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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 (519 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.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Editorial Reviews


“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
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,407 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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365 of 387 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.


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.


* 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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332 of 355 people found the following review helpful
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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214 of 236 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really great work out book May 4, 2010
Just started using this exercise book and being a 50 year old woman found the excercises not only easy to use but am noticeing faster results than my old regimine at the gym where I was using the equipment. I have more time being able to do them at home which is a big plus in my busy schedule.
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93 of 101 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! Ditch your gym membership, this is the real deal! September 22, 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I always remember a football player friend telling me many many years ago that after he had been injured, he'd been put on a special program where he was only allowed to use bodyweight exercises to build strength and that he had originally laughed at the idea but after a couple of months of it was astounded to feel stronger and fitter than he'd ever felt in his life. This had always stuck in my head and I had often wondered about the validity of bodyweight exercise vs pumping weights.

So when I saw this book I thought it looked interesting enough to buy. I could never have envisaged the way it would change my life. When I was younger I had been a gym junkie and runner but - now at the age of 40 - hadn't done any real exercise for a few years. But this book has changed EVERYTHING! His workouts are amazing! The variety of exercises is staggering - and after 20 weeks of exercise, 5 days a week, I am STILL not bored! My body has gone from a flabby out of shape lump to firm, toned and lean as hell. Everyone I know has commented on the amazing transformation.

I started on the intermediate 10 week program and followed it religiously every day making sure I was quite careful with what I was eating as well - you DO need to lay off the junk food if you want to see results but hey, that should be no surprise to anyone. Then I went into the advanced 10 week program and am now just about to finish that. My strength gains have been phenomenal to say the least. I feel lean, mean and agile - probably more than I have ever felt in my life. I hoping to progress right through all the 10 week programs right through to Elite and then I'll start making my own up.

If you only buy one book on strength exercises, this should be IT! As long as you are disciplined and stick with it, it WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE! Guaranteed!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Bought this for my boyfriend he said it gave him more ideas on how to workout without weights.
Published 3 days ago by Defiant Vegan
5.0 out of 5 stars The 10 week workout plans are fantastic in their balance
For anyone interested in shaking up their current fitness regime or beginning one for the first time this Mark Lauren covers the spectrum. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Josh Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Something for everyone
Great book. Something for beginners, experienced and elite athletes. Complete with a program to follow or use new variations to spice up your training. I recommended this book.
Published 12 days ago by Tom Domanski
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Really good insormation
Published 14 days ago by emil
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Good ideas, but you need almost as much equipment as the gym and the gym equipment is handier
Published 18 days ago by Susan D. Patrick
4.0 out of 5 stars A good program.
I could've done without reading yet another rehash of the Paleo diet. However, the exercises listed and the detailed pictures are great. And, the routines seem good. Read more
Published 20 days ago by J. Bosch
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the money
We purchased this book for my husband. He enjoys Beachbody videos, like Insanity, etc. He wanted to buy more of them, but we didn't have the money in our budget. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book for people of all abilities
A wonderful book for people of all abilities. Can't do a regular push-up? Mark has alternatives to get you there in the future! Read more
Published 26 days ago by Michelle K Monticello
5.0 out of 5 stars This book kicked, and continues to kick, my butt.
Not only does this work, but it works much better than what I used to do.

Brief story -- I recently graduated from college and started working. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Shadowborg
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This book is the best of the best. Great!
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