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    Geralyn Coopersmith(Author)

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No one understands what it means to be fit and female better than Geralyn Coopersmith. Her work has brought results to women nationwide.
-Carol Espel, MS, National Director of Group Fitness for Equinox Fitness Clubs

""Every woman should read Geralyn's book.""
-Michael Boyle, author of Functional Training for Sports

""Coopersmith leads the reader to new levels of self-awareness and the ability to make educated choices. Underlying her hip, upbeat tone is a sound background in exercise physiology and a strong desire to help women improve their lifestyles.""
-Joan Pagano, author of Strength Training for Women

Ever wonder why some women look great with very little effort while others exercise and diet obsessively with disappointing results? The fact is, when it comes to getting in shape, all women are not created equal. We've all heard about apples and pears, but there's lots more to women's bodies than just that. If you've been frustrated by fad diets and the workout of the month that never seems to work, you need a program designed specifically for your unique body type.

In Fit + Female, Geralyn Coopersmith, a top fitness expert and certified personal trainer, ditches the one-size-fits-all approach to getting in shape and helps you determine which type you are. Then you get a nutrition and exercise plan that's tailored for your needs, not just generic, off-the-rack advice. If you want to get back into that clingy little number that now hugs all the wrong places, this is the realistic, scientific how-to for you!

Coopersmith, resident fitness instructor on the Fine Living Channel's Simplify Your Life, has devised a fitness and nutrition plan to accommodate the needs of women of all shapes and sizes. Observing that "fitness is not one size fits all," Coopersmith divides her approach to address six basic body shapes: the endo-pear, endo-apple, meso-pear, meso-apple, ecto-pear and ecto-apple. Each shape, she claims, requires a customized workout and eating plan, though all incorporate components of a cardio workout, muscular fitness segment and flexibility training. For instance, the already slim ecto pear focuses on shaping muscles while maintaining weight and should not overdo aerobic exercise, while the bulkier meso-apple needs to zero in on cardio work to trim the waist and abs. Illustrated exercises are provided for each body type. Noting that "fitness must fit into a busy woman's life," Coopersmith modifies each sequence, offering a "bare minimum," "ideal" and "gung-ho" work out. While Coopersmith's methods are individualized, her message to all women is to give up their notion of a "Barbie body," work with what they have, steer clear of fad diets and eat healthfully. Perky and friendly, Coopersmith offers an accessible plan and outlook that many women will warm up to. (Aug.) Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. * Coopersmith, resident fitness instructor on the Fine Living Channel's Simplify Your Life, has devised a fitness and nutrition plan to accommodate the needs of women of all shapes and sizes. Observing that ""fitness is not one size fits all,"" Coopersmith divides her approach to address six basic body shapes: the endo-pear, endo-apple, meso-pear, meso-apple, ecto-pear and ecto-apple. Each shape, she claims, requires a customized workout and eating plan, though all incorporate components of a cardio workout, muscular fitness segment and flexibility training. For instance, the already slim ecto pear focuses on shaping muscles while maintaining weight and should not overdo aerobic exercise, while the bulkier meso-apple needs to zero in on cardio work to trim the waist and abs. Illustrated exercises are provided for each body type. Noting that ""fitness must fit into a busy woman's life,"" Coopersmith modifies each sequence, offering a ""bare minimum,"" ""ideal"" and ""gung-ho"" work out. While Coopersmith's methods are individualized, her message to all women is to give up their notion of a ""Barbie body,"" work with what they have, steer clear of fad diets and eat healthfully. Perky and friendly, Coopersmith offers an accessible plan and outlook that many women will warm up to. (Aug.) (Publishers Weekly, May 22, 2006)

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  • PDF | 240 pages
  • Geralyn Coopersmith(Author)
  • Wiley; 1 edition (August 1, 2006)
  • English
  • 7
  • Health, Fitness & Dieting

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  • By Klara on August 23, 2017

