My life has been crazy, and while working out used to be a priority it has been put on the back burner for awhile now. Luckily, we still eat clean and I don’t have much of a sweet tooth, so keeping my weight normalized has been fine, but the strength has been an issue. I just feel lazy and weak. I’ve always been one to feel pumped up after a good strength training workout (cardio I could live without). So having been off the workout wagon for a few months has been really hard for me. Needless-to-say, I have been looking for something to spark that drive in me again.
Which brings me to my book review of Strong is the New Skinny by Jennifer Cohen and Stacey Colino. When the book came in the mail, I was excited to open it, even though it took me a few weeks to actually read it (due to the craziness). The first few sentences in the introduction had me hooked
We’re in the midst of a cultural values shift that’s nothing short of awesome: women are no longer interested in starving themselves to become skinny Minnies. Instead we want to look and feel strong, capable, and empowered. More and more of s want to take full possession of our bodies so we can own them, love them, and nurture them in all the right ways.
I was one of those women who felt that if I starved myself I would be skinny and beautiful. Then I found weight lifting and eating healthy and it all changed. I loved the way I looked because I felt strong. So kudos to all you women wanting to feel strong! It’s empowering to know that the world is changing for the better in at least one aspect!
As I continued to read, I found there to be a lot of great information, but none of it really seemed like it was an original way of thinking or doing the healthy route in life. I read quite a bit of magazines and articles and unfortunately it seemed like a bit of a regurgitation of those facts. I do, however, feel that someone trying to get a grip on their healthy lifestyle would love having it all in one place, so this book would be a great place to start.
There were some quizzes, tips and ways to calculate your healthy lifestyle (Self Assesment, RMR, etc.). There were also some great tips for pushing yourself even when the world is pushing back.
One thing I really loved was the photos to help with the description of the exercises. This is very handy when you are learning a new exercise, that is a bit more difficult to understand. That being said, on the workout plans, I wish the list had the page number to reference for the exercise. Unfortunately it just lists the exercise and you have to go to the index to find the description.
Overall, I think the book would be beneficial for someone looking to transform themselves. It covers all the basics (meal planning, healthy eating tips, workout plans and tips, etc.). There is a lot of good information all in one place which I think makes it a great book for those just starting out. If you have been in the workout space for a while and just need a refresher this might be a good book for you. But if you read a lot about healthy living and training, it may not have enough new information to make it worth your time.
Disclaimer – I received this book free from the publisher through the Blogging For Books book review bloggers program. The opinions stated above are my own.