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Harvey Walden's No Excuses! Fitness Workout Hardcover – September 18, 2007

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“I wish everyone had a Harvey in their lives. Harvey represents dedication, honesty, motivation, and strength. Harvey taught me to not give up. He taught me how to push myself to places I didn't think I could go. The day he came to my house to work me ou in my gym, I thought I was going to pass out. I didn't get upset with him...It only motivated me to work out harder the next time and know that I could DO IT. He's a cool guy and I am grateful we met. I am lucky.” ―Carnie Wilson

About the Author

HARVEY WALDEN IV, who joined the U.S. Marines at age 17, is an expert marksman, weapons authority, martial arts expert, and health and fitness guru. He is best known in the U.K. and U.S. for his role as the fitness instructor on VH1's and ITV's prime-time shows Fat Club and Celebrity Fit Club.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books; 1 edition (September 18, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594867461
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594867460
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 1.1 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,058,486 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on October 12, 2007
Format: Hardcover
The title says "fitness workout" and that's exactly what you get in this book. You get a big serving of motivation, a little bit of bio, followed by a boot-camp style workout. There's only a small number of pages devoted to diet or offer recipes, but Harvey readily acknowledges he's not a nutritionist or dietitian. Fitness is his expertise. A fitness workout is what the book offers and you get a very effective one.

What makes this fitness book different is:
1. No equipment needed (except a stopwatch or watch with a second hand).
2. Can do anywhere. Enough floor space to do push-ups and leg lifts is all you need.
3. No 'reps.' Everything is timed by stopwatch, so you might do scissor jacks for one minute, push-ups for one minute, jog in place 3 minutes, etc.
4. It's a total-body workout that combines cardio and strength training, so there's no separate days for cardio or for a split routine.

The workout is presented in 3 stages, depending on your fitness level, and he recommends working out for 30 minutes a day, 4 days a week. I remember some of these exercises from USMC boot camp and they were tough then. And Harvey uses a lot of them: mountain climbers, variations of push-ups, variations of jumping jacks, squats, variations on leg lifts, and so on. These aren't easy, but they get results. The workout includes stretches and mixes in bursts of cardio. Harvey also offers up a gym workout for those gym rats who want to focus on specific muscle groups.

When Marines and SEALS write fitness books, it's often a mixed bag. Some of them seem to think that standard suburban patio furniture includes a full obstacle course. And then there was the Marine workout book where the author called the reader "cupcake" - put me off the book completely.
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This excellent workout book returns to the basics.

You don't need any fancy equipment in order to work out, you just need motivation. And Harvey does his best to motivate!

I own a really fancy elliptical running machine and a large home-gym type weight machine. But I'm selling both of them. Why? Because when you use machines to work out it puts you in an assisted groove. Your muscles are not working completely because the machine holds you on a mechanically preset course.

Much better to just use your body, the floor and maybe a few dumbbells. Return to the basics and make progress. Depend on trips to the gym and expensive machines and likely you will bog down.

Excellent book.
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This is a good, no-nonsense book with clear explanations and pictures of each exercise. Also contains a few healthy recipes in the back, and a brief description of what a low GI diet is.

My only quibble with this book is that there is no accompanying wall chart, or cheat sheets with smaller pictures/lists of the exercises for cues when you're learning the exercises (Minna Lessig's Tank Top Arms, Bikini Belly and Boy Shorts Bottom book has these in the back). It would be great to have cheat sheets to take with you while traveling, so you can leave the book at home.

Hopefully the next edition will correct this oversight, and then it will definitely be a 5-star book.
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An excellent fitness/fat loss book which is a great accompaniment to Harvey's equally impressive DVD, 'Fighting Fit, Fighting Fat', also available via Amazon. If you 're a dedicated fitness freak, this may be a little too easy, but if you're a mere mortal wishing to address your bulging waistline, you'll find this a great help. Well done, Harvey.
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I love Harvey! Not only does he provide various exercises but he motivates. I wish I was in the Corp.
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This book was a gift to me.. I don't think I would have read it otherwise.

The book is targeted to people who have never worked out before. He motivates 'obese' people - and tells them they can even do the workout while watching t.v.

The exercises themselves are very good, however I don't see obese people starting with push-ups - they is no point in doing them at that stage, and are very likely to injure themselves.

I liked the descriptions of the exercises, and they all have pictures which is great.

For a book on training I really didn't care to hear about his life story or how he's a good parent, blah, blah.. and "I taught my kids to sort out laundry".. *yaay*.

I have issues with some of his nutritional advice, for example he never ever cleans his plate.. anyone who wastes food is a looser, why take so much if you're not going to eat it (portion control and wasting are two different things).

Five recipes are included, all sound nice.

Design-wise: The layout looks nice, but there is absolutely no color (b&w pics) apart from the cover.

I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone. If you're serious about working out and eating healthy, get your info from a qualified trainer/nutritionist. Getting obese people to do pushups infront of the t.v. and throw away all their egg yolks is nonsense.
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I wish I had gotten this a long time ago! Harvey has done a superb job with this book. It is interesting from the beginning to the end, and the illustrations only enhance the content. I found this book extremely helpful and insightful as it pertains to a way to get fit that is practical and doable for anybody. Harvey is also very motivating in this book and he shares some of his personal experiences, and a side of him basically not seen on Celebrity Fit Club comes through in his writing. Harvey covers everthing you basically need to know and explains it all in a way that you can understand. He relates to you. He has anticipated your questions and has answered them. He entertains you as well! This book truly squashes any excuses that anybody could ever have for why they can't get fit. I use it as a reference book on a regular basis. It works for me. I love it!
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