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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow (April 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061984051
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061984051
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 7.3 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #193,404 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This book will take your through workout routines with the best exercises and techniques to accomplish all your fitness goals! Get "Beat the Gym," and find out what you've been missing."
--Brady Quinn - Quarterback Denver Broncos

“Everyone needs a dedicated guide to the gym. Tom is it: the supportive and informative coach, the motivational voice and the personal touch that you crave when you start any workout regimen.” (Lucy Danziger, Editor-in-Chief, SELF magazine)

“Tom has made it easy and affordable for you to take the first step toward reaching your goals! Everything you need to know that the gym and trainers won’t tell you is right here in this book Beat the Gym!” (Tamilee Webb, Star of Buns of Steel Series)

From the Back Cover

Are you:

  • Fed up with all the mixed messages on how to be fit and lose weight?
  • Intimidated by the gym's machines, weights, or classes?
  • Discouraged, as you've worked out in the past but have seen no results?
  • Frustrated that you can't afford a personal trainer to help motivate and guide you?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, Beat the Gym is the book for you. I know what works, and I want you to love the gym and finally achieve the body and level of fitness that YOU want. I have spent decades sculpting bodies in the top gyms of New York City—those of celebrities, CEOs, professional athletes, weekend warriors, and "real people," and now I am ready to share all my personal training secrets. Beat the Gym demystifies fitness and diet, and, best of all, includes more than fifty of my best and most proven workouts.

Together, we can beat the gym and get you the body you deserve.


More About the Author

Tom Holland is a renowned Exercise Physiologist & Certified Sports Nutritionist, author, DVD host and elite endurance athlete committed to helping people better their lives through fitness. He has encouraged and coached thousands of people to reach their fitness goals; from losing weight to climbing mountains, running marathons and completing Ironman triathlons.

Tom has run over 60 marathons including races in Italy, France, Ireland, and Hawaii. He is an 8-time Boston Marathon Qualifier, a sub-3 hour marathoner and was the winner of the 2007 Dutchess County Marathon. Tom has run several ultra marathons including a 9th place finish at the "Run to the Sun" ultra marathon, a 36-mile run from sea level to the 10,023 foot summit of Haleakala on the island of Maui, and the JFK 50-mile ultra. He is also a 21-time Ironman triathlete with a PR of 9:56, having competed in Ironmans around the world including China, Malaysia, South Korea, New Zealand, Australia, Germany and the 2012 Hawaii World Championships in Hawaii.

Tom is the author of five books including Swim, Bike, Run - Eat: The Complete Guide to Fueling Your Triathlon [Fair Winds Press 2014], Beat the Gym: Personal Trainer Secrets Without the Personal Trainer Price Tag [William Morrow 2011] The Marathon Method [Fair Winds Press 2007] and The 12-Week Triathlete: Train for a Triathlon in Just Three Months [Fair Winds Press 2005 & 2011].

Tom has extensive media experience with over 100 television appearances as a fitness expert. Recent segments include running up the Empire State Building while filming host Natalie Morales for The TODAY Show and training Juju Chang and a team from Good Morning America to do their first triathlon.
Tom is the host of the numerous best-selling fitness programs including the 10 DVD series Supreme 90 Day, Herbalife 24 Fit, The Abs Diet Workout and his own DVD collection.

Tom received his BA in Communications from Boston College and his Master's Degree in Exercise Science and Sports Psychology from Southern Connecticut State University. He is a Certified Sports Nutritionist from the International Society of Sports Nutrition, a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist by the National Strength and Conditioning Association [NSCA-CSCS] and has also been certified by the American College of Sports Medicine [ACSM] the American Council on Exercise [ACE], the National Academy of Sports Medicine [NASM] and the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America [AFAA].

He began as a personal trainer and fitness instructor in New York City, working at such facilities as the Reebok Sports Club, Equinox, Crunch, The New York Sports Clubs and the Cardio Fitness Center. He then struck out on his own, founding TeamHolland LLC in 1998. Clients have included Nautilus, NordicTrack, SELF, PowerBar, Poland Spring, Rodale, McDonald's, Timex, Beachbody and Gatorade.

Tom is represented by Wilhelmina Models in the fitness division and the LKG agency for literary works.

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It's a general fitness and exercise workout book.
Peter Tsang
This book is easy and straight forward, and gave me exactly the information that I was looking for.
Chris Doerr
So the blurb makes a fuss about the book telling you inside secrets of gyms and personal trainers.
Gregory Young

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Peter Tsang TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 11, 2011
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This book covers more than just the gym. It's a general fitness and exercise workout book.

Chapter one discusses the ins and outs of a gym.

Chapter two covers cardio and cardio machines.

Chapter three is by far the largest chapter, with many photos illustrating the exercises.
Here's a list of the major topics covered.
Common gym machines
Free weights: barbell and dumbbells
Bodyweight exercises
Ab and back work

There's also a little bit on the Swiss ball, BOSU, the balance board, and balance discs.

