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Great book for people who are already in shape,
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This review is from: You Are Your Own Gym: The Bible of Bodyweight Exercises for Men and Women (Paperback)
I really enjoyed this book. I like the thought of being able to exercise any time, any place, without requiring special equipment. I liked the wide variety of exercises that were available. I thought the categories that he broke the exercises into were quite good. The exercises are good, all-round workouts, and I was amazed how much of my body I was able to exercise at one time using the routines recommended. I thought the nutrition guidelines were good, if a little simplistic.
That said, I do have a few quibbles with the book. The first is that while he claims all of these exercises can be adjusted downward for beginners, he did not do this. A few of them had suggestions that would allow beginners to do them, but most of the suggestions to make them easier still left them as fairly tough exercises. The beginner routine was exhausting, and there is no way the majority of middle-aged adults I know could possibly do this. I was left wondering if Mr. Lauren simply never interacts with anyone but special ops forces. I would encourage him to go down to the local Walmart and look at the people there and come up with exercises that they could do.
The second is that while the title says this is a book for men and women, the exercises were clearly geared toward men. There was a huge emphasis on upper body exercises that most women I know would not be able to do.
I was also a little frustrated that he completely dismissed cardiovascular exercise. Most fitness experts I know disagree with this, and he offered no evidence for what is a fairly controversial position.
That said, if you are already in reasonably good shape, this is a great book to help you take it to the next level.
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Initial post: May 26, 2012 1:05:04 AM PDT
As a person who is really trying to become fit after a car accident and who is shocked at the pains that creep up at forty, I can kind of understand what you're saying. However, I don't see the value in a book of exercises that the typical Walmartian could do - there are many books already out there with easy exercises in them, and probably most of those people wouldn't be interested anyway.
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