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Beat the Gym: Personal Trainer Secrets--Without the Personal Trainer Price Tag Paperback – April 12, 2011
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“Everyone needs a dedicated guide to the gym. Tom is it: the supportive and informative coach, the motivational voice and the personal touch that you crave when you start any workout regimen.” (Lucy Danziger, Editor-in-Chief, SELF magazine)
“Tom has made it easy and affordable for you to take the first step toward reaching your goals! Everything you need to know that the gym and trainers won’t tell you is right here in this book Beat the Gym!” (Tamilee Webb, Star of Buns of Steel Series)
From the Back Cover
- Fed up with all the mixed messages on how to be fit and lose weight?
- Intimidated by the gym's machines, weights, or classes?
- Discouraged, as you've worked out in the past but have seen no results?
- Frustrated that you can't afford a personal trainer to help motivate and guide you?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, Beat the Gym is the book for you. I know what works, and I want you to love the gym and finally achieve the body and level of fitness that YOU want. I have spent decades sculpting bodies in the top gyms of New York City—those of celebrities, CEOs, professional athletes, weekend warriors, and "real people," and now I am ready to share all my personal training secrets. Beat the Gym demystifies fitness and diet, and, best of all, includes more than fifty of my best and most proven workouts.
Together, we can beat the gym and get you the body you deserve.
Top Customer Reviews
Chapter one discusses the ins and outs of a gym.
Chapter two covers cardio and cardio machines.
Chapter three is by far the largest chapter, with many photos illustrating the exercises.
Here's a list of the major topics covered.
Common gym machines
Free weights: barbell and dumbbells
Ab and back work
There's also a little bit on the Swiss ball, BOSU, the balance board, and balance discs.
Chapter four is a quick explanation of classes such as spinning, yoga, pilates, Zumba, the core, boot camp, tabata, the total body, yogilates, kettlebells, kickboxing, and TRX suspension training.
Chapter five is a short section on food and nutrition.
Chapter six has over 20 workout plans with different focuses.
This book is excellent for the beginner and the intermediate.
In my opinion, "Beat the Gym" is being mis-marketed. I suppose the publisher--or perhaps the auther, or his agent, or etc.--felt the book needed a gimmick--a "hook". So the blurb makes a fuss about the book telling you inside secrets of gyms and personal trainers. Which it does to some extent, and that's interesting and potentially valuable information.
But for me, the unexpected delight in this book, and its real hook, was the exercise descriptions and pictures. Sure, most books have pictures, but the ones in this book really resonate with me. First, they are generally well lit: I've seen too many books with gloomy photos. And there is something else beside the lighting. Perhaps because instead of "start" and "end" pictures, the pictures are taken (I think) just after the start, so the model is already under stress. I don't know if that's the secret, but these photos are different from those in other books, and that makes the book a worthwhile buy for me.
I also like the written descriptions. I like the photos of bad versus good form. I like the training tips. I recommend this book!
I am just one who believes its necessary to use EVERY machine/do every exercise in a gym. If a machine is going to enlarge my huge calves etc. then I would like to skip that machine lol. Knowing the machines' effect on specific muscles would have been greatly appreciated by me.
The book doesn't really say much about anatomy; what muscles get worked when you work a certain machine.
The book also doesn't talk much about equivalence of various exercises; say like is it worth it to do pull ups and lateral pulls on the same day; etc. Basically, I was hoping to construct my workout routine using this book, but it lacks crucial information for that purpose.
However, there's a few pieces of interesting information that I did pick up from this book, and I found myself agreeing with the author in whatever the book did deal with..
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book has useful information such as what to do or not to do when searching for a fitness center. What to expect or not to expect if you want a trainer. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Renee
[Personal trainer and competitive bodybuilder here.]
The best part of this book is its expose' of trainers and gyms. Read more
When I joined a health club without access to a reasonably priced personal trainer, I checked out a lot of library books on exercising. Read morePublished 18 months ago by SeguroHuman
This book has saved me hundreds of dollars. I had been working with a personal trainer for a few months and I have learned so much more from this book in a few days of reading it. Read morePublished 18 months ago by alaine
I love this book. 47 female new to the gym Not intimidating, great guidance well worth the money Thank youPublished 18 months ago by Katys
Goes waaay beyond simple technique. Very well written and illustrated. Highly recommended.Published 20 months ago by T. Breen
I suspect Tom Holland made a few industry enemies after writing this book. Holland’s, Beat the Gym, is a no frills, tell like it is, breath of fresh air. Read morePublished on November 28, 2013 by Dextra L. Suggs
I just bought a new gym membership and want to make sure I use it. I didn't want to pay for a trainer through the gym because I didn't like the one I tried. Read morePublished on July 9, 2013 by grace2272