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The Lost Secret To A Great Body

The Lost Secret To A Great Body [Kindle Edition]

David Bolton
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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At the end of the 1800's and during the early years of the Twentieth Century, there was a worldwide craze for what was termed "Physical Culture". This new pursuit made international superstars of several men who sported physiques like Greek Gods and had strength to match. Audiences thrilled by the appearance of these athletes naturally wanted to emulate their heroes and develop mini versions of the muscular bodies they witnessed on stages around the world.

The men concerned answered the call of the public and began to teach and sell in print, and later by mail order, exactly what the public wanted - the secret to developing such a body for themselves.

What they revealed was a simple and reliable method of inducing significant growth and aesthetic improvement in all the body's muscles in a relatively short time using nothing but some very light dumbbells. The method developed a balanced physique with the classic proportions shown in ancient statuary, promoted full neurological control of the growing musculature - laying the ground for developing true strength - and promised to maintain this new and impressively developed body with only minimal daily exertion. This approach was, they said, the great secret of physical culture.

Men and women everywhere followed this advice and sculpted impressively developed bodies just as they had been told they would. Famous boxers and athletes used the exercises and notably improved their physiques and performance. This method of exercising was everywhere and it's usefulness was beyond question.

Now though we have "moved on" and what we currently believe about developing strength and fitness is incompatible with what these men taught. Because of this a phenomenally effective training method that delivers excellent results in a short period with far less hassle than our modern methods lies forgotten and abandoned.

The thing still works!

This book teaches this forgotten system in detail, looks into it's fascinating history, seeks to explain how it gets results contrary to all currently accepted training advice and presents the exercises in an easy to follow format.

Liberally illustrated with period photographs and with the exercises and their undeniable results illustrated by the author, this book ultimately provides what one of the original nineteenth century purveyors of this method called:

" A pocket edition of exercises that can be easily remembered and quickly performed and which give only the very best results... this really is the great secret of muscular education".

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2347 KB
  • Print Length: 211 pages
  • Publisher: David Bolton (15 Jun 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008C2MRUO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #112,276 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
By Tim P
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I would recommend this book to anyone who like me, has been through phases of blitzing the gym for a sustained period, following all the conventional advice only to find that after two months of lesser activity you're back to square one.

It's probably relevant to give a very brief background of my previous training so you can put this review in context. I've never been hugely built, but have gone through phases of being relatively in-shape and more bulked, and then periods where my physique was ok, but not what I wanted it to be. I started doing weights in my bedroom as a teenager and then progressed to going to the gym a few years later. However, like I'm sure a lot of people reading this will have done, I have had periods of really going for it, juxtaposed with periods where I've eased off a bit, then become demoralised and stopped when I saw how rapidly what had been achieved diminished. I eat reasonably healthy, but have never done a really specialist diet to build muscle and frankly, it isn't something I think is realistic for me to do in the future or certainly long term.

So what I was looking for was an easy work out I could do at home without significant cost (such as a home gym) but one which would develop long lasting strength, with a physique that would be easily sustainable. In short, I'm more interested in my long term health and fitness, achieving a build that looks lean, muscular and strong rather than cosmetic fitness.

I was drawn to this book by the fact that it seemed to tap into some principles of the past that have long since been forgotten.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book! 20 Sep 2012
Amazing! After doing the exercises for only 4 weeks i can already see muscle definition. More importantly the mind muscle connection I have developed from the protocol seems to have connected my posture around my thoracic spine, opened my shoulders, and eased a long-standing rotator cuff niggle. As a physical therapist I will definitely be recommending this book to my patients.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lost Secrets To A Great Body 25 Oct 2012
By Kid
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Excellent book, diligently researched and presented in a readable way. A not to be missed publication for anyone professionally involved in body development, martial arts or physiotherapy. The instructions are detailed enough to ensure exercises can be carried out correctly, without being unnecessarily verbose. Oh, and also, the system works. As a 61-year-old, I have no aspirations to becoming the next Eugene Sandow but, after following the program for only five weeks, there has been a remarkable improvement in my muscle tone and in my control of individual muscles.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book 25 July 2012
By Whiffet
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This is a superb book. I have done a full/long review on my blog called "Calisthenics Works."

In brief, the book explains a muscle-building method that has been very much forgotten. The author explains it very well, and the exercise descriptions are well-written and detailed.

It's a method that Harry Paschall described as one of the secrets to building a great physique.

The book is great value for money, too.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written 3 July 2013
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Hope the author brings out a physical book as well, using a kindle to flip between pages while working out just isn't the easiest way to check on how your posture etc should be. Very well written book, I have no problems recommending it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book 4 July 2012
By Craig
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This is a great book for anyone looking for a different approach to exercise. The author goes into great detail to explain the the light dumbbell system that Eugen Sandow used back in the early 1900's. It does work, but you have to follow the instructions and leave your ego at the door as you'll only be using 3lbs dumbbells!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating 17 Dec 2013
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OK, I've only been practising the routine for two weeks, but already The quality of my muscles are changing as is their responsiveness and the feeling of being in my body. The biggest plus is not feeling tired and stiff the day after training. The historical investigation into the muscle men of old is fascinating although not conclusive I'm sure this approach to training was found in the Ancient Greek world. The statues of Egyptians in the British Museum with toned muscular bodies also have a familiar look (not to mention they are often holding small weights in their fists). I don't mind the kindle book but I would like to see a DVD with the precise muscles being used in each exercise. Great job David of reintroducing a forgotten practise.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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As a former bodybuilder I was intrigued by the historic references in this book.
I'll be exploring the system further as heavy training in the past led to a range of joint problems. I am now wondering whether this could be a way to get back into shape without sacrificing my joints on the altar of physical culture. Read it, try it and make up your own mind!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It works and it's subtle...
Published 1 month ago by kieran macmanus
5.0 out of 5 stars Great history and technique
This is not for body builders or power lifters, this information is the history and techniques of strength training of the old time strongman acts and boxers. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Den
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book for anyone interested in old-school physical culture...
David Bolton has done an excellent job in researching the old-school greats who used this type of training. His book is very well researched, well referenced and well argued. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Dr.X
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating read
Great book, full of interesting facts from a long forgotten age! Recommended read for anyone interested in strength and strongman training!
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars rubbish buy - way too much fluff
In a nutshell what the book is telling you is to use light weights but use the mind as much as the body in doing your workouts. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Paul
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read and excellent system
First and foremost, I found this book to be a very entertaining and informative read. The author is clearly both knowledgeable and enthusiastic regarding the subject matter and... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Top book
Great 30 minute workout that works, it does exactly what it says on the tin, if you want to be Arnold S don't buy it, but if you want a toned body with minimal effort this could be... Read more
Published 11 months ago by snodger
5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting
This is well written and historically interesting. It says up to the 20th century there have been many strong men who got that way through using light dumbbells for many reps while... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Moonsod
5.0 out of 5 stars A new but old approach
Well written and well researched. Being a well versed strength trainer and physical therapist for many years I would certainly recommend giving this method a good try. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Meeko
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