Chapter four is a quick explanation of classes such as spinning, yoga, pilates, Zumba, the core, boot camp, tabata, the total body, yogilates, kettlebells, kickboxing, and TRX suspension training.

Chapter five is a short section on food and nutrition.

Chapter six has over 20 workout plans with different focuses.

This book is excellent for the beginner and the intermediate.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Fitness Newbie on May 2, 2011
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I got the book on a Wednesday and read it all by Saturday (unheard by me, not a big reader). I am so excited after reading the book, and I am excited to incorpoate some of the workouts from the book. You don't have to be a gym member or own a lot of equipment. I've wanted a book like this FOREVER that tells it like it is and without all of the mumbo jumbo things as in fitness type magazines. Those type of magazine REALLY seem to want to push supplements non-stop and Tom' book is straight to the point and brutully honest too. I just want to be fit and some muscular build and this is what he teaches the reader. Thanks for all that you are doing and I am a Team Holland supporter forever. Who knows I'm not much of a runner but I know that he just might get me to becoming a runner as well.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jamie V on September 13, 2011
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This book is great. I use the top 20 workouts at the gym and am always changing my routine. There are also great pictures that show you how to use the equipment at the gym and how to perform exercises correctly (which I am a newbie so it gives me more confidence). This book should be called the "Gym Bible". I made mini versions of the workouts and laminated them, and I keep them in my gym bag. I take out the workout that I am going to do for the day so I don't forget what to do! I am also using this and reading the Eat Clean series by Tosca Reno. I think that her books and this book compliment each other for a healthy lifestyle change. If you want to know what you are doing at the gym, buy this book!!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Gregory Young on July 29, 2011
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I have lifted weights for over forty years for the health benefits of the exercise. In that time I have read a LOT of books on weight lifting.

In my opinion, "Beat the Gym" is being mis-marketed. I suppose the publisher--or perhaps the auther, or his agent, or etc.--felt the book needed a gimmick--a "hook". So the blurb makes a fuss about the book telling you inside secrets of gyms and personal trainers. Which it does to some extent, and that's interesting and potentially valuable information.

But for me, the unexpected delight in this book, and its real hook, was the exercise descriptions and pictures. Sure, most books have pictures, but the ones in this book really resonate with me. First, they are generally well lit: I've seen too many books with gloomy photos. And there is something else beside the lighting. Perhaps because instead of "start" and "end" pictures, the pictures are taken (I think) just after the start, so the model is already under stress. I don't know if that's the secret, but these photos are different from those in other books, and that makes the book a worthwhile buy for me.

I also like the written descriptions. I like the photos of bad versus good form. I like the training tips. I recommend this book!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dutchess on November 11, 2011
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I like this book but I wish the book included a diagram of the muscles of the body. I also wished when he demonstrates the proper use of gym equipment he explained what muscles those machines worked. Some may argue that there are other books for this, but if someone doesn't know HOW to use the machines then it would be a fair assumption that they wouldn't know what those machines worked and the benefit of using that equipment (enlarge the muscle/tone). I would like this information so that I would know what muscles to concentrate/focus on while working out.

I am just one who believes its necessary to use EVERY machine/do every exercise in a gym. If a machine is going to enlarge my huge calves etc. then I would like to skip that machine lol. Knowing the machines' effect on specific muscles would have been greatly appreciated by me.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Khezla Durr on January 29, 2012
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Although this is a good book, well organized, and has useful sample workouts, I found the majority of the advice to be same old, same old. The sample workouts don't vary much, nothing new here -- lunge, crunch, squat, etc. The book is definitely oriented to the male gym-goer.

I respect and like Tom Holland's work and the fitness videos he has done, so I was astonished to see his brief, dismissive mention of Lotte Berk workouts. All he succeeded in doing with that paragraph was displaying his ignorance about non-gym style workouts and he would have done better to make no mention of Lotte Berk workouts at all. In a research study done a few years ago, ballet dancers were shown, to the researcher's surprise, to have a fitness level equal to football players, at the top of the chart.

He claims Lotte Berk workouts are neither strength nor cardio and that they are only good for isometric strength. This is not true, Lotte Berk workouts include full range of motion. And since isometrics have been proven to increase strength, strength is strength, what's wrong with that? Done at a brisk pace, they also have a definite cardio and calorie-burning component, which dedicated users of Physique 57 will attest to.

He also claims that these workouts are self-selecting in that women who already have the desired body type are the ones who do them. That is not true. These are well-known, bodyweight workouts based on the most effective movements of ballet, yoga, and Pilates. These exercises have been around since 1959. Many women who do not have a dancer's body type to begin with have faithfully done these workouts and transformed their physiques. Just because a bodyweight workout does not involve burpees or pushups does not mean it's not effective strength training. Mr. Holland should have either researched more carefully or withheld his uninformed remarks.
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