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Too much D.I.Y.
on 23 February 2011
As always, let's go through the whole book:
Part I. Intro
Bla-Bla-Bla Military Bla-Bla-Bla New underwater record bla-bla-bla...
Okay, fair enough, if the author wants to show off a little bit, I don't actually mind.
Part II. Nutrients
This is a pretty good part of the book, explaining the ways in which you should shift your food consumption in order to get the best results, why you will be doing exactly these exercises and not pump up your favorite dumbbell, metabolic rate and all other stuff. No objections to this part.
Pat III. The Exercises
This is where it gets tricky. It says "Bodyweight exercises" on the cover, but let me tell you what else it requires:
- a pretty stable door with handles at your waist height
- a towel which will suffer great punishments
- chair (and another one!)
- an object to jump on, which will not fall after that and be at your knee height
- something about waist level to hold for balance
- something to hold onto and hang your entire body from it
- two objects of equal height equal to your waist and an extremely solid broom
- something heavy fixed to the ground, which you can hold
- a smooth, hard floor
- Two stable surfaces that are, or can be positioned a couple of feet apart, and strong enough to support your full weight AND equal in height AND at least waist height (quoting the book)
and so on.
So don't be fooled by "using-only-your-body" exercises. If you do possess all those things - great. But as a student who lives in a relatively small room, I found it extremely disappointing.
However, there's something more important:
I. ALL these exercises can be done in a gym
II.It is waaaaaay easier to do this exercises in a gym - they do have FIXED, SOLID EQUIPMENT, which you don't have at home.
I mean, come on, pulling yourself up to a broom lying on two speakers?! First, it's easier to do it in a gym with a usual barbell bench and the barbell plank itself. Second, IT'S SAFER TO DO IT IN THE GYM.
This book goes into Do It Yourself stuff over the top. Can you make a barbell bench at home? Certainly, you break off the door of your wardrobe, then saw off four legs of a chair, glue them together, find a broom, put two rucksacks full of vegetables on both ends...
Don't waist your time on that :) wanna do it properly - do it in the gym.