- Paperback: 76 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 17, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1467930415
- ISBN-13: 978-1467930413
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.2 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 26 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,333,521 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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!
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.
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.
If you have some anatomical knowledge beforehand, that would enhance your understanding. If you don't, it's ok - this book has great gems that will make it worth for anyone seeking to broaden their understanding of the body and it's functional patterns.
Regards from a manual therapist and strength training advocate.