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Overcoming Gravity: A Systematic Approach to Gymnastics and Bodyweight Strength Paperback – November 12, 2011
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The book discusses in-depth the:
- Biology behind improving your strength or aerobic capabilities.
- How to develop the right kinds of goals that you can actually work toward.
- The progressions for bodyweight training in a format that's similar to videogames like Diablo or WoW.
- How to determine the number of sets and reps you need to do.
- How often you need to workout.
- Notes the times you should actually skip a workout.
In the past, I would workout without seeing improvements. Now with this book, I have seen objective improvements in my strength and capabilities, to the point where it is actually fun to "level up" and see what I can do next.
The last page is a nice, one-page summary of creating a workout plan.
This is *THE* workout book I have always needed and wished to have, and highly recommend it to anybody that wants to develop a workout plan (even if it's just pumping iron vs bodyweight). It is like having a personal trainer, without forking out a huge sum of money, but getting better advice.
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How well does it achieve it?
Additionally who is it aimed at? (This book is for those with some experience to bodyweight training- if you can't do a pushup, bridge, burpee, or out of shape- you may want to start with Mark Lauren's YAYOG first.)
The purpose of Overcoming gravity is to inform the reader of HOW to create their own bodyweight routine.
How well does it do this- probably as well as possible based upon upper body and gymnastics based training in a progressive and systematic manner. The only criticism is a lack of information on leg training- however leg training is straightforward and with little more than the internet one can obtain the progressions and pointers. There is also some information a few suggestions on leg training in the book and the multiplicity of information on programming design is the real strength of the resource. (no pun intended...)