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    1. The Abs Diet: The Six-Week Plan to Flatten Your Stomach and Keep You Lean for Life
    by David Zinczenko, Ted Spiker
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    Asin: 1579549985
    Catlog: Book (2004-06-19)
    Publisher: Rodale Books
    Sales Rank: 268
    Average Customer Review: 4.07 out of 5 stars
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    Great-looking abs are more than just a way to support the mirror industry. In fact, strong abs and flat stomachs are the ultimate indicator of overall health-for both men and women. Great abs will help you live longer, sleep better, prevent back pain, and significantly improve your sex life! (And, hey, they don't look half-bad in the mirror, either.) Unfortunately, you could spend years on starvation diets and extreme exercise programs that never unearth those elusive stomach muscles.

    Or you could spend just six weeks with David Zinczenko, Editor-in-Chief of Men's Health magazine, on THE ABS DIET-an easy and effective program for everyone that is helping thousands of people lose weight, flatten their guts, banish post-pregnancy bellies, and become healthier than they ever thought possible.
    What's more, once on this revolutionary new diet you'll look and feel better than ever without deprivation dieting, counting calories, measuring foods, worrying about confusing phases-or ever feeling hungry!
    Sound impossible? Let David Zinczenko prove it to you. As editor-in-chief of the world's most important men's magazine, Zinczenko has devoted his career to helping people improve their lives through the latest and most well-researched health, nutrition, and exercise information available.
    Now, in the national bestseller THE ABS DIET, Zinczenko reveals his infallible formula that works for both men and women:
    >>The ABS DIET POWER foods: the 12 best foods (all part of an easy-to-remember acronym) that will naturally boost your metabolism so that you can strip away fat, build muscle, and look and feel great for life. (Bonus: Many of the Abs Diet Powerfoods are even-gasp-carbs!)
    >>SIMPLICITY: This low-maintenance program is easy to follow because there are no scales, no phases, no calculus-like formulas to compute, and no recipes that take a culinary degree to make. (One of the secret weapons: Satiating smoothies.) In fact, many of the dozens and dozens of delicious meals you can make take no more than a few minutes to prepare!
    INCENTIVE: The plan never leaves you hungry. Instead, it encourages you to eat (a whopping six times a day!), stokes your metabolism, and even lets you cheat now and then.
    ENERGY: Designed to help you build the lean muscle that and melt away that pesky belly fat, this full-body exercise program can be done at home in only 20 minutes, 3 times a week, with nothing more than a set of dumbbells!
    LONGEVITY: An easy-to-remember maintenance plan will help you maintain your flat stomach forever.
    Thousands of people are on THE ABS DIET, which can help you lose up to 20 pounds in six weeks-all while gaining pounds of muscle!-because it's easy to follow and even easier to stick to. THE ABS DIET also describes some of the stories of people who went on the program and had amazing successes. In those cases, these people ended up changing their waistlines-and their lives.
    THE ABS DIET is the best, last and only diet and nutrition plan that you will ever need.

    Read about how low-carb diets are making you fat, about how the food industry is putting secret fat bombs in your favorite foods, and about how you can fight back. You'll find out why 95 percent of all diets fail, and why THE ABS DIET is different.

    So how about joining on for a six-pack? Yours.



    - 12 "superfoods" that will change your life.

    - A simple maintenance plan to keep your abs from disappearing

    Six weeks to superior strength and sexy symmetry every man-and woman! -lusts after. Men's Health can show you how.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Balanced, Helpful Information - But Not For Abs
    Ninety percent of this book is about adopting and maintaining a diet and exercise plan that will reduce body fat percentage, increase LBM, and lead to a more healthy body. The information in the "Abs Diet" can be beneficial to beginners to nutrition, weight training, and cardio, but for those with the basics down, it likely contain information already known. Here is a reiteration for the umpteenth time of the following: The Glycemic Index (GI). Avoid the starvation mode by eating small, balanced, and nutritious meals throughout the day to keep the metabolism up and running by eating approximately every 3 to 3.5 hours. Keep your body adequately hydrated. Avoid sugars, fructose and corn syrups. Really? The basic theme of feed the muscle burn the fat, that has been regurgitated for years now.

    The only portion of this book that focuses on defining the abdominals and obliques is the last chapter. So why the title?

    This book is put forth by two authors with backgrounds in health and nutrition. David Zinczenko is editor and chief of "Men's Health" magazine, which gives advice to the perrenially out-of-shape and uneducated, according to its own statistics on it market base readership. The title "Abs Diet: The Six Week Plan to flatten your stomach," is another attempt to ride the recent health wave of out-of-shape Americans who are spending billions to obtain any information they can get their hands on regarding anything that is 1. "healthy" and 2. will make them look better.

    For someone to shed the fat that covers their abdominals they need to very knowledgeable about their diet to a "T" This takes lots of time, trial and error, and consideration, while simultaneously living a healthy lifestyle and maintaining a properly executed exercise regimen. All these things mentioned, can NOT be done in a mere 6 weeks. The title alone insinuates and perpetuates the myth of "spot reduction" when it comes to reducing body fat percentage.

    Those who seek instant gratification with little effort or long-term foresight will be the buyers of this book. Check out Tom Venuto.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Invaluable information, truly effective.
    First off: I'm in my fourth week of the plan and I've lost over 15 pounds, more than one size down in my waist, feeling great, and not even thinking I'm on a "diet".

    Second: If you bought this book and you're already a fit person like some of the reviewers, you need to pay better attention. This isn't "an abs workout book", it's a diet.

    Bottom line: Intelligently presented, logical explanation of how (and why) you can change your lifestyle to make drastic and effective changes for life. Just by my undertaking this program, my better half has lost 8 pounds as well (and the extent of her participation is that we eat the same meals pretty regularly).

    I'd never tried a diet before this one because, frankly, they never made any sense to me. After reading about the plan on the web site, I had to read the book. Once you read it, you'll believe. It's fact, not fads.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A healthier approach to weightloss!
    I have long sought a weightloss plan which allowed you to take a sensible approach to eating, while incorporating all of the food groups. The Abs Diet is it. I began the diet a couple of weeks ago and have begun to see results in the loss of belly-fat. As a middle age woman whose genes have suggested a predisposition to a "thick middle," I have found that the diet alone has left me totally satisfied, while eating the foods that I like, in sensible nutritious amounts. I have lost my craving for sugary foods through the fruit that I eat everyday, and I have found that the small amount of pasta and bread that I eat has overcome the craving for carbs. South Beach and Atkins watch out! I expect that when I begin to work out again(I am recovering from shoulder surgery) I will experience major results, while living a healthier lifestyle! I am a vegetarian, so I must carefully monitor my protein intake. The inclusion of 3 snacks a day has allowed me to ingest a healthier level of nutrients.

    While this book was written with men in mind, my only criticism is that it should have included a feminine side as well!

    3-0 out of 5 stars I thought we weren't supposed to count calories...
    Let me start off by saying, I'm not condemning this book. I didn't buy it to educate myself on how to eat right and exercise - I already knew that from the half-dozen or so other books I have read on the subject. I was curious to see Mr. Zinczenko's take on the 12 power foods and exercise regimen. In short, my conclusion is that the rate of weight you are expected to drop following the plan to the letter is unhealthy.

    By that I mean that his book specifies the 6 meals you are to eat a day and the simple exercises that go with it. Even though the book tells you time and time again not to count calories - for curiosity's sake I did anyway for the first week just to see what Zinczenko's power foods and portions came to. My conclusion is that I averaged 1600 calories a day. Couple that meager amount with my exercise routine and I have a net effect of about 1000-1100 calories for my body not burned off by exercise.

    Based on my 6' 2" frame and basal metabolic rate, I'm likely to have a calorie deficit of about 1500 calories a day. Simple math tells me I would lose a minimum of about a pound every two days. In fact I lost 4 ½ lbs the first week. Sounds good doesn't it? Well the problem is most nutritionists (and I have talked to several) will tell you not to lose more than 2 pounds per week on any plan. You risk cannibalizing your own muscle for energy and therefore set yourself up to gain it all back in the future. In other words the average man should probably take the slow and steady approach and feed themselves about 2000-2200 calories a day of healthy food.

