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Congruent Exercise: How To Make Weight Training Easier On Your Joints Paperback – January 17, 2012
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About the Author
Bill DeSimone is an experienced personal trainer, having started in 1983 at the Sports Training Institute in New York City, and now with his own studio, Optimal Exercise, in Cranbury, New Jersey. Along the way, he was certified by both the NSCA and ACE, and worked in corporate, commercial, academic, and private settings. His own training-induced injuries led to his unique approach, applying textbook biomechanics to conventional free-weight and machine instruction. He first presented this material in a manual, Moment Arm Exercise, in 2004; and since then, in a series of videos on You Tube; at conferences for the NSCA, Club Industry, and High Intensity Training; and as in-services for studio and gym staff. In addition to one-to-one training in the studio, Bill consults with individual trainees worldwide. Via video, Bill reviews the trainee’s form on the equipment available to the trainee and provides an email or telephone consultation. Bill’s presentation, “Basic Biomechanics for Weight Training”, is available for conferences and staff training. Contact Bill at firstname.lastname@example.org. For new video and updates, subscribe to the Congruent Exercise You Tube channel and Facebook page.
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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!
The book is short but to the point. I actually wish it was a little bit more extensive in the exercise descriptions. The videos are helpful and again...I wish it had always all angles shown in all exercises.
I'm a little disappointed the Kindle edition doesn't come with pictures (you will have to see the videos online) but to me this is not a deal breaker.
I get the feeling that the material could be polished into one of the best training books you could find. Hope Bill takes the time and gets the editing assistance to keep improving the fantastic content this book has.
I'm giving it five stars because this might save a knee, an elbow or a shoulder from much pain...rehab or even surgery. Well worth the price if that's the outcome down the road.
Bill DeSimone has put together an intelligent, logical book that flows from his long experience as a trainer and from his study of biomechanics to address his own injuries. He lays out the how and the why in Congruent Exercise. Exercises are described and are linked to his youtube channel for viewing.
I'm applying his ideas in my own training, and have nothing but good things to say about the results. Well, other than I wish I knew some of these things years ago, and had been smart enough to apply them. Macho stubbornness resulted in a list of aches and pains that were probably all avoidable.
This book should be on the shelf (or Kindle) of everyone serious about exercise.
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.