Strong Review for Strong Curves

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I think it’s safe to assume that I tend to reverberate some of the same messages over and over on this site, and I’m sure for those who routinely visit on a day to day basis, you probably recognize a few long-standing trends.

For example:

1.  I have a strong affinity for deadlifts (and Matt Damon).

2.  I pity those who don’t eat dead animal flesh (but respect their choice(s) not to do so).

3.  For the love of god, is it really that much of a hassle to take 5-10 minutes to warm-up properly?

4.  And at the top of mountain, if there’s one message I’ve routinely championed it’s this:  women should lift heavy things.

Unfortunately it’s been a tough battle to say the least, and it’s mind-numbing having to constantly deal with (and debunk) much of the archaic nonsense and jibberish that’s spewed out by the mainstream media as it relates to women and fitness. I’d even go so far as to say much of the information that’s regurgitated by the likes of US Weekly, Oprah, The Biggest Loser, Tracy Anderson (and a whole harem of other so-called celebrity trainers), and many (not all) of the books you peruse in the health and fitness section at your local Barnes and Nobles serves more as a form of scare tactics than anything else.

Strong Review for Strong Curves

Women shouldn’t lift a weight above three lbs!

Lifting appreciate weight will make you big and bulky and give you an Adam’s apple!

Yoga is all you need to yield toned and lean muscles!

Long-duration, steady-state cardio is the key to losing fat!

Don’t you dare touch that carrot – it contains (GASP) carbs!!!!

To say it’s gotten a bit confusing and sensationalistic would be an understatement. It’s no wonder why so many women (hell, guys too) don’t know who’s right or who’s wrong and are left spinning their wheels.  So and so said I should forego lifting weights and go to Zumba class instead. If I just stand in this 100 degree room and stretch, I’ll be bikini ready in no time, right?  I just read the Don’t Eat Food Diet, and now I’m wondering if it’s okay to drink water!

All of this, seemingly, to imply that women are these delicate flowers that shouldn’t (or can’t??) hold their own in the weight room, and that we should just roll them in bubble wrap and send them on their way.

Words like “tone,” and “lengthen” and “pink dumbbells” get thrown around like candy at a parade and it’s almost as if once we combine the words women and fitness, and toss them into a caldron and stir them together, what’s left is a big, messy concoction of bullshit.

And that’s, well, bullshit!

Thankfully I have some really smart friends who feel the exact same way as I do and they actually did something about it.

Yesterday my good friends, Bret Contreras and Kellie Davis, released their new book, Strong Curves, to the masses and I couldn’t be more pumped!

As if the title didn’t give it away, this book is all about two things:  getting strong and building some feminine curves – particularly the butt.

Sadly, many women are under the impression that grabbing a barbell and lifting it off the ground will turn them into He-Man overnight, when in fact the opposite is true.  Lifting weights will build a strong, lean, curvaceous body, not to mention offer a plethora of other benefits like an increased metabolism, more energy, more sex drive, decreased risk of osteoporosis, and an unlimited sense of self-assurance and confidence.

There’s no one in the world that knows the butt better than Bret.  The man has literally spent years reading research, hooking himself (and others) up to EMGs, and basically training hundreds, if not thousands, of people.

I often joke that I sit in my evil strength coach lair, stroke my evil beard, and conjure up exercises and programs that will make people hate life.  In Bret’s case, I think he actually does it!  I don’t know many people (let alone coaches) who are more dedicated to their craft and contain as much of an insatiable desire to make people better than Bret.

Likewise, Kellie, a fitness enthusiast, writer, and competitor herself (and a client of Bret’s) not only talks the talk, but walks it.  I mean there’s a reason why she served as the cover model, contributor, and exercise demonstrator for the book!

Combined, the two have produced an outstanding book that I feel is a MUST read for any woman looking to take her health and physique to the next level.

Granted it’s called Strong Curves for a Better Butt, but in every sense it’s a routine that focuses on the ENTIRE body.

