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You Are Your Own Gym: The Bible of Bodyweight Exercises [Paperback]

Mark Lauren , Joshua Clark
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Book Description

Jan. 4 2011
From an elite Special Operations physical trainer, an ingeniously simple, rapid-results, do-anywhere program for getting into amazing shape
For men and women of all athletic abilities!

As the demand for Special Operations military forces has grown over the last decade, elite trainer Mark Lauren has been at the front lines of preparing nearly one thousand soldiers, getting them lean and strong in record time. Now, for regular Joes and Janes, he shares the secret to his amazingly effective regimen—simple exercises that require nothing more than the resistance of your own bodyweight to help you reach the pinnacle of fitness and look better than ever before.

Armed with Mark Lauren’s motivation techniques, expert training, and nutrition advice, you’ll see rapid results by working out just thirty minutes a day, four times a week—whether in your living room, yard, garage, hotel room, or office. Lauren’s exercises build more metabolism-enhancing muscle than weightlifting, burn more fat than aerobics, and are safer than both, since bodyweight exercises develop balance and stability and therefore help prevent injuries. Choose your workout level—Basic, 1st Class, Master Class,and Chief Class—and get started, following the clear instructions for 125 exercises that work every muscle from your neck to your ankles. Forget about gym memberships, free weights, and infomercial contraptions. They are all poor substitutes for the world’s most advanced fitness machine, the one thing you are never without: your own body.

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“Mark Lauren puts the strength-training techniques of SpecOps into a comprehensive and easy to understand program that can be done by anyone, anywhere, anytime, paving the way for anyone looking to get into the best shape of his or her life.”—Gregory Peterman, sergeant, Green Beret
“Gain control of yourself through your own body’s gym!”—Mike Fisher, commander, 82nd Airborne Division; U.S. Army Ranger; colonel, U.S. Army
“Perfect for our mobile age of road warriors, this terrific book lets us carry around a full gym in our heads!”—General James Abrahamson, U.S. Air Force

About the Author

Mark Lauren has effectively prepared over 700 trainees for the extreme physical demands of the most elite levels of the special operations community. He is a Military Physical Training Specialist, Special Operations Combat Controller, triathlete, and mixed martial artist. Lauren broke, and still holds, the Department of Defense’s long standing “underwater record” by swimming 133 meters, on one breath, subsurface, for 2 minutes and 23 seconds, until losing consciousness. He lives in Tampa Bay, Florida.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT BODYWEIGHT EXERCISE BOOK Jan. 19 2011
Very well written with 125 bodyweight exercises plus variations and High Intensity progressive workouts for four levels of fitness. There are also several interesting pages of Mark's personal experience as an elite forces trainer. Mark Lauren is the real deal.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fitness in a new perspective March 21 2011
By Les
For those fitness folks that want a great change from free weights, exercise machines, bands, etc, this book is a must read. Mark Lauren goes into great detail about the exercises and provides a variation of routines for people at different fitness levels. Follow Mark's routines and you will be amazed at how effective every exercise is. If you don't want to spend money on fitness equipment, spend the money on this book and watch your body transform. A well written book from an author that knows what he is talking about.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A really good resource April 16 2011
By Terry
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
My husband bought this book to use in conjunction with the workouts he does at his gym. He's highlighted many areas which he finds useful and uses this book quite often as a good resource for doing at home. He said it was well-written and helpful.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Resource for Body Weight Based Exercises Dec 26 2011
As a martial artist, body weight based exercises are one of the best things I can do to improve my coordination and balance. This book has documented over 100 body weight based exercises with good detail, and also brushes on related exercise topics such as nutrition, training tips, and best practices. Mark Lauren's book can help to educate many exercisers, no matter how much experience you have (or don't have) in fitness.

I've used this book as a resource on my website ([...]) and I recommend it to serious martial artists, gymnasts, professional dancers, or anyone who uses their body weight as a form of resistance regularly.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 20 minutes easy to do Nov. 1 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I find it hard sometimes to commit to working out for 1 hour 5 days a week. When you are working full time and want to enjoy yourself socially with your husband after a long day, and cooking dinner and preparing lunches for the next day, you just want to pass on anything more.
But finding 20 minutes is manageable and you work up a sweat.
I highly recommend this book, I have several fitness videos and weightloss books this is worth spending your money on.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The only fitness book you'll ever need July 5 2011
Having read many of the literally libraries full of fitness books out there I feel compelled to say all you need is one of them: Mark Lauren's.

Folks, this book is it. Written with a great economy of words, no fluff. Some of what he has to say is a bit controversial. But he can back it up.

A Top 10 Desert Island book for sure, to be read and used daily, and great for the whole family: my wife and teens are on it after they couldn't stop noticing their buffed new daddy - thank you Mark!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top notch June 23 2011
By Mihou
The best book on the market when it comes to bodyweight exercises
A complete exercises book and well written.
The author knows what he is talking about.
I strongly recommend it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I am 55+ and work in the Offshore Oil & Gas Industry, the years are creeping on me and I have to stay fit to keep my job. Mark has taken the best approach I have seen (believe me I have seen and used all the programs out there). He has developed workouts that can be done with minimal space in a short amount of time with little to no equipment. I first purchased the book for my Kindle I was so impressed with his simple approach that I bought the DvD's and the App. If you have tried the others and they have not worked take the time, read the book and then make the choice to buy the DvD's or the App or both like I did. Mark Lauren has now become a big part of my daily routine and I am thankful. Thank you Mark Lauren!
Halifax, Canada
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Most recent customer reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good book and information
Published 2 months ago by paul vincent kervin
3.0 out of 5 stars OK for basic workout routines but does use some odd ...
OK for basic workout routines but does use some odd household objects. The selling point mentioned for this book is routines that dont need a gym or exercise equipment but I would... Read more
Published 2 months ago by canadianmd
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource
Comes in useful when travelling without access to a gym.
Published 3 months ago by Standup Fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear, concise, great.
Clear, concise, and so much more than the typical "get fit now!" book out in the market today. Read more
Published 5 months ago by micheal zawada
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome - full body approach
Loved the book. Mark takes an approach that considers the whole body, not just targetting one area. The programs and exercises build logically and leave no muscle untouched! Read more
Published 6 months ago by Kevin Sullivan
4.0 out of 5 stars Mark does a good job of explaining his approach.
This program works for me! The book explains the approach, the exercises, and the various routines well and keeps the need for equipment minimal while exercising functionality not... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Albert Kitchen
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book
This book is full of body weight exercises and shows whats possible without weights. Some could be problematic for people with bad joints though, (like me). Read more
Published 17 months ago by Craig van der Sleen
5.0 out of 5 stars Great collection of exercises
The exercises and routines in this book will provide months (years?) of challenges. I typically work out in a gym and mix these in to my regular routine and / or use while... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Scott A Skjei
5.0 out of 5 stars YOU ARE YOUR OWN GYM
Published 24 months ago by DAN
4.0 out of 5 stars you really are your own gym
Mark Lauren has written an excellent book. He uses humour to present information about strength training. Read more
Published on Aug. 13 2012 by jay
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