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The Naked Warrior Paperback – December, 2003
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About the Author
Pavel Tsatsouline, is a former Soviet Special Forces physical training instructor, who helped Dragon Door Publications initiate the modern kettlebell movement.
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I'm about 100kg in weight. Doing a one arm pushup loads about 70kg onto my one arm, which means that it is like doing 140kg bench-like press with two arms. That's frankly a lot of weight being pressed by me, and it uses zero equipment, can be done ANYWHERE, and it's within reason perfectly SAFE, unlike a bench press which can be dangerous if you drop it on yourself. Also, unlike the bench press, the one arm pushup exercises a whole chain of muscles through your abs down to your toes!
I do recognize the kind of criticisms other reviewers have noted about the overly verbose nature of the book, self-promotion etc, but at the end of the day what matters is that I have been convinced of the value of doing one armed pushups and one legged squats, and I am in GREAT shape because of it! These exercises trim the body down beautifully while making it super strong.
I'm just thrilled with this method!
Also, to respond to those reviewers claiming that Pavel says that this is "THE WAY" to workout, well, frankly, he does NOT do that. He actually mentions many other exercises and programmes and other coaches and systems with approval. What "The Naked Warrior" is, is a simple, two exercise programme that takes very little time out of your day, that you can do anywhere, anytime, to become very strong even though Pavel clearly points out that it has to miss certain important things like pulling strength.
I really enjoy all the ancient Greco-Roman statues and images in the book to sell the idea of the ancient bodyweight way of training.
None of this stuff was every really forgotten, but it's nice in our convoluted modern age to see someone put the wisdom of the ancients back on our bookshelves and into our living rooms.
I love the book. Thank you Pavel!
The naked warrior is an unusual book from the start the table of contents seemed to make no sense and read more like an advertisement. The general outline of the book is as follows :
Intro to greese the groove (gtg)
Explanation of tension
Explanation of breathing
More about gtg
Exercise progressions for one leg squats and one leg one arm push ups (last 20% of the book)
So for the good parts of the book.
The general information seems sound the tension and breathing sections are clearly explained. Both are designed to increase your strength skill eg teach you how you should lift for maximum results. These two sections were great for me though I already did most of the things due to my weight lifting in school and martial arts training. It gave me the why I should do it that a didn't really understand.
The gtg system to is a great idea and I will definitely use it in future programs. Brief outline is;
Pick a limited number of exercises (the book recommends two specifically)
Do a workout of a single set multiple times a day.
Each set should be 50% of max weight or max reps.
Start slowly so two workouts a day and after a month increase to three.
You should be fresh before the workout and feel stronger after the workout.
You can do it as a add in to work on a weak areas or as a complete workout. For a complete workout it recommends one legged squat, one arm one leg push ups and a pull exercise eg cleans.
The idea is you don't fatigue you muscle but condition them slowly. The book also recommends sets of one to five reps. If it works sounds great :-).
Now the bad parts.
It 210 pages but should be 50 or include more chapters. For me it reads like a booklet of ideas slapped together and sold as a book. There is 20 references to dragonsdoor.com
, so much so it feels like it's just advertising the site and other books by the publisher. There is way too much playing up the Russian thing. I kinda get the feeling he has produced a number of books like this, basically splitting his knowledge across a number of lesser quality books rather than one good one.
All and all its a over priced book with good ideas but bad execution. I don't think i'll ever buy one of pavel's books as while the information is great, there is too little info and you much padding for the price.
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Recommend this book to anyone really about that life.