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Book Review: You Are Your Own Gym

July 11th, 2010 · 3 Comments

Written by Mark Lauren and Joshua Clark, You Are Your Own Gym, offers fantastic ways to get in shape for FREE using only your body weight to do it. As I read this book, I was nodding my head the whole time, agreeing with everything he says -from cardio is a waste of time to the body weight exercises. I got a few giggles at some of the names of exercises like “pillow humpers”, “little piggies” or “sissy squats”.   Some of the exercises you’ll recognize from yoga like Half Moon Pose (Arhda Chandrasana) is now called One-Legged Romanian Dead Lifts or Downward Facing Dog pose is now called Military Press (from down dog put your head on the floor).   Movements I know from Cross Fit are here as well such as Burpees, Mountain Climbers, Pistols, One Legged Squats, Squats, and Overhead Squats. All of those aside from the Overhead Squats can be done with no weight and can completely get your heart rate up!

The nutrition information is basic. The more muscle you have on your body, the more you can eat. Keep your food in the paleo zone (although he doesn’t use that word) { nuts, seeds, lean proteins, fruits, veggies, eggs and fish}.   Eat 3-5 meals per day and keep the meals small- you aren’t going to starve.

What do I think?

I think this program closely resembles Cross Fit. Each workout can be done in Ladders, Supersets, Stappers (Rounds), Tabatas, and Intervel Sets. He’s got set standards for each program and it’s reasonable to work your way up to Chief Class. There is some ridiculousness in some of the exercises that I just wouldn’t do like “Bam Bams” lying over a table opening and closing your legs or working on fingertip pull-ups on a door frame, but on the whole this is a good program. Those people who say there is no cardio component have never done 50 Buprees in 4 minutes!  It’s worth a read and if you are one of those highly motivated people who don’t require a trainer of any sort watching you, this is the book for you.  For the rest of us,  you might just add a few exercises to your fitness library of what you can do at home!

P.S. I received this book for purposes of review and nobody is paying me to to right my opinion!

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  • 1 Eva // Jul 24, 2010 at 7:03 am

    I just bought the book recently. I completely agree with the training philosophy, which is to work your way up to short intense workouts using bodyweight exercises. Short intense training has been proven to have a much greater affect on body composition, muscular & cardiovascular endurance, and strength than doing “cardio”. It’s also much less time consuming.
    But be forwarned, some of these 20-40 minute workouts, that can be done anywhere, are intense! That’s what makes it work. I’ve been doing this program for about a month now, and I already feel much stronger and leaner.


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  • 3 Anjeanette // Aug 31, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    Half- moon is my favorite! Sometimes I have trouble with balance poses. I found Leeann Carey has a free yoga video that talks about a Sitting Bone/Heel Connection in standing poses that is really helpful. Thought your readers would like it:

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