- Paperback: 294 pages
- Publisher: Dragon Door Publications; 1 edition (1600)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0938045768
- ISBN-13: 978-0938045762
- Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 2.5 x 27.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 1 Kg
- Average Customer Review: 28 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #144,705 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Convict Conditioning: How to Bust Free of All Weakness--Using the Lost Secrets of Supreme Survival Strength Paperback – 1600
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How Do YOU Stack up Against the 6 Ultimate Measures of a TRUE Man?
According to the tenets of Convict Conditioning a TRUE man can achieve:
- AT LEAST one set of 5 one-arm pushups each side—with the ELITE goal of 100 sets each side
- AT LEAST one set of 5 one-leg squats each side—with the ELITE goal of 2 sets of 50 each side
- AT LEAST one set of 1 one-arm pullups each side—with the ELITE goal of 2 sets of 6 each side
- AT LEAST one set of 5 hanging straight leg raises—with the ELITE goal of 2 sets of 30
- AT LEAST one set of 1 stand-to-stand bridges—with the ELITE goal of 2 sets of 30
- AT LEAST one set of 1 one-arm handstand pushups—with the ELITE goal of 1 set of 5
Well, how DO you stack up?
Chances are that whatever athletic level you have achieved, there are some serious gaps in your OVERALL strength program. Gaps that stop you short of being able to claim status as a TRUE man.
The good news is that—in Convict Conditioning—Paul Wade has laid out a brilliant 6-set system of 10 progressions which allows you to master these elite levels. And you could be starting at almost any age and in almost in any condition!
Paul Wade has given you the keys—ALL the keys you'll ever need— that will open door after door after door for you in quest for REAL physical accomplishment. Yes, it will be the hardest work you'll ever have to do. And yes, 97% of those who pick up Convict Conditioning, frankly, won't have the guts and the fortitude to make it. But if you make it even half-way through Paul's Progressions, you'll be stronger than almost anyone you encounter.
If you're a 3-percenter, in particular, then this book is for you. Have at it!
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A lot of preamble at the beginning on the merits of bodyweight training vs. the more common barbell etc. That part was interesting and, I think, probably correct, although the arguments presented were empirical and/or very opinion-based, so I took them with a grain of salt. However, the meat of the book is the 10-step progressions provided for 6 different groups of bodyweight exercises, showing the reader the reps, sets and movements needed to progress from very beginner to very advanced. For example, the section on push-ups runs from wall pushups (step one) to standard pushups (step 5) all the way up to one arm pushups. These seem like a really useful training tool. I also appreciated the author's philosophy, which is basically that you don't need fancy exercises or equipment, or supplements, or complicated diets. Just put the time in, don't rush, and you'll get there.
You learned to drive but can't race, you can shoot but aren't a marksman, you can do push ups but likely never knew the how or why of the movements Paul Wade suggests. Its worth a read just to get a fresh insight into training. He's essentially suggesting that returns are limited on calisthenics because people have failed to employ them properly or pursue them far enough.
What he outlines is simple and presumably effective and leaves progress solely up to the practioner. It's you, the floor, and a pull up bar... Do you still care to get jacked?
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