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About the Author

Brad Johnson is a former high school and collegiate gymnast. He was the Kansas State High School Pommel Horse champion in 1978, and a two-time bronze medal winner on the Pommel Horse at the NAIA college gymnastics championships while competing for Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas. Brad enjoyed training for competition as much as participating in the competition itself. Brad is a school psychologist at Haysville Middle School in Haysville, Kansas.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Ironmind Enterprises (January 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0926888781
  • ISBN-13: 978-0926888784
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #533,395 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I think it's safe to assume that if you are checking this book out that you are a fan of bodyweight training. If so, this book offers a very cool alternative to cranking out endless reps of push ups and squats. The exercises are meant to be done with very strict form, and they are so challenging that you should not be able to do more than 5 reps or so. With weightlifting you can do lightweight, high reps, or very heavy weight with low reps. This book is like a heavy, low rep version of bodyweight training, and if you get good at even a few of these exercises your strength to bodyweight ratio will be insane. The only reason I gave it a four instead of a five is because when i buy a book, I want a nice looking book that I can display in my library, and this one is really just sort of a pamphlet or a mini magazine.
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The exercises in this book are largely drawn from physical training for gymnasts and wrestlers. Very effective and challenging. To get the most out of the exercises, I'd recommend adding some books on circuit training and planning workout calendars (See Stew Smith) and dynamic stretching (yoga). Good descriptions and photos explain how to set up your own workout area on a budget.
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Perfect companion for all "ecological' and non-steroids strenghtbuilders. Plenty of pics and detailed explanations. Short but precise. Be sure You won't be able to perform all the excercises... I would not even imagine in how many ways you can pull up, push up, bend knee or climb...
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Author has some good ideas on several known BW exercises but his selection of exercises is limited. Equipment is used to increase the difficulty of the exercises and add variety to the workouts. If you are looking for a more defined system with pure BW emphasis, look into "Convict Conditioning" by Paul Wade.
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While the upper body exercises are interesting, I agree with other reviewers - too much pinching/grip strength and almost no attention paid to the lower body. The book is also way overpriced for what it is - I should have researched more into this - at 60 pages it is more of a pamphlet than a book. I much prefer 'You are your own gym' by Mark Lauren. Way more comprehensive and significantly cheaper, too!)
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This book really focuses on upper body exercises with little attention to lower body and too much attention to grip and pinching strength.

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.
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First off, this book delivers some great push-up and pull-up variations, and a healthy dose of unique core exercises.
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.
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Ok, I got this book, Unique Bodyweight Exercises For Extraordinary Strength, because I am a Bodyweight Training fanatic.

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!
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