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Get Strong!: Body By Jake's Guide to Building Confidence, Muscles, and a Great Future for Teenage Guys
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One of America's leading fitness gurus presents a unique handbook that combines straightforward advice on nutrition and fitness, guidelines for coping with the diverse problems of adolescence, and easy-to-manage fitness exercises and routines to help teenage boys develop a positive self-image and a healthful lifestyle. Original. 100,000 first printing.
Fitness motivator Jake Steinfeld, the man behind Body by Jake, wants to pump you up. In his superpositive guide, Jake supplies readers with the tools for success in life, asking them to provide the effort and the commitment. Before he even describes the first physical exercise, this relentlessly upbeat trainer urges his new trainees to do some serious mental workouts. Readers are asked to stand in front of a mirror and evaluate how they see themselves, physically and mentally. Throughout, Jake includes dozens of stories of guys--including himself--who sat around on their "buttisimos" until they started setting goals for themselves. Don't worry, it's not all "rapadoo" (motivational speak). The center chapter describes in detail the Get Strong Workout, complete with warmup stretches; power, stamina, and strength training; and daily exercises for abs, shoulders, triceps, back, etc.
For guys who can't abide the gentler Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul approach to self-help, Body by Jake provides a tough (but caring), masculine (dare we say macho?) alternative. There's good information about diet, steroid use, leadership, and mental health, in addition to the strength- and confidence-building rapadoo. (Ages 13 and older) --Emilie Coulter