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5.0 out of 5 stars Old school fitness, 28 Sep 2011
This review is from: The Official British Army Fitness Guide (Paperback)
I have been going to the gym and running now and again and got fed up with doing the same old things bench presses and bicep curls etc and found I was not really getting anywhere beyond an "OK but not that great" level of strength and fitness.

I have had this book a week and can really feel that my muscles have been working for the first time in ages and am confident that after 12 weeks of the programme I have started on I will definitely see a difference.

The exercises are basically running and some other cardio and various bodyweight type exercises e.g pressups, pullups, dorsal raises etc building in reps/duration as you move through the programmes. You dont need any equipment except decent trainers and a pullup bar.

This isnt going to give you a "bodybuilder" physique but that isnt my definition of fitness or the Armys to my knowledge.

One point about bodyweight exercises that echoes other reviews is that if you are a bigger guy like me then pullups etc are a real struggle especially if you have some fat to shift.
I do as many as I can and then do "negatives" (basically climb up using a chair and lower yourself slowly) and will definitely be building up to doing all the reps as unassisted. It says you should do an easier programme if you cant manage but my view is that if I can manage the running and other stuff there is no sense moving to something less challenging - I just need to build up to the pullups.

Fitness is a lifestyle not a "90 day goal" and this book is definitely in this vein. Having said that, I cant imagine if you did all 36 weeks in the book that you would not see good results unless your diet was absolutely terrible.
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Posted on 12 Jan 2012 18:33:46 GMT
Ah well! A gym is a business like any other, their rationale is to keep you as a member and keep taking the fees. The only upsides are, you don't have to lay out for equipment (But this book shows how to do without), and the plentiful gym bunnies. But then you can always go down the pub to catch those.
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