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You Are Your Own Gym The Bible of Bodyweight Exercises for Men and Women

Posted Oct 08 2010 6:13pm

You Are Your Own Gym The Bible of Bodyweight Exercises for Men and Women

Providing the only exercise equipment anyone will ever need again, this guide presents to the public, for the first time, the most elite Special Operations fitness exercises to fit their schedule and their wallet. Providing the most effective, efficient, inexpensive, and convenient routine for exercise available, this simple program requires no gym or weights—only the human body. For thousands of years—from Ancient Greece’s Olympic athletes to tomorrow’s U.S. Special Forces—humanity’s greatest physical specimens have not relied on fitness centers or dumbbells, but have rather utilized their own bodies as the most advanced fitness machines ever created. These 107 exercises are presented in a clear, concise, and complete manner for men and women of all athletic ability levels.

5 Stars Your own gym!
This book is just what you want if you don’t want to spend a lot of money and time on expensive training programs. Your “weights” is your own body. And you can do all the exericises at home, without expensive equipment. This is an exercise scheme that actually works. I have only been using the exercises in the book for about a month, and they are good for me. I feel the difference. And – this program is fun to use, because the exercies vary so much. Time?! All you need is 20-30 min a day. No exuses, you’re not that busy. You train 4-5 days a week, 30 min a day, at the most. Rest is as important as training. This program can be used at home, in the hotelroom, in your own yard, at work.. you name it. You train 4-5 days a week, 30 Try this out! You can do it anywhere, anytime and it doesn’ cost you a cent. Even the book itself is cheap. Thank you Lauren!

Yours sincerely

Trond Sorlie

5 Stars Good book and easy to read
I learned many useful things from this book. For me it was especially good in making me enter more in the fitness mentality. The chapter on motivation is a masterpiece and convincing, with facts presented to support what he says.

I tried the exercises I was pleasantly surprised: they can really bring your muscles to failure.

The chapter on nutrition has a few not exact things: potatoes that he advise, are not good for a healthy diet. They go together with the bad guys: sugar, bread, white rice that have high glycemic index.

If I could suggest a very beautiful book on nutrition: Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy: The Harvard Medical School Guide to Healthy Eating. With this book I completely changed the way I eat.

5 Stars Awesome Book with Real Workouts That Work!
When I first ordered this book I was not sure what to expect. I would consider myself to be somewhat knowledgeable in workouts at the gym but not so much with workouts at home, with no weights. Once I received the book and began to read it I was not only surprised to see so how many home workouts he went over but his story of how he gained all of this knowledge is even more remarkable.

His YouTube videos that go over a few of the exercises are helpful too. The one arm push up is pretty crazy.

Awesome story and the workouts are second to none. I would definitely recommend this book to everyone.

4 Stars Fitness without leaving your room
This is a good book, but first the problems. I bought the Kindle version for my iPod and some of it doesn’t come out very well. Mostly it’s still quite readable but when I got to the tables at the back I found they were scrambled and I couldn’t make heads or tails of them. However, after playing around for a while I eventually discovered that if I turned the iPod to the horizontal position and reduced the type size to the minimum the tables became legible. This is something Kindle should tell us about as I’m sure there are many people who will waste a lot of time trying to figure it out – if they ever do! Also, as other reviewers have pointed out, this book is marred by numerous basic spelling and grammatical errors. It seems that no one bothered to check the Kindle version which is a foolish way to save money as selling defective products is a sure way to lose customers.

As for the book itself, I think it’s excellent. The main message of the book is that you don’t need to go to a gym to get in shape. You can just use your own body most of the time and when equipment is needed you can use household furniture and objects. This is good news for those of us who believe that the only correct way to get in shape is to pump iron, preferably at a gym and under supervision. Although this book is aimed at would-be Swarzeneggers (see the picture of the author on the cover!) Mark Lauren shows how these exercises can be adapted to people of any fitness level. And you don’t have to invest a lot of time; Mark recommends just 20 to 30 minutes a day, four days a week which is possible for even very busy people – especially as you don’t need to go anywhere or do any preparation. However, if you seriously want to build muscle and trim down, you’ll have to put in a lot of effort during your practice time (and as well watch your diet).

For those who are not so young or fit, I’d recommend taking a very gradual approach, focusing on form and only going to about 70 percent of your capacity for the first few weeks or months. It may also be better to do two or three short sessions a day instead of a 20 or 30-minute block. Going harder will only result in some very sore muscles and possibly injury causing permanent damage. This will not only discourage you, but will also result in slower progress as you’ll have to take long breaks to recover.

If you want to get fit, get this book and just do it! No excuses. Well done, Mark.

5 Stars This stuff is harder than the gym… just try it
I used to be super fit, cycling 50 miles a day, going to a body building gym (owned by a former Mr Great Britain) and a tonne of other sports. My resting heart rate was 40bpm in the morning. I’ve since grown up, got busy and become a lot less fit. I just started going to the gym again and I thought I was making decent progress and wasn’t going to give this type of exercise the time of day. After a short period of time I was pressing 90lb dumbbells and feeling good again. This body weight stuff looked too easy. Big mistake. I’ve only just started this program but I can already tell it is a lot better for my body and it makes the gym feel easy – no matter how hard you push it at the gym.

Can you, mr big gym man, do a spiderman? I doubt it. The compound exercises and techniques like ladder and so on combine together to give you a much more practical type of fitness. I don’t know about you, but when lifting, hauling, pushing things in the real world, I don’t get to support my back against a seat back and use an isolated muscle! This type of fitness will really grow your stabilizing muscles so much more.

At first, I laughed at exercises like burpees. Really not laughing after even just 20 of them, never mind 50 – 100.

Really looking forward to being able to do some of the level 4 exercises like the spiderman and that one where you do a push up but also lift your legs!

I don’t care if some of this stuff is like yoga but renamed, or exercises that have been taught for centuries. It is well thought out and communicated in such a way as to make it accessible to everyone.

ps, I just calculated that I would create $600,000 of savings by putting my $45 gym membership in a good growth stock mutual fund for the next 40 years (accounting for inflation so the $45 would increase by 3% also).

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