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Bodydoctor: Trust Me, I'm the BodyDoctor. Paperback – 1 Mar 2004


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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1st Trade Paperback edition (1 Mar 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007176856
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007176854
  • Product Dimensions: 24.6 x 18.6 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 314,430 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘Lose weight and gain fitness in record time. With the Bodydoctor’s programme anything’s possible.’ THE SUNDAY TIMES

‘The gym’s answer to The Naked Chef’ SUNDAY EXPRESS

‘ London’s personal trainer of the moment, this is the man who helped Rachel Weisz slim down from a size 12 to a svelte 8 for The Mummy Returns, and showed Sophie Dahl how to shed 2st 7lb and three dress sizes…And Kate Moss followed his fitness plan to get back into shape after giving birth.’ ZEST

'David Marshall has an irreverent sense of humour, casual demeanour and enthusiasm for exercise and it's hard to know which of these qualities keep the celebrity clients banging at his door.' NOW magazine

'David's programme was amazing and I'm definitely going to keep going.' Faye Tozer, former member of Steps

'He's been phenomenal, absolutely brilliant…There's no question that I'll keep training with him. I've lived in gyms for the last 10 years and he's the best trainer I've ever come across.' Dervla Kirwan, actress

'He is the fitness guru to whom footballers, models, actors, television personalities and club owners flock when they need to get in shape fast.' STYLE magazine (SUNDAY TIMES)

'He is much more than a personal trainer.' STYLE magazine (SUNDAY TIMES)

'There is no doubt that Marshall's formula works.' STYLE magazine (SUNDAY TIMES)

'The UK's top fitness expert.' THE DAILY MAIL

'The man who has performed miracles for stars needing to shape up fast.' HELLO

'The rewards are huge – you will drop three dress sizes.' HELLO

'My whole body has finally blessed itself with a much welcomed definition since I started with David.' Edith Bowman, Radio 1 DJ

'David's are the only exercises I've ever been able to stick to.' Rachel Weisz, actress

'The six-week Bodydoctor programme was a sensible and highly effective way of rebalancing her body.' THE TIMES MAGAZINE

'Fitness guru to the stars.' THE SUN

'David's sessions tackle the body as a whole and… set about restoring the balance.' CLOSER magazine

'Backed By PPP, endorsed by celebrities, the Bodydoctor delivers a fitness program that actually does work for everybody…a program that has produced amazing results.' FITNESS FIRST magazine

'The fitness guru known professionally as the Bodydoctor and viewed by the entertainment industry as the 4th emergency service.' STYLE magazine (SUNDAY TIMES)

'One of London's hottest (and most effective) fitness sensations.' IRISH INDEPENDENT

'Marshall's results are stunning.' IRISH INDEPENDENT

About the Author

David Marshall is one of the biggest names in fitness in the United Kingdom. Years of personal research, motivated by the termination of his own promising football career early due to injury have resulted in David creating the ultimate fitness programme. His Bodydoctor gym is used by many celebrities, footballers, pop stars and models who want quick, miracle results.

