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Bodyweight Exercises for Extraordinary Strength Paperback – January 1, 2005
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About the Author
Brad Johnson is a former high school and collegiate gymnast. He was the Kansas State High School Pommel Horse champion in 1978, and a two-time bronze medal winner on the Pommel Horse at the NAIA college gymnastics championships while competing for Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas. Brad enjoyed training for competition as much as participating in the competition itself. Brad is a school psychologist at Haysville Middle School in Haysville, Kansas.
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There are 30 variations of push-ups, pull-ups and climbing, all for the upper body. There are 21 exercises for the midsection. You do need equipment on many of the exercises, including a pull up bar, rings, dumbbells, and a kettlebell.
All of the exercises are accompanied by small black and white photos, with many the size of a business card. Personally, I would have liked a book with larger photos, and more photos of the exercises. It's interesting, but the exercises are a bit too advanced for me. Also, I would have liked the font (word size) to be larger.
Probably not a general book for everyone, this book is mainly for the advanced who is looking for something different.
If you want just bodyweight exercises, (with no equipment), get this book, "You Are Your Own Gym: The Bible of Bodyweight Exercises" by Mark Lauren and Joshua Clark. This book is excellent.
Another great book is "The Men's Health Big Book of 15-Minute Workouts: A Leaner, Stronger Body--in 15 Minutes a Day!" by Selene Yeager. It contains a few bodyweight exercises. Other exercises use equipment such as dumbbells, barbells, medicine balls and so on. The variety of exercises in this book is excellent.
This book's main strength is that the creativity held inside is fantastic. However...
If the author wanted to have an honest title, it would be called: "Unique DIY Bodyweight Exercises And Equipment For Extraordinary Strength". The whole reason I train bodyweight is so I don't have to rely on anything other than a Pull-Up bar. But now I have to but a Sledgehammer, Kettlbell, etc.. in order to progress?
The author talks about achieving the One Arm Chin-Up in the book. I'd rather hear about that!