Tuesday, January 5, 2010

5 Winners! Totally Toned Arms: Review and Giveaway

This giveaway is now closed, thank you to everyone who entered and congratulations to the following ladies: # 5 Steph, #34 Sheila, #10 Kathie, #7 Noelle, and #2 Summer.

Not only has a new year begun but a new decade too. I am determined to make several lifestyle changes and stick with them! Last year I lost fifteen pounds and I'm all set to work on the next ten with my new book, Totally Toned Arms: Get Michelle Obama Arms in 21 Days by Rylan Duggan.

This book caught my attention because I have long suffered from what I refer to as "Upper Arm Embarrassment" meaning that I hate mine and going sleeveless really isn't an option. Hence you will not find me in a tank top, EVER. I liked how right off the bat, Duggan dispels any notion that you will be spot training, which is a fitness myth. His program outlines methods to burn fat from your entire body, with some exercises designed to tone and sculpt the arm muscles, so you'll enjoy a sleeker more fit body all over.I found his book to be very accessible to newbie fitness, former couch potatoes like myself. You can do his program without joining a gym and big weight machines and fancy equipment aren't needed. Gym and home versions of exercises are given.

Frankly, the thought of going to a gym is enough to make me fall off the fitness bandwagon, so Duggan's at home versions are exactly what I am looking for. Basic equipment like barbells, resistance band, and exercise ball are needed, but I already have those on hand.

Clear and concise information is given. All of the exercises are described in step by step directions and shown through numerous black and white photos. The 50-60 pictures are extremely helpful to see the correct technique. Larger ones are in the strengh training chapter and thumbnail versions of the pictures are then provided again in 21 day program, which is a little small for me, but since I can easily refer back to their larger versions that's a minor inconvenience. A strength training component has always been what's missing from my exercise routine and with Duggan's book guiding me I feel confident enough to pick up my weights for the first times in years.

Rounding out his program is cardiovascular training, which stresses interval training and how to adapt it to your preferred option, like mine the elliptical trainer. There's also a nutrition program, with essential diet secrets designed to shed fat and reveal toned muscle. Three maintenance workouts are included at the end, so you can keep your new body looking great.

Giveaway!
5 readers will win a copy of Totally Toned Arms by Rylan Duggan!

To Enter:
Tell me why you want get totally toned arms or share your biggest fitness concern.

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Giveaway open now through Tuesday, January 19 at midnight EST to US and Canadian residents, no PO Boxes. Winners have 48 hrs to respond to my email notification before a new winner will be chosen. Good Luck!

Disclaimer: Thank you to Hachette Book Group, for providing the reviewers and giveaway copies of the book. This review reflects my own personal and unbiased opinion and experience with the title; yours may differ.

49 Friends Said:

Summer said...

Oh, this is exactly how I feel about my arms! I don't even wear short sleeved shirts; three quarter lengths only! I'd love to win this to get my arms ready for this spring and summer, especially after my baby comes in March!

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Summer said...

I'm a follower!

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Mommyof2girlz said...

I could really use this. I'm down 40 lbs the past 6 months and with such a dramatic weight loss everything is flabby, especially my arms...I need to tone, tone, tone! :)

Mommyof2girlz said...

I'm a follower :)

Mommyof2girlz said...

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♥ Noelle ♥ said...

ummm, well my arms flap in the wind!!! my arms got very flabby and fat from having the kids- well, gaining weight when i was preggers!! i love to wear tank tops but avoid them in the summer anymore because of my arms:(

♥ Noelle ♥ said...

i am a happy follower too ♥

♥ Noelle ♥ said...

just subscribed to your posts too!!

Kathie said...

I follow your blog <3

Kathie said...

I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this book! Like you, I refuse to wear anything that will show off my upper arms. they are SCARY! My hubby even comments on them once in awhile. :(

The Harris Family said...

My arms really need this-they are just not very pretty site! I also love anything that doesn't require me to enter a gym.

The Harris Family said...

I follow your blog

Sue said...

This will sound weird, but in my teens and twenties, my arms were always my best part. I had ten years of pregnancy and nursing, and this year I'll turn forty. I want fabulous arms again!
Thanks for the giveaway.

s.mickelson at gmail dot com

craftmom said...

I would love to win this book. I am trying to lose weight along with my husband as he has been diagnosed pre-diabetic, and the fact that I would like to feel healthy about my body and not embarassed about it. Right now I am too emabrassed to join a gym, so this book could really help me out. Thanks so much for the giveaway I had never heard of this book before. Thanks!

craftmom said...

I'm a follower.

Desiree said...

I want to win because I would like to lose some weight all over!! I gained more than I should have during pregnancy. My daughter is now 16 months old and it is time to do something about it. I am tired of the extra 15 lbs. I still carry around and I am determined to lose it this year.

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Tj and Amy said...

I definately think my weak spot is my arms. they are very flaby underneath so hoping this wiill help me out. amypugmire@live.com

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Mama King said...

I just love the name of the book. Too funny. So are you going to show us a before picture of those arms? My area of embarrassment is my mid section.

Now that I am feeling better I need to start exercising.

Jane Jeffress Thomas said...

I have jello arms and haven't work anything sleevless for as long as I can remember. If this book can help me make a change, then I am game.

Beth@The Stories of A to Z said...

I am all about at home fitness because I don't have the money or the time to go to the gym. I just started Zumba and I'm in love! Here's to firming up in 2010 :).

rainmommy said...

I want to tone my arms because i want to sport short sleeved shirts and tank tops this summer!
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i follow your blog
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i subscribe
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I follow on twitter and i tweeted
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Sheila said...

One of my primary goals this year is to get in shape and STAY in shape. This book sounds like a great start!

Sheila said...

I'm a follower...a longtime one at that!! :)

Sheila said...

I just subscribed to your email updates, too!

Sheila said...

I tweeted your giveaway!

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mgonyeo said...

My new year's resolution is to be able to do real push ups, so I think this book would be a big help!

mgonyeo said...

I Publicly follow via Google Friends Connect

Jennifer H said...

I would love to win this. One thing I am ALWAYS complaining about is my arms. They got thicker after becoming preggers and I've just not gotten rid of all of it. Thanx for such a cool giveaway! Jenprincess88 at aol dot com

Jennifer H said...

I follow you pub-Jenprincess88 at aol dot com

Rebecca Graham said...

It would be nice to wear short sleeves again.

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Misusedinnocence said...

I've lost quite a bit of weight, but it's left my arms a little wobbly. I need to tone them up and I think this would be a great book for me.

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Misusedinnocence said...

I follow! :)

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traveler said...

Thanks for this giveaway. Strong arms and toned arms are necessary for lifting and carrying kids etc. Love to win this book. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

Benita said...

My arms are horribly flabby. I could really use this book for inspiration, motivation and instruction.

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Benita said...

Brand new follower via google friend connect.

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Benita said...

Brand new email subscriber.

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twifanheather said...

I would love to have toned arms so that I feel more confident when wearing tank tops or short sleeves.

twifanheather said...

Follower!

twifanheather said...

I tweeted!
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