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“The book is very well thought-out and complete plan to get you from not-so-fit to functionally fit...The advice is solid. Like [Cardiello's] abs...it's a great read for the ladies as well. And I guarantee that whether you're a seasoned exerciser or a newbie, you'll learn some new core-a-rific moves and some fun facts. Definitely worth a read. And a workout!” ―FitBottomGirls.com

About the Author

JAY CARDIELLO, a celebrity trainer, is regularly featured in the media. A spokesman for several products, including Vitaminwater, he lives in New York City.

PETE WILLIAMS is the author or coauthor of numerous books, including Core Performance. He lives in Central Florida.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books (May 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160961402X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609614027
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #449,268 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I ordered this book because I am a runner who tends to ignore the whole strength-training side of the exercise spectrum. Having been through a few courses of PT to fix various running-related injuries, I was intrigued by Jay's concept of "prehab" -- getting people to do strengthening/PT-like exercises BEFORE they are actually injured. Because this book promised to focus on the core and specifically on the hips and glutes (the parts I've ended up in PT for in the past), I thought it would be just what I needed. And the idea of getting it done in only 20 minutes, at home, with no equipment was appealing -- given the choice between spending an hour driving to the gym and lifting weights or an hour going for a run, I was picking the run every time (which is why I kept ending up injured!)

The pros: I was right -- this book is exactly what I needed. The exercises are like hardcore versions of the ones I learned in PT. They target just the right body parts and after doing them just a couple times, I notice a difference in the way my hips and legs feel during a run. None of the exercises require any equipment, and they give you a good workout. Though there's not a whole lot of cardio involved (there is some -- mostly jumping exercises), I am drenched in sweat by the time I finish. The background story Jay gives of his life and how he ended up coming up with this program is entertaining and easy to read, and his tone is motivational with out being overly peppy or annoying.

The cons: Let me say up front that I am not the most coordinated person on the block -- I usually need a couple times of watching an exercise video before I get the steps down and I've given up on anything that requires complicated footwork (like Tae Bo) because I'm just too klutzy.
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Jay C. has here written a manifesto on fitness. Without being preachy, nor demanding any specific religion or denomination the chapter on "spiritual" fitness is right on the mark. The chapter on "emotional" fitness is perhaps over simplified. The chapter on nutritional fitness is easy to follow and accurate, if a little over simplified. These three chapters are more than a repeat of what your mother taught you at her knee. They also are organized and practical. Some of the advice is derived from folklore, and I doubt if truly scientifically tested. There are many observations like the number of bacteria per square inch on the bottom of a woman's purse that are well worth noting, and that if the advice is taken (don't put your purse on the dinner table) would improve one's hygiene and health.

Then Jay delivers his 4 x 4 program. This can all be squeezed into a 4 foot by 4 foot space without any tools other than your own body. The program is divided into standing, on all fours, and inverted on all fours. I fully agree that if an individual can complete the entire program, over time he/she will improve their physical fitness and their appearance. I think many computer jockeys without previous work out or Yoga experience would be hard put to perform at least a quarter of the exercises. For instance, positioning one self on hands and knees, thread one leg cross under the body and then up, twisting the body, so that one arm and the belly button now point to the sky while maintaining the posture on one leg and one arm. Yes, Jay admits his program owes much to Yoga traditions. The exercise directions when aligned with the pictures are simple enough and fairly easily followed. The entire program is a good core program and will improve posture and stability of any person.
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I LOVE this workout and have never felt better. I don't get to all the exercises in the 20 minutes, but I just set the timer and get to work. When the timer goes off, I stop. My core has never felt better and it's helped me immensely in my voice class (yes, breath support!). I combine this w/ walking 5 days a week for 20 minutes and I'm in the best shape of my life (at 52)!
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I have followed numerous workout routines over the years, trying to find the 'right one' that I can do at home to make a seriuos difference in the way I look. Jay's routine worked like a charm - my hips slimmed down, my abs became literally ROCK solid, my arms developed the long lean cuts I always wanted, my back got a LOT stronger and my back pain disappeared for good, and my legs leaned out perfectly (hello skinny jeans!). The exercises in this book are genious, and I was able to start out very easy and progress the level of difficulty as I needed. I saw results literally within a few days of following his entire plan. My clothes started to feel big on me and I felt so much stronger. The results have only because more noticeable ever since, for the first summer ever I felt confident on the beach. Now I know how to fit the most effective workout in to my schedule no matter where I happen to be. My daily tasks no longer seem as difficult as they once did, my core is rock solid, and I'm so happy I finally look the that I want! I HIGHLY recommend this book for everyone.... you won't be disappointed.
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Awesome book for exactly what the title states. This is on of my favorite books for a stressful day with the last thing I want is to exercise. I feel I get a better work out in such a short amount of time. Jay Cardiello is a great coach!
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