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- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1500538590
- Publication Date: August 30, 2014
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- Language: English
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"The Ultimate Guide to Bodyweight Conditioning" by Logan Christopher is good as far as it goes. But it does not go far enough to be "The Ultimate." I have liked much of Logan's other books, pamphlets, and dvds. But this one does not measure up to his usual standard.
The first chapters are very basic definitions and approach to exercise. This is well written, but very very basic. A lot of time is spent defining basic terms like, "set" "rep" "interval." The energy systems of the body are presented but left me confused. Logan spends too much time explaining why running marathons is not a good idea. While I agree with him, it should not take 3 to 4 pages to explain the difficulties and imbalances marathon running presents. Nor does Logan address pose running, which does to some extent relieve the problems long slow distance presents.
Logan does give us 7 rules for strength and conditioning and does state they are applicable to tool based workouts as well. These are basic rules that should be known to every athlete already. Use of full body exercises, control of breathing, progressive training, should already be in the athletes arsenal. The division of workouts into explosive, short intense and long sets is firmly planted in the literature already.
I do like the concept of "loose interval." Also, Logan is promoter of spreading the workout through the day to get the volume necessary in. Also, Logan is a firm believer in pacing yourself and your workouts by how you feel and are performing. For instance, in sets of sprints, Logan states that once you slow down, it is time to rest. I like Logan's "Staying Fresh and Fast" approach to workouts. He feels that the only time the athlete should go all out is in competition. According to Logan, the athlete will do better to challenge himself, but not exhaust himself in practices.
There are good instructions in basic exercises like the squat, the burpee, jumping, running, and hill sprints. The concept of circuit training is presented and described with simple examples. Pushups, pullups, dips, planks, crow stands, bridging, wall stands, hand stands, planches, L sits, leg raises, explosive pushups, medicine balls, are not included. And while some variations are presented for the basic 4, they are far from encyclopedic or sufficient to keep the athlete entertained for the long term.
Thus, while a good basic book, as far as it goes, it does not go far enough to help. The book does nothing to convince a strength interested person of the values of including body weight exercise in their tool based (barbell, dumbbell, kettle bell, sandbag, odd object) programs.
To be fair, this is the 5th in a series of books by Logan. Logan has good books out on handstands, pullups and other exercises. If included as the intro chapter to a much bigger and more inclusive book, this could be worthwhile.
For those truly interested in the topic of body weight conditioning, I would recommend Ashley Kalym's "Complete Calisthenics: the Ultimate Guide to Bodyweight Exercise," or Paul Wade's "Convict Conditioning I."