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Solitary Fitness [Paperback]

Charles Bronson , Stephen Richards
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)

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14 Oct 2002
Charles Bronson has served 28 years behind bars, 24 of those years have been in solitary confinement, yet in spite of this he remains fit and strong. What are the secrets to his phenomenal strength and fitness? How can Bronson punch a hole with his bare fist through bullet-proof glass, bend solid steel doors by kicking at them, do press-ups with two men on his back - and all on a prison diet? Without the use of fancy gym equipment, steroids, steaks, supplements or pills you can pack on pounds of muscle, lose weight fast and gain superhuman strength.

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  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Mirage Publishing (14 Oct 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1902578120
  • ISBN-13: 978-1902578125
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 14.7 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 599,074 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A lot of credible info... -- Men's Fitness Magazine November 2002

Forget gyms and personal trainers; throw away the vitamin supplements... -- The Guardian October 2002

He is now revealing his fitness secrets. -- BBC News October 2002

Might be the book that is sitting on every coffee table in the land. -- The Scotsman October 2002

Prisoner who keeps in good nick... -- The Times October 2002

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"Buy my book and I’ll show you how to burn off ugly love handles, firm up your abs, make your arms huge and powerful, build up stamina and help change your life forever! All of this without fancy gym equipment,steroids, steaks, pills or powders. Hey...don’t forget the ladies! Not just for the men, this is ideal for anyone of an adult age. Did Samson do drugs, did Hercules need fancy trainers… You’re never going to run any faster with £300 trainers!"

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61 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MY NEW HONED AND TONED BODY 18 Nov 2004
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Well, what can I say now that my body isn't carrying much fat! I began this course some two months ago and gave it my all, followed every routine religiously and now I have reaped the rewards.
This regime of workouts is an inexpensive way of toning and honing your body. I can understand how some people might fall by the wayside when it comes to this sort of strict workout, but you have to be tough in yourself. And like the cliche, softies need not apply, this applies equally as well with this mode of body workout that sculptures you from head to toe.
So here I am, brand new and ready to pursue the rest of the course with gusto. I really have a lot to thank Mr Bronson for, although I'm sure he would rather be free in order to pursue his own dreams.
My whole way of eating has changed,which came about naturally and without any applied effort. Years of fat buildup dropped away to reveal my old self beneath. I really look forward to the exercises and feel that I now have more energy, although at first I felt very tired after each exercise routine.
True, this is not a workout for wannabe body builders. It is, though, a practical way to tackle and change your unhealthy lifestyle, which it has done for me.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solitary Fitness 29 Jan 2009
An interesting read, that does 2 things. Firstly, it improves the physique and general fitness. Secondly, it gives an insight into Charles Bronson, through his narrative and unique pictures. For the price the book is informative and good value way to improve fitness and physique on a low budget and without having the hassle of joing a gym. Great for these credit crunch days!

Perhaps the most unusual chapter is on the solitary organ- how to improve sexual stamina, strength and health of the organ in question! Possible a great confidence booster to those searching for more length, girth and performance!Throw away all those gimmicks, apparently all you need is a heavy towell!

Overall, a good book for the money and in these frugal times when we are all searching for ways to achieve the same effect for the minimal outlay.

A word for the publishers- it would be nice if the photos had better definition, otherwise the drawings get the points across.
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107 of 114 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The updated version is very educational 18 Jan 2007
There appears to be two versions of this book because people are offering used copies for sale when the book has not even been released yet. I can only guess that they are selling the older version under the guise of the new one. To clarify, I have a copy of the old one which has a pic of Charlie along with two black and white photos of a male and female. THATS THE OLD VERSION from a few years ago. The updated version released 19th Jan 2007 has just a picture of Charlie on it and has updated input from a variety of people along with a part on training with disabilities, heart problems. So if you do buy this book - make sure you get the Jan 2007 edition and do not get duped into buying the older version under the guise of it being the new one.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it! 6 Mar 2008
Brilliant book. Mr Bronson has put together a great manual for straightforward no-nonense strength training, cardio fitness and general well-being. He has mastery over his subject and is the living embodiment of what he preaches. Whether you are experienced in fitness, strength and health or new to the subject, this book has much to offer
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 19 Feb 2011
Unable to afford 60 quid gym membership I bought Bronsons book and its changed my outlook on fitness and life. No more moaning that I can't pay silly money to workout with a load of pampered Jessies - JUST GET ON WITH IT THE BRONCO WAY. See you in civvies Bronco.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
I originally wrote this review for Amazon's US site, where some of the others already up (including the then "most helpful" one) were flat out wrong. There were two misconceptions in particular that I wanted deal with.

First, Bronson DOES offer a cohesive program. Those who say otherwise have frankly not read the book - or at least, have not done so in any meaningful sense. His program consists mainly of body weight exercises, although there's quite a bit of other stuff, such as isometrics, thrown in. He also assigns a great deal of importance to stretching. And yes, he does spell out exactly how to put it all together: specifically on pages 118 through to 129.

Second, while this is not by any means your garden variety fitness manual, and is truthfully not for the faint of heart, it is also neither confusing nor poorly written. Quite the contrary: it is easily the most entertaining fitness book I have ever read and is - with very rare exceptions - entirely clear. The only occasions on which I had any difficulty at all with the text was in sorting out exactly how to perform one or two of the exercises, but I stress that the difficulties were no more pronounced than with any other book on this subject. Putting precise body movements into words is always a bit of a challenge. Fortunately in our era of YouTube, it's very easy to see the exercises demonstrated just by looking them up; although on that point I should caution you that there are occasional minor variations in terminology. However, once again I stress that this is no more the case with Solitary Fitness than with any other exercise manual. And even with such minor differences, I had no real difficulty in sorting things out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bronson
Excellent book, The only exercise book I've read, it change my out-look on what I'm eating, drinking (fizzy drinks) Its like my bible now any quires on exercise I look for a... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ryan H
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
Great book - Great tips and workout routines. Easy to read. Half way through it at the moment and really recommend it.
Great Seller - Fast delivery. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jared
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read
One of the first things that become apparent to you when you first start reading one of Charles Bronson's books, is the fact that he is a brutally honest Man. Read more
Published 5 months ago by NJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I clicked on the buy button by accident and I'm glad I did what a great book! Really inspiring and to the point.
Published 6 months ago by Kaz
5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC BOOK!
Gives you a great workout, is a fun ready too, this will work for a lot of different abilities and I'd say it is well worth the price. : )
Published 7 months ago by Chris Mills
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay product
Bought this as a joke present for a friend. Works fine for that purpose but is very low quality. The print is poor and so are the rough yellow pages. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Edwooger
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book I have bought!
This book Is a life changer, I have read it all & currently doing the exercises, I can already feel a difference in myself, how a man in his position being in prison isolation for... Read more
Published 8 months ago by chris holloway
4.0 out of 5 stars Sound ideas on training with limited equipment
Definitely would recommend the book, if you are a beginner or at an intermediate training level.
Full of sound practical information on life style as well as exercise
Published 9 months ago by Paul Price
5.0 out of 5 stars If you haven't got much room to exercise this is for you
Very good book the exercises really work the only thing I
Didn't like was that it is a bit mixed up in some chapters with photos showing exercises
Published 9 months ago by steven boron
5.0 out of 5 stars extraordinarily brilliant
im halfway through this book already and I know if you apply the time Charlie asks of you the results will be phenomenal. easy read and straight forward facts. excellent.
Published 9 months ago by derrick skea
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