    I guess my point is, that while the science is good and Zinczenko's motivation seems rational - when you really look at what he has you eat and how much, it is a starvation plan whether he admits it or not. Breaking it up into six meals is helpful, but at the end of the day I find myself craving more food. The portions suggested in the book are not realistic for long-term maintenance.

    2-0 out of 5 stars silly, silly, silly!
    Abs diet?

    come on. Does fat know where to go?

    Oh, Mr. Oreo, please don't go to my abs, go to my calf?

    If you think fat has intelligence and won't go to your abs, then you need a shrink, not a diet book. ... Read more


    2. Bob Greene's Total Body Makeover : An Accelerated Program of Exercise and Nutrition for Maximum Results in Minimum Time
    by Bob Greene
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    Asin: 0743254058
    Catlog: Book (2005-01-03)
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster
    Sales Rank: 23748
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    Fitness is a lifetime commitment, but you can accelerate results and transform your body in 12 weeks, says Bob Greene, best known as Oprah Winfrey's personal trainer. Not for the "move a little" crowd, this program is intense and challenging, whatever your starting level. "It's a bit like boot camp," Greene acknowledges. You'll do vigorous aerobic exercise 15 (beginning level), 30 (intermediates), or 45 (advanced) minutes 6 days a week, and increase 2 minutes each week--and double your usual minutes for one workout a week. You'll also strength train with dumbbells or machines and do functional training (strengthening stabilizing muscles).

    The eating plan is not a diet--rather Greene describes 5 eating rules to help you eat fewer and burn more calories: curb emotional eating, eat breakfast, establish an eating cut-off time, drink lots of water, and limit alcohol. You'll get enough calories to sustain your intense exercise routine, but cut out the calories otherwise stored as fat.

    Greene, author of Get With the Program and Make the Connection, also analyzes popular diets, and fills the book with motivational stories of his successful clients. Recommended for those who are ready to commit to an intense program to burn fat, increase metabolism, and change habits for the long haul. --Joan Price ... Read more


    3. Body for Life: 12 Weeks to Mental and Physical Strength
    by Bill Phillips
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    Asin: 0060193395
    Catlog: Book (1999-06-10)
    Publisher: HarperCollins
    Sales Rank: 608
    Average Customer Review: 4.07 out of 5 stars
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    Bill Phillips had been publishing bodybuilding magazines and marketing nutritional supplements for years when he had a weird revelation at a trade show: many of the most loyal and enthusiastic readers he had were totally out of shape. From that uncomfortable realization came his popular Physique Transformation Contest (top prize that first year: Phillips's own Lamborghini), now world famous, and this book.

    The three-times-a-week weightlifting program in Body for Life is deceptively simple. If you've spent any time in the gym, you've already done all the exercises. But Phillips includes a couple of high-intensity sets at the end of each exercise that should compound the training effect on each muscle group. Same goes for the cardiovascular exercise he recommends: just 20 minutes, three times a week. But those 20 minutes are spent jacking the intensity up and down, accomplishing more in less time.

    Phillips arranges all this into a 12-week program, along with nutritional and motivational tips. Be warned that the nutritional advice gets a little spacey. For example, he puts "carbohydrates" and "vegetables" into separate categories, and recommends three daily doses of a nutritional supplement called Myoplex, which his company manufactures. (Fortunately, he gives tips on how to make each dose taste different, such as by adding drops of peppermint extract.) Despite this strangeness, Body for Life still motivates because so many others have achieved astounding results in similar 12-week windows, and the pictures and testimonials are here as evidence. --Lou Schuler ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Sound Advice Great Book!
    I have been working out for years and consider myself in top condition so I wasn't exactly looking for an exercise routine, inspiration, guru or whatever.I too thought that the people in the book were roiders and thought NO WAY! Upon reading the book I thought "hey...this makes sense!" and decided to give the initial 12 weeks a try- I was so reluctant and very very skeptical. In fact I wanted this book and his advice to fail.I drafted my best buddy a former college athlete and bodybuilder to try BODY FOR LIFE too. We are in our 6th week and people are asking us what steroids we are using! NONE! Drug Free and we have built quality muscle while increasing our aerobic capacity. This is the real deal and can teach any regular man or woman, die hard fitness fan, athlete or trainer like me a thing or two. The plan stresses common sense, work out smart not hard, its fun nor arduous! Tons of variety.Plenty of rest and real world advice.Finally a book for the everyday Joe from fat to fit who wants to be healthier and guess what? A whole lot buffer! Must buy and ENJOY! Its actually fun!!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars I worked out with Bill and he deffinitely kicked my Buttttt
    I got the chance to meet up with Bill Phillips out in Los Angeles. We worked out at the Crunch Gym in Beverly Hills and let me tell you, he deffinitely knows his stuff! I have been working out for about 5 years, but when I did his workout with him pushing me, I was sore for days afterwards. His methods cut your gym time in half and will deffinitely have better results.

    (quality over quantity is what he says). I've never had a better workout in my life!
    thanks :) (...)

    1-0 out of 5 stars Body for Life: Over the Top, No Depth
    BFL contains a lot of motivational speeches, but on the subtantive issues of diet and fitness, it has very little to say. The writing style is very informal and unpolished, even in comparison to other fitness books. Nice before/after pics on the inside front cover, but I doubt they were achieved after a mere 12 weeks on the program.

    Philips tells you to do 20 mins of cardio 3x a week, but says nothing about what kind of cardio to do or how they differ from each other, e.g. walking vs swimming vs tennis. Which form of cardio you choose affects which weight training exercises you should perform, both to balance out your body and also for specific injury-prevention exercises. For a better discussion of cardio and geneeral fitness I'd recommend Cross Training for Dummies by Tony Ryan and Martica Heaner.

    The BFL program relies on a vague "intensity index" and is one-size-fits-all. A well designed weight training program takes into account body type (obese vs. slightly overweight), goal (weight loss, muscle growth or strength gain), and experience (beginner, intermediate, advanced). The recommended 5 sets of 12-10-8-6-12 reps are questionable for beginners, who are presumable the target audience for the book. His cheesy cadence for raising the weight (say: Body for Life) and lowering the weight (say: I am building my Body for Life) illustrate the general shallowness of the book. For a serious and comprehensive weight training book try the Men's Health Home Workout Bible, by Lou Schuler and Michael Mejia.

    On diet, BFL is confusing; I'd skip this section entirely. The chapter consists of a table of permitted foods and a short list of "good carbs", but doesn't explain why certain foods are recommended. He recommends low fat foods, but also denigrates low fat, high carb diets. Then he recommends the potato, which current best practice avoids due to its high glycemic load. Is Phillips low fat or low carb? I can't tell. The only thing he's clear about is that you should buy his protein shakes. Instead of this mishmash I'd recommend Eat, Drink, and be Healthy, by Walter Willett.

    Overall, reading and following this book may be better than doing nothing for the next 12 weeks, but there are much better beginner diet and workout guides available. If you need motivation, look to other less over-the-top books, or better yet, to friends and family, and inside YOU.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Getting my body back after injury
    About a year and a half ago I suffered an injury that made it difficult for me to follow my usual exercise routine. Because of this I got soft and gained much unwanted weight. My mom recommended this book mostly because of the exercise program.

    I have only been on the program for a couple of weeks but have already noticed a great improvement in my energy level and stamina (not to mention a lifetime of insomnia seems to be getting better). While I still can't follow the entire program due to my doctor's prescribed limitations, I follow what I can and still find that I'm getting great results.

    If you can't start on this program whole-heartedly, the results will be slower than the examples given in the book. Even so, you'll still see some positive results.