What I love most about the book is that it’s not full of fluff and fillers.  In every sense, they get right to the point and EDUCATE the reader on why the glutes are such a big deal. Maybe even more importantly, they do a fantastic job of empowering women and giving them the nudge some may need to take the reigns and actually grab a barbell.

Thankfully, it’s not like Bret and Kellie just tell women to go lift weights, but they SHOW them how to do so in a safe, effective, and time efficient manner.  The entire book is filled with lovely (again, thank you Kellie Davis) pictures and exercise demonstrations, as well as detailed instructions on how to do everything from a glute bridge to a deadlift correctly.

What’s more, no stone is left un-turned.  There are sections on how to warm-up properly, nutrition, some anatomy talk for the uber nerds out there who like that sort of thing, and even a section for expectant mothers who are interested in doing the program as well.

Speaking of which, another major perk of the book is the programming itself.  It’s spectacular. Bret and Kellie came through BIG-TIME here.  In all there are four programs included such as the Twelve Week Booty-Ful Beginners Program, the Twelve Week Gluteal Goddess Program for the Advanced Lifters, and even two programs that can be modified to do at home for those who don’t have access to gym equipment.

All told, when you look at the entire package, you’re getting top-notch information (HINT:  stop listening to Tracy Anderson), coaching on exercise technique, and detailed programs all for what it would cost to go see a double viewing of a Twilight movie.  If that’s your thing.  Which I hope it isn’t.

I can’t recommend Strong Curves enough.  Of course I’m excited for Bret and Kellie because they worked their tails off writing this book and they deserve all the praise and accolades they receive, but I think I’m even more excited to see more and more women jump on the “lets lift heavy stuff” train. I can’t wait to see the results that women are going to get on this program.

It’s going to be fantastic.

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Comments for This Entry

  • FreakSammy

    My commercial gym, which to its credit does have a decent array of benches, squat racks, deadlift platform, dumbbells and barbells amongst the 4,000 cardio machines, is now investing in Whole Body Vibration (WBV) platforms that they will charge $1 per minute to use. There isn't a vomitorium big enough to contain my disdain. A place whose only purpose is to encourage movement is selling bullshit for a buck a minute. If it wasn't three minutes from my house, and if I didn't have an awesome monthly dues deal I signed a zillion years ago....

    April 3, 2013 at 11:52 am | Reply to this comment

    • TonyGentilcore

      Wow. Just, wow. And to think they probably could be purchased like 4-5 Prowlers (if not more) for the same price and actually gotten some equipment that actually serve a purpose.

      April 4, 2013 at 7:07 am | Reply to this comment

  • Stephanie

    Great review! I was converted to the world of heavy lifting 2-3 years ago and have never felt better! I'm glad to see the women's strength movement picking up more steam in the fitness world lately :)

    April 4, 2013 at 5:56 am | Reply to this comment

  • Ashley

    Hey tony! I was wondering if you could tell me if the book contains exercises to focus on other muscles besides the glutes (upper and lower body). Thanks!

    April 4, 2013 at 8:36 am | Reply to this comment

  • Kellie Hart Davis

    Tony, thanks for the fabulous write up! It's greatly appreciated and means so much coming from you. Now, go get your glute on!

    April 4, 2013 at 2:08 pm | Reply to this comment

  • Matt McCormack

    Pre-ordered it for my girlfriend, so I don't have to keep half-assing her programming at the gym; seriously great book (I'm stealing a few moves myself to address some imbalances!).

    April 23, 2013 at 6:03 pm | Reply to this comment

  • Carolyn

    Very useful information. Nutrition is also one of the key success factors. While I try to get most of nutrients from food, I still take additional supplements. The one which works best for me is Navy Seal Formula. This dietary supplement is manufactured by Military Grade Nutritionals and has a unique formula that delivers lots of energy, making my workouts more hard and intense.

    May 9, 2013 at 4:05 am | Reply to this comment

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