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- File Size: 4616 KB
- Print Length: 211 pages
- Publisher: David Bolton (15 Jun. 2012)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B008C2MRUO
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- Average Customer Review: 19 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #200,212 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Lost Secret To A Great Body Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
It's probably relevant to give a very brief background of my previous training so you can put this review in context. I've never been hugely built, but have gone through phases of being relatively in-shape and more bulked, and then periods where my physique was ok, but not what I wanted it to be. I started doing weights in my bedroom as a teenager and then progressed to going to the gym a few years later. However, like I'm sure a lot of people reading this will have done, I have had periods of really going for it, juxtaposed with periods where I've eased off a bit, then become demoralised and stopped when I saw how rapidly what had been achieved diminished. I eat reasonably healthy, but have never done a really specialist diet to build muscle and frankly, it isn't something I think is realistic for me to do in the future or certainly long term.
So what I was looking for was an easy work out I could do at home without significant cost (such as a home gym) but one which would develop long lasting strength, with a physique that would be easily sustainable. In short, I'm more interested in my long term health and fitness, achieving a build that looks lean, muscular and strong rather than cosmetic fitness.
I was drawn to this book by the fact that it seemed to tap into some principles of the past that have long since been forgotten.Read more ›
In brief, the book explains a muscle-building method that has been very much forgotten. The author explains it very well, and the exercise descriptions are well-written and detailed.
It's a method that Harry Paschall described as one of the secrets to building a great physique.
The book is great value for money, too.
I'll be exploring the system further as heavy training in the past led to a range of joint problems. I am now wondering whether this could be a way to get back into shape without sacrificing my joints on the altar of physical culture. Read it, try it and make up your own mind!
Results - for the first week or so nothing much seems to be happening and then one day
you notice, "Hey, my shoulders/biceps/abdominal muscles look different!" and you realise that your body is developing a muscle tone quite different from that developed at the gym. The best way to describe it is a sort of hard, sinewy quality that after just a few weeks starts to look very impressive. After each workout your muscles have a 'pumped' feeling that initially can be a little frightening in it's intensity, but soon becomes a rewarding sensation that you actively look forward to.
A word of advice - Initially I ignored the authors advice and picked up dumbbells that were significantly heavier than suggested. However, very quickly I realised that the lighter weights were indeed the most useful (I even went so far as to drop down from 5 to 3 kg and found that this gave me what felt like a perfect level of tension in the muscles.)
Everybody who is interested in building muscle should read this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
great exposition of a different kind of physical culture - removes the opaque language of the old physical culture pamphlets, and makes it very accessible. recommended.Published 22 months ago by Dr. Whe Warrilow
This is not for body builders or power lifters, this information is the history and techniques of strength training of the old time strongman acts and boxers. Read morePublished on 8 May 2014 by Den
David Bolton has done an excellent job in researching the old-school greats who used this type of training. His book is very well researched, well referenced and well argued. Read morePublished on 22 April 2014 by Dr.X
Great book, full of interesting facts from a long forgotten age! Recommended read for anyone interested in strength and strongman training!Published on 2 April 2014 by Amazon Customer
In a nutshell what the book is telling you is to use light weights but use the mind as much as the body in doing your workouts. Read morePublished on 13 Feb. 2014 by Paul
OK, I've only been practising the routine for two weeks, but already The quality of my muscles are changing as is their responsiveness and the feeling of being in my body. Read morePublished on 17 Dec. 2013 by M. Robinson
First and foremost, I found this book to be a very entertaining and informative read. The author is clearly both knowledgeable and enthusiastic regarding the subject matter and... Read morePublished on 3 Dec. 2013 by Loddfafnir
This is well written and historically interesting. It says up to the 20th century there have been many strong men who got that way through using light dumbbells for many reps while... Read morePublished on 21 Sept. 2013 by Moonsod