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Body by You: The You Are Your Own Gym Guide to Total Women's Fitness Paperback – January 1, 2013
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About the Author
Joshua Clark is the author of Heart Like Water: Surviving Katrina and Life in Its Disaster Zone, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. The founder of Light of New Orleans Publishing, he has edited such books as French Quarter Fiction; Southern Fried Divorce, Louisiana: In Words; and How You Can Kill Al Qaeda (in 3 Easy Steps). He is also a certified personal trainer, who has not set foot in a gym since Hurricane Katrina closed his fitness center.
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Just when I was thinking I would have to start going to the gym or acquire a lot of exercise and weight training equipment for my home, this book came along. Right off the bat, what Mark Lauren was saying resonated and made sense to me. Here are some of the key messages:
* You don't need equipment, trainers or a gym to get fit and stay fit
* To become lean and fit, you must build muscle
* Adding muscle is the key to losing weight because muscle burns more calories
* Weight training allows women to firm and tone their bodies; women do not have the hormonal makeup to develop bulging muscles
* Cardio exercise is time-consuming and can be counterproductive, because it doesn't use most of your muscle mass and may actually cause a loss of muscle
Mark Lauren prescribes a system of weight training that is designed to exercise the entire body, build lean muscle and give you more grace and balance. You don't need any equipment; you just use the walls and furniture around you. The system is described clearly and completely and you can get started right away.
(I don't want to get off track here, but I remember a few years ago seeing an interview with Martina Navratilova, and while out on a walk in the country, she talked about how she exercised without equipment, using her own body weight, and demonstrated several of the exercises she did regularly. This is one of the world's top athletes, not somebody trying to sell you something.Read more ›
I am 3 weeks into the program. There are 5 categories of exercise types with 25 progressively more difficult exercises for each category. After 3 weeks, I have progressed to level 12 or higher in each category. I feel considerably stronger and fitter and my posture has improved. The author recommends not to use a scale or even a mirror but use your clothes as a more appropriate way of measuring results. Even though I have not done a single sit up, I lost about 2 inches from my waist and the pants just fit better. My husband who does not even notice when I have a major haircut, has commented that he sees more muscle definition. Not too bad for a total of 5 hours or so of working out so far. I don't have a scale, so I can't comment on any weight loss. The program is easy to follow but the exercises are challenging. When I work out on this program, I break a nice sweat and my heart rate goes up. I definitely need a shower afterwards.Read more ›
However, as great as that book is, this one is equally as effective for the specific market for women. There are so many great things about this book. I especially like the information in the introduction where he explains that women are aspiring for looks that are only achievable by a very small minority and that are not, in reality, healthy. He wants you to appreciate the body that you have, but to try and make it as healthy as possible.
I have had a lot of training in the field of functional training and I will never do anything else. I completely agree with the statements that chronic cardio is just asking for overuse injuries. I was a marathon runner and now I am a broken marathon runner. I can speak to this first hand. This book emphasizes short, high quality functional exercise that is the key to a healthy body. I whole heartedly agree.
The exercise section is wonderful and reminds me of another book - Convict conditioning. The strength is in the progression of exercises in order to achieve more and more challenging exercises. But, unlike Convict conditioning, this is for women and includes more steps of progression. This is exceptional since a woman's strength gains are different and not as great as a mans.
This is my new go to training book. I received an advance copy for review, but I liked it so much that I am ordering the final version when it is ready for release. If you are tired of the confusion of the fitness market and want simple and effective training, this book is IT. Thank you Mark!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is still a worthwhile workout book, but it's nowhere near as good as the gender-neutral "You are Your Own Gym" that preceded it. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
Great book that you can keep on reading. I have had this book now for just about a year and I cant tell you how many times I go back to this. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Vicky
Started this program 3 weeks ago. Was disappointed that I could only do level one of all the different exercise areas because of muscle weakness. I am 47 and need to tone up. Read morePublished 25 days ago by mr
This book pretty much sums up everything you need to know about optimum fitness and gives you a game plan. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Angela - Health Conscious Mom
Quick easy routine to follow. I created a spreadsheet I use on my computer for tracking my routine. I tabbed each of the exercise sections with sticky notes so I can refer to them... Read morePublished 5 months ago by D in MI
Used this for about 2 months to try make my workout routine more manageable and effective. Have decided to leave it behind, though will adopt some of the practices permanently, and... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Kira