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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Book Publishing; First Edition / First Impression edition (9 May 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747277737
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747277736
  • Product Dimensions: 23.9 x 18.8 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 67,513 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John 'Lofty' Wiseman served for 26 years with the Special Air Service and was their Chief Survival Instructor. He remains the foremost authority on SAS training techniques for civilians.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Dru James on 8 Jan 2004
Format: Paperback
This book was the first military fitness program that I followed. The results were amazing, in 8 weeks I went from 245lbs down to 205lbs and never looked back. I am now addicted to military fitness programs (books) and swear by them. This book is one of the best and so are the SAS. The program is well rounded with running, swimming, and weight training/calisthenics. There is even a section on self defense which is very handy. The professional program is a killer and I would suggest tackling the less intense programs first. If getting physically fit is your goal then you will have a hard time finding a better book! In fact the only thing tougher than this book would be to actually enlist in the SAS! Being a fitness writer myself (Backyard Sports for Kids), I can fully appreciate a book like this one and my hat goes off to John Wiseman on an excellent piece of work!
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
to become really fit the military way 16 April 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
If you like to see how to get fit the military way this is a very great book. This one is twards the sas forces. Contrary to the US forces which emphasises a lot of upper body strenght you see here the total approach. SAS troopers need to marsh endlessly. (read about their gruelling selection course). This books tells how to get fit, using circuit training, weight programms (not used for the beach boys who just wants to look pumped up, but this program is just to be prepared for the rigours of combat). More is told to train for endurance by running, swimming, cycling and of course the famous endurance marches. At the end a total programme is given for the beginner, intermediate and the advanced. This great book is finished with telling you more about nutrition (I said nutrition NOT pills for those beach bubbles) and mental approaches. I really recommend this book together with Andrew Wheales fighting fit (which gives sas, paratrooper and royal commando programmes) and Steward Smith's the complete guide to navy seal fitness.
With those 3 books you cannot go wrong and be the fittest and mental (because of this training) toughest person.
So buy these 3 and be FIT and combat ready.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Who dares, wins! 5 Jan 2004
By Dru James - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book was the first military fitness program that I followed. The results were amazing, in 8 weeks I went from 245lbs down to 205lbs and never looked back. I am now addicted to military fitness programs (books) and swear by them. This book is one of the best and so are the SAS. The program is well rounded with running, swimming, and weight training/calisthenics. There is even a section on self defense which is very handy. The professional program is a killer and I would suggest tackling the less intense programs first. If getting physically fit is your goal then you will have a hard time finding a better book! In fact the only thing tougher than this book would be to actually enlist in the SAS! Being a fitness writer myself (Backyard Sports for Kids), I can fully appreciate a book like this one and my hat goes off to John Wiseman on an excellent piece of work!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
So easy... a Cave man can do it. 27 May 2013
By Rama N. Toulon - Published on Amazon.com
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Very simple. Sometimes going complex doesn't work for everyone - even in the age of P90X and Insanity.Since this fitness book is coming from a man who was obviously fit enough to survive and thrive as a SAS operator - I think the SAS Personal Trainer takes the basic sound concepts of physical fitness and allows even a beginner to have a clear path to draw from.
SAS Personal Trainer - Ahead of its time, get it! 26 July 2012
By R. Clark - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I echo the review given by reviewer "Dru" here. As a lifelong fitness person, I value the fresh clear cut approach this book offers.
I'm not much on the workout books and hype surrounding them, in fact, I think this is the only one I ever purchased. The weightlifting workouts: beginner, intermediate and advanced, shake things up with whole body workouts. I appreciate this approach for overall fitness, something different than the typical separate daily bodybuilding chest-shoulders-triceps, back-biceps, and legs workouts. No, this makes you work all them the same day for overall fitness, and if done correctly, will leave you sweating. Don't worry, plenty of other exercises and activities to keep you busy in between weightlifting days. I feel the book is ahead of it's time. A great asset for those wishing to achieve and maintain an overall fitness regimen. You don't have to do everything in this book to get something out of it. Get it!
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
correction to previous review 29 Oct 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
The book mentioned by the reviewer from the Netherlands is Adrian Weales "Fighting Fit".
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