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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Guardian Books; reprint edition (8 Jan 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 085265118X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0852651186
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 1.3 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,865 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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150 of 150 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. Coster on 1 May 2009
Format: Paperback
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 By Mr. T. Mcnicholas on 13 April 2009
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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 By S. R. James on 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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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By F. M. P. Noordberg on 15 Jan 2010
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Shaun O'shea on 16 Mar 2010
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This is a great resource if you want to get fit without the need for joining a gym etc. All you essentially need is a good pair of runners.

Starting from the basic week 1 of 36 you are gradually asked to do a little more as each week goes by with an assesment every 6 weeks. This is great if you haven't done structured exercise in a long time because it's like having a personal trainer who knows what you should be capable of for a given day. So long as you warm up etc you shouldn't get injured and you will notice the improvements as the weeks go by simply by virtue of the fact that you will be capable of doing more situps/pushups etc than the previous week..

You will essentially be doing something every second day but probably for only approx 40mins at a time. This appealed to me in that I can get in form work, say quick hello to wife and baby and get my workout done and be showered in approx an hour so still leaving a good chunk of the evening available.

I'm 6 weeks in so far and can feel the difference in myself. I haven't lost any weight but I feel more toned etc and I expect this will continue as I progress further...
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