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Ultimate Physical Fitness in 5 Minutes: The Worlds Shortest, Most Intense Bodyweight Workouts Ever! Paperback – February 15, 2012
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(-) 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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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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Great book, especially if you're short on time. It gets right to the point, no B.S. I highly recommend if you're looking for brief, but INTENSE workouts.Published 4 months ago by reveilletsm
Perfect workouts for when you are short on time! Very challenging.Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book is one of the best books that I have read.The workouts are hard to do which is exactly waht I wanted.Published 18 months ago by michael peck
Want to get in shape? Got a couple of minutes a day? No gym,No equipment,No problem. Read this!Published 21 months ago by Jack Clark
Well, I'm not gonna buy the book, but reading the reviews and angry, childish responses from Mr. Grube has been the highlight of my day so far. Five stars!! Read morePublished 21 months ago by tr4022
I love Ultimate Fitness in 5 Minutes. I use it all the time. The jump-rope is my constant companion and I continue to improve on it. Read morePublished on April 19, 2014 by Josh
good book great ideas yeah it does jogn the mind to make new routines on your own. I do not feel that Mr. Read morePublished on March 31, 2014 by Kindle Customer