35 of 39 people found the following review helpful
Good all rounder but not for total beginners,
This review is from: You Are Your Own Gym: The Bible of Bodyweight Exercises (Paperback)
OK let's start off by talking about the negatives in this book. Firstly the author has a massive downer on straight cardio work like jogging, cycling etc. He puts forward several arguments as to why cardio is simply not effective as a workout routine. I rate this as a negative because cadio DOES have a place in any workout routine. It is proven to be a great fat burner and a great way to lose weight. if it doesn't work then why does the military use it?
Secondly, after trying out the Let Me In exercises I managed to pull the handle off the door! I don't consider myself that strong so beware. So I then tried the Let Me Up exercise and snapped the broom handle I was using. I'm now using an old bar from a car roof rack between two chairs and all is good. so the moral here is check your equipment before using!
So onto the positives of which there are many.
There is a great list of exercises that can be done with little or no equipment, with loads of variations to stop the whole thing becoming boring.
The whole tone throughout is very positive and the author encourages readers to put together their own workout programs. If you don't have time to mess around with that then he has included some 10 week programs at the back to get you started.
Overall this is a great book and just proves the point that you don't need expensive equipment or gym membership to get fit.