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You Are Your Own Gym: The Bible of Bodyweight Exercises [Kindle Edition]

Mark Lauren
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (561 customer reviews)

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Book Description

From an elite Special Operations physical trainer, an ingeniously simple, rapid-results, do-anywhere program for getting into amazing shape
 
For men and women of all athletic abilities!

 
As the demand for Special Operations military forces has grown over the last decade, elite trainer Mark Lauren has been at the front lines of preparing nearly one thousand soldiers, getting them lean and strong in record time. Now, for regular Joes and Janes, he shares the secret to his amazingly effective regimen—simple exercises that require nothing more than the resistance of your own bodyweight to help you reach the pinnacle of fitness and look better than ever before.

Armed with Mark Lauren’s motivation techniques, expert training, and nutrition advice, you’ll see rapid results by working out just thirty minutes a day, four times a week—whether in your living room, yard, garage, hotel room, or office. Lauren’s exercises build more metabolism-enhancing muscle than weightlifting, burn more fat than aerobics, and are safer than both, since bodyweight exercises develop balance and stability and therefore help prevent injuries. Choose your workout level—Basic, 1st Class, Master Class,and Chief Class—and get started, following the clear instructions for 125 exercises that work every muscle from your neck to your ankles. Forget about gym memberships, free weights, and infomercial contraptions. They are all poor substitutes for the world’s most advanced fitness machine, the one thing you are never without: your own body.


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Editorial Reviews

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“Mark Lauren puts the strength-training techniques of SpecOps into a comprehensive and easy to understand program that can be done by anyone, anywhere, anytime, paving the way for anyone looking to get into the best shape of his or her life.”—Gregory Peterman, sergeant, Green Beret
 
“Gain control of yourself through your own body’s gym!”—Mike Fisher, commander, 82nd Airborne Division; U.S. Army Ranger; colonel, U.S. Army
 
“Perfect for our mobile age of road warriors, this terrific book lets us carry around a full gym in our heads!”—General James Abrahamson, U.S. Air Force


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About the Author

Mark Lauren has effectively prepared over 700 trainees for the extreme physical demands of the most elite levels of the special operations community. He is a Military Physical Training Specialist, Special Operations Combat Controller, triathlete, and mixed martial artist. Lauren broke, and still holds, the Department of Defense’s long standing “underwater record” by swimming 133 meters, on one breath, subsurface, for 2 minutes and 23 seconds, until losing consciousness. He lives in Tampa Bay, Florida.


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  • File Size: 5978 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; Reprint edition (January 4, 2011)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004GTLFNW
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,582 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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381 of 406 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best bodyweight exercise book out there May 7, 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
UPDATE: There is now a companion app for iPhone available on the app store! Search for "You Are Your Own Gym" on iTunes. This app goes great with the book since it allows a user to use timers for the workouts.

INTRO

This is an awesome book with a great introduction using the author's military experience. I've been using the workouts for a short while and already notice my ass getting kicked by stuff I wasn't doing in the gym.

PRO'S

* The 10-week workout plans are awesome, and the beginner workouts will challenge strong guys that come from a weight training background. They are written in such a way that a beginner can jump in and get in shape with less than an hour a day (usually 15-30 minutes). They are very detailed and describe which exercises to do on which days. They also describe what type of set/repetition methodology to use, such as: ladders, tabatas, interval sets, etc. Slowly the workouts transition from high-volume/low-intensity to high-intensity/low-rep and finally alternates between the two rapidly. It may remind a lot of people of P90X, except it's a fraction of the price and with more sensible theory explained.
* This book is an excellent fitness reference with over 100 bodyweight exercises categorized by one of the following types:
PUSH, PULL, LEGS, and CORE. In addition to this, there is a set of exercises that develops all of the body's muscles.
* The theory behind the programs are also included so that users can formulate their own programs.
* Almost all of the workouts in the book can be done inside with minimal equipment. Great for people who travel or are on a budget.
* People who weight train at the gym a lot will notice they are getting more range of motion and working out more muscles. E.g.
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343 of 367 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
The lack of quality editing greatly harms this otherwise wonderful book. Whoever edited the book should have known that to lose weight is not to "loose weight." But, because the contents of the book are so valuable, I won't take any stars away from my opinion of it.

