Brad Schoenfeld, CSCS is the author of six books, including Sculpting Her Body Perfect, 28-Day Body Shapeover, and Look Great Naked. He’s certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association and by both the American Council on Exercise and the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America; he’s also been named “master trainer” by the International Association of Fitness Professionals.

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Look Great Naked! with Brad Schoenfeld, CSCS

by Brad Schoenfeld, CSCS, Fitness Expert
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Look Great Naked!

Years ago I coined the phrase, "Look Great Naked!" The phrase was an instant hit with the media, and soon became the impetus for my website, a national magazine column and a series of bestselling books.

It came about after consulting with scores of women who all shared the same lament: They'd tell me that they looked okay in clothes, but when standing in front of the mirror after a morning shower... well, let's just say they weren't exactly thrilled with their appearance.
Look great naked
Their goals were clear: they wanted to look great naked. Only thing is, while the goal might seem simple, achieving it isn't so easy.

That's where I come in. I've spent the past 25 years helping people get into the best shapes of their lives. As I tell every one of my clients, everyone has the ability to look great naked provided they follow the right exercise and nutritional regimen and devote the necessary sweat and effort.

I'll provide the former if you're willing to put in the latter. Together we'll navigate the road to fitness, helping you sculpt the body you always wished you had.

To start things off, here are four directives that are essential in the quest to look great naked. Use these as the basis of your training philosophy and you'll be off to a good start.

1) Pump it up: While almost any form of exercise is beneficial, lifting weights is the most important activity you can perform. Not only does it produce a shapely, firm physique, but it also helps to reduce body fat. The reason has to do with the metabolic properties of muscle tissue. For each pound of muscle that you gain, your body burns up to 50 additional calories a day at rest. Thus, by putting on a mere five pounds of muscle (something that can be accomplished in just a few months time), you'll burn an additional 250 calories a day, even while lying on your couch watching TV! Better yet, most of the resting energy is derived from fat, so you ultimately will tap into those hard-to-reduce areas.

2) Leave your comfort zone: If you want to maximize fat loss, you need to push yourself during exercise. Not only does an intense workout burn ...    Continue

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@ 3:23pm ET on June 6, 2008
Thanks for the tips!!!


@ 6:32am ET on June 7, 2008
My pleasure, Kristi :)

@ 12:20am ET on June 9, 2008
This is a great idea, I know I can manage 3 hours every Tuesday. Thanks for the info.

@ 5:18am ET on June 9, 2008
Dear Brad,
I've read your comments on exercising with great interest. But it leaves me with the same dilemma: I am 55 and I am full of pains, back pain, arthritic joints pain etc. A month ago I started a bit more intensive exercising but it just gave me a serious knee inflammation, so I had to stop. So I actually I can't do anything that would make me sweat and breathe hard:-)) What can you advise?
I'll be really very greatful for your help.

@ 6:00am ET on June 9, 2008
im still 19 and i dont know how to be slim im 230 pounds please help. i play badminton every friday night. how can i loose weight? please help. all my life im fat. i want to to be slim and taste the cool feeling. please help

@ 6:20am ET on June 9, 2008
hi there! i'm 19, n i've been trainin for nearly two yers now and now i've hit a point where my weight loss has stopped! n i've put on a bit.. like 4 kgs. I'm 5 ft 9 about 66 kgs n a size 8 - 10 i think 0 in US.. please help!!! I jsut want to meet my goal!

@ 9:30am ET on June 9, 2008
Reading your tips, I realize that while I've been hitting the gym 5 days out of every 7, I really need to increase my weight training, and maybe tone back the cardio a bit. Thanks for the insight!

@ 2:09pm ET on June 9, 2008
Hi Olga:

Tough to give specifics when you're dealing with injuries. Best advice is to speak with your doctor as to what you can and can't do. One thing I can say for sure: there are definitely things that you can do to improve your body and health--it's just a question of doing it right...

Stay Fit!


@ 2:11pm ET on June 9, 2008
Hi Ginonats:

To change your body, you need to lift weights! It's the only activity that will allow you to achieve lasting weight loss as well as firming up your muscles. As I noted in my post, it doesn't take a lot of time nor does it take a lot of equipment. You just need to put in the effort and dedicate yourself...

Stay Fit!


@ 2:13pm ET on June 9, 2008
Hi Schizo:

What type of exercise do you do? If you're not lifting weights, you need to. It's the only way to achieve lasting weight loss. Cardio alone will ultimately result in cannibalizing muscle tissue. You need to combine it with strength training in order to develop lean muscle so that your metabolism will stay elevated and fat burning can continue at an expedited pace.

Stay Fit!


@ 2:15pm ET on June 9, 2008
Hi Instr:

Provided you train proprly, less is definitely more!

Stay Fit!


@ 1:40pm ET on June 10, 2008
Thanks for this! :) i seriously need the weights then and i do agree about MIX IT MORE :) but yeah, weights weights.. shux i need weights! sigh. How am i ever going to tone up this jiggly on my tummy and my arms.. :P but thanks ill check your site!!

@ 3:38pm ET on June 10, 2008
hey i was wondering what is the best way to shape your legs and arms?

@ 3:49pm ET on June 10, 2008
...and the fastest way to?

@ 6:06am ET on June 11, 2008
Hey Kassy:

Train hard and train smart. I guarantee you will tone up!

Stay Fit!


@ 6:11am ET on June 11, 2008
Hey Belly-boo:

Individual routine prescriptions are beyond the scope of a comment. But here are a few specifics: First, choose a rep range that suits your particular goals (generally a combination of moderate reps and high reps are best to work a wide spectrum of muscle fibers). Second, work the muscle from multiple angles each time you train. Third, and perhaps most importantly, make sure you choose a weight that causes you to struggle on the last few reps--if you're not struggling, you're not training hard enough. That should get you started...

Stay Fit!


@ 6:19pm ET on June 14, 2008
i have been trying to take off the bay weight since augh 2007 i was 195 its now june and im 161 im trying to get to 145-135 i have been doing prevention fitness dvds and runing a mile and walking a mile 6 days a week every part of my body has budge but my stomach is still pudgy i try sist ups,crunches,everything please can you tell me what to do!

@ 6:20pm ET on June 14, 2008
thats baby weught i sorry!

@ 8:24am ET on August 26, 2013
This was very informative!! I have learned I do need weight training so I could eat more LOL also I have learned it quality not quanity.
I will be providing these tips in my exercise workout.

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