    I'm looking forward to being able to ramp up and get on this program in its entirety. In the meantime, I'm just thankful that I have a guidebook to get the rest of me in shape.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Great Place to Get Started, but missing a few things.
    I am now a two weeks into the Body for Life program outlined in the book. (I didn't take pictures and I am not planning on entering the challenge.)

    I notice a distinct change in my body. I once did the Atkins diet and shed close to twenty pounds in the first two weeks, and though Body for Life is not giving me those kinds of weight loss results, I am noticing muscular definition starting and my pants getting looser in the waist. The big change is in how I FEEL.

    I definitely feel as if my Fitness level is on the way up in a big way. In short, I am energized about my health and fitness in a way I have not been in a long time.

    Here is my experience so far:

    -Exercise routines are very intense, especially in the beginning. (I actually did a lighter version of the program for a week before I started in earnest, just to get the feel of what it would look like.) You will be sore, very sore in the first week if you haven't really worked out in a while. This will gradually improve into the second week. If you don't catch fire with motivation, I could see somebody who is coming in really out of shape start to dread the workouts and eventually give up.

    WARNING: The Bill Phillips book does not mention stretching AT ALL. If you don't stretch, I cannot see how you would not risk injury. I try to stretch before and after the workouts, which will add ten to twelve minutes on each end of the workout. (A friend who is a personal trainer says that though he thinks the program is a great way to increase fitness levels, he will not recommend the book to people almost solely because of its lack of respect for warm-up, cool down, and stretching.)

    -Meal Plan: I am being disciplined, but I will not lie, if you are a busy person it is tough to eat this way in a disciplined manner. If you are in meetings all morning it is pretty tough to break out a small meal or excuse yourself to go make a shake.
    One tip: Learn to love cottage cheese. The people I know who are most successful with the meal plan eat loads of cottage cheese. (It is portable, ready to eat, etc.) I haven't learned to love it yet.

    Supplements: I have been using the Myoplex shakes. I find that I only need one a day though. I started out with two, but felt like it was too much.

    BY THE WAY: There is a lot of anti supplement information being thrown around that I think will discourage people looking into this program. I cannot speak to the science or health statements being made about them, but I will say that the statement that you will spend $1000.00 on supplements for the 12 weeks is completely fabricated. The general meal plan put forward suggests an average of 2-3 shakes a day for 6 days a week. Let's take the high number of 3 per day. The math breaks down like this:

    3 shakes x 6 days = 18 Shakes
    18 Shakes x 12 weeks = 216 Shakes

    The shakes come in standard boxes of 20 packets per box. So...

    216 Shakes divided by 20 = 11 Boxes (rounded up.)

    (...) ... Read more


    4. The Abs Diet Eat Right Every Time Guide
    by David Zinczenko
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    Asin: 1594862389
    Catlog: Book (2005-01-05)
    Publisher: Rodale Press
    Sales Rank: 740
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    5. 8 Minutes in the Morning to a Flat Belly: Lose Up to 6 Inches in Less than 4 Weeks--Guaranteed!
    by Jorge Cruise
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    Asin: 157954715X
    Catlog: Book (2004-01-01)
    Publisher: Rodale Books
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    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Lose up to 6 inches of belly bulge in less than 4 weeks-- guaranteed!

    Heart attack. Breast cancer. High blood pressure. These are all good reasons to lose that fat around your middle. And now, whether you're new to the Jorge Cruise weight-control plan or not, 8 Minutes in the Morning to a Flat Belly will help you lose up to 6 inches of belly bulge in less than 4 weeks-- guaranteed! The Jorge Cruise secret is to restore your metabolism by creating new lean muscles that burn fat and shrink the size of your belly.

    Each day you'll do a simple Cruise Move routine that is specialized to sculpt your belly and take just 8 minutes. You'll also get a delicious meal plan with the essential muscle-making materials you'll need to create your new body. All with NO counting of calories or banning of foods. Empowering visualizations will help you conquer the emotional eating that may be sabotaging your efforts. Success stories from Jorge Cruise clients will help keep you inspired. You have nothing to lose except inches of belly fat!

    "My results have changed my life. I have more control over my eating habits and the shape and size of my body."
    --Sharon Lawson (exchanged her size-10 pants for a size 6!)

    "Thanks to Jorge Cruise's program, I've lost 40 pounds and had to cinch my belt 6 inches smaller."
    --Judy Thompson (shrank her waist 6 inches!)

    "I feel young again and I look great!"
    --Edna Frizzell (dropped four dress sizes!)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars This really works!
    Most of my weight problem is in my stomach. Thanks to genetics. I have high blood pressure, diabetes and hypothyroid. My doctor told me I needed to lose weight especially in my stomach. I followed the exercises and the plan. I lost 10lbs all in my stomach and went down a size. No longer it is a problem to button the pants, shorts or skirts. I have 20lbs to go but the more I continue to do it the more I see results. Also, I have done the orginal exercises and the real shapes/real sizes and noticed a toned defination in my arms, legs and butt. This really works..I'm living proof. I would never promote something that doesn't work.

    5-0 out of 5 stars So Far, So Good!
    I have been following the routine and meal plans in "8 Minutes in the Morning to a Flat Belly" for a little over two weeks now (almost a record in my exercizing history!). So far it has been very easy to follow. I like that it doesn't require the purchase of "gym clothes," membership fees, and driving to the gym. This is done at home, on my own schedule.

    Also, the meal plans are rather tasty and don't leave you feeling hungry. Usually when I am on a "diet" all I can think about is when the next meal will be. This is not the case here.

    I hope to keep following this plan and see the inches disappear!

    Thank you Jorge Cruise!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars It's an easy, doable plan that works!
    Jorge Cruise has put together a great book to help us lose weight. If you hate strenuous exercise and counting every calorie that goes in your mouth this is the program for you. If you combine the book with membership on jorgecruise.com the odds are in your favor to finally lose the weight and firm up. The best part too is the diet guidelines are sensible and realistic. No gimmicks and no fads.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Easy Plan!
    I just got this book and plan on using it for my post pregnancy workout. Will fit in perfectly with being a new mom. Very sensible and doable exercise plan and eating plan. PLUS, he has a great online website club for support! Thanks Jorge for creating a program for the "real" people of the world! ... Read more


    6. Ashtanga Yoga: The Practice Manual: An Illustrated Guide to Personal Practice
    by David Swenson
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    Asin: 1891252089
    Catlog: Book (1999-09-01)
    Publisher: Ashtanga Yoga Productions
    Sales Rank: 2554
    Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars
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    This is the most user-friendly yoga book available! It contins the entire Primary and Intermediate series of Ashtanga Yoga with three options for every asana. It is spiral bound to easily remain open while practicing. It contains over 650 photos with clear instructions and commentary. It is a great book for all levels of practitioners to enjoy and teachers will find it to be an invaluable tool for teaching their students. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars excellent
    I have looked at a lot of books on yoga, and also own both of Beryl Bender Birch's books, but David Swenson's book and tapes are the absolute best for someone who wants to get started with Ashtanga. Highly recommend the "Short Forms" video for those not already familiar with Ashtanga; it is extremely user-friendly and unpretentious. This is supposed to be about the book, though, which is excellent; it includes photos of most modifications that are discussed, is easy to follow, and is the only book that includes ALL of the postures in primary and secondary series. The only criticism I have is that the Birch books are better about letting the reader know which postures should be avoided without help of a teacher. Hopefully, as Ashtanga grows in popularity, there will be more qualified teachers throughout the country. Now, though, many of us do not have the option of regular instruction, and this book is the next best thing.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Yes it really is that good
    I recently started practicing The Primary Series, and although there are some really good books out there (Julie Pegram, Berly Bender Birch, Richard Freeman, etc.) I must say this is the best. This book gives a lot of what alot of the other books give (History, Sanskrit Terminology, The entire Primary Series, some or all of the Intermediate Series, modifications to postures, etc.), but this book goes a little beyond. A prime example of this concept is the abbreviated workouts (aka "Short Forms"). The Short Forms range from 15-45 minutes. I can speak from personal experience on how well even a 15 minute Short Form can improve your overall wellness. In addition David Swenson's breaking down of how to properly perform a half vinyasa (the Up Dog, Down Dog, jump through after every seated posture) is unparalled, a very detailed step-by-step analysis that makes this impossible display of dexterity seem attainable. Any person with at least a base understanding of Ashtanga Yoga, or Yoga in general, could benefit from this book. In fact, anybody interested in developing an at home practice could benefit from what this book has to offer. What else can I say, this book is really that good.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great introduction!
    This book is awesome - it gives you everything you need to begin or expand on a yoga practice. Plenty of positioning instructions with a focus on the most important benefits of yoga beyond the physical. Helps combine positioning, breath, bandhas and flow. Enjoy! Namaste.