    As always, the less you know when you read the book, the more use you will get out of it. I already knew most of it (though the connection between glycogen and water was new to me), but it was still nice to re-read the information well-written and nicely presented. Geralyn Coopersmith attacks the problem from all three sides: Self-image, exercise and food. The exercise program (only the strenght training is written out - Coopersmiths suggests you find an aerobic activity you enjoy - cycling, running, inline skating - it doesn't matter which one) is a doable one: A list of about a dozen strength exercises that remain the same. The advantage is that you can learn them by heart and don't need to refer to the book all the time. The disadvantage is that for progression you need a set of dumbbells (or a pair of adjustable ones) to increase weights, and sooner or later (depending on where you start) you'll need to find more difficult exercises (as not all of them need weights) - which are not contained in the book. I'm not sure why there's an exercise section for each body type (meaning five sixths are unneccesary for each reader): ecto-apples, ecto-pears, meso-apples and -pears and endo-apples and -pears (there's a questionnaire to help you decide which body type you are) - some of the same exercises appear in all sections.There is a considerable difference between the nutrition plans (no strict diets are proscribed) for ectomorphs, mesomorphs and endomorphs and I very much enjoyed reading that as a mesomorph I had been doing exactly the right thing anyway: listening to my body (as mentioned above, I found the book too late, only after I had lost 20 pounds and gotten in reasonable shape).The thing I possibly like best about Coopersmith's book is that the author suggests cardiovascular (aerobic) exercise for burning off calories. I know from experience it works. Unfortunately there's quite a few strength trainers who claim that aerobics is a waste of time and make it sound as if any hint of endurance exercise made your muscles waste away (which would be a very bad thing because muscles burn calories even when at rest) - while at the same time reassuring us that as women we will never build up any big muscle mass anyway (which I understand as: No hope of ever burning lots of calories while doing nothing. I'll continue cycling everywhere I can...)In sum, definietly one of the more useful books out there, and the earlier in life you read it (and follow as much of its advice as you can), the better!

  • By Sowinsis on March 23, 2016

    It is ok. I have not had time to do the exercises.

  • By Make it Funny on May 17, 2007

    What I like:The author helps you figure out which of the 6 body types you are via a Quiz. It's a combo of being either an Apple or Pear, and being one of (Meso, Endo, or Ecto). I was amazed when I read the description of my body type and how 'true' her description rang.She then recommends a regiment of Cardio and Weight exercises (with pictures for each exercise) for your body type. there's a range of 'how often' and 'how hard' you work out based on your own fitness level, time, etc...Then the books goes into the diet portion, explaining very Factually and realistically what you need to do to lose weight, what to eat (food groups wise) for each body type.I like that this is very concise and tailored to your body type, so it's fast and easy to digest!! Leaving you more time to actually workout!

  • By Anthony on November 10, 2006

    As a trainer, one of the hurdles that I deal with when I am working with female clients is the unrealistic expectations they have when starting a fitness program. When I read Fit and Female, I knew Geralyn identified with what a lot of women struggle with; body image. Having been through the same experiences as so many women, she is really able to capture the female reader's trust. I have given the book to all of my female clients, and it has been an inspiration to all of them. It has helped to change their mindset, and to rethink goals. The Introduction and First Chapter alone are worth the price of admission. Get this book for someone you love.

  • By A. Taylor on September 21, 2006

    I never thought a fitness book could be so entertaining.This book has great advice and it is given in a very humerous way. I have three daughters and my oldest is a teenager, I think this book will really help her get on the right path. So many kids today have eating disorders, take diet pills and do not want to excercise. This book shows you how to eat and excercise for the type of body you have. I enjoyed it alot. I recommend it for people who are frustrated with their bodies and want to get healthy.

  • By babspace on March 18, 2011

    I could write a lengthy review detailing all the wonderfulness that this book is, but I'll spare you.Instead I'll summarize: Fit and Female touches upon the media's impact on how women perceive themselves, physically, and why we need to ignore it. Coopersmith then holds your hand as she talks you through some of the myths that abound regarding female fitness and guides you to a fitness plan with the goal to make you the best YOU, you can be.I believe this book should be required reading for ALL young women -- the younger the better. Time to take back our bodies!

  • By Aleatha Coleman on September 7, 2009

    I checked this book out at the library and read it. I was so impressed by the book that I decided to purchase it from Amazon. It's filled with information that you need to learn to love your body and the type it is. Knowing what metabolism and how it works is crucial to weight loss. Once you know how fast your metabolism is you can learn to deal with its speed or slowness.If your curvy love your curves. You will never be a waif. If your straight up and down love it. You won't be voluptuous but you can get more definition in your body.Loving your body and working out according to its type is what this book is all about.Love it!

  • By DeeAnna on November 9, 2006

    This book is useful if you have very little to no knowledge of body types and weight training. You've heard and read it all before, if you're a pear lift light weights for lower body heavier for upperbody...so on and so on. However if you are very new, it does give very specific workouts to do and great diet tips.


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