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About the Author

Mark Lauren is a military physical training specialist for the Special Operations community, a sought-after personal trainer to civilian men and women of all fitness levels, a triathlete, a champion Thai boxer, and the author of the internationally popular body-weight bible You Are Your Own Gym. He lives in Tampa, Florida.
 
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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; 1 edition (January 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345528972
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345528971
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,640 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Now I can say unreservedly that the program really works.
B. McEwan
I like this plan, it's well laid out, seems to be very easy to follow both the exercises and the eating.
trudy
Any time you can do all the sets and reps for an exercise in good form, you progress to the next one.
Jeffrey F. Miller

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97 of 103 people found the following review helpful By Maine Colonial TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 3, 2012
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After working many years in a long-hours, sedentary job, I found myself in sorry physical shape. I started turning that around by making simple changes to food choices and becoming more active. That helped a lot, but eventually I found I hit a plateau and was no longer becoming stronger or fitter.

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.
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119 of 128 people found the following review helpful By Tiger VINE VOICE on November 24, 2012
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I loved the Mark Lauren's first book, You Are Your Own Gym. It was a great book in the severely lacking bodyweight training market. It is still, in my opinion, the best book on bodyweight training in the market.

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!
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71 of 79 people found the following review helpful By M. Donnelly VINE VOICE on March 6, 2013
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I like the premise of this book. The exercises are designed to ratchet up and challenge you as you get more fit. The regimen is designed to allow you to start with more simple movements and progress. The regimen is designed to build muscle which then increases metabolism, helps you burn fat, etc. The authors dispel other exercise 'myths' (spot training, low-weight high-rep training, etc.) that have held people back.

MOST of the exercises can be done in the home with no additional equipment needed. I say most because there is a disconnect between the needs and the realities of home construction. For instance, the first exercises require you to hang off a door. The door they use is an industrial, hotel-style door that weighs a ton and is built to withstand lots of pressure and weight. Given that most people using this book will be trying these exercises at home...well, the authors point to the fact that they will be manufacturing and selling a device called a Body Bar to remedy that situation for those who don't have the confidence in their home construction. Frankly, I don't want to tear the door off my bedroom, so I'm opting for the 'get a device' advice. The website, however, states that they are in the process of finding a manufacturer of their device; it's not available yet. There are links to some fairly low-cost hanging bars sold on Amazon so you CAN get started now.

That being said, I've tried a few of the exercises. It's hard learning them, the proper form, etc. from a book. I would rather have had this book AND a companion DVD (or, better yet, a Wii game) that went through all the exercises and options for progression. Trying something, looking it up in the book, trying again, etc. is kind of a pain.
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