    5-0 out of 5 stars SO GOOD!!!
    This book is amazing! I've practiced yoga for about 12 years now. I've always vinyasa flow classes, you know enough to make me sweat but still stay in my comfort zone. I decided to start studying Ashtanga. This book is perfect. IT lays out the poses clearly as well modifications. For example, I don't see the shoulder stand, plow, or headstand in my future and this has very practical modifications. If you can purchase this with Swenson's "Short Forms" vhs or dvd. I practice the 30 or 45 minute routine 3-4x's a week ( I balance it routines by Baptiste, Kest or Eoin Finn as I feel I get more stretch from their classes). If you are an intermediate yogi and want to take the plunge into Ashtanga, Swenson is your man. Be prepared to sweat!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A gift to yogis everywhere
    I just wanted to add my own 5 stars to the line up. This is the yoga book I can't live without...if someone borrows it I get all edgy until it's returned. The scenic photos are stunning but the easy-to-use layout for my own practice is invaluable.

    I too, recommend practice with a live class but once you know what you're doing this book will take you a long way. It's a gift to the yoga community and just fun to look at if you like to be amazed at what the human body can do.

    I would love to see the other two series' layed out like this--just for fun. I'm personally a primary series girl all the way, but still, I'm curious. ... Read more


    7. Treat Your Own Back
    by Robin A. McKenzie
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    Asin: 0959774661
    Catlog: Book (1993-04-01)
    Publisher: Orthopedic Physical Therapy Product
    Sales Rank: 2593
    Average Customer Review: 4.45 out of 5 stars
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    Help yourself to a pain-free back. This easy-to-follow book presents over 80 pages of education and clinically-proven exercises. The simple and effective self-help exercises in Robin McKenzie's Treat Your Own Back have helped thousands worldwide find relief from common low back and neck pain. This book helps you understand the causes and treatments, along with a system of exercises that can help you relieve pain and prevent recurrence. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars This book saved my back!
    About six months ago I was doing quite a lot of weight lifting which was slowly weakening my back. Being on the high school track team I decided to try the running long jump for the first time. When I landed in the sand my lower back gave out and for the next six months I had a dull pain that would stay with me all day, everyday. Some Days my back felt better than others and sometimes it seemed that the only retreat I possibly had from the pain was bed rest. I spent an incredible waste of money on chiropractors that did absolutely nothing for the pain. I was beginning to become depressed because I couldn't do cross country in the fall, and going to work and school felt like going to hell and back everyday. I felt like I was too young to have back problems and I was seeking advice from everyone I could turn to. Then a student teacher of mine told me that a friend of his was using Robin McKenzie's book on how to treat your own back. It took about four or five weeks for the pain to go away, but if I hadn't discovered this book, I'm sure the pain would have lasted many more months, if not years. McKenzie's book tought me very effective techniques for treating my lower back pain and how to prevent it from reocurring. If you buy this book, it is important to be patient with the techniques described. When first starting out, there should be an initial increase in the amount of pain which I experienced. If this pain increase does not go back down to how it was after about a day or if the pain becomes worse, consult with a doctor or physical therapist immediately. This was a very helpful book and I recommend it to anyone with lower back pain. It wasn't untill my back was damaged that my whole life cam into perspective. Nobody should deserve to live with chronic back pain.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended by Physical Therapist
    I am a Physical Therapist who uses the McKenzie approach to low back and neck pain. I was introduced to the techniques during one of my clicical affiliations as a student. I can honestly say that there have been very few patients that I have treated that have not been able to find relief with this technique. "Treat Your Own Back" is a wonderful resource that I issue to the majority of my patients in conjunction with their treatment and home exercise program. The book includes a basic, but thorough review of spinal anatomy. Also has very easy to understand text accompanied by pictures explaining the text. I highly recommend this book; however, if one does not achieve relief with this technique, or if thier symptoms increase or travel to another area, it is crucial that they consult with their physician and/or physical therapist.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Here's what I think...
    Book discusses a very specific way of treating back pain. In short, you do these backward bending motions which is suppose to have an effect on the discs in your spine. In addition, you sit up straight and watch your posture. All in all, it didn't help me much, but I do know many people it has helped- so I say give it a try. Also liked "Treat Your Own Knees" if you have knee pain.

    4-0 out of 5 stars What is this total quack stuff?
    This was a great book from a patients perspective of the lower back mechanics in an acute pain phase. Despite the ? review above from one Brownyn Scot, who reviews the book with the header 'a total quack' I would have to remark that the uneducated, myself included, have too much free space on the Internet to say supposedly learned things of which they know not, except definately crock pots :) The book helped. Enough said.

    1-0 out of 5 stars A total quack
    I used Robin's technique to help my sciatica when I was in my 20s. Now, 20 years later, a physical therapist asks how I messed up my posture so badly. When she heard that I used Robin's techniques she said it was too bad. That Robin has messed up many people's backs. Now I have severe arthritis between my shoulder blades from having such horrible posture for the past 20 years. Save yourself and get a recommendation to a respected physical therapist instead. ... Read more


    8. The Core Performance : The Revolutionary Workout Program to Transform Your Body & Your Life
    by Mark Verstegen, Pete Williams
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    Asin: 1594861684
    Catlog: Book (2005-05-06)
    Publisher: Rodale Books
    Sales Rank: 2348
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    Core Performance, the breakthrough fitness program that has already shipped more than 50,000 copies in hardcover, is the first program that delivers strength and muscle mass, endurance and a lean body, balance and flexibility, athletic quickness and power--all in less than an hour a day. How? By giving you a personal coach who has worked with some of the most famous and successful athletes in the world today.

    The intense focus on the muscles of your core--abs, lower back, hips, and thighs--will help you stand taller and prevent the back pain from which most people eventually suffer. The detailed nutrition section guarantees that you'll feed your muscles, starve your fat, and get boundless energy when you need it most. This program is like nothing you've ever seen before--it enables you to totally transform your body in just 12 weeks. The potential is within you, and the power to unleash that potential is within Core Performance.
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    9. The Men's Health Book of Muscle
    by Lou Schuler, Ian King
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    Asin: 1579547699
    Catlog: Book (2003-10-17)
    Publisher: Rodale Books
    Sales Rank: 2475
    Average Customer Review: 4.52 out of 5 stars
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    You might think that the subtitle, "The World's Most Authoritative Guide to Building Your Body," is hyperbole, but The Book of Muscle from Men's Health delivers as promised. Australian strength coach and former powerlifting champion Ian King and Men's Health fitness director Lou Schuler cover everything you want to know about your muscles and what makes themgrow, complete with dietary recommendations, exercises for every muscle group, and exercise routines. Each muscle group is illustrated and discussed, with 149 pages of clearly described, well-photographed exercises using a variety of equipment. A section on workout routines helps you put together your own program, from beginner to advanced.

    Schuler's guy-talk style makes the book enjoyable to read, even on days when you have no intention of going to the gym. The artistic drawings of muscle groups, full-color photographs of beginning and ending positions of every exercise, and stunning close-ups of buffed body parts make The Book of Muscle is as beautiful as it is practical and motivating, an exceptional gift for the fitness guy in your life, and well worth the price. Highly recommended for men wanting to get in shape or stay there. --Joan Price ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Most informative and extensive fitness publication I've seen
    Lou Schuler and Ian King take extensive scientific information, put it in easy to understand language, and equip the average fitness enthusiast with all the tools needed to achieve his training goals.

