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Convict Conditioning: How to Bust Free of All Weakness-Using the Lost Secrets of Supreme Survival Strength [Kindle Edition]

Paul Wade
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How to Train As If Your VERY LIFE Depended on Your Degree of REAL Strength, Power and ToughnessMost physical training systems are designed for the "domesticated" human animal. That is to say, for us humans who live lives of such relative security that we cultivate our strength and power more out of pride and for a sense of accomplishment than out of an absolute need to survive in the wild. The professional athlete hones his body to function well in a sports event-rather than to emerge safe from a life-or-death struggle. And even those in our military and LEO rely more on the security of their weapons and armor than on their own personal, raw power and brute strength to carry the day. There remains one environment where exuding the necessary degree of authoritative strength and power can mean the difference between life or death: the maximum security prison. In maximum security, the predator preys on the weak like we breathe air. Intimidation is the daily currency. You either become a professional victim or you develop that supreme survival strength that signals the predator to stay at bay.Paul Wade spent 19 years in hell holes like San Quentin, Angola and Marion. He entered this world a gangly, terrorized weakling and he graduated to final freedom, pound-for-pound one of the strongest humans on the planet. Paul Wade dedicated his prison life to the cultivation of that supreme survival strength. And ironically, it is in America's prisons that we can find some of the great, lost secrets of how to get immensely powerful and strong. Paul Wade mined these secrets as if his life depended on it-and of course in many ways it did.Finally free, Paul Wade pays his "debt to society"-not just with the horrors of his years in the hole-but with the greatest gift he could possibly give us: a priceless set of progressions that can take ANYONE who has the will from abject weakling to strength specimen extraordinaire.

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  • File Size: 8680 KB
  • Print Length: 294 pages
  • Publisher: Dragon Door Publications; 1 edition (March 2, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004XIZN5M
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253 of 258 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bodyweight only training August 2, 2010
Convict Conditioning is a book of bodyweight only training. It utilizes six training exercises, each having ten different variations. The six exercises are called "the Big Six", and they are one-arm pushup, one legged squat (pistol squat), one-arm pullup, hanging straight leg raise, stand-to-stand bridge, and one-arm handstand pushup. You don't start with these exercises, but rather easier versions, and they represent the ultimate goal of the workout.

The workout is structured so that each exercise of the Big Six is divided into ten steps, the final step being the exercises listed earlier. As a general rule, the first steps are the easiest and you move gradually to more challenging variations. For example, you start the pushups series with standing pushups against the wall, and progress from there into incline pushups against a table, then kneeling pushpus, and so on until you reach the one-arm pushup.

Each of the steps are further divided into three stages: Beginner standard, Intermediate standard, and Progression standard. The standards differ from each other by the number of repetitions and sets you are supposed to perform each exercise. When you reach the Progression standard of an exercise, you can move on to the next step, where you'll start from the Beginner standard.

The author emphasizes clean performance of exercises, and slow progression through the steps. You are supposed to start from step one with each exercise even if you could jump directly to step six, for example. And you are supposed to progess slowly through each step, taking a minimum of one month on each step no matter how easy the exercise is for you.

The name of the book is derived from the inception of the training system - or so the story goes.
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133 of 136 people found the following review helpful
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This is a classic bodyweight training manual. Moreover, it's different than any other you'll likely read. It's written in a colorful, easy reading style with no pretense.

According to the author, an ex-convict, "The average gym junkie today is all about appearance, not ability. Flash, not function. These men may have big, artificially pumped up limbs, but all that the size is in the muscle tissue; their tendons and joints are weak. Ask the average muscleman to do a deep one-leg squat-ass-to-floorstyle-and his knee ligaments would probably snap in two. What strength most bodybuilders do have, they cannot use in a coordinated way; if you asked them to walk on their hands they'd fall flat on their faces."

This is an extraordinary book about functional bodyweight training. By functional I mean you are taught to be strong for everyday life -- not muscular for the sake of appearance.

Like the author, I've seen beefy guys and gals at the gym walking ahead of me looking like they could hardly move because they had so much muscles on their legs. They walked like a fat person whose thighs rub against each other. Not a pretty sight.

The author continues, "To become hugely powerful, you don't need weights, cables, fancy machines, or any other crap that the industry or the infomercials are brainwashing you into thinking you can't do without. You can gain Herculean strength-genuine brawn and vitality-with no special equipment at all. But to unlock this power-the power of your own body-you need to know how. You need the right method, the art.

Such a method does in fact exist. It's based on traditional, ancient forms of training, techniques which are as old as training itself.
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80 of 88 people found the following review helpful
I became interested in bodyweight training recently, and as I was doing online searches for exercises and training programs, I kept running across references to this book. The reviews were all so uniformly glowing that I finally, hesitantly, ordered it. I was hesitant becuase the price is rather high, but I'm glad I made the purchase. The book is living up to the reviews I've read.

The reason I appreciate this book so much is because I've let myself get out of shape and I need a program that is clearly outlined and begins slowly. I'd love to be doing one-armed pushups and pullups right now, but that's just not possible. The author breaks each exercise down into steps, and the first steps are simple enough that nearly anyone -- even me -- can do them. The author has developed a "beginner standard," an "intermediate standard" and a "progression standard" for each step. For instance, the beginner standard for Step 1 of the pushups exercise is 1 set of 10 repetitions. Intermediate is 2 sets of 25, and the progression standard is 3 sets of 50. Believe me, anyone can begin with Step 1 -- in this case, Step 1 is "Wall Pushups" in which you stand facing a wall, place your palms against the wall, and do "pushups" that way. Surely even the most out of condition person can do one pushup like that. Once that person can do 3 sets of 50 (you're probably already there) you move onto Step 2.

At the end of the book, "Coach Wade" puts together a number of workout programs. The program I'm doing now is called "New Blood" and involves "four of the most basic exercises performed over two sessions a week." Wade writes: "Practice this program, or a similar routine, during your early work on the ten steps.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I love this book - but...
I love this book and its genre of training, but the key thing missing is how to actually build towards the goals. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally!
Do not pay attention to the bad critics against this book. Yes, the convict concept is not relevant; but what matters is the content. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Guillermo Olaiz Silva
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
This is a fantastic book on body weight strength training, most of which has been lost or overlooked. Definitely a must read
Published 5 days ago by John Simmerman
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional!
This book is by far the most common sense read I have ever picked up on the subject of strength training. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Denhugh
5.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff!
Everything I was lead to believe... not a get ripped quick scheme, but will give you real power when done correctly!
Published 11 days ago by Grant COok
5.0 out of 5 stars You don't have to go to prison to get in shape
Back to basics, which shows you can get in shape anywhere without all the gadgets. This guy does some amazing things with few tools.
Published 13 days ago by K. Barry
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
After recovering from an injury, this was a clutch-read. As a weight-lifter, I forgot the importance of mastering your body BEFORE lifting weights. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Jonathan arias
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid advice on bodyweight exercises and even more solid advice on...
A superb collection of all-round bodyweight exercises for all strength levels. Each is well-described in a number of increasingly demanding stages that will lead up to hi-strength... Read more
Published 18 days ago by thip
5.0 out of 5 stars very inspirering
a fantastic book. interesting, practical, useful and very inspirering. paul has a great knowledge of calistenics and a big heart for teaching. thumps up (-;
Published 18 days ago by Jens Damgaard
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
Had this with the online version. Had to get hardcopy. Good to learn the basics and bests. First book ive legit read
Published 18 days ago by Joshua Hall
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