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Congruent Exercise: How To Make Weight Training Easier On Your Joints Paperback – January 17, 2012
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I found Mr. DeSimone on YouTube. I was skeptical at first, like most people are when presented with a viewpoint that conflicts with orthodoxy. Who does this guy think he is, anyway, telling me that I've been doing it wrong all these years? Turns out, he's right. He answered enough of the questions that have been lingering in my head all these years that I had to buy his material. Money well spent.
Here's the idea of this book in a nutshell: try to find the best of both worlds -- effective exercises that are also low-risk to joints and ligaments. Going to the gym is supposed to improve your sports performance, health, fitness, etc -- not put those things at risk. Oh, and just because the way you exercise doesn't hurt NOW, doesn't mean you won't wake up 10 or 20 years from now with joint problems. (When it's too late to do anything about it.)
Instead of *reading* this book and judging it intellectually, I challenge you to test it out for yourself! Try these methods for a few weeks. I think you'll notice a difference.
I was skeptical at first, too. Give up deadlifts? Sacrilege! After a few weeks though, I have to admit that my body is feeling better, and instead of "going downhill" like I feared I would, I'm actually gaining strength. It turns out that "soreness" I thought was a sign I had done a great workout was actually joint inflammation. With that gone, I can actually work out MORE because I'm not spending so many days recovering between workouts.
Anyway, that's my experience. I think if you've searched for this book at all you should try these methods for yourself -- that's the only real way to prove it works. I think you'll be surprised.
-1 star only because I wanted the book to be longer!
Bill DeSimone has put together an intelligent, logical book that flows from his long experience as a trainer and from his study of biomechanics to address his own injuries. He lays out the how and the why in Congruent Exercise. Exercises are described and are linked to his youtube channel for viewing.
I'm applying his ideas in my own training, and have nothing but good things to say about the results. Well, other than I wish I knew some of these things years ago, and had been smart enough to apply them. Macho stubbornness resulted in a list of aches and pains that were probably all avoidable.
This book should be on the shelf (or Kindle) of everyone serious about exercise.
Unfortunately most fitness authorities violate this dictum by having their clients move explosively or in a manner which, despite being trendy and "fun", can lead to acute or overuse injuries. Bill Desimone is a brilliant exception and this book will allow you to train your body effectively over the course of a lifetime while minimizing the likelihood of hurting yourself or causing excessive wear and tear on your joints.
Ideally every young person starting an exercise program for the first time will read and apply the insights of this book. Unfortunately, youth is often wasted on the young and the macho attitude characteristic of the young (nothing can hurt me) keeps then from being the most receptive to Desimone's wisdom. That's a pity. Because the sooner you apply his advice, the sooner exercise can become what it ought to be: a habit that can safely improve your capacity to enjoy life to the fullest.
For those on the fence about getting this book, put your false pride aside. Don't make the mistake of thinking that following today's exercise trends (Crossfit, P90X, Insanity, muscle mag routines, etc.) will come at no cost to you. Bill Desimone discusses the injuries he suffered from not being mindful of biomechanics and he had the intelligence to re-learn how to exercise. Have the intelligence to learn from his experience!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Congruent Exercise presents things in a straight forward, no nonsense fashion. Bill's premises are counter to the current fitness of do more, work harder, don't stop until you... Read morePublished 2 months ago by lavfields4ver
Great and rare book, amongst the sea of usless training literature. Right on the target, that is intended by the author. I wish it was written years ago, when I started training. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kamen
Excellent descriptions and demonstrations of the exercises. I also really appreciated the sample workouts for home and gym. Thank you!Published 12 months ago by LuvThatChicken
However there's not much more information that the one we can find on youtube...Published 14 months ago by Bobinski
Throughout the text, Bill makes the best argument for safe exercise protocols and execution techniques either the goal of joint health and longevity I've ever read. Read morePublished 14 months ago by JIAM
If you exercise for quality of life and health, you won't want to injure yourself in the process. This book is a well written and concise guide for how to do that.. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Karl Griffin
Short and too the point, with logical explanations. The exercises are mostly the ones everybody talks about, but DeSimone adds value by explaining how to do them with minimal... Read morePublished 22 months ago by SC