Hold It! You're Exercising Wrong: Your Prescription for First-Class Fitness Fast! (2 Fitness Favorites from Exercise Guru) Paperback – 31 Jan 1995
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About the Author
Edward J. Jackowski is the founder and president of Exude Inc., the nation's largest motivational and one-on-one fitness company. A fifteen-year veteran of the fitness industry, Edward Jackowski brings keen knowledge and a unique perspective to the crowded exercise and fitness business, which has enabled him to stand out among his competitors. Headquartered in Manhattan, Exude is the only fitness company that custom-designs workouts for clients by body type.
He recently opened the country's first body-type center in Manhattan. With locations throughout the U.S.A., Exude services clients around the country and abroad with Edward's FastFitness routine. Edward Jackowski is sought by companies to empower people to become self-motivated to exercise and to lecture on successful sales techniques, stress and time management, and improving productivity and morale. His trademarked body types and methodology can also be found in health clubs, spas, and other fitness-related facilities.
In addition to writing a number of fitness articles for various magazines and newsletters, he has written a fitness booklet, hosted a syndicated radio program, and has designed thousands of fitness programs for people of all walks of life, including soldiers from the United States Army and a number of non-profit organizations. An avid sportsman and all-around athlete, he is a member of American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), the International Dance &amp; Exercise Association (IDEA), and is certified with the Aerobics &amp; Fitness Association (AFAA), in both Aerobic and Fitness Training. Edward Jackowski holds a specialized degree (B.B.A.), in Organizational Behavioral Management from the Bernard M. Baruch Business College.
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Jackowski lays out all the facts concerning the many kinds of aerobic exercise, dispelling a few myths along the way, and recommending an old school gym stand by, the jump rope. With my back problem, I had to substitute a stationary, recumbent bike, which Jackowski recommends as the next best thing. He's right.
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Anyway, I personally don't care about his motives, and the program won me over his zealous tone. This is the program I stuck with most, because of the quick results, and I personally don't think it's boring. You need to chose what works for you in the long run. Plus you don't have to stick with this forever. For novelty and also to challenge your body, it's good to alternate exercise programs every few weeks or months. Some folks alternate within the same week. However, if simplicity keeps you motivated, at least when you start out, then best to stick with one thing initially--just to get into the habit. This book may not be for you if you prefer classes or DVDs. So when I did the program--I'm getting ready to do it again--I lost pounds (but wasn't heavy to begin with), developed strength and endurance, and looked great: lifted butt, melted saddle bag (I'll admit I supplemented with specific lower body toning exercises; but the program got me motivated!), and developed beautiful muscle definition on my back and arms.
As I said, I'm getting ready to jump back into exercise (oops, no pun intended). I quit last time, because once I started looking good, I got side-tracked with life and let it go. My goals are different now--sure, I'd love to look great in jeans and sleeveless tops--but health and strength are more important now. I have a bunch of DVDs and access to a gym, but what's calling to me most is this program. If this is what get's me started, motivated and gives me early results, this is what I will chose. There are many other options out there today (the book is what 10-20 years old?), especially functional fitness and strength training (I disagree with author, by the way: scientific studies show that lifting weights is beneficial for everyone, young old, male and female), but for now, doing something familiar, which I know works and personally consider to be simple, is good enough for me.
- jogging? Too hard on the joints.
- walking? You could walk forever and not get fit.
- aerobics? Have you ever seen someone *get* fit through aerobics?
- weights? What have muscles got to do with FITNESS.
- swimming? You have to be real good to do it right.
and so it goes. I find a lot of this gratifying because I've tried a bunch of these and they didn't work or I couldn't keep it up.
So where does this leave you? Jackowski's definition of "fit" seems to be some kind of muscle aerobic capacity mix that most sports don't offer. In fact, he says you get fit to do sports, not the other way around.
His answer? The JUMP ROPE. The flexed legs prevent impact injuries to the joints, it builds lung capacity, and it's fun. That's a key. Most exercises are just too boring.
His recommended routines include a warm-up w/stretch, jumping rope, and a cool down. Of course there's more to it, but those are the main components.
I'm too uncoordinated to jump rope, so I bought a gadget called the JumpSnap (JumpSnap, The Ropeless Jump Rope - Calorie Counter, DVD Workouts, Hand Weights, & Travel Bag (Blue)) which has little balls on strings and counts your simulated jumps. I also bought a real jump rope, but I'll have to work up to it. Here's what amazes me, when I started out I wondered if I could do one jump, but now I'm up to 400 in a 10 minute period (with about 4 pauses to catch my breath). I can't believe I can do that, given my knees and back. It must really be low impact.
This is something new. I like it. Hey, and boxers jump rope to get in shape, right?
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