You are Your Own Gym: The Bible of Bodyweight ExercisesPaperback Ballantine Books
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- Publisher: Ballantine Books Inc.
- Format: Paperback | 192 pages
- Dimensions: 204mm x 230mm x 16mm | 431g
- Publication date: 1 April 2011
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 0345528581
- ISBN 13: 9780345528582
- Edition statement: Reprint
- Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
- Sales rank: 1,324
From an elite Special Operations physical trainer, an ingeniously simple, rapid-results, do-anywhere program for getting into amazing shape For men and women of all athletic abilities! As the demand for Special Operations military forces has grown over the last decade, elite trainer Mark Lauren has been at the front lines of preparing nearly one thousand soldiers, getting them lean and strong in record time. Now, for regular Joes and Janes, he shares the secret to his amazingly effective regimen--simple exercises that require nothing more than the resistance of your own bodyweight to help you reach the pinnacle of fitness and look better than ever before. Armed with Mark Lauren's motivation techniques, expert training, and nutrition advice, you'll see rapid results by working out just thirty minutes a day, four times a week--whether in your living room, yard, garage, hotel room, or office. Lauren's exercises build more metabolism-enhancing muscle than weightlifting, burn more fat than aerobics, and are safer than both, since bodyweight exercises develop balance and stability and therefore help prevent injuries. Choose your workout level--Basic, 1st Class, Master Class, and Chief Class--and get started, following the clear instructions for 125 exercises that work every muscle from your neck to your ankles. Forget about gym memberships, free weights, and infomercial contraptions. They are all poor substitutes for the world's most advanced fitness machine, the one thing you are never without: your own body.
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By Stephen Rowe 26 Nov 2011
This is a great book if you want to get fit. I have been doing the exercises for around 6 months. The book is organised quite well and covers nutrition, motivation, some theory, as well as exercises and workouts.
I find the 10 week workouts to be excellent and very challenging, although there are easier (and harder) variations for most exercises. If you don't want to waste time travelling to and from the gymnasium, as well as save the costs involved, then this is the book. The book gives me the knowledge to continually improve my fitness.
Most of the exercises can be done with no equipment, although a strong door, a table an a chair, as found in most hotel rooms would cover all exercises. So there is no excuse for not doing the workouts whilst travelling. I am working up to one-armed pushups, initially elevated, whereas 6 months ago i struggled to do more then 6 regular pushups. I thoroughly recommend this book, although following the exercises is up to the reader.
"Mark Lauren puts the strength-training techniques of SpecOps into a comprehensive and easy to understand program that can be done by anyone, anywhere, anytime, paving the way for anyone looking to get into the best shape of his or her life."--Gregory Peterman, sergeant, Green Beret "Gain control of yourself through your own body's gym!"--Mike Fisher, commander, 82nd Airborne Division; U.S. Army Ranger; colonel, U.S. Army "Perfect for our mobile age of road warriors, this terrific book lets us carry around a full gym in our heads!"--General James Abrahamson, U.S. Air Force