    This book gives readers a basis in the physiology of building muscle, and then, body part by body part, gives full descriptions and illustrations of exercises to build the body you want. Excellent workouts for beginners or more advanced lifters.

    With it's pages of full colour photos and illustrations, interesting presentation, and depth of information, The Men's Health Book of Muscle is easily one of the most comprehensive fitness resources I've come across.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome and Jam packed
    I have read this book from cover to cover and I'm amazed at the sheer content and concise format in which it was presented. It reads easy so that even a novice can understand the terminology and the advanced lifter will even gain valuable information. The workouts are simply some of the best that I've ever done in my 15 years of lifting experience, and I haven't come across even one yet that can't be completed in an hour or less. Not only does the book layout fantastic workouts, but it gives the reader a plethora of outstanding exercise examples with progressive pictorals in many cases. I am now armed with some of the best information available out there regarding lifting AND nutrition. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who's serious about gaining strength, mass or just plain wanting to look good on the beach this summer. Your lifting library should NOT be devoid of The Book Of Muscle!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Must-Have For Any Fitness Library
    As the Fitness Editor for Men's Fitness magazine, I've read more fitness books than I care to remember. It's how I make my living. And I can honestly say that The Book of Muscle is one of the best fitness books ever written. Let me just say that I have no personal investment in this book. In fact, you'll notice that it's published by my competition. But I believe in directing the public to quality material--and this book fits the bill and then some. I have known Schuler and King personally for years, and can attest that they're tops in the fitness biz.

    Because of my job, I think I can say with some authority that the writing is superb. Schuler makes complicated physiology seem simple. But let me put it in perspective: I have a master's degree in exercise science, and I wish that this book would have been available when I was in graduate school. It would have saved me hours of boring textbook reading--and I would have learned MORE!

    Just as important, Schuler's co-author, Ian King, is known in my circles as one of the best strength coaches in the world. And he backs that reputation up with the highly effective, cutting-edge training programs that are presented in this book.

    I highly recommend The Book of Muscle to anyone who wants to:

    *Understand the science of building muscle--from the basic functions of each of your major muscles to the secrets of increasing their rate of growth.
    *Learn how to do over 100 exercises with perfect form.
    *Have at your fingertips months' worth of expertly designed workouts from one the world's leading fitness authorities, Ian King.

    So for what it's worth, consider this my professional opinion. I hope it's useful to you.

    Adam Campbell
    Fitness Editor
    Men's Fitness

    1-0 out of 5 stars TOTAL WASTE OF MONEY AND TIME
    I was unimpressed by every aspect of this book.

    The writing's sloppy, the information is basic and (where it stretches) suspect, the photography is so so '70s, the design non-existent.

    Buy a set of dumbbells instead of this book. It's an infinitely better investment.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent first book
    In many respects this is the perfect first book for someone looking to get into regular exercise. More than most other books in the genre, this one seems to have more than a modicum of scientific understanding backing it. The first sections set the tone, going over the actual science of muscles, why they get bigger, and how. The authors know their audience, though, and don't overdo the science. However, if you are going to lift weights then you need some level of understanding of what things work and why. This first section gives you that. I personally would have liked to see more scientific detail and references but understand that that probably would alienate large chunks of their target audience.

    After that primer you get introduced to the major muscles and the exercises that target them. There are also sections on diet, warming up, and stretching. While none of these sections are comprehensive, and many have been done better elsewhere, they are done well enough here that it makes the book a viable one stop shop for beginners.

    Before you rush out and buy this, though, there are few caveats.

    One, the book does not cater to the home exerciser. Depending on how well stocked your home gym is and how creative you are with coming up with replacement exercises this might not be a big deal, but the exercises DO assume access to barbells, dumbbells, and a machine.

    Two, some of the exercise descriptions are lacking detail or, in a few cases, plain wrong. The upright row, for instance, shows a form -- bringing your elbows way above parallel -- that most trainers and researchers caution against because it causes shoulder injury in many people. I would expect the world's most authoritative guide to at least mention this.

    Three, the routines provided sometimes leave me scratching my head. They give a cadence for things like the push up hold. The description of this exercise says to "hold the position for the specified period of time" yet the actual routines don't specify a period of time. Am I supposed to hold for 3 seconds or 30 or 90? Who knows?

    Four, the routines -- at least early on -- take far too long and seem more like overtraining than training. In "Phase One" King prescribes circuit training and by week three you're supposed to be doing this circuit 2-3 times per day, three days a week. I found that doing the circuit twice took me over an hour. Doing it a third time would have pushed me well over 90 minutes of exercise. Throw in warm up and post-work out stretching and you're looking at a solid two hours. This is for "beginners" and they're supposed to do it three times a week.

    Later on in "Phase One" King piles even more work on that. Not only are you supposed to do each circuit 2-3 times, you're supposed to do 2-3 reps of each exercise. In week 6, if you do the minimum number of reps, the minimum number of sets, the minimum number of circuits, all with the minimum recommended resting the whole thing will take you 93 minutes. Do that three times a week. This is for "beginners".

    While I like the workouts I think this kind of time commitment is more likely to lead to overtraining rather than useful gains. Admittedly later on it looks like King scales back the time requirements but you have to persevere through 8 weeks of workouts that are easily 90 minutes in length. ... Read more


    10. Ultimate Flexibility: A Complete Guide to Stretching for Martial Arts
    by Sang H. Kim
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    Asin: 1880336839
    Catlog: Book (2004-01-10)
    Publisher: Turtle Press (CT)
    Sales Rank: 14033
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Ultimate Flexibility is the book you've been waiting for. More than a collection of exercises or an explanation of technique, Ultimate Flexibility is a complete guide to stretching for martial arts, from the very basics of why you should stretch to detailed workout guidelines for every style and level of martial arts practice.

    Written by acclaimed author and martial artist Sang H. Kim, Ultimate Flexibility is your guide to achieving maximum flexibility in your training. Begin with an in depth look at the hows and whys of flexibility and stretching. Learn about the many types of stretching, which methods are best for beginners, when to graduate to advanced techniques and why you should completely avoid certain types of exercises. You'll also find information that you wont find in any other martial art book, including a detailed exploration of how your body works for or against you in your training and how flexibility can make you stronger and faster.

    Building on this foundation, Sang H. Kim teaches you nearly 200 flexibility exercises that he has personally used to achieve the highest levels of flexibility. You'l get detailed instructions, workout planning guides, goal setting tips, difficulty levels, injury prevention and recovery, and over 400 photos to guide you. Special bonus sections: 10 Tips for Full Splits, 20 Tips for High Kicks and 10 workouts for specific martial art types.

    Includes Exercises and Workouts for:

    Core Workout
    Warm Up
    Cool Down
    Light Contact
    Full Contact
    Grappling
    Mixed Martial Arts
    Boxing
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    5-0 out of 5 stars At Last!
    This is easily the best and most significant book ever written on flexibility. Dr. Sang H. Kim provides the reader with a life-long foundation of achieving and maintaining peak flexibility. Brilliantly laid out and easy to follow, this fantastic book will have you stretching immediately, focusing solely on your individual goals and needs. If you have only dreamed about doing full splits, kicking high, or obtaining a grappler's flexibility, this book clearly illustrates the step by step process to achieve these dreams. Ultimate Flexibility is simply superb! ... Read more


    11. Pushing Yourself To Power
    by John Peterson, John E. Peterson
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    Asin: 1932458018
    Catlog: Book (2003-06)
    Publisher: Bronze Bow Publishing
    Sales Rank: 10435
    Average Customer Review: 4.43 out of 5 stars
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    Based upon the most effective self-resistance exercise systems ever taught. Provides everything a person needs to know their body achieve its natural. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars the best of it's kind
    In this book, John Peterson has basically created an undisputable system for exercising that will build natural strength, flexibiltiy, endurance, balance and coordination all resulting in a super-fit physique. He's over 50 years old, strong as an ox, and has the kind of eye-pleasing build you never want to stand next to at the beach. He explains how his system originated from the early famous mail-order systems of Earle Liederman and Charles Atlas (both of whom entertained audiences in the 1920s with their feats of strength and muscular looks - all WITHOUT lifting weights) and how he has added extra elements and fined tuned his system to include many of the same teachings as the now legendary Matt Furey. Along with countless high-quality pictures showing artistic exercise sequences (John's career is originally in graphic arts publishing) he also provides information on nutrition, spiritual groundness, motivation and some inspiring stories of himself and his own fitness heroes.

