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The Official British Army Fitness Guide [Paperback]

Sam Murphy , The British Army
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8 Jan 2009

The British Army is the fittest in the world, employing tried-and-tested training programmes that are guaranteed to build the levels of stamina, strength and flexibility that every soldier needs. In this official guide - developed with the Army Physical Training Corps - you can discover the exercises and activities that the Army uses and follow specially designed programmes to get yourself to the peak of physical fitness

- Three carefully planned twelve-week programmes

- Simple to follow illustrations that show you how to get the most out of each activity

- Assessment tests to help you track your progress

Whether you're a complete beginner who simply wants to be a bit healthier or a weekend warrior looking for the next challenge, this easy-to-use book will help take your fitness to the next level.

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Guardian Books (8 Jan 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 085265118X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0852651186
  • Product Dimensions: 18.2 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,869 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am a sport and fitness journalist, author and running coach with a lifelong passion for being active, and for inspiring others to be so. Through my articles, books and coaching services, my aim is to help everyone discover their inner athlete! I have written three books on running - the bestselling women-specific Run for Life (now translated into 10 languages), Running Well - aimed at those already running - and Marathon & Half Marathon: From Start to Finish. I've also written a beginner-friendly guide to getting into Triathlon, and books on general fitness with a female slant including The Real Woman's Personal Trainer and Weights for Weight Loss. I also worked with the British Army to produce the Official British Army Fitness Guide for Guardian Books. I write regularly on running and fitness for many national newspapers and magazines, including The Guardian and Financial Times, and have a monthly column in Runner's World magazine.
Alongside my writing and coaching careers, I have appeared on BBC Breakfast, BBC Radio 4 and Radio London talking about topical fitness issues - I have also presented seminars at The Running Show and at the London Marathon's 'Meet the Experts' Weekend.
It's not all talk, though! To date, I have completed 15 marathons (best time 3 hours 22 minutes) and raced distances ranging from 3km on the track to the Himalayan 100 Mile Race and dozens of triathlons. To find out more, visit www.sam-murphy.co.uk

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4.6 out of 5 stars
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149 of 149 people found the following review helpful
I bought this because I've become so unfit since leaving uni and starting a desk job...

First of all, this book is all about the basics. The army has tried and tested methods of getting their recruits fit. There's no gimmicks, no tricks, no shortcuts; the army has no product to sell. There's no secret to getting fit - you just need to put in the effort and commitment.

Don't be put off by the fact it is an army book - it doesn't expect you to run for hours with bricks in your burgen or have you crawling through ditches! Everything in this book is do-able, and the programs build your fitness up progressively over time.

All-round fitness comes through three components - Cardiovascular exercise, Strength training and Flexibility. This book has sections for all of these with large pictures detailing each of the exercises included in the training programe. It also has helpful little tips to get the most out of your time and effort. Also there are warm up/cool down exercises. My only word of warning is that this guide focuses on running for it's main staple of cadio activity. So bear in mind you WILL be running!

The middle part of the book details the full itinarary of exercise programs over 36 weeks -3 progressively harder stages, each 12 weeks long. By the time you get to the end of 36 weeks you will be army fit.

It also has a 4 week conditioning routine for people who haven't run in years - this prepares you for the first stage of the program.

There is a helpful section detailing targets to aim for - run times, healthy body weights, BMI, fat levels, the 'talk test' (refering to how hard you are exercising).

At the end of the book there is information on how to have a healthy diet.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 13 April 2009
An excellent book - 3 start points (Levels 1, 2 and 3), plus an additional beginner level for both aerobic and strength exercises - ideal for those who haven't run or done a pressup for years.

Each level is a 12 week programme that gradually increases in intensity, and is customisable.

Buy it, use it, get fit.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars British Army Fitness Guide 4 Mar 2009
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This book helps you find out how unfit you are. It then puts you back together again by having an easy user friendly layout that helps you develop your own exercise scheme.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
First I would like to say that I have been a fitness enthousiast for more than 20 years so I have some experience.

Keeping my personal fitness experiences in mind I have the following remarks about this otherwise very good book:

First my positive remarks:
1. this book will tell you how to get fit in a balanced way, that is aerobic endurance, strength and flexibility are all developed. (the fashionable word these days is crossfit)
2. no need for using a gym to develop your strength, all strength exercises are calisthenics, i.e. bodyweight only exercises, you can do them in your living room.
3. equipment wise all you need is a pair of running shoes
4. this book will tell you how to get fit in a detailed, day by day, overview. There are three levels, each level has a duration of 12 weeks, you will train 4 days per week.
5. Depending on your existing level of fitness you can step in at every level you wish , I started out at the beginning of level two, I was reasonably fit: I could jog for 10 minutes and do 35 push-ups and 60 sit-ups.
These are the three elements the British army uses for testing fitness ( and the United States army as well by the way).
When using the manual you will progress every week, this is good for your motivation.
6. This book stresses the importance of a gradual buildup of your fitness level, this to minimize chances of injury. As the book states on page 151 on running safely: as many as 7 out of 10 runners are halted by injury in any given year.
7. Important point on doing the squat: do not go beyond 90 degrees in your knee joint
8. A lot of practical tips are given on staying healthy, eating well and safety.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ditch the gym 6 Feb 2009
By J4
this has really motivated me for 2009. Who needs the gym? the exercises are well explained and annotated. recommended
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Beginners Guide 19 Nov 2009
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The book is ideal for those less than fit who decide to improve their health. The book provides easy and basic exercises to kick start your fitness programme.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Should be the Official Fitness Guide 11 Feb 2009
This is a must buy, i was one of those who needs better fitness but with expensive gym equipment and hard to follow diagrams i gave up. Untill i found this book
No Equipment needed
Easy to Follow
If you want fitness like the armed service BUY THIS BOOK...its a great investment
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good way for couch potatoes to get moving 9 July 2009
By L. Rist
This was recommended to me... I didn't think it would work any better than the other books / DVDs I'd purchased about fitness before but thought nothing ventured, nothing gained.

I was very impressed! This is a clearly laid-out explanation of facts (that I'd not read about before) and gave me (a real couch potato) very simple tools to get myself to become more active... top tip: make sure you have appropriate clothing including a basic pair of trainers... I made a silly mistake and undertook my first endeavour in a simple pair of shoes... not clever!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great fitness guide.
Well worthwhile for anyone hoping to attain any level of fitness. Easy to follow and set goals, very informative.
Published 2 months ago by Garth Oates
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Great book to read and work to for all starting levels of fitness, strongly recommend it to anyone starting out!
Published 2 months ago by Darren Osborne
5.0 out of 5 stars The best fitness guide out there.
Really helpful fitness guide with all the explanations for exercises based for all levels of fitness. I've lost 3kg and 2 inches off my waist in 7 weeks!!
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Good but not like I remember at all. It was harder with someone shouting at you but good for fitness
Published 4 months ago by Kevin davies
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it
Just what I have been looking for. As ex military from a few years ago I needed a pointer to building my fitness up and this was bang on. GW
Published 4 months ago by Gazza
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Full of helpful knowledge and great workouts which can be used by all as all fitness levels are catered for.
Published 6 months ago by C. Searle
3.0 out of 5 stars meh its an allright book for bigginers...
the seller was really good no problems there
but the book was a bit rubbish i was expecting somthing i wasnt going to read and everything in the book i allready know. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars LEFT, RIGHT LOOSE WEIGHT !
Hot stuff book. Really well written and set out with simple and effective plans for getting fit ! A must buy for all those wishing to de - tum.
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