- Paperback: 294 pages
- Publisher: Dragon Door Publications; 1 edition (November 1, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0938045768
- ISBN-13: 978-0938045762
- Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.4 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (476 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,451 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Convict Conditioning: How to Bust Free of All Weakness--Using the Lost Secrets of Supreme Survival Strength Paperback – November 1, 2012
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
I purchased the book about two weeks ago and read it in five days. When researching Convict Conditioning the main negative I found was folks complaining about the "prison" aspect of the book. I saw some reviews which commented about how the prison related stories were false and that Coach Wade was most likely a fictitious character. Personally, I dismissed the prison aspects of the book as marketing hype and focused on the training material (these days you need some kind of marketing angle to get your product noticed by the right crowd). The information is excellent. The exercise progression is worth the price of the book (I purchased the Kindle edition for under $20). It starts off with exercises which are very easy on the body (My elderly, overweight, diabetic, triple bypass, high blood pressure, father could follow this program without risk of injury). This was key for me. I am looking to workout with little to no risk of injury...and, hopefully, to strengthen previously injured joints to prevent future injury.Read more ›
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My sister and I are currently following this program and absolutely love it. First of all, the fact that it gives just about anyone (without a medical condition) however untrained,... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Tarimin
I am a yoga teacher and I wanted to increase strength without needing to go to the gym. I will definitely be trying the exercise program.Published 2 days ago by Kathleen Roy
Great info, I really loved the pictures and rare info you don't get anywhere else. Must have book for you.Published 4 days ago by OneCent2001
I've been doing it for two weeks. I'm coming from pretty much total couch potato/computer programmer. I WANT to be in mountain climbing shape. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Robert Gaines
I lifted weights for a long time, but I go back and forth to school, and I don't always have a weight room handy. My high school coach recommended this book, and I love it! Read morePublished 10 days ago by Darius Conway
The best shape of my life was back in the USMC where all we did was body weight exercises. Over the years I went modern the gym and every new fitness gadget and phase I found on tv... Read morePublished 17 days ago by Fred
Just an explanation of the 3 star rating. 5 stars for the actual description of the exercises and program. 1 star for the BS background story and the fictional author Paul Wade. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Slicers
Excellent resource for strength training with minimal equipment. The 'convict' angle is a little much at times, but never to the point of being distracting. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Benjamin Benefiel