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Natural Exercise: Basic Bodyweight Training and Calisthenics for Strength and Weight-Loss [Kindle Edition]

Patrick Barrett
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Book Description

Bodyweight exercises have long been the primary component of the daily training of some of the fittest people on Earth, including military forces, martial artists, and gymnasts.

There is no doubt about the benefits you can enjoy from bodyweight exercise and calisthenics, but the important thing is to approach them in the right way--otherwise, you could end up frustrated with exercises that seem too hard, too easy, or for whatever reason just don't seem to be working.

Natural Exercise will teach you over a dozen time-tested exercises--some you've seen before, and some you probably haven't. These exercises are everything you need for an effective, full-body workout that will get you as strong and fit as you could want to be.

Just as importantly, it goes beyond that to teach you about monitoring joint health, executing proper breathing during exercise, and basic nutritional advice so that your body will get what it needs to perform and develop at an optimal level.

You'll also learn in detail about scheduling because, after all, knowing how to do an exercise is not very helpful if you don't also know how often to do it, and for how long. This section will help you to develop an understanding of how many reps and sets you should do of a given exercise to get the maximum benefit for your personal situation.

You can choose from sample schedules that are provided, or you can learn to build your own schedule to fit your lifestyle.

One thing is certain--you need to exercise to stay healthy and become strong. Bodyweight exercise is a great way to stay fit, because you can do it wherever you are--at home or on the road, with no gym membership required.

Natural Exercise goes beyond teaching the exercises to give you an understanding of how to develop your body intelligently, with maximum results and minimal risk of injury.

If you want to follow the best bodyweight training program you can, avoid the trial and error and frustrating plateaus. Natural Exercise will give you all the knowledge you need to start developing a stronger, fitter body today.

Note: This book teaches basic bodyweight training. It is intended for people who do not already feel comfortable doing a full bodyweight workout. If you already know how to build and execute a basic bodyweight routine, you may want to take a look at Patrick Barrett's Advanced Bodyweight Exercises to learn some more challenging material.

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About the Author

Patrick Barrett has been interested in exercise ever since he started to lift weights with his dad and older brothers as a kid. He participated in a half-dozen organized sports (most notably inline hockey and high school wrestling) until a neck injury during a wrestling match in his junior year prevented him from playing further in any contact sports. After the injury, he developed an interest in pursuing strength and balance, particularly through bodyweight and self-taught gymnastic-type exercises. Patrick has always loved both cooking and eating food. Unsatisfied with the confusing and often contradictory nutritional advice offered by mainstream sources, Patrick searched for another way to understand human nutrition that was logical, consistent, and effective. His books on food and nutrition reflect this 'cleaner,' more intuitive and useful understanding of food and how it impacts our health. Patrick hopes that his books will save his audience time and aggravation by finally offering practical ways to achieve their nutrition and fitness goals.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1139 KB
  • Print Length: 96 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1467965693
  • Publisher: Patrick Barrett (November 3, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0063HSZAG
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #529,246 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No more joint pain. February 19, 2012
I've lifted weights regularly for the last ten years of my life, and I look like it. Unfortunately, in the last year it seems like all of the joints in my arms and shoulders have begun to ache increasingly after every workout. After being told to consider another form of training by several physicians, I looked into a few body-weight training programs. After doing a fair amount of research on the matter, I bought Mr. Barrett's book. Quite frankly, it has changed the way I think about muscle development. Not only am I able to maintain my considerable muscle mass in the comfort of my own home (or front yard), but I have begun the develop in areas that I didn't even consider when I was performing the repetitive and isolated movements of weight training.

I really can't recommend this book enough.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not the best for beginners June 20, 2012
By Brian
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For the price, I got it on kindle, it's not a bad book. I personally feel some of the exercises are not where beginners should be starting. if you are just starting I would recommend spending a little more on a book with better progression. For 5 dollars I can't really complain much but would have rather spent the money on something better.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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"Natural Exercise" is a well written and practical guide for those wanting to get in shape and develop muscle mass, without needing costly gym equipment or memberships. All of the exercises are clearly described and most have helpful photos to show the proper way to perform the exercise.

The sections on healthy eating, supplements, and vitamins are also very informative and provide a lot of good information for maximizing your workout results through proper nutrition.

This is a great way to start getting back into shape before jumping into a more formal training program.

Highly Recommended!

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful June 6, 2012
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This organized, straightforward, and logical book is very helpful for someone starting out and trying to put together a basic routine for fitness.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not much here October 28, 2013
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I was disappointed with this book. Mostly because it is geared toward MALE exercisers (I'm female), and features dark, grainy photos of already athletic and strong looking men performing the exercises without equipment, which the book promotes. Most of the exercises looked too difficult for someone who is not already fit and strong, so I thought the book's value as a "promoter" of "natural exercise" was limited. The book is slender and not spiral-bound, making it difficult to keep open if trying to reference it while performing an exercise.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Instead get YOU ARE YOUR OWN GYM October 20, 2013
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I read NATURAL EXERCISE and also YOU ARE YOUR OWN GYM. YAYOG is more complete, with more and better exercises. Best of all is the YAYOG app.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Exercises April 24, 2013
By R. Hamm
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Even though this was good information, I have already been into keeping myself fit for years and found this to be old information for me. If you are new to the fitness game, it will be great information for you.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Solid advice with exercise September 7, 2012
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The exercise section was well organized with common exercises that you can find anywhere. Nothing is wrong with simplicity. A weakness was not giving enough suggestions for doing the exercises with modifications for beginners or situations with injuries. The diet advice could have been left out. I'm not convinced that eating red meat and fruit is so healthy for most of us. This book is actually quite good in describing technique. There are many other books out there also dealing with body weight exercises that may give those of us with short attention spans more exercise options and possibly less boredom. Currently there is more exercise focus on interval training and tabatas. The author scratched the surface on this and might address these important issues in a future upgrade version.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Small book, little info
This is a very small book with few illustrations of very basic stuff you got in gym class in school. If you really want to understand more, check out anything by Bret Contreras. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Ottabme
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
a good book.
Published 5 months ago by Timothy Stout
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Very basic stuff here. Remember to start slowly and thoroughly limber up first.
Published 6 months ago by Mr. C
2.0 out of 5 stars A Good Idea that Needs Some Work
An inexpensive introduction to bodyweight exercises is a good idea, but the best thing about this book is the delightful cover photo of a tyke flexing his biceps. Read more
Published 7 months ago by OldGuy678
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very good
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Use it or lose it
Published 8 months ago by Wayne Brines
4.0 out of 5 stars Simplicity is always best
This is an informative book and really all most people need to stay healthy and strong. Arthur Jones, the inventor of the Nautilus machine said that most people could reach their... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Jeff Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Patrick Barrett is fantastic!
On top of having good images and explaining the exercises- Patrick Barrett just has a great tone to his writing. He is relatable and makes the book enjoyable to read.
Published 14 months ago by Whitney Bray
4.0 out of 5 stars good information for beginners and other excercisers
Covers the basics that everyone should know. Helpful photos and descriptions. Steers clear of unnecessary fluff that could have been there, keeping the book short and to the point. Read more
Published 17 months ago by William O'Neal
2.0 out of 5 stars ok but not great
The book cost very little and there's very little info in it. He got on my bad side when he started his nutrition section. So, I guess Patrick and I are even. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Mr Pepper
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