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1. The Tae-Bo Way
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2. Dynamic Health

1. The Tae-Bo Way
by BILLY BLANKS
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Asin: 0553801007
Catlog: Book (1999-10-12)
Publisher: Bantam
Sales Rank: 391579
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Billy Blanks wasn't always the master martial artist and superbuff fitness celebrity we know from his Tae-Bo video workouts. He grew up poor in a family of 15 children, had his education stunted by undiagnosed dyslexia, and was a sports washout because of tight tendons. Martial arts made him see that there were no limits to what the body could do--except be haunted by the limitations the mind imposed.

In The Tae-Bo Way, Blanks shares not only his workout but his philosophy and his personal story. The book takes you behind the scenes to learn the background of the man and the workout. It is also a companion to the videos, coaching you to do the moves correctly, explaining which muscles you should feel working and how hard to work out, and teaching you the mental principles that glue it all together. About two-thirds of the book is the workout, with each move described and illustrated clearly and contrasted with incorrect technique, so you learn the difference.

There's also a troubleshooting guide--if you feel discomfort here, this might be what's wrong with your technique. Tae-Bo is more than just an exercise program, says Blanks: "I created it to challenge not only your body but your mind, your spirit, and your will." He encourages you to push your mental as well as physical limits. --Joan Price ... Read more

Reviews (8)

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic; you must try Tae Bo!
Tae Bo will change your life. It certainly has changed mine. I am in better shape at nearly 40 than any time in my life. I find Billy inspirational and totally balanced in his advice (This is from a physician who is fed up of the rubbish out there!)
He is humble despite his outstanding life achievements. Why don't you find out how he has made the Tae Bo videos number one in the world; you have nothing to lose but your flab!

5-0 out of 5 stars Everything explained
When I bought my Tae-Bo videos, I loved the workout but I knew I had some troubles with my form. I had trouble keeping by balance and one of the kicks would lead to a sore hip. I knew I must be doing something wrong. When I bought this book, I had expected the book to be about Tae Bo success stories. I didn't really know that it went through each of the moves step by step, explaining how to position your body and how to tighten your muscles. I was so glad that the book explained things. I definitely feel like I get so much more out of Tae Bo now that I'm sure I do it correctly.

5-0 out of 5 stars a healthy addiction
I picked up this book because I just started doing a Tae Bo like workout at my gym. Though I have been a compulsive exerciser for years (biking, running, blading and lifting), this workout has reached all kinds of muscles and skills that I hadn't used before. The first time I did a kick boxing workout, I did an 1 1/2 class -- it was the best workout I'd had in years. There's something very satisfying and empowering about the punching and picking. For women especially, I think it's a great workout for the mind and body. This book is very helpful because it outlines how to do every move with the proper form. Even though I had been doing the movements, I didn't have the time to study how to do them better. Now I feel much more confident. Plus, I enjoyed the story of Billy himself -- no self pity here: he was one of fifteen kids, but felt very loved and appreciated in his own family. This man is an inspiration on many fronts. As a fitness book, this is very high quality. He also has a healthy attitude about eating and dieting - refreshing for an exercise book. The sections on warm up and stretching are also very well done.

5-0 out of 5 stars Billy Blanks is Inspirational
I have been working out for nearly 20 years. I have done aerobics, step, spinning, kickboxing--you name whatever fad that has come along and I have done it. When I say that Tae Bo is the best thing I have ever done--I really mean it. The aerobics portion of this workout is fun, original and helps develop your upper arms as well as tighten your stomach while moving your legs and pumping up that heart. The floor exercises are phenomenal, in fact, all the components for a great workout are there: warm-up, aerobics, floor exercises, stretch and cool down all moved along by Billy's inspirational comments. Within a month, after twenty years worth of exercise, I actually see my muscles getting firmer, my posture improving,and, best of all my lower abs, shrinking. The book is a great addition to the Tae Bo Live tape series--the forms are shown in photographs and explained in the text. Billy Blanks' story is a must for anyone like myself who has struggled with exercise, wanted to quit but just didn't, always being aware of that 'higher power' that could make it all happen. Billy Blanks speaks to that tenacious spirit in all of us who want to succeed. Great going, Billy! Take it on the road--most of us would love to take one of your classes first hand!

5-0 out of 5 stars Answers all of the FAQs of the Tae Bo video series.
I have been doing Tae Bo regularly for nearly six months. During that period I have been thrilled by the results I've been getting, yet I have not always been confident of my technique or the level of my workout.

Finally, Billy Blanks has provided the answers to all of my questions in his new book. He talks about technique, optimum heart rate, and how to judge your fitness level. He weighs in on how often to work out and how many calories you will burn per hour.

This book is a motivator because it will enhance your confidence and make you an expert!! ... Read more


2. Dynamic Health
by Bernie, MD Siegel, Earl, Dr Mindell, Billy, Dr Blanks, Norman Rosenthal, Bernie Siegel, Earl Mindell, Billy Blanks
list price: $19.95
our price: $16.96
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Asin: 1885640978
Catlog: Book (2003-07)
Publisher: Insight Publishing
Sales Rank: 1944283
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Dr. Ken Davis joins eleven other health experts such as Dr. Bernie Siegel,Earl Mindell, and Billy Blanks in presenting rpactical advice designed to help you achieve Dynamic Health. ... Read more


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