154 of 154 people found the following review helpful
on December 31, 2011
Get ripped in 7 weeks. The aim is to get lean and mean, like the person on the cover of this book.
To start this program, you must already have a solid foundation of strength.
Pass the "Power 4" test listed below and you can go.
1. Pull up: 6 or over
2. Squat: 10 or over
3. Push up: 15 or over
4. Plank: hold for 30 seconds or over
Did you pass all 4 tests? Are you ready for the exercises? But first, please note that a pull up bar and a medicine ball are required for the program.
Here are most of exercises. In general, the exercises are based on using your body weight.
Diamond push up
Wide push up
Medicine ball push up
T push up
Pull up with grip variations
Commando pull up
In and out (core work)
Hanging leg raise
Squat, with medicine ball
Lunge with twist
Tabata intervals with various exercises
Here's a basic and very minimal outline of the 7 week program. It is divided into two levels. Work out 3 days a week, with a rest day between each exercise day.
If you can not pass the pull up test, and thus, need to build up before you can do the program, there is a 3 week prep program to establish your foundation. Personally, I have to work on my pull ups, but I'm fine on the other components, including a decent improvement on push ups.
The prep program includes these easier exercises.
Knee push up
Wall push up
Assisted pull up
Australian pull up
The book is easy to study and understand and moves quickly. I understood the workout plans and exercises quickly. All photos, with the author and one lady demonstrating the movements, are in black and white. The book also covers a few other things, including a very short nutrition chapter, a little bit on the author's history and motivation, warm up, maintenance and some fitness games to keep it interesting.
23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on February 20, 2012
There is nothing new in this book, in terms of what is being said, but it does offer a structured program that is easy to follow and it doesn't require you to spend too much money. You will, in addition to the book, need a chin-up/ pull-up bar and a medicine ball to really embrace the program, but that is about all. This is a great place to start for beginners, however, as with all exercise programs it requires committment. If you are not willing to make a consistent and focussed effort then this book is useless. That means regular exercise and healthy eating. If you don't want to join a gym, or you don't feel you have the time for a gym, then this is definetly the book for you. Most of the exercises can be done at home or during your lunch break indoor or out. The instructions are clear and the exercises simple. I am a long time gym junkie but still found I could tweek the programs and make them challenging. For example I added a 15 minute weights session to the end of each workout and then did one hour of cardio on the days it suggested a rest.
34 of 39 people found the following review helpful
on January 3, 2012
This book is a nuts & bolts, down to earth, practical approach to getting "ripped". What sets this book apart from many in this genre is that the author lays out everything you need to get in the best shape of your life! The book gives you all the tools necessary, including nutrition, workouts, warm-ups, and the exercises (of course!). What is also helpful is that there is a follow-up section on where to go when you complete the program.
The beautiful thing about the program and the author's whole approach to fitness is that you can tell he genuinely wants you to achieve your fitness goals. The best example of this is that you can "try it before you buy it" by going to the companion web site which has a major part of the book online for free! Another example is his approach to nutrition. He gives you information and guidelines that will help you understand how to approach eating clean and healthy. The other major example is the price of the book! Along with the website and the Facebook page (where he gladly answers your questions) you are really getting a bargain.
The heart of the book is the exercises section. They are plentiful and I found them very helpful. What is also nice is that tougher variations are explained so even advanced enthusiasts will find some meat to chew on.
A bonus for me was the games in the back of the book. There are some very creative ideas that will get your mind churning and thinking of different ways to implement them. What a novel idea! Have fun getting and staying in shape.
If you are just starting back on your fitness trek after several years of inactivity, I would highly recommend reading through the web site, taking the fitness test, and starting the program. Then go to Facebook and Twitter to get support and information to complement your work. Somewhere in there buy the book and read it through, especially the exercises section.
I started last year on my quest to get back in shape with p90x, which really kicked me where I needed it. While I appreciated it, I think if I had this book to use my approach would have been different and perhaps a bit more sane and well-informed. Highly recommended!
28 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on January 5, 2012
Too often there is a "foolproof" way to lose weight and get in shape that involves 7-14 hour long workouts, extreme diets and you have to already be in world class shape to participate. 7 Weeks to Getting Ripped does it right; if you are already in decent shape, it dumps you into a program designed to tax you, push you and generally cut you up. If you aren't, it has a gentle on ramp to building the base and preparing you for the programs set out in the rest of the book.
And unlike programs like P90X, you don't need a lot of equipment. 7 Weeks to Getting Ripped uses mostly bodyweight exercises and pushes you through a progressive series of challenges. Put simply, I never thought I would get a workout from just using my body like I did from this....so much sweat.
If that was all it was, 7 Weeks to Getting Ripped would be worth the price, but it offers more. A no fluff, no nonsense approach to nutrition that makes sense, tips on food, working out, lifestyle tweaks and games.
