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Harvey Walden's No Excuses! Fitness Workout Hardcover – Bargain Price, September 18, 2007
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love this book. Use in my workout a couple of times each week. Would highly recommend.Published 18 months ago by Carlotta Roach
I feel like he is right in the room with me. It very motivating.Published on July 15, 2014 by Delfina Lewis
If nothing else when you get through with Harvey's workout you are sorry about what it can do for your body.Published on June 19, 2014 by Alma Hogan
If nothing else when you get through with Harvey's workout you aren't sorry about what it can do for your body.Published on June 19, 2014 by Alma Hogan
Very good beg honest book to start working out it provided alot of tips on health and working out follow the regime provided and you'll see resultsPublished on March 21, 2013 by alberto l valentin
Gee, I wonder how Mr. Walden came up with the idea for the title of this book. I wrote him October 2006 asking to work with the producers of "Celebrity Fit Club" and him by... Read morePublished on September 30, 2009 by Jeanne M. Murdock
no excuses is a good excuse to get you in shape. after trying this program on the 1st day I knew it was good. been doing it for 1 month now and already lost 1. Read morePublished on May 30, 2008 by chiquitin
This is a great workout. As a former Marnie I reconized these excersises from the get go. I have had the book for about a month and have noticed myself getting stronger. Read morePublished on May 11, 2008 by Jason Gray