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  • Paperback: 90 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1460969693
  • ISBN-13: 978-1460969694
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
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By Franco Arda on May 12, 2012
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Gruber's philosophy of "training as a lifestyle" was a paradigm shift to me. Rather than spending 30 minutes in the gym, I will do a few minutes several times a day. Two minutes before having a shower, one minute before lunch, three minutes ... you get the idea. This is TOTALLY different to committing 30 minutes to going to the gym. Living, working and training become one. It's much easier to follow when leading a busy lifestyle. I'm not stressed thinking "oh, I need to go to the gym today." I can workout out almost anywhere. No need for tools. My body is my tool.

(-) The subtitle is useless and misleading. Grube doesn't need a catchy subtitle: he holds 10 world records. 10!
(-) He needs dearly a proofreader and an editor.
(+) The following sentence that summarizes his philosophy very well: "You can bench 300lbs and not be in shape, but you can't do 100 straight push ups unless you are in shape."
(+) For a strong body and lean body, he advocates fast and short training. It makes sense. Compare the bodies of a long-distance runner vs. a sprinter. The former tend to look fragile while the later looks strong.
(+) I love this: if you eat natural (i.e. eat clean), it makes sense to train natural (i.e. only bodyweight exercises).
(+) The book is thin and can be read quickly. Nobody needs another 300 page book.
(-) He is against jogging/running, but forgets the "mental benefits." After 10 hours sitting at a computer, I love to go for a run of 30 minutes, listen to music and switch of my brain. Running can be very therapeutically.
(+) He doesn't ask his readers to do sit-ups. That's great. That means, that he understands the futility of sit-ups.
(+) Grube keeps it very simple.
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"Ultimate Physical Fitness in 5 Minutes" is a useful rant. Johnny Grube has given us two sections in this book. The first is a presentation of his Epic Eight body weight exercises (pushups, burpees, prisoner squat thrusts, pullups / chinups, sprints / hill sprints, jumping rope, bear crawls, and step ups). This section, 35 pages, other than grammar and spelling errors, is well done. Grube presents 100 combinations of The Epic Eight with games, cards, and times thrown in for interest. For an individual with well conditioned tendons and joints these combinations make a good contribution to the body weight literature.

The second section is truly a rant. It is a long series of short essays. I suspect these are drawn from his own web page - <[...]> At first these are interesting and make good points as to the value of the Epic Eight exercises and the body weight approach to conditioning. But the reader soon senses an anger and resentment on the part of the author. Grube insults his reader repeatedly and unnecessarily, using the words such as drunk, stupid and lazy repeatedly. This 43 page long section rapidly become repetitive and redundant. Many of the points on body weight conditioning Grube makes are valid. A few I do not agree with.

I strongly disagree with Grube in his advocacy of "no pain, no gain." One can do the volume and intensity of exercise necessary, without bringing on the injuries and the painful joints that "no pain no gain" brings. I like Grube's advocacy of short workouts scattered throughout the day. One can increase the possible volume, at expense of the intensity, of exercise necessary for strength and mass with several short workouts throughout the day.
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This book has pretty much changed the way I look at fitness, It's been kicking my butt and I love every minute of it. I've been doing workouts out of it for my entire special forces battalion and we can't get enough of it. Johnny Grube has pretty much designed the best work-outs I have ever seen. I just made my entire section bear crawl for an entire mile today, never reliazed how under rated the bear crawl is...great core exercise.
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I'm no English professor, but proper grammar is a big deal to me. I give Mr. Grube credit for his work and his desire to keep his book as "authentic" as possible and going with no editor. But it just made a very difficult read for me at times. Especially to me being a Marine where "attention to detail" is stressed so highly. I understand that the focus of the book is to instruct you on how to get into better shape, but regardless of anything else, it is STILL a "book" and will be judged as such when evaluating the grammar.

There was a lot of filler material as well. Chapters where nearly the exact same thing had been previously said...just worded differently. Sometimes, even the wording didn't change.

As for the workouts, A+. Definitely some good, short but intense exercises that will DEFINITELY get you in tip top shape if you remain consistent. I think the most common downfall of people is that they want "immediate" results. It's not gonna happen.

So kudos to Mr. Grube on the workouts. But for the next book, he should really consider an editor to put out a better quality of material.
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