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Escape Your Shape: How to Work Out Smarter, Not Harder Paperback – May 2, 2001
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About the Author
Edward J. Jackowski is the founder and president of Exude Inc. In addition to writing a number of fitness articles for various magazines and newsletters, he has written a fitness booklet, hosted a syndicated radio program, and has designed thousands of fitness programs for people of all walks of life, including soldiers from the United States Army and a number of non-profit organizations. An avid sportsman and all-around athlete, he is a member of American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), the International Dance & Exercise Association (IDEA), and is certified with the Aerobics & Fitness Association (AFAA), in both Aerobic and Fitness Training. Edward Jackowski holds a specialized degree (BBA), in Organizational Behavioral Management from the Bernard M. Baruch Business College.
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I consider myself to be an active person and at one point I exercised 5-6 day a week. Sure, I lost weight in my thighs, but the BASIC STRUCTURE of my body never changed. I was still small on top, bigger on the bottom.
So with nothing to lose, I bought a used copy of Escape Your Shape from Amazon for about 8 bucks. I read the book cover to cover and was frankly a bit skeptical. The exercises just seemed too easy (going on a bike vs. running? No way!). Jump roping? I hadn't done that since grade school. Nevertheless, I decided to give it a try.
I've been on the program for about 6 months, but I've only really consistently been on it for the last 2 months. I am amazed at the difference in my body!! My thighs, hips, and butt are noticeably smaller. My husband has definitely noticed the difference and a classmate of mine from school came up to me the other day and asked what I was doing to look "so skinny". I've lost 5 pounds (125 right now) but the biggest difference is more the number of inches I've lost -- about 1.5 inches off my waist and 4 inches from my thighs! This happened WITHOUT making any changes in my diet and with working out 2-3 days a week, max.
This program is easy - I don't mean that all of the exercises are easy because they're not, but you'll get the hang of it quickly. I could barely do a push up before and now I can do at least 15.
The other benefit of this program is that because I noticed the difference in my body within just a few weeks, I really look forward to my work outs now. Before, I dreaded going to the gym because I absolutely hated to run, but I felt that running was what I "had" to do. Now I never go on the treadmill, I just use the bike for my cardio and surprisingly, the inches are coming off. I also don't waste a lot of time now -- before, I would randomly roam around the gym trying to figure out which weight machine I should use. Now, I know exactly what to do and I don't waste time, so my work outs are much more productive.
I can't say whether this program will work for everyone, but if you've tried other exercise programs and have not been happy with the results, I would DEFINITELY give this a try. Particularly if you're like me and are on bigger on the bottom, I would give this a shot. Good luck!
I'm the shape of a "Ruler", so to improve the look of my body I need to do more anaerobic (weight lifting type stuff) and less aerobic (running around).
The book is 9 years old now, but you can still find great tips on how to improve your shape.