Another Bit Of Advice:

    Don't fret about workout logs or personal bests. Take some time to just enjoy the process of working out. Later on, you can start tracking your weights, sets and reps again, but for at least 2-4 weeks, simply show up and do the exercises.

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    It's a perfect opportunity to focus on form, feel your muscles as you move the weight and tone down your frenetic pace. Don't feel like you need to finish every set, every exercise, every time out. It may sound crazy, but for at least a while, look at the gym as a place to relax and catch your breath.

For the entire Stop The Insanity Workout, pick up the November/December issue of Muscle & Fitness Hers, available everywhere October 10, 2006!

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