    I realize this may sound more like an editor's description than an honest review, but I am just a regular joe and I truly believe this book is the best in its breed. If you want to adopt an exercise system that will give you everything you want without the costs, inconveniences, and potential injuries associated with weight lifting - look no further. Personally, I've become acutely aware of the "fitness propoganda industry" that has really become corrupt in the last few decades. Muscle magazines promote exercise equipment and supplements as being necessary while the actual physical fitness science doesn't get published unless it somehow ties into a profit for someone. In John's case, he refreshingly points out these myths and basically spells it out: Save your money, here's the truth. He explains in great detail how to build superior athletic strength naturally without the need for gyms, personal trainers, supplements, or pricy equipment. The "Transformetrics" system is not a typical con-fad (like our well-polished late night infomercials) designed to manipulate desperate out-of-shape folks out of their $ but is built on what makes natural sense, what's been proven and what truly works in the longterm.

    If you're still on the fence, check out the "Ask John Peterson" forum at bronzebowpublishing.com for yourself and read some real-time comments from those that have the book and have been using the system. One more piece of advice, because of the way parts of the book are designed - like a virtual instruction manual for certain exercises - you may want to invest an extra $4-5 on the spiral-bound edition found at this same website, this enables you to lay the book out flat while progressing through various exercise routines.

    5-0 out of 5 stars "Pushing Yourself to Power"
    A lot of good reviews on "Pushing Yourself to Power" by John Peterson precede this one. They cover the details well, it is a compressive book you can become fit without weights, or expensive equipment. John is in terrific condition regardless of age, he posses a body capable of doing things, and has great functional strength.

    Now let me share my experience with PYTP. I am 51 years old and over the years have tried several times to become fit using weight training. Each time I have had to stop due to injury or illness and each time have battled back. Over all my body had been badly beaten up by life. Then two years ago I slipped on the ice, hurt my back and leg and have been in pain ever sense. I am out of shape and over weight. All I can say is that 10 days into the program, starting out slow and working up the back pain is gone! Day one all I did was the deep breathing each day adding something else from the book. I feel better over all than anytime in the last two years! After only TEN Days on John's program.

    While I have not met John Peterson, we have spoken on the phone and I believe he is a true gentleman. John gives credit where credit is due, as evidenced in the first part of the book and I am thankful for his efforts with this publication. Buy it read it use it. PYTP will change your life!

    Royce

    2-0 out of 5 stars Bogus
    I was very disappointed with my purchase of Pushing Yourself To Power. Yes, the book illustrates some quality movements, but is very weak in several areas.

    1. The book is clearly tailored to the beginner. Unfortunately, the author fails to realize this point, hence markets his program to the entire stratosphere.

    2. The author suggests that weight training is dangerous. This is completely untrue. If the greater percentage of adults and seniors began weight training, they would be much better off. It is dangerous to live our lives. Weight training coupled with a side dish of common sense makes for a safe, health conscious style of living.

    3. DVR is boring, boring, ... did I mention boring? How do you measure progress when you stand in front of the mirror flexing your muscles all day? It is quite boring to stand still all day flexing in tight spandex pants. Exercise is supposed to be enjoyable. When exercise becomes enjoyable, one is more likely to dedicate their lives to fitness. This program is extremely boring.

    4. Beware of the Over-50 testimonials that will come pouring in after this HONEST review. It appears that many readers of the book fall in the over 50 yrs. old category. Perhaps you are new to exercise. There is nothing wrong with that, but let's not knock the entire weight training world. Weights are only as dangerous as you make them. This program is quite comical. Let's squeeze our butts in tight spandex all day because we don't want to touch the dangerous iron weights. It is even more ironic that the author demonstrates dangerous movements such as the nose-to-floor Wrestler's bridge. Perhaps he should read up on the dangers of compressing the spine. Even the sports medicine doctors at the Mayo Clinic recommend avoiding such movements. This is the problem when a genetically gifted person reads a few Charles Atlas courses and suddenly considers himself an athletic trainer. His accusations towards weight training are ridiculous and unsupported by any real science.

    Save your money

    5-0 out of 5 stars Physically transforming, spiritually inspiring ...
    I have trained exhaustively in the martial arts for more than 35 years, and I have endured and experimented with dozens of methods to increase my strength, endurance, and skill, but had recently come to believe I'd reached a physical plateau. And then I discovered this ground-breaking approach to physical conditioning written by John Peterson.

    John Peterson's book, "Pushing Yourself to Power" is a brilliantly conceived, revolutionary method of physical training known as "Transformetrics." And upon implementing Transformetrics into my personal training program it took me little time to realize how much more I had yet to accomplish physically, mentally and spiritually.

    The God-given genius of Peterson's approach lies both in its simplicity and the amazing progress one can quickly achieve without expensive equipment. The exercises require little or no apparatus, can be done almost anywhere, and take only a moderate amount of time from our busy days. And yet, upon implementation, you will almost immediately notice differences in how you feel and react that are nothing less than amazing.

    While training with John Peterson's methods, I was moved to ponder ancient gladiators, and great warriors of Biblical reknown who gained their prodigious strength and superhuman endurance with little or no equipment. And just how they could have achieved such legendary might had been a mystery to me, until now. But not any more. Because now I have glimpsed the heroic image a man can embody by training only with the weight of his own body, the iron determination of his mind, and the strength of his spirit.

    I will say "Pushing Yourself to Power" has revolutionized my life in more ways than one. Thank you, Mr. Peterson.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Pushing Yourself to Power for the new Millineum
    Finally a program that works. John Peterson's Pushing Yourself to Power is the most comprehensive program ever produced. It's easy to follow, well illustrated and extremely informative I was really impressed, For I have read almost every non-apparatus program that has ever been marketed. John Peterson is living proof that the course works, he has taught us that training techniques that you can follow for the rest of your life are worthwhile. It is amazing how strong one can get from following these methods, the practical knowledge John has accumulated over the years is invaluable, like the rep ranges he mentioned. Most people spend their entire lives trying to devise a system that works, John has hit the nail on the head. I know it works from experience. Mr. Peterson is presenting a good alternative to natural bodybuilding and general fitness, it's a totally safe and effective program. Pushing Yourself To Power contains Highly effective non-apparatus exercises in the world. You don't need to go to the gym, you are the gym, If you don't have it then I recommend that you get this program ASAP. Fantastic course

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    12. Anatomy of Hatha Yoga: A Manual for Students, Teachers, and Practitioners
    by H. David Coulter, Timothy McCall
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    Asin: 0970700601
    Catlog: Book (2001-10-01)
    Publisher: Body and Breath
    Sales Rank: 2099
    Average Customer Review: 4.76 out of 5 stars
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    Anatomy of Hatha Yoga is the only modern authoritative source that correlates the study of hatha yoga with anatomy and physiology. Hatha yoga is comprised of stretching, strengthening and breathing exercises in upright, lying down and inverted postures.Yoga teachers and students, personal trainers, medical therapists, or anyone who is curious or troubled about how the body responds to stretching and exercise will find in this book a cornucopia -- partly new and partly old -- of readable and reliable information. It was written and edited to meet the needs of a general audience largely unschooled in the biomechanical sciences, and yet to attract and challenge the interests of the medical profession. This book features 230 black and white photographs and more than 120 diagrams and anatomical illustrations.

