- Paperback: 136 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 1, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781492755791
- ISBN-13: 978-1492755791
- ASIN: 1492755796
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.3 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 289 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #157,457 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Overall, it's a fantastic book, even if all you pick up from it is one or two things to add to your training, or just the mentality of absolute strength in life and in training.
The weighted routines looked better than the bodyweight stuff. If you truly want to get bigger and better using bodyweight only training, I think you are better off using Stew Smith's "PT Pyramid" and some squats at least a few times a week rather than a bodybuilding-style 'split' where you train different body parts different days.
That said, this is a very good book and well worth the money, and most of even the bodyweight info in there is spot on. I wouldn't hesitate to buy it again.
The workouts included are built on basic exercises: squat, overhead press, bench press and deadlift with lots of both body weight and free weight additions. These are not fancy workouts, but very focused workouts. The programs are explicit and well laid out. The suggestions for mixing it up with carefully chosen additions and approaches are excellent. Included, among other suggestions are several: 20 minute challenges, "month in the hole" reverse pyramids, 100 rep pyramids, deck of pain, Juaraez Valley workouts, tabatas, extreme circuits, burpee challenge, rest-pause lifting. The sections on the various body parts development are outstanding, straight forward. The emphasis is on consistency and progressions of both body weight exercises and adding weights to the bar. The weights are heavy. The reps are both high and low counts. The sets are numerous. All as befits muscle growth for size and strength, the goals of the program. There are brief discussions of the 4 major body weapons - two knees and two elbows - and their use.
Diet is DE-emphasised as the inmates had no control. The times and contents of the meals were uniform and consistent, which the authors state is important.
The authors repeatedly state this is not a book for body builders, who want to compete in the body building competitions, (Who are carefully not dissed, but differentiated.). This book is for "building physical armor to show that you have prepared your body for the realities of no rules combat." (page 1)
So, if you want to be really strong, and look really formidable, this is the go-to book.
This book has an extremely practical approach from bodyweight exercises all the way to providing planned workout routines. My all-time favorite, of course, is the Jailhouse Strong Baker's Dozen since baking is a passion of mine but this workout has nothing to do with food, rather, it will leave you with an appetite instead! GIVE IT A TRY!
In addition, the Jailhouse Strong book is essential for Fitness Trainers to have in their "toolbox" so they can have access to new, organized, direct and flexible workouts at their fingertips to pass on information to other Fitness Trainers and clients.
Thank you Josh Bryant and Adam benShea for this great resource!
Shannon "Fitness Outlaw"