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"This is a terrific book with a promise of carrying around a full gym in each of our heads! It fits perfectly in our mobile age of road warriors. It also provides a powerful fitness regime that fits into the support limits of our military forces on deployment anywhere in the world. Both members of my family and I are adopting the regime."  —General James Abrahamson, USAF



"You Are Your Own Gym takes the strength training techniques of the Special Operations Forces and puts them into a comprehensive and easy to understand manual that can be done by anyone, anywhere, anytime. Mark Lauren has paved the way for anyone looking to get into the best shape of their life!"  —Gregory Peterman, Sergeant First Class, US Army Green Beret



“I’ve had the opportunity to observe Mark Lauren's training program in action. He was responsible for training my Air Force Special Operations troops to prepare them for the most intense combat operations. The progress in my men was phenomenal. He took the best of the best, most of them former athletes, and made them stronger and leaner than they'd ever been. Best of all, they can use Mark’s program anywhere in the world they may find themselves for the rest of their lives.”  —Geoffrey McClendon, Lt. Colonel, USAF



"As a past Air Force Academy Physical Fitness Instructor and Commander of some of the most physically fit warriors ever to serve our country, I feel well qualified to recommend Mark Lauren's book, You Are Your Own Gym, to anyone serious about raising the level of their physical fitness. And most importantly, staying fit. Following the exercises outlined in Mark's book eliminates the excuses often heard as to why one can't get into top shape.”  —John T. Carney, Jr., Colonel, USAF



“Why do we have Bowflex, elaborate ‘all-in-one’ pieces of equipment, or for that matter, why do we have Gold's Gyms, or personal trainers? In my experience the most fit group of men I have ever seen was my Infantry unit in Vietnam. There were none of these luxuries. You literally were your own gym for real. Everyone was fit, strong, lean and agile. Reactions were quick and everyone had keen and alert senses. What works about this book is the return to nature, give yourself some discipline, throw away the pseudo crutches, and gain control of yourself through your own body's gym!”  —Mike Fisher, Commander, 82nd Airborne Division; U.S. Army Ranger; Colonel, U.S. Army



"Body weight exercises are the simplest and most effective method of getting and staying in shape! On the road, crunched for time, or without a gym, these movements allow the most elite warriors to stay in fighting condition.”  —Van Hall, Lt., Operations and Training Officer SEAL Team Four, US Navy

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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Light Of New Orleans Publishing (May 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0971407614
  • ISBN-13: 978-0971407619
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 7.9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (580 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #652,914 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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387 of 412 people found the following review helpful By Paul S. Okstad on May 7, 2010
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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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351 of 375 people found the following review helpful By Susanna Hutcheson TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 28, 2010
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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107 of 116 people found the following review helpful By David J. Roberts on August 10, 2010
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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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