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Complete Calisthenics: The Ultimate Guide to Bodyweight Exercise
Complete Calisthenics: The Ultimate Guide to Bodyweight Exercise
by Ashley Kalym
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Calisthenics bible, 23 May 2014
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I really enjoyed Ashley's previous 'The Bible' series, and began to check out some of the videos on YouTube and read his blog (that might come across as a bit creepy, erm). There's a succinct style to his writing, terse and straight to the point, that I enjoy, so had to check out the book.

There's a lot of information here on everything an athlete needs to know about body-weight training. From the simplest of exercises to full-blown routines; using the principles described in the book will provide anyone with the means to become truly powerful and challenge the gym-mythos. Even if the reader has some calisthenics experience, I found there are some elements and new perspectives to be taken from the book that can aid in one's training.

The book features images that are large and clear, a no-nonsense attitude to training and exceptional food advice. It is large too, great for just throwing down on the floor and using as a reference. The book could have done with some better proof reading and there are a few editing mistakes. I also think that some of the most simplest exercises can be too much for some as body-weight can be an immense shock to the system, so perhaps a foundation level of training was needed? It's something that is rectified later in the book's training plans, even if the initial information can be overwhelming.

It's an exceptional book for newcomers and experienced calisthenics practitioners alike.

This Is Dance 2014
This Is Dance 2014
Offered by mrtopseller
Price: £6.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good selection marred by poor mixing and lack of creativity., 27 Jan. 2014
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This review is from: This Is Dance 2014 (Audio CD)
Purchased after a good look at the track list. There's a decent selection of tracks and some interesting mixes, all fairly upbeat and current. Nothing too experimental, crossing into house, EDM and a bit of D'n'B. It's fairly safe, I think you know what to expect.

I purchased the digital version for the additional booklet and continuous mix. The later is shocking - where's the creativity and soul? There are a lot of radio edits and while the mixing at the beginning is OK, a few cross-fades here and there, it quickly starts to annoy with how little effort has gone into mixing the tracks. A few aren't even beat-matched, so just clatter into one another that really pulls the listener out of the zone; no good for a gym session. Relegated to background music at a party rather than a floor filler.

Practical Vim: Edit Text at the Speed of Thought (Pragmatic Programmers)
Practical Vim: Edit Text at the Speed of Thought (Pragmatic Programmers)
by Drew Neil
Edition: Paperback
Price: £18.55

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Faultless, 12 Oct. 2012
Really, I can't fault the book. As a self-proclaimed pragmatic programmer, I picked up using vim as a way to take me beyond learning multiple editors and more into a 'meta-programming'-like state; i.e. globally applying changes to source, macros and all sorts. It makes me smile thinking, "Was that it?!" on some clever way of editing a document. Everyone can and should have this level of power over their editor.

So along comes Practical Vim. I was looking for a cookbook-like reference and this book achieves that goal but is so much more. It is easy to read and while vim is often considered to have a steep learning curve, the book breaks down those barriers and really shows how to adapt to a Zen-like way of thinking about editing. There's plenty to learn like, for me, the shift from hitting Escape to ^[ instead; minor things that economise movement around the keyboard and really shift things up a gear. My hands were already there, why was I moving over to hit Escape!? The book also contains links to vim's own help and other sources of information and even some profile tweaks to up your editing game.

Grab the book and level up your editing skills.

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