    Chapter 1 summarizes general principles of anatomy and physiology as applied to hatha yoga. Breathing is next in chapter 2 because yogic breathing expedites movement and posture. Breathing is followed by pelvic and abdominal exercises in chapter 3 because the pelvis and abdomen form the foundation of the body. Standing postures will then be covered in chapter 4 because these poses are so important for beginning students, and because they provide a preview of backbending, forward bending, and twisting postures, which are covered in detail in chapters 5, 6, and 7. The headstand and shoulderstand, including an introduction to cardiovascular function, are presented in chapters 8 and 9. Postures for relaxation and meditation are treated last in chapter 10.

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Increase your knowledge & improve your yoga
    This book is essential if you want to deepen your yoga practice, for how can you really fully understand and better your practice if you don't have a clear understanding of the mechanics of your own body? My suggestion to get the most of the book is to first read chapter one "Movement and Posture" to get a general foundation of the concepts and terminology that will be used throughout the book. Subsequent chapters provide detailed anatomical information pertinent to types of postures. Chapters, therefore, are in the vein of "Abdominopelvic Exercises", "Standing Postures", "The Shoulderstand", etc. So choose a style of asana that you'd like to focus on, read through the pertinent chapter, and then spend a couple of weeks putting the knowledge to work experientially, deepening your understanding of those areas of your body and the series of associated asanas. Don't expect to learn the vast amount of information in one reading. Expect to frequently refer back to the book as you put the information into practice. In my opinion, you'll get far more value out of the book if you use it as an experiential guidebook, rather than treating it like a textbook.

    5-0 out of 5 stars the most useful guide to understanding yoga ever written
    I am both a psychophysiology researcher and a yoga teacher and this book does a better job explaining both the physiological processes and yogic practices than any other text I've read. I could not recommend this book highly enough for those yoga students and teachers who want to understand what exactly they are doing to their bodies during asanas and especially pranayama.

    This book does not wave hands and make vague claims or explanations like so many general-audience health of yoga books. My only complaint is that the author does not share the specific studies and sources he used to write the text (other than the knowledge acquired from his medical experience). Perhaps that is because this work is the first of its kind.

    If you are teaching yoga now, you should read this book from start to finish as many times as necessary to assimilate the incredibly udeful information. That's what I'm trying to do now!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Serious about Yoga ? : you must have this book
    This book well written and perfectly edited gives you a real inside on how our body function in relation to yoga practice. along with Iyengar , Erich Schiffmann, and Van Lysebeth books this book is a must.

    5-0 out of 5 stars wished this book was there when I started teaching yoga!
    you can find my review on www.soloyoga.com in italian! I am really sorry this book has not yet been translated in italian, a must have for teachers and a must have for anyone who has not got a good teacher available near. Good anatomy and excellent instruction, Thank you for this book , grazie di esistere, alexandra

    5-0 out of 5 stars Practical Anatomy
    This is an excellent book for tachers of yoga, as well as for those teaching other physical disciplines. The author has a clear grasp of anatomy and a readable presentation style. What takes this book a step beyond other anatomy texts is that in addition to a basic and general presentation of anatomy , the author then connects that basic anatomy to yoga postures, including photos and diagrams. I highly recommend this book to anyone teaching others to work with their bodies. ... Read more


    13. The Pilates Body: The Ultimate At-Home Guide to Strengthening, Lengthening, and Toning Your Body--Without Machines
    by Brooke Siler
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    Asin: 076790396X
    Catlog: Book (2000-01-04)
    Publisher: Broadway
    Sales Rank: 4134
    Average Customer Review: 4.73 out of 5 stars
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    Thin-but-fit supermodels like Amber Valletta and Shalom Harlow and actresses like Ally McBeal's Courtney Thorne-Smith and Liv Tyler swear by Pilates workouts to keep their figures toned and flexible. The Pilates Body is the latest in a string of books dedicated to this fitness program, which is now soaring in popularity nearly 100 years after it was first developed by Joseph Pilates in Germany in the early 1900s.While today's Pilates studios take advantage of patented and intimidating-looking equipment that costs thousands of dollars (and therefore charge accordingly for private sessions), each exercise in The Pilates Body can be performed with just an exercise mat. While all parts of the body are used in the exercises, the focus is on the abdominals, or "powerhouse," which support the back; this makes Pilates an ideal exercise for those with back problems--or those hoping to prevent them.

    Author Brooke Siler, who trained with Romana Kryzanowska, the oldest living protégé of Joseph Pilates, organizes her book impeccably. After discussing proper alignment and ways to modify the exercises for those with neck, knee, or lower back pain, she jumps right into the 60-plus exercises, which are divided into beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. What differentiates Siler's book from the other Pilates titles is that she includes a disclaimer about the models: "The models in this book have been training in the Pilates method for years. Although their bodies may seem to represent an unrealistic ideal for many, they have worked hard to achieve their fitness goals. I hope in earnest that they do not intimidate but inspire." Also, each exercise is given a two-page spread of its own, and is accompanied by clear photographs and helpful graphics. For example, for the "inner-thigh lifts," there's an illustration suggesting that you imagine a stack of books on the lifting leg to help you increase resistance. Each exercise also includes what Siler calls "The Inside Scoop," or tips she's learned from training hundreds of clients. These include the main goal of the exercise; simple modifications for beginners; important keys to remember while doing the move; and no-nos to prevent injury. While it's important to concentrate and get the technique of each exercise down, Siler's book is perfect for anyone looking for a simple exercise program that promises results, requires a minimum of time, and can be done at home or while traveling. --Erica Jorgensen ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars this book will change your body
    This book is fabulous. (well, perhaps it won't change your body ... only you will... but it will help!) Brooke includes alot of interesting helpful info about the history of Pilates and its techniques. I like the fact that she emphasizes visual imagery as being part of Pilates. The book is definitely one you can grow with as the exercises range from beginner to intermediate to advanced. She also includes "Advanced Extra" exercises, toning exercises, with and without weights and a Cool down. Each two pages are devoted to one exercise so you can easily place the book open next to your mat and refer to it as you exercise.

    What does Pilates do for your body? It makes you feel wonderful to start. it works your lower abs like nothing you've ever tried before. I've worked out for years, doing hanging leg raises and reverse crunches, ball work but Pilates seems to work your abs the best. When you have the correct form, you seem to work your muscles deep within your body; rather than just building the exterior ab muscles. Similarly, the side leg exercises - they seem pretty basic but if you are doing them correctly, you are working your "powerhouse", your arms and your legs. All this week, I've felt like I've been at the gym doing heavy weight work on my legs but actually, all for my legs, all I've done is Pilates! I've lost 3lbs in the last month but people think I've lost "a lot" of weight. Some people think this is a waste of time (if you're not sweating like crazy, you're not working out). But Pilates has so many benefits - it will actually increase your athletic performance! Pilates also improves your flexibility and this flexibility is helping me with my other activities like kickboxing and running. Another thing I like about this book and Pilates is you are only required to do a few reps of each exercise so it's easy to motivate yourself. Finally, this book is just so easy to use and portable - you only really need it, a mat, a bit of space. And, you can throw in your favourite CD to make things more fun! This book by Brooke Siler is graphically attractive and visually easy to use (as compared to some other Pilates books). Try it out!

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Pilates Body
    The clear, well written directions in The Pilates Body led me to immediately retrain my breathing. As I sat at my desk at work I could practice. Then I could easily recall that simple direction as I stood to walk. By concious awareness of the directions given by Ms. Sidler, I was able to eliminate pain from my knee and arthritic hip. And that's before I even got home where I could practice the basic exercises in The Pilates Body.

    I found it easy to look at the pictures and directions while moving through the routines.

    I especially appreciate the beginning beginners section. It encourages me to go on when I might become overwhelmed by the full routine. The conditions in my left leg have made most exercise difficult or impossible. But with the above mentioned improvement, I have recommended the book to others, and plan to give it to my daughters.

