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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.

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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: 7.4 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #353,644 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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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By vmathew on September 26, 2012
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A lot many pages are devoted to photos of a person on a certain machine / exercise pose; with a one line explanation beneath it.

The book doesn't really say much about anatomy; what muscles get worked when you work a certain machine.

The book also doesn't talk much about equivalence of various exercises; say like is it worth it to do pull ups and lateral pulls on the same day; etc. Basically, I was hoping to construct my workout routine using this book, but it lacks crucial information for that purpose.

However, there's a few pieces of interesting information that I did pick up from this book, and I found myself agreeing with the author in whatever the book did deal with..
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