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The Men's Health Big Book of 15-Minute Workouts: A Leaner, Stronger Body--in 15 Minutes a Day! Paperback – October 25, 2011
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SELENE YEAGER is a top-selling author, certified personal trainer, and all-American Ironman triathlete. She lives in Lehigh Valley, PA.
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Here's how you do it. You focus on a few key exercises and move quickly from one exercise to another, with mininal rest time between exercises. Then, you repeat the exercises in a circuit, again with minimal rest.
These workouts work on increasing strength, by building muscle and strong bones, thus burning more fat. These workouts emphasize getting a lean strong body, rather than bodybuilding, and is, therefore, not a general bodybuilding book.
In the number and variety of workouts, this book is excellent. It contains 78 workouts, all 15-minutes long. Some workouts are bodyweight or require dumbbells. Others use a pull-up bar, a barbell, a kettlebell, a medicine ball, a stability (Swiss or large) ball, an exercise band (tubing), a foam roller, a jump rope, a BOSU, a bench, a cable machine, a step, and so on.
Instruction and exercises for each of the workouts vary, but in general, one may do a circuit of 3 to 7 relatively intense exercises, with little or no rest between each exercise. Then, rest for 60 between each circuit. Finally, repeat 2 more circuits.
All exercise photos are large and in color, clearly showing their positions, with descriptions.
Here's a detailed list of the 78 workouts or exercise plans. I have listed the exercises for a few of the workouts.
TOTAL BODY WORKOUTS
1. Beginner: strength and agility workout
2. Intermediate: your body is your barbell 1
Squat and jump combo
Single-leg romanian deadlift
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This book gives some great circuit routines that will get your heart pumping and your muscles working. There are gym-free total body workouts, which also are great cardio; dumbbell workouts for your upper and lower body; barbell workouts meant to build maximum muscle mass; ab workouts; cardio routines; and more.
I've already tried several of the workout and was surprised at how challenging they were! This book doesn't disappoint!
P.S. I also highly recommend Bigger Leaner Stronger: The Simple Science of Building the Ultimate Male Body (The Build Healthy Muscle Series) because it straightened out a bunch of confusions I had about how to build muscle, lose fat, and be healthy. I was making quite a few mistakes and didn't even know it!
We felt very sad about that.
This book of optimized exercises helped us being motivated again by gaining results as impressive as if we were training 3 times longer !!
But don't imagine these are miracle recipes... the basis is that you don't lose time resting between the workouts, so the 15mn are very, I mean very efficient...
Results do come fast and after 2 weeks (training 1 day out of 2, as suggested in the book), I am already feeling my abs recovering their former strentgh, more durably than before. Needless to talk about the thighs and arms and shoulders...
The workouts in this book won't help you build "big" muscles, but they will help you gain EFFICIENT muscles, EFICIENT strength, and endurance.
You just have to complete your weekly workout by one "HIIT" (High Intensity Interval Training), ideally outdoor (in my case: skysurfing/paddling : ) ) and you're done.
And the main benefit is that you have... more spare time to rest between the daily workouts and after each day's workout !
I would recommend this book to anyone looking for awesome (and motivating because of the variety!!) workouts, especially if they don't want to spend hours excercises because of her/his busy lifestyle !
I would have preferred more detail on the exercises that identified how this is good for what sport or more information on the muscle group. the book is lacking on that front. is it going to be used and referenced for years to come? absolutely. I've bought a few copies for friends I know travel or don't always have time it was that good. there is also a female version of this. I'd like to review it before really recommending it but from what I've seen of it so far it should save some people
I know 5 hours at the gym/day
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I work in the oil field I do not have much time to work out this book is exactly what I neededPublished 23 days ago by Byron weatherby
Full of great workouts with easy to follow pictures. I'm baffles as to why the guy on the cover is wearing jeans though. Does he workout in jeans?Published 2 months ago by Scott Crabtree
I follow these once or twice a week. I do other workout also, this is a good guide.Published 7 months ago by Deven
Use a lot of the exercises and suggestions in this book and they are easy and don't require a lot of expensive equipment to do. Very effective and produce great results.Published 9 months ago by Brian W.