    The choice of paper stock use for the cover and body of the book is so enjoyable to touck; it just adds one more dimension to the total pleasure this books brings to my life.

    5-0 out of 5 stars this book makes a difference!
    A friend told me about Siler's pilates exercises changing her overall body shape and giving her more energy. I was doubtful that it would help me, but I went ahead and bought the book. Four weeks later, I am now feeling better and others have mentioned I look more toned and healthy. This book is easy to use and you do not have to have an instructor at your side. The photographs are very helpful and there are even alterations in the exercises for beginners.

    5-0 out of 5 stars For the experienced
    I would agree with those who have said this is not for beginners. You need to know what you are doing to use this effectively. My wife and I enjoy it but we've been doing pilates for several years before this.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Most accurate instruction for classical technique
    Brooke does a great job of giving clear instruction for classical Pilates technique while adding a little extra insight. She provides details that most books don't offer or most authors don't even comprehend. I like her style--it's straightforward and accurate, while giving a visual sketch of how your body should feel during each exercise. Along with a DVD such as Peter Fiasca's Classical Pilates, you can possess the tools to do Pilates effectively in your own home. ... Read more


    14. The Get with the Program! Guide to Good Eating: Great Food for Good Health
    by Bob Greene
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    Catlog: Book (2003-01-02)
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    "Eat sensibly and exercise," is Bob Greene's message, and in a friendly and personal style, he shows you how. Greene, an exercise physiologist and Oprah Winfrey's trainer, focuses on diet with a wealth of sound information and helpful strategies. Greene starts with a cutting overview of destructive diets, including those popular today. Then, after reviewing exercise essentials, he presents a refreshingly sensible plan for nutritious, healthy eating, with tools for keeping intake moderate. One key is eating breakfast, which boosts metabolism and helps you eat less all day. Another is distributing your calories over the course of the day rather than eating a lot at any one meal.

    You won't get bored with Greene's 85 enticing recipes, including Scrambled Egg Whites with Spinach and Orange, Breakfast Fried Rice, Gingered Butternut Squash Soup, Fish Chowder, Portabella Mushroom Burgers, Pan-Seared Fillet of Tilapia with Mango TomatoSalsa and Lentil Pancake, and Chocolate Almond Angel Food Cake. Greene's other books in the Make the Connection (with Winfrey) and Get with the Program series helped millions start a fitness program. This one will help people concerned with weight loss and health take their next steps towards a nutritious, moderate-calorie, lifetime eating plan. --Joan Price ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Inspiring and fun to read!
    I have seen Bob Greene on Oprah and he is so down-to-earth. His ideas and guidelines for eating healthfullly are easy to incorporate and just make good sense. The book is an easy, interesting read and his advice is practical and simple to undertake. Now my entire family is eating healthier and is slimming down to boot! I appreciate that Bob doesn't go overboard in expecting us to give up everything that tastes good. He understands that we still need to indulge ourselves once in a while. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking to change their eating habits for good.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This works!
    This book is in plain english and easy to follow. He makes it so easy to understand and to do. The recipes are not only healthy but very flavorful. I have changed my entire way of looking at food and am slimming down by the week.

    4-0 out of 5 stars So Helpful!
    This book was an easy read and it was even easier to apply Mr. Greene's philosophies to my routine. Unlike so many of the other books on diet and nutrition, Greene takes into account how difficult it can be to eat healthy and still live in the REAL world.
    I have taken his advice and changed my diet and (with exercise)already lost 15 lbs. (in a month)
    The only problem I had was with the receipes in the back. Only one or two were even remotely appetizing to me. Give it a try...maybe you're into those foods.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Genius
    Help yourself lose weight the natural way. It's wonderful! This book and a book called Dreams: Gateway to the True Self are magnificant! Look for both on Amazon.com.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Gives the same weight loss tips as seen on "Oprah"
    Although I enjoy hearing and reading Bob Greene's books, there was nothing new in this one. Most of the pertinent information has already been heard on "Oprah" or in his previous material.
    Though the recipes sounded delightful, they were not practical or convenient. Several ingredients would require many stops at specialty stores. ... Read more


    15. Stretching: 20th Anniversary
    by Bob Anderson, Jean Anderson
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    Catlog: Book (2000-06-01)
    Publisher: Shelter Publications
    Sales Rank: 1979
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    When Bob Anderson first published Stretching in 1980, the fitness movement was new to most Americans. The term aerobics had just been coined in 1968, and few people outside bodybuilding circles had heard of Arnold Schwarzenegger yet.

    Now, fitness is such old hat that it's even had a backlash or two. Lots of the original ideas have been called into question, including the preeminence of aerobic exercise. But flexibility is bigger than ever; Pilates and yoga are two of the fastest-growing fitness programs in the U.S. in the early 2000s. The type of stretching Anderson recommends--called "static," meaning you sit in one place and hold the stretch for a specified amount of time--isn't exactly trendy, but it remains the most accessible way for entry-level exercisers to improve their flexibility. (Or, perhaps more important, to keep from losing whatever flexibility they have as they get older.)

    Those who already have the version of the book that's been put out by Shelter Publications since 1980 won't find a whole lot that's new in this 20th-anniversary version. Some of the simple drawings by Anderson's wife, Jean, have been updated to show athletes in sport-specific outfits doing stretching routines, and there are more routines than before. The new edition includes routines for children, stretches to do in front of the TV, and some exercises to do before and after gardening. Plus, the old staples remain--stretching routines for all muscle groups, and pre- and postplay sequences for common sports (football, baseball, basketball) and a few uncommon ones (equestrian, motocross, rodeo). He's also created routines for sports that barely existed in 1980, such as snowboarding, triathloning, and inline skating.

    The constant in Stretching is ease of use. Anderson doesn't need a lot of complex explanations because the drawings are so easy to follow. He makes it clear that stretching should make you feel better, not worse, and that it's not a competition. Any little bit you can do is better than not doing anything. That's a timeless message, which is why his book has been such an valuable reference for the past 20 years. --Lou Schuler ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Very useful, very well thought out
    I'm writing to add to the praise that the other reviewers have heaped on this book. It's easy to read, and you really do feel better when you do the stretches. I'm a middle aged man, overweight, and not at all flexible, and I've found that it helps a lot. If you do the stretches, you'll literally start to feel better after two or three days. This is the only physical activity I've run across that pays off so quickly.

    Someone else complained that certain types of stretches weren't included in the book. According to the text, some stretches were left out because they were risky -- people who don't know what they're doing might hurt themselves. Perhaps the missing isometric stretches that were mentioned fall into that category.

    I don't have any back problems, but I do several stretches that target the back and spine as part of my daily routine. That's when I most appreciate the conservative approach taken by the authors, as it seems like there would be a lot of potential for trouble there. The fact that so many people with back problems do these stretches safely, and receive benefits from them, says something important about the book's approach.

    I don't know if this is the quickest way to become more flexible. I do know that it's a good way to become more flexible, that it works, and that I haven't had any problems at all -- no pain, no injuries, nothing.

    I like it a lot.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Stretching
    A basic reference book of stretching exercises used to stretch different body-areas before and after sports and/or daily activities. The pictures are very well-done and are especially descriptive with arrows illustrating clearly the correct movement when doing the stretch. My favorite 2 pages in the book are "Everyday Stretches" used for 10-15 min per day to fine-tune your muscles and reduce stress. These daily exercises are clearly outlined with pictures and can easily be completed once a day even with a busy lifestyle!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best book on stretching. Recommended by Everyone!
    This book was given to me and recommended to me about a hundred times over many years, by experts in a variety of fields, including medicine, physical therapy, fitness trainers, etc. It is the best. A must for anyone who is stretching. I also recommend highly EFFORTLESS WELLBEING by Evan Finer as one of the best books on attaining the calm and relaxed body and mind associated with flexibility (of body and mind and...). HIGHLY RