You've seen worse ? ? ?
Well, let's start with the notion that people would want Obama arms. That's Michelle Obama. What planet would anybody have to be living on to think you would have to train to get arms like hers?
The article does not advocate full body strength training.
"the trainers recommend an integrated workout that combines weight lifting ? working the opposing muscles in the biceps, triceps and shoulders in one session ? along with cardio activities, core strength development and, equally important, diet."
Unless you think that working the biceps, triceps and shoulders is full body strength training. Or perhaps the cardio and the crunches make it full body.
The diet is mentioned, and that's it. Mentioned.
[i]"trainers suggest developing one specific shoulder muscle: the medial deltoid.
?The shoulders are important because they create the whole illusion of the upper body and mask flaws below,? Mr. Schoenfeld said. ?The side part of the deltoid muscle is what gives you a shapely look.?
Trainers suggest one specific exercise for that: lateral raises. The client, holding dumbbells, raises her arms out to her side, repeating the motion 10 to 12 times, for three sets. For people who want a leaner look, trainers suggest using a lower weight with more repetitions (15 to 20)."[/i]
The funniest thing about the medial deltoid is: IT DOESN'T EXIST. They probably mean the lateral deltoid. Strange, that these professional trainers, quoted in the NYT, don't know that. An interested layman like me knows.
Would a fat chick have "a more shapely look" with wider deltoids? I doubt hat very much.
Then we get that remark about higher reps for "toning muscles".
And the article continues this way.
Sure, there's the mention of diet, full body and strength training. But the only pictures we see are those of women doing kick backs, biceps curling and lateral raises.
A picture is a thousand words.
The fitness industry is ready to cash in on the rage of "Obama arms" and is determined to give zero-point-nothing in return.