What the FBGs Are Reading

The FBGs are huge book worms! So just what are we reading these days besides classic literature? Glad you asked…

What Erin’s Reading

NewRulesofLiftingforWomenbookWhen I cracked open Lou Schuler’s The New Rules of Lifting for Women, I immediately knew that he and I would get along. He emphasizes the importance of building muscles and keeping them strong, but doesn’t get all cheerleader-y about it. And I quote: “As a guy, I’m constitutionally incapable of being perky … What I can’t bring myself to do is find a hundred ways to say ‘You can do it!’ You can do it if you want to do it.” Lou is refreshingly down to earth the entire book, and it made the book very easy to read.

Lou’s rules for women are also awesome and had me shouting “Yes!” at my book. For women who are afraid of lifting for fear of bulking up (you know who you are!), he discusses how hard it is to put on muscle size. Women need not fear “bulk” because “Unless you’re an extreme genetic outlier, you can’t get too bulky.” You’re preaching to the choir here, Lou! Lou also has a rule about accepting your genetically predetermined shape. Pilates won’t make you taller, he says, and following a celeb’s workout plan and diet won’t make you look like that celeb. Can I get an amen? Lou also devotes several chapters to nutritional basics and includes healthy meal plans like the Brady Bunch-sounding Pork Chops with Applesauce and a high-protein cheesecake. (Cheesecake in a weight-lifting book? I’m in!)

The most helpful parts of the book, in my opinion, are the sections on workouts themselves. Lou gives a sample warm-up, discusses how to choose the correct amount of weight for the exercise (and what to do when you go too easy on yourself), and then gives specific workouts to take to the gym. A separate chapter gives specifics on exercises to do—squats, deadlifts, lunges, variations on push-ups—and gives step-by-step instructions on how to do them. Pictures are included too, so if you’re the type who feels like you have no sense of direction at the gym (like me!), this book gives you that direction and more.

Open  An Autobiography Andre Agassi  BooksWhat Jenn’s Reading

I have been devouring Andre Agassi’s book Open: An Autobiography ever since my friend lent me her copy. It’s one of those books that page after page, chapter after chapter, you are completely captivated and drawn in by both the writing and the story. And the fact that it’s a true story of Andre Agassi’s life is amazing. Even if you have no idea who Agassi is and have never played—nor wanted to watch—a tennis match (unlike me), you will love this book. Promise.

The author is a Pulitzer prize winner and tells Agassi’s deeply conflicted and ironic tale of his successful career in tennis in beautiful language that makes you feel like Agassi is sharing his deepest and darkest secrets with you. And, in a way, he is. He confesses his lifelong hatred (yes, you read that right) of tennis and even dishes on his relationship with Brooke Shields. You also get the inside scoop on his physical training, including his tough workouts in the Las Vegas heat and enduring serious pain. It’s both inspiring and fascinating. Makes you want to do your best, no matter what sport you love (or don’t). Again, just read it.

What’s on your fitness or health reading shelf right now? —Erin & Jenn

Do you need help with your weight-lifting endeavors? Comment below for a chance to win The New Rules of Lifting for Women. We’ll notify the lucky winner by email. U.S. residents only, please.

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  1. I keep hearing about The New Rules!! I am so tempted to go out and buy it myself but winning it would be even better! I’m not afraid of bulking up in the slightest, I just want to be the strongest, healthiest version of myself! I struggle with what to do to properly work my upper body and I would definitely like the guidance (yay pictures!) from Lou’s book.

  2. I live by the New Rules for Lifting! I was always so overwhelmed by weights and machines and finally I just found empty times to go to the gym, brought my book and looked like a big nerd but I am so glad for that book, it truly taught me how to lift!

  3. Yes, I need help! I’m recovering from a foot injury that killed my half marathon training so I’m trying to use this time to finally get into a weight training routine. The book sounds great.

  4. Loved new rules of lifting, especially the part that says you have to eat! To build muscle you need food and I love how much he emphasizes feeding your body well.

  5. The book sounds great and super helpful for those of us without trainers to walk us through workouts. I would love to win it and get some new ideas on weight training and eating right. Thanks for the give-away!

  6. Man, that book sounds like just what I need! I’m so overwhelmed by the weight stuff at the gym, but I know I need to do it more. Lou sounds like my kind of guy.

  7. I would love the New Rules book. I find that doing cardio alone doesn’t really get me results… and I suspect that’s why so many women do waaaaay too much cardio — because they’re not getting results, so they keep just adding more. Yet when I lift weights, and weights that are appropriately heavy, I get toned surprisingly quickly.

  8. i would LOVE to read andre agassi’s autobiography. it sounds amazing and your description is lovely. i think i’ll buy it & re-gift it (is that bad?)to my dad for father’s day since he’s a huge tennis buff!

  9. The New Rules of Lifting sounds great. I recently read Born To Run and am beginning to rethink my workout rules in general…

  10. These books both look great. The New Rules of Lifting looks great for technique guides and the recipes sound interesting. Thanks for keeping us up to date on the latest and greatest!! FBGs rock! BTW- regarding the Born to Run comment- be really careful before you try running barefoot- we have grown up in shoes and our feet aren’t trained to run with no support. Very few people can transition to it without getting hurt so if you try it, ease into it and try something like a light weight training shoe first. 🙂

  11. I was glad to see that you liked Andre Agassi’s book. I hear a lot of people say bad things about him because of his drug use, but I really admire his honesty.
    He seems to be much more REAL than many other famous people.

  12. “You can do it if you want to do it.” That is SO true. I spent the first six months after having my daughter complaining about the weight I was still carrying around yet did nothing to fix it. Finally I realized I had to get serious about trying to lose the weight or I’d always be stuck in that same position. I’ve lost 11 lbs since my ‘realization’ and still losing! I would love to get The New Rules of Lifting for Women. Good luck everyone 😀

  13. I got The New Rules at the libary! I am only beginning to tone my body after losing the majority of my weight so any help I can get is great!!! Thanks for recommending!

  14. I could really use some guidance when it comes to lifting! I tend to stick with what I know, and surely that means I am not maximizing my workout time (or my biceps). Thanks for the chance to win. 🙂

  15. I am just beginning to lift weights at home. My soldier son has tried to set me up, but he set me up like a soldier would lift! I don’t want to get buff like he is, but look very toned and defined. Would love this book to help me on this new journey!

  16. I’ve got a number of books on my shelf, but most are geared more towards diet…Specifically Tosca Reno’s “Eat Clean” line. I’d love to win this one to add to my collection!

  17. I’m a beginner, so I definitely need help! Right now I’m browsing websites and trying out videos. I’ve heard this book is awesome.

  18. I would love to win a copy of the lifting book! I’m in desperate need of changing up my lifting routine.

  19. I’ve heard such great things about The New Rules of Lifting. I’ve never read it before and I’d love to win a copy.

  20. I have tried doing weight training and it is good until I hit a plateau. I have heard a lot of great stories about people who have used this book, but they do not have it in my local library. I need a little boost to see better results.

  21. While I follow my own weight training program, I find inspiration and increased motivation by checking out routines in various forums and books. A lot of women on the JPFitness forum swear by the NROLFW. Leigh Peele has also spoken highly of the book and the program, so heck, if I won, I’d give it a go!

  22. I so could use t his book. I know a few people who have it and think that it’s awesome. I could definitely use some direction!