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Free+Style: Maximize Sport and Life Performance with Four Basic Movements Hardcover – July 15, 2014
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Most people that are not CrossFit folks will find this a strange place to start. For the initiated CrossFitter, these are the pinnacle moves (minus pull-ups and double unders) that every athlete hopes to achieve. Pictures atop a kettlebell with a load overhead doing a pistol squat is the iconic CrossFit move. For the everyday fitness person looking to improve their general fitness, movements like the pistol squat, muscle up, and handstand pushup are not on their 'to do' list. These are very, very advanced movements that require significant practice to become proficient. Minus dancers, gymnasts, and children - attempting these movements will be very discouraging. They are true 'end range' movements that require significant strength and skill to accomplish well. Additionally, you will have to have access to rings, pirouettes, plyo boxes, etc to work on these, which the average person does not have at their local or home gym. So, from a foundational perspective, Free+Style falls short...it is a book for the advanced athlete, CrossFitter, or someone who is looking at the long game and wants to learn some challenging and new skills.Read more ›
The author is an established and experienced gymnast (Carl Paoli), and he goes through many principles of body movement that are essential to body form and control. Keep in mind that this is an illustrated book using photos, but it is a book you need to read: it has a lot of text and is easy to read.
At its core, this book promotes four main movements: the pistol (one legged squat), the burpee, the handstand push-up, and the muscle up. What's terrific about the book is that you can come to it from any level, as the author is a strong promoter of PROGRESSIONS. This means that he outlines various ways to progress, step-by-step to accomplishing something like a muscle up or burpee, even if you're not close to doing them yet.
Body weight workouts and gymnastic training are a real fad right now, and rightly so. These are great approaches to getting fit that you can accomplish outside of the gym, staying healthy and feeling great about yourself.
I'm not an exercise physiologist, but I will say (as a middle-aged dude who's in pretty good shape) that some of these movements strike me as unattainable. I think I'd blow my knees if I got into pistols squats. With that said, I see this book as a great way to think about progressions toward the muscle up and handstand push up.
It's a great book!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
$30 for a book about 4 movements? That's a two-minute youtube video, max.Published 28 days ago by Jason Hendrickson
If you're a coach or an athlete wanting to improve, get this book! Read it-learn it-apply it! It's worth every penny!!Published 2 months ago by KJHF
Very useful tips and a great compliment to the seminar. I am very happy with my purchase! Shipping was a bit tardy, though.Published 3 months ago by Rita Flohr
A long time to expect this book. But the result is here!! very happy and the service is very pro!Published 4 months ago by Matthieu DELACHAUME
Very well written and is very extensive. It has a lot of helpful information but was missing volleyball which is one of the things I was hoping it had.Published 7 months ago by George Wilson III