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A Landmark Book
on 16 February 2011
This is quite simply the best bodyweight exercise book to appear for years. Disdaining the hype and empty promises which characterise so many exercise books, Wade starts with basics and works up from there. He doesn't view calisthenics as simply a means of cardio or endurance training, but rather teaches them as they were meant to be taught , that is, as a fully fledged system of physical strength training in their own right.
This regime calls for hard work, but does so safely and sensibly. All of the Big Six exercises are broken down into ten steps, which culminate in the ultimate calisthenic exercise. Very few people can do one armed pushups, one armed pullups, one legged squats and so on. I always considered these three in particular as beyond my reach in this lifetime. But, thanks to Wade's method, I can do two sets of ten on each exercise without breaking a sweat.
Wade does not mention the healing benefits of his exercise all that much, but I can testify wholeheartedly to their efficacy. I had several long-standing injuries in my legs, arms and lower back and woke up in pain every morning. All of them have been healed, thanks to Convict Conditioning. This may sound too good to be true(which is what I would have thought), but all I can say is buy this book and give it an honest try. It doesn't matter if you are a seasoned powerlifter or a middle-aged man or woman who hasn't exercised since his or her teens, this book provides a good starting point. I have gotten strong and pain-free, both of which are equally important to me.
Finally, most (if I am honest, nearly all) of the other books I have read on bodyweight training flies in the face of safety and common sense. From advice on doing exercises balistically (which is asking for injury) or going too far too fast, 99.9% of the other books on exercise out there are complete nonsense. This book is different. The advice is given in plain English and the cadence for exercise is slow. This means that your joints are not only safe, but actually get protected as you move up the progressions.