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Congruent Exercise: How To Make Weight Training Easier On Your Joints Paperback – January 17, 2012
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I found Mr. DeSimone on YouTube. I was skeptical at first, like most people are when presented with a viewpoint that conflicts with orthodoxy. Who does this guy think he is, anyway, telling me that I've been doing it wrong all these years? Turns out, he's right. He answered enough of the questions that have been lingering in my head all these years that I had to buy his material. Money well spent.
Here's the idea of this book in a nutshell: try to find the best of both worlds -- effective exercises that are also low-risk to joints and ligaments. Going to the gym is supposed to improve your sports performance, health, fitness, etc -- not put those things at risk. Oh, and just because the way you exercise doesn't hurt NOW, doesn't mean you won't wake up 10 or 20 years from now with joint problems. (When it's too late to do anything about it.)
Instead of *reading* this book and judging it intellectually, I challenge you to test it out for yourself! Try these methods for a few weeks. I think you'll notice a difference.
I was skeptical at first, too. Give up deadlifts? Sacrilege! After a few weeks though, I have to admit that my body is feeling better, and instead of "going downhill" like I feared I would, I'm actually gaining strength. It turns out that "soreness" I thought was a sign I had done a great workout was actually joint inflammation. With that gone, I can actually work out MORE because I'm not spending so many days recovering between workouts.
Anyway, that's my experience. I think if you've searched for this book at all you should try these methods for yourself -- that's the only real way to prove it works. I think you'll be surprised.
-1 star only because I wanted the book to be longer!
Unfortunately most fitness authorities violate this dictum by having their clients move explosively or in a manner which, despite being trendy and "fun", can lead to acute or overuse injuries. Bill Desimone is a brilliant exception and this book will allow you to train your body effectively over the course of a lifetime while minimizing the likelihood of hurting yourself or causing excessive wear and tear on your joints.
Ideally every young person starting an exercise program for the first time will read and apply the insights of this book. Unfortunately, youth is often wasted on the young and the macho attitude characteristic of the young (nothing can hurt me) keeps then from being the most receptive to Desimone's wisdom. That's a pity. Because the sooner you apply his advice, the sooner exercise can become what it ought to be: a habit that can safely improve your capacity to enjoy life to the fullest.
For those on the fence about getting this book, put your false pride aside. Don't make the mistake of thinking that following today's exercise trends (Crossfit, P90X, Insanity, muscle mag routines, etc.) will come at no cost to you. Bill Desimone discusses the injuries he suffered from not being mindful of biomechanics and he had the intelligence to re-learn how to exercise. Have the intelligence to learn from his experience!
DeSimone, who seems to know more about the biomechanics of the human body than almost anyone alive, explains in detail the problems with many common gym exercises, and either how to fix them, or what movements to replace them with.
While this book is essential reading for anyone who lifts weights, I especially recommend it to young people who are just beginning their training careers. The best "cure" for a serious injury is...not to have it in the first place.
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Congruent Exercise presents things in a straight forward, no nonsense fashion. Bill's premises are counter to the current fitness of do more, work harder, don't stop until you... Read morePublished 8 months ago by lavfields4ver
However there's not much more information that the one we can find on youtube...Published 19 months ago by Bobinski
Short and too the point, with logical explanations. The exercises are mostly the ones everybody talks about, but DeSimone adds value by explaining how to do them with minimal... Read morePublished on April 20, 2014 by SC
A great resource for how to exercise. Bill DeSimone is a trustworthy authority in resistance training. Read morePublished on June 28, 2013 by Amazon Customer
I haven't read the book yet, but while the product description says it's a 76 pages deal, even sharp eyed customers who actually noticed that (I admit I haven't) will be surprised... Read morePublished on May 16, 2012 by Beee
Bill's well thought out book made me revamp many of my exercises, despite having always trained safely, using my muscles void of momentum. Read morePublished on February 26, 2012 by Lifter