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Paul has mastered the understanding of what makes a great physique. Follow his rules; the results will be very impressive. --Dr. Barry Sears

Burke knows his stuff when it comes to building muscle into middle age. His "Burke's Law", a must-read. --Steve Holman, Editor in Chief IRON MAN Magazine

I highly recommend 'Burke's Law' for its many wise and inspiring thoughts from a true modern-day Renaissance man. --ill Koch, America's Cup Winner; Entrepreneur

About the Author

Paul Burke has a Master's degree in Integrated Studies from Cambridge College, in Cambridge, MA. He is a former bodybuilding champion, arm wrestling champion, an actor, member of the Screen Actors Guild, and a professor. He owns a successful business, and was decorated by the United States Air Force (USAF) for Meritorious Service, and won the Sikorsky Helicopter Rescue Award for his role in a life saving mission. While in the Air Force, he devised and implemented the first weighttraining program for use by the USAF (Europe). The most defining element of his life, he says, has been the job he held with a traveling circus and carnival after he ran away from home at the age of 16. Without that background, he reports, he never could have written this book. Paul operates PaulBurkeFitness.com (also known as Paul-Burke.com and PaulBurke-Over40Fitness.com) and is presently looking for clients to be a part of his new study group using Burke's Law. Those interested should order and read his book and/or contact him directly at his website.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Trafford Publishing (October 13, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1412069394
  • ISBN-13: 978-1412069397
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,504,517 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Thank you Paul Burke!
Elena Kapelonis
This is a great book for anyone wanting to begin body builing, or take it to the next level, Naturally!
Michael D. Baugh
A non fiction informative book that also entertains and keeps the pages turning.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Steven L. Lund on January 29, 2007
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I was disappointed and confused after I finished reading this book. While Mr Burkes' enthusiasm is infectious, I found myself saying "what do I do now?" The book discusses "Finding your own range of motion", and "Training instinctively", but only a few specific examples on certain exercises. I don't feel I have enough information to now go and create my own routine, as directed to in the book.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 14, 2006
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Many, in fact most, of the training information written and available, whether it's a book or a newsstand magazine, are written with a younger audience in mind...to witness the "Masters Class" category of building which starts at the age of 35.

Anyone interested in starting training after that age was left to founder around in information written with younger, often chemically enhanced, readers in mind. Certainly a recipe for unavoidable injuries or, at least, a good deal of time wasted in the gym and on daily macronutrient intake.

Along comes Paul Burke's book which sets basically everything on it's ear.

Outlined are training schedules for weightlifting, bodywork other than weights with the focus of mobility and longevity in mind and a method of creating a dietary plan that guarantees stable energy levels, fat loss and strength gains. To call the book sensible makes it seen average and boring...it is anything but that. It is much overdue new thinking and action for anyone over forty looking to start training and would prove an invaluable time and money saver for trainers of any age willing to tune out the current glut of misguided routines, eating patterns and unachievable goals. A willingness to follow a plan that at first glance would seem to simple to be effective is all that is necessary. No gimmicks or miracles...just hard work, determination balanced with active rest.

Burke also shares details of his personal medical struggles and how they have been held at bay through his continuing efforts. These make all the more potent his message and how it can apply to anyone.

I can wholeheartedly and without reservation recommend this book to anyone, man or woman. It is money well spent.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Richard S. Annunziata on June 19, 2008
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I have read Paul's book and knew instinctively he was absolutely correct. His training methodology does not emphasize how much more weight I can lift today but about form and technique. It is geared not just for those over 40 but for everyone. I really appreciate Paul's honesty about drug use in the industry and also how we can all reach our potential without using drugs. Muscle and fitness magazine routines or the latest craze will not work but will probably hurt you. Paul teaches about the uniqueness of our genetics and a routine has to be tailored to those genetics. I would tell any serious lifter to pay the money and use this guy, you WILL NOT be disappointed. I have had the opportunity to get training with Paul one on one. Simply put it was worth 10 times what I paid. It has revolutionized my training. I owe an awful lot to Paul
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Sproule on November 28, 2007
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I have trained for over 20 years. Being both a Competitive bodybuilder and Jiu Jitsu Instuctor I have seen just about every training modality. All have left me sore and overtrained. Burke's Law finally shed some light on how REAL people train who don't need dangerous drugs and want to feel great well into their senior years. In fact, I enjoyed the book so much that I contacted him personally and had him construct an EXACT regimen for me that included everything I wanted to get better at!

I could only give this book 5 stars because that's all the rating would allow. It's really an 11. It truly has changed the way I look at exercise and how I feel every single day.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Fred Schmidt on July 8, 2008
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I'm 56 and relatively a novice at weight lifting/body building. Burke's Law is a well written read. Many myths and philosophies I had heard at the gym or read before in articles/magazines have been debunked or proven correct. Most valuable is Burke's Law in regards to total muscle fatigue. Makes one realize all of the old rules on "X" number of reps and sets, with different weights, etc. may not be necessary. Buy this book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael D. Baugh on June 4, 2006
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This is a great book for anyone wanting to begin body builing, or take it to the next level, Naturally! Paul Burke is an amazing individual who walks the walk. He shares with his readers the history of the sport, as well as current trends. The book goes on to explain how to custom fit a program of exercises to your particular body type, deal with and prevent injuries common to body building, and of course, eating to build muscle and burn that fat! Paul has a great website ([...]) to provide additional information about his methods of training. If you had to buy just one book on the subject, this is it!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Theodore Cobb on May 31, 2006
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Among other things, I found that Burke's Law contains the best disucssion I've ever seen regarding how muscle development is directly related to correct stimulation, nutrition and rest.
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