I'm told a second printing is in the works (may be out by now) and hopefully all these messy things will be fixed. That doesn't help those who bought the book in its current state, however. Get the second printing if you can wait.

Now to the contents of the book . . .

I was very impressed by the fact the author, Mark Lauren, says straight out that he doesn't train movie stars. He trains men and women to survive, to be able to function well in life. That's what's really needed. The good looks, the great body, come as a side effect but is not the goal.

Lauren says, "I want you to understand, unlike many other fitness authors, I do not train movie stars, television celebrities, models, or other personalities whose livelihoods hinge on being fit. I train those whose lives do. For a decade I've used bodyweight exercises to create the leanest, strongest, most confident people of our civilization."

"This book comes to us at a time when, despite their best intentions, most people are too crunched for time and money to devote enough of either to attaining their fitness goals. In this age of information we are bombarded with incorrect advice, useless gadgets and pills, and pure hype. The methods outlined by Mark Lauren are proven and time tested. I know because I've seen his results. I've commanded the best of the best, and Mark's training has helped make them that way. Now he has honed his program into one for every man and woman." That's what John T. Carney Jr.
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93 of 100 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This stuff is harder than the gym... just try it August 10, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I used to be super fit, cycling 50 miles a day, going to a body building gym (owned by a former Mr Great Britain) and a tonne of other sports. My resting heart rate was 40bpm in the morning. I've since grown up, got busy and become a lot less fit. I just started going to the gym again and I thought I was making decent progress and wasn't going to give this type of exercise the time of day. After a short period of time I was pressing 90lb dumbbells and feeling good again. This body weight stuff looked too easy. Big mistake. I've only just started this program but I can already tell it is a lot better for my body and it makes the gym feel easy - no matter how hard you push it at the gym.

Can you, mr big gym man, do a spiderman? I doubt it. The compound exercises and techniques like ladder and so on combine together to give you a much more practical type of fitness. I don't know about you, but when lifting, hauling, pushing things in the real world, I don't get to support my back against a seat back and use an isolated muscle! This type of fitness will really grow your stabilizing muscles so much more.

At first, I laughed at exercises like burpees. Really not laughing after even just 20 of them, never mind 50 - 100.

Really looking forward to being able to do some of the level 4 exercises like the spiderman and that one where you do a push up but also lift your legs!

I don't care if some of this stuff is like yoga but renamed, or exercises that have been taught for centuries. It is well thought out and communicated in such a way as to make it accessible to everyone.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great program with excellent guidance
I've been doing this program from THE YAYOG app on my phone. I found it helpful to have the book reference. Read more
Published 3 days ago by L. Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars I was pretty impressed with the information and manner in which it's...
Got this for my teenage son, who needs to do something about his spaghetti arms! Chose the book after reading a bit of it elsewhere on PDF. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Theresa
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this book. Very practical application.
Published 4 days ago by Sandra Baker
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast shipping... just as described. Thanks ...
Fast shipping...just as described. Thanks!
Published 7 days ago by EricV
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great information. It changed my workout routines drastically .
Published 10 days ago by Amayaossa
3.0 out of 5 stars A Comparison of Three Bodyweight Training Books
I own Bodyweight Strength Training Anatomy by Bret Contreras, You are Your Own Gym by Mark Lauren, and Your Body is Your Barbell by BJ Gaddour. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Dan
5.0 out of 5 stars Best workout book that I have read
Best workout book that I have read. Very practical in that it requires no special equipment, and the workout program gets results. Read more
Published 16 days ago by shep69
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very informative
Published 18 days ago by Kelly Raisley
5.0 out of 5 stars Practical, easy to understand guide to exercising anywhere.
Great book. Lots of ideas, lots of pictures, and clear directions. Will remove your excuses when travelling for business.
Published 19 days ago by Leigh Ann
4.0 out of 5 stars HE SAID ITS VERY GOOD, IT EXPLAINS EVERYTHING IN
THE BOOK WAS FOR MY SON, HE SAID ITS VERY GOOD , IT EXPLAINS EVERYTHING IN DETAIL
Published 21 days ago by michele boutin
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