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Men's Health Your Body is Your Barbell: No Gym. Just Gravity. Build a Leaner, Stronger, More Muscular You in 28 Days! Paperback – May 13, 2014
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About the Author
BJ GADDOUR, CSCS, is a master of metabolic t raining and an expert on bodyweight-only exercise. The CEO of StreamFIT.com, he is the creator of the bestselling Men's Health DeltaFit 82-Day Speed Shred System set of eight DVDs. He lives in Milwaukee.
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I had never heard of BJ Gaddour, but he sure knows his stuff. While the writing could be a bit more polished, this book is absolutely my favorite of the bunch. His approach, including the pairing of pushing and pulling exercises, makes a lot of sense to me. The book is centered on 8 main bodyweight exercises with 5 “Levels” or progressions in each. I am starting on level 1 of all 8 (see the Table of Contents for specifics), and I think they are good exercises for a relative newcomer like me.
The progressions seem logical and each main exercise includes 3 subtle “Regressions” and “Progression” to make the exercises slightly easier or harder. His explanations on how to position your body are excellent, probably the best of any fitness book that I have ever read. They might be a bit too detailed for someone who is more experienced with bodyweight exercises, but I found them very helpful. There are a couple chapters on other bodyweight exercises (including an entire chapter on burpees) that I will probably reread in a month or two, but I am going to focus on the 8 main exercises for now. I would have loved a few pages on cooling down/stretching after the workouts, but that’s not the purpose of this book.
I like the formatting on the Kindle version quite a bit. Everything is linked, including the index.
After you are able to complete the workouts in the superhero level, so maybe you want to look for the other options, for variety only, or to try some things “almost impossible”. Mark Lauren and Ashley Kalym offer a great variety and progressions, and the “convict” authors offer great challenges…and maybe some tendinitis risks as bonus. They are all very good books, but this book goes “right to the point”, you can begin to train immediately after read (or even while reading) . The others will demand you maybe a week or two reviewing the points and the workout organization. The main strength of this book seems to be its visual organization.
The one major downside to this book is the dinky cardio section at the rear of the book. After such detail it was almost like a joke in comparison to the rest of the book.
Overall I appreciated the descriptive news effectiveness and ease of use of the book as well as the programs prescribed within.
Pick it up and get that Sexy body because I can assure you it will work.