And, the thing I like the most, are the games. Ever hit a lull in your exercise program and need a break? Well, 7 Weeks to Getting Ripped takes care of that by offering individual and group games that make working out fun and interesting. If you have a friend or two, you can seriously get a GREAT workout in half an hour and have a blast doing it.
Simply put, get this, follow it and in 7 short weeks I'm sure you'll be in better shape.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on January 14, 2012
I've been a victim of spending lots of money on personal traning, P90X, and other home video workouts.
I love the practical approach 7 Weeks to Getting Ripped offers. From a time standpoint it is perfect.
It's difficult with a busy schedule to dedicate several hours to some other forms of workouts.
I need structure and a well-organized plan when it comes to working out, this book offers just that.
I am able to successfully complete the workouts and feel that I am really making good use of my time.
The exercises are well-balanced and cover your entire body.
I am excited to continue this process and reap the rewards that come from a balanced approach.
Thanks so much to the author for putting together a great system that I can follow for years to come!!!
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on May 10, 2012
This book achieves that rare and perfect combination of elements that fitness-focused people seek in a workout book: It's comprehensive yet compact, practical yet playful, and informative while still remaining accessible. Simply put, this book makes it easy, fun, and affordable to get into shape. Like all of Brett's books, this book is written in an engaging and straightforward style, with a sensible, well-balanced, and integrated approach to getting into shape. It's concise, well-written, and easy to follow. The author's personal story, excellent insights into exercise and nutrition, useful tips, and detailed diagrams with step-by-step instructions demonstrating how to accurately perform each exercise, are all there to provide you with the necessary background, tools, and motivation to help you get ripped.
The great thing about this book is that you don't need a gym to do the workouts in this book, since they are all body-weight exercises. Another huge plus is that everyone can do these workouts: there's something here for people of every level of fitness, whether you're a beginner or an expert.
It's easy to get started: you just take the initial fitness tests, matching your results to the chart to determine your level (Prep Level, Level I, or Level II). Then you start the program at the appropriate level and work towards completion. At the end of the program, you take a final fitness test to assess your progress.
The appendix contains a maintenance section to help you stay in shape once you've reached the end of the program, as well as a cardio & games section, which of course, not only works your lungs, but also your heart and other muscle groups as well. I particularly love the games! My favorite game is "hot corner," because it combines a little bit of everything, and reminds me of those fun obstacle course races and strength/cardio circuit training games we used to play in gym class as kids.
The book is a great value too: you get a lot of useful information for a mere ten dollars and some change. It's a very worthwhile investment. I highly recommend this book!
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on February 15, 2012
I have spent many hours a week working out for the better part of my life. This book has taken me to the next level. I do have a gym membership and continue to go to the gym at least three times a week. I use to go to the gym and just do whatever I felt like doing or what I saw someone else doing. Now I go in with a plan that was written by Brett Stewart and is in 7 weeks to getting ripped. I have seen great results and I have been following the program for 4 weeks now. I thought I was in good shape starting the program but I still find myself getting sore and my muscles getting fatigued from the work outs. I am a runner and have found that the switch up in routine has helped my running!!!! My legs are stronger, my form is better, and my endurance has increased.
I can see how the workouts can be done outside of the gym but I do enjoy going to the gym (what can I say I am a gym rat). The lunges and squats have greatly helped in my overall strength but what I am most impressed with is the core workout I get. My abs have never been this sore from my own workouts!!! I like others have found this book works for all levels! I have and will continue to recommend this book. Brett has a great writing style that makes you feel at ease about the workouts but is also motivating. The online and social media aspect of the book is great too. Brett is active and Facebook, Twitter, and through email. Ask him a question and you will get an answer!
Enjoy the book and workouts!!!! I know I am!
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on February 12, 2012
The routines in this book are very practical and you can skip straight to the workouts if you want. However, I found the introductory reading insightful and to the point. No confusing formulas, time tables or points to count. Simple nutrition guides and tips to keep motivated are included. There are also exercise games explained if you want to get in shape with others. Learned a new movement called the J-up and it really works my entire body. I can get an entire workout in less than 30 mins and I feel great! I recommend this book to those that want quick workouts outside of the gym.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on September 19, 2012
Intensity is the name of the game for this one. As a moderate fitness guy. I found the beginning workouts too easy and the last workouts challenging. What I loved about this workout is it hits all the necessary groups (back/pullups, chest/pushups, legs/squats, core/abs) for a military person to stay in shape, and it does it fast. You go hard for fifteen minutes then your done.
If you need to up your level of pull-ups or pushup this is a good routine. I would suggest shorter breaks and try and do as many rotations within the 15 minutes as you can. You will notice the difference in a week or two in your strength and the numbers you can do.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
The author was tired of looking into the mirror and seeing an overweight guy looking back. So, he developed this unique system of getting back into shape.
It's a terrific program. The exercises are illustrated carefully and fully and you'll quickly be doing them and benefiting from them. You don't use weights or props. You use your own bodyweight. That makes the exercises not only effective but also safe.
- Susanna K. Hutcheson