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You Are Your Own Gym: The Bible of Bodyweight Exercises Paperback – January 4, 2011
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“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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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great program. Book explains the whys of strength training without lifting weights, as well as clearly explains the exercises. There is a lot of good content. Read morePublished 8 hours ago by B. E. Preppernau
An amazing invitation to up one's workouts. It is a very coaching text, as if he is with you. I feel like I am getting the full benefit of his experience.Published 7 days ago by Mark Woodbridge
I've done bodyweight exercises for years and this book has a unic aproach to it, and new, powerful exercises I didn't knew and are proven to be very efective so far. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Ricardo
I am a 69 yo woman and I feel the exercises are too hard to do. I have medical issues that prevent me from doing them as I should. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lillian Daniel
This is the holy grail of fitness books and however you stumbled onto this gem, consider yourself privileged. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Amazing book. Great excercises and helpful info on diet and workout regimen. Would recommend for any age.Published 1 month ago by Smitty