You Are Your Own Gym: The Bible of Bodyweight Exercises for Men and Women Paperback – May 30 2010
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"This is a terrific book with a promise of carrying around a full gym in each of our heads! It fits perfectly in our mobile age of road warriors. It also provides a powerful fitness regime that fits into the support limits of our military forces on deployment anywhere in the world. Both members of my family and I are adopting the regime." General James Abrahamson, USAF
"You Are Your Own Gym takes the strength training techniques of the Special Operations Forces and puts them into a comprehensive and easy to understand manual that can be done by anyone, anywhere, anytime. Mark Lauren has paved the way for anyone looking to get into the best shape of their life!" Gregory Peterman, Sergeant First Class, US Army Green Beret
I’ve had the opportunity to observe Mark Lauren's training program in action. He was responsible for training my Air Force Special Operations troops to prepare them for the most intense combat operations. The progress in my men was phenomenal. He took the best of the best, most of them former athletes, and made them stronger and leaner than they'd ever been. Best of all, they can use Mark’s program anywhere in the world they may find themselves for the rest of their lives.” Geoffrey McClendon, Lt. Colonel, USAF
"As a past Air Force Academy Physical Fitness Instructor and Commander of some of the most physically fit warriors ever to serve our country, I feel well qualified to recommend Mark Lauren's book, You Are Your Own Gym, to anyone serious about raising the level of their physical fitness. And most importantly, staying fit. Following the exercises outlined in Mark's book eliminates the excuses often heard as to why one can't get into top shape.” John T. Carney, Jr., Colonel, USAF
Why do we have Bowflex, elaborate all-in-one’ pieces of equipment, or for that matter, why do we have Gold's Gyms, or personal trainers? In my experience the most fit group of men I have ever seen was my Infantry unit in Vietnam. There were none of these luxuries. You literally were your own gym for real. Everyone was fit, strong, lean and agile. Reactions were quick and everyone had keen and alert senses. What works about this book is the return to nature, give yourself some discipline, throw away the pseudo crutches, and gain control of yourself through your own body's gym!” Mike Fisher, Commander, 82nd Airborne Division; U.S. Army Ranger; Colonel, U.S. Army
"Body weight exercises are the simplest and most effective method of getting and staying in shape! On the road, crunched for time, or without a gym, these movements allow the most elite warriors to stay in fighting condition.” Van Hall, Lt., Operations and Training Officer SEAL Team Four, US Navy
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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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!
A complete exercises book and well written.
The author knows what he is talking about.
I strongly recommend it.
Most recent customer reviews
An excellent introduction to body weight exercises and a useful addition to the library of every experienced exerciser. The photos and descriptions are good.Published 2 months ago by Peter McCann
I like Marks story and together with his mobile app it makes a good training combo. But, unless you are willing to go this way, don't buy it.Published 4 months ago by Pavol Zibrita
Really enjoy this book. Very easy to read with good explanations about the benefits of gaining muscle over long cardio exercises. The tips on working out at home were helpful.Published 4 months ago by Ben Butler
one of my favorite books of exercises, and I have approximately 30. I always bring it with me when I travel.Published 9 months ago by Sascha Konietzko
This is an interesting concept for a young athletic person. It gives great looking workouts, but probably not as good for we with cranky knees and achy bits.Published 10 months ago by art is life
This is an excellent book for anyone who is interested in bodyweight fitness. The instructions are really simple and easy to understand. The illustrations are very helpful too. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Steph