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Bodyweight Exercises for Extraordinary Strength Paperback – January 1, 2005
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The exercises are somewhat of a novelty and do take strength to perform. Some are just plane dangerous due to the strengh required to do them and will put your back on danger of injury.
I'd recommend anyone thinking about this book just go out an buy a pull-up bar and some gymnastics rings and do some searches on the web or YouTube for how to do ring pull-ups, ring push-ups, and ring dips.
The book is short (60 pages) the images were shot in a guy's basement, and there is one page dedicated to lower body exercises.
I'd recommend getting the Men's Health "Weight-Free Workout" instead and complement the Men's Health book with some home made rings. I made my rings from some PVC pipe, and tie downs for a kayak (REI) for $20.
There is far too much emphasis on push-up and pull-up grip variations. There are pages upon pages of grip options, many of them requiring the purchase of things such as anvil horn simulators. Seriously, who is going to buy a pair of anvil horn simulators just to do pull-ups with a slightly different grip?
I have two other complaints, one is that many of the exercises involve weights. Is the title not Bodyweight Exercises...? Had I looked more closely at the cover before ordering, I would have seen photos of weighted exercises and probably figured this out before opening the book.
Finally, there isn't a single lower body exercise in the book. Not one. Mr. Johnson, are you aware that most of us have legs and believe it's very important to train them?
In conclusion, it's an acceptable, albeit expensive (since its more of a pamphlet than a book), supplement to my collection of training books, but if you want to buy just one book on bodyweight training, this definitely should not be it.
This book's main strength is that the creativity held inside is fantastic. However...
If the author wanted to have an honest title, it would be called: "Unique DIY Bodyweight Exercises And Equipment For Extraordinary Strength". The whole reason I train bodyweight is so I don't have to rely on anything other than a Pull-Up bar. But now I have to but a Sledgehammer, Kettlbell, etc.. in order to progress?
The author talks about achieving the One Arm Chin-Up in the book. I'd rather hear about that!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this book a few years ago not from amazon though. I thought the book was very good on how to get really strong in pushing, pulling, core, and grip. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Justin Kerns
Great book! So many ideas and creative ways to work the core and upper body. There are a lot of home made equipment ideas. I have made a few already.Published 6 months ago by Alex Adams
This is possibly the single best book I have read on bodyweight training. It categorizes exercises into pushing, pulling (or climbing), and leg raise or jackknife variations, and... Read morePublished 10 months ago by JAHARRIS
One of my all time favorite books for bodyweight training. If you want to become incredibly strong and become like Spider-Man, then you should buy this gem of a book. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Brice
In the realm of Physical Culture, legendary feats of bodyweight exercises stand the test of time. In this power-packed and comprehensive work, Brad Johnson - one of the strongest... Read morePublished 20 months ago by GEORGE H BRISTOL
While some of what the author is able to do may be far beyond what most can , he give a simple workout that builds strength with minimal equipment , unlike most bodyweight workouts... Read morePublished on January 13, 2014 by Tom Mack
This book introduced me to lots of highly advanced exercise especially in the abs department where most books are usually lacking. Read morePublished on December 6, 2013 by fitness guy
This is a well written, but very small book, about 60 pages, with the focus being the upper body and the midsection. There is no lower body work. Read morePublished on October 5, 2011 by Peter Tsang
This book is more a list of exercises than anything else. With that in mind it is also truly creative. I cant wait to implement some of these exercises into my training programs.Published on November 6, 2010 by JTtrainer