on 2 March 2014
To get around it this time I took very detailed notes on each of the exercises, which is what the book mainly consists of. Though having the pictures would have been great for future reference.
This book was quite different to other books on bodyweight exercises I have read in it’s approach, although it still worked through different progressions. Obviously this book was more focused on the core of the body, even though this clearly was explained to be more than just those little abbies you have! So it was nice to have a clear distinction of exercises to work the core.
Personally and for the martial arts that I practice, core strength is paramount, which is why I picked this book of the series to read instead of others … though I would like to read them soon!
The main difference was his methodology, whereas many people are content doing 100 or 200 reps of this in order to gain a bit of a benefit and are quite happy to high five their friends when they discuss the hour or two of “crunches” they did this morning to feel the burn, this guy is different!
Instead he still works on the principle of maxing out at up to 10 repetitions. I can completely understand his logic too, I mean it makes sense to push your muscles hard for less time than to spend ages repeating something you can obviously do. By making the exercise hard enough that you really have to push yourself your body is going to experience new levels of strength!
The only downside to the book was the lack of a contents page which could have been useful to flick to different exercises. But if your always using it as a reference I reckon it wouldn’t be hard to note down the location numbers or page numbers for your kindle :)
Therefore I give this book a solid 5 rating.
on 28 April 2013
Drop the situps, crunches etc and develop real 'abs' and true core strength with this eye opener to exercises that you've probably not heard off never mind imagine trying. With beginners progressions right up to elite movements, this book will build a core carved from hell...