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Cardio Core 4x4: The 20-Minute, No-Gym Workout That Will Transform Your Body! Paperback – May 8, 2012
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“The book is very well thought-out and complete plan to get you from not-so-fit to functionally fit...The advice is solid. Like [Cardiello's] abs...it's a great read for the ladies as well. And I guarantee that whether you're a seasoned exerciser or a newbie, you'll learn some new core-a-rific moves and some fun facts. Definitely worth a read. And a workout!” ―FitBottomGirls.com
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PETE WILLIAMS is the author or coauthor of numerous books, including Core Performance. He lives in Central Florida.
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Then Jay delivers his 4 x 4 program. This can all be squeezed into a 4 foot by 4 foot space without any tools other than your own body. The program is divided into standing, on all fours, and inverted on all fours. I fully agree that if an individual can complete the entire program, over time he/she will improve their physical fitness and their appearance. I think many computer jockeys without previous work out or Yoga experience would be hard put to perform at least a quarter of the exercises. For instance, positioning one self on hands and knees, thread one leg cross under the body and then up, twisting the body, so that one arm and the belly button now point to the sky while maintaining the posture on one leg and one arm. Yes, Jay admits his program owes much to Yoga traditions. The exercise directions when aligned with the pictures are simple enough and fairly easily followed. The entire program is a good core program and will improve posture and stability of any person. The cardio aspects come from the number and speed of the repetitions needed to complete the program in 20 minutes.
Would attending Yoga classes be better? That depends on the Yoga style attempted. Also, Jay intends this program to be self directed and available anywhere anytime. Living rural, I do not have Yoga class experience but have worked through many Yoga DVD's. I feel Jay's program is beyond basic Yoga classes. The same goes for Pilates from which Jay also borrows.
While this is a good book with many good observations, hints and a good program, I think the difficulty level of several of the exercises and the folklore nature of many of the suggestions as to emotional and nutritional fitness take it out of the five star recommendation level.
But before I bought this book I red that people were saying this is not a cardio workout but more a strength kind a book. I do not agree with this, because if you don't sweat at end of those exercises, your are doing it wrong. Even if you repeat something 10times you will sweat a lot...
I give it 3 starts because off what I said before and
1- Because 20% of the pictures are terrible. I'm more a visual guy than a reader, and if I wasn't a personal coach and just someone who is a beginner I would not understand a lot of those workout's
2- This is no way a 20min workout if you want to do all off those exercises. You lose 30'-45', and I only did everything 10x. So what I want to say is don't lie to people!
I give it 3 stars because it's a good book with nice workout and tips for people who want to get fit and work out at home.
(Sorry for my bad english)