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96 of 96 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 May 2004
Format: Paperback
I've been doing the bodydoctor programme for four weeks, and have already lost 7 cm from my waist. But in some ways, that's almost beside the point: I feel healthier, my skin is glowing, I have muscles in places I didn't know there were muscles, I sleep better, I have more energy.
The nutritional advice in the book is sensible, and not at all faddy. The exercise programme is great, but it does take a lot of time. The book says that you can do the exercises in an hour and a half, but I haven't managed in under 2 hours yet, so it's not ideal if you don't have a lot of time.
Having said that, from the changes that I've had since starting the programme, I'm going to make sure that I make the time to follow the exercises from now on.
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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful By "a4a4ever2k4" on 27 Oct 2004
Format: Paperback
I have nothing but praise for this book, i bought it from Amazon because I had neglected exercising for about 6 months due to a knee injury. In those 6 months i had gone up from a size 8 to a 12 and was feeling very unfit and flabby, especially around my thighs and stomach. As soon as the book arrived I read it from cover to cover, and started the programme the next day. It requires minimal equipment (a swiss ball and some weights) and the actual exercises are explained clearly and are easy to follow. Each exercise requires 25 repetitions, when I started i could only manage about 15 reps with a 0.5 kg weight. Now, a month later, I can do 40 reps with a 3kg weight, and 60 reps of the ab exercises. I have lost 5 inches off my waist and 2 inches off each thigh, and can now fit back into my size 8 jeans (which a month ago only fit up to my knees!). All of that and I didn't even follow the nutritional advice. In terms of the book's content, it is well laid out, in full colour, with photographs of each exercise, it also includes case studies and the science behind the programme, there is also an additional section on nutrition for those who want to change their eating habits as well. If you are serious about getting into shape this is the book to do it, but it relies heavily on self-motivation - which is easy enough as the results you achieve will keep you motivated.
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86 of 87 people found the following review helpful By G. Rees on 23 Mar 2004
Format: Paperback
I discovered the bodydoctor plan after reading an article about it. I stuck to the eating plan (not a diet) and did the exercise 3 times a week - I lost 4.5 inches of my waist in 6 weeks (well I did have a takeaway or 3) and my fitness improved dramatically. After a years lapse and the gaining of half of the weight loss, I'm back on it again and seeing the same sort of results.
It's not a fad diet plan, it's a sensible healthy eating regime backed up by a well thought out and acheiveable exercise plan. The exercises are simple and help get you toned, supple and lean.
It's very simple, makes sense and gets results like you wouldn't believe. If you struggle with your weight, buy this book and do it by the letter - you won't be disappointed.
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Lucy E Ashby on 17 Aug 2004
Format: Paperback
I had been feeling podgy and lethargic ever since my daughter was born 2 years ago. I bought this book in an attempt to kick start a healthier lifestyle, get more energy and to tone up. I have tried many types of exercise but I have NEVER experienced such instant and impressive results. I swear that even after the first couple of sessions I looked and felt more toned and by the second week everyone kept asking me "how did you do it!". I have been working out for 4 weeks now and am already using heavier weights and really enjoying the sessions. I am a single mum who works as well so I do not have loads of time to go to the gym or money for expensive equipment. I have managed the programme with a set of weights and that's about it. The book is really well laid out and the summary photos are especially helpful. It is excellent value for money. My friends and family are so impressed that 4 of them have got the book too! Thanks to you David I no longer look as though I am pregnant with a second baby!
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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Mar 2005
Format: Paperback
This book sounds faddish, but I was impressed enough by his past clients to give it a go. So far, I haven't regretted the purchase!
Though the exercises seem simple, what's unique is their combination and sequence. As a gym rat, I've tried most of them already and am usually left aching and exhausted after each workout. However, the sequence recommended helps you 'clean as you go', with each exercise stretching out the muscles used during the previous exercise, preventing lactic acid build-up. Result? No more aching! You get a thorough work-out without having to suffer the usual aftermath of such an intense workout.
Furthermore, the simplicity of the exercises is a big plus because I'm too busy to memorise a new workout every so often. Maintaining the same easy exercise routine allows you to concentrate on your form, which is essential to getting the most out of your workout (and not hurting yourself!). Yes, the exercises will need equipment. But the equipment (a swiss ball and a couple of weights) aren't that expensive, especially when you consider it an long-term investment for your health. Furthermore, if you do belong to a gym, it doesn't mean this book's obsolete. It tells you which exercises are worth doing and the best order to do them in - that's something most gyms won't give you!
However, this book is largely for people interested in losing weight and decreasing their body fat, hence he recommends 25 reps per exercise. This makes your body burn more fat but with minimal muscle gain. If you're more interested in bulking up, you might want to change that to 8-12 reps (of course, with heavier weights!). I believe that we need a combination of both - you need to gain muscle, but you also need to decrease body fat so your muscles can be seen!
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