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4.0 out of 5 stars Great exercises program, but thin on the science behind the exercises, 16 Mar. 2013
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This review is from: You Are Your Own Gym: The Bible of Bodyweight Exercises (Paperback)
I'm two weeks in to this book, so I can't speak to the overall results.

Nevertheless, this seems very much like the strength training plan I was looking for. It involves no extra equipment, means I don't need a gym membership and fits nicely into my already busy life.

I should make clear that I'm not looking to get buff, though apparently you can do that with Mark Lauren's plan. I run and swim, and wanted to ensure I was spending some time working on my overall strength so I can improve at both of those sports.

The initial 10 week plans require 36 minutes four times a week. This allows me to run and swim in the morning or afternoon, and use the evenings for strength training while I'd otherwise be watching TV. Using the iPhone app makes these training plans even easier to follow.

The book includes over 125 exercises, so this allows me to swap out exercises if I need to or if I get bored with the existing exercises.

The only downside is that some of the areas of the books, such as the nutrition section and the "science behind this book," are a bit thin. While the nutrition advice seems solid based on the research I've done, it's pretty high level. The same can be said for the "science behind this book" appendix. But I don't think most people will be reading this book for in depth nutrition or sport science advice. You can easily get that elsewhere (though a few recommended books would have been nice).
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