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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Light Of New Orleans Publishing (May 30 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0971407614
  • ISBN-13: 978-0971407619
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 20.1 x 1.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #359,447 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Rubberbus on Jan. 19 2011
Format: Paperback
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 By Les on March 21 2011
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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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Terry on April 16 2011
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By JAMES ZEDD on Dec 26 2011
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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 By workout seeker on Nov. 1 2011
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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 By Wild at Heart on July 5 2011
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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 By Mihou on June 23 2011
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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 By Amazon Customer on July 30 2013
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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!
STU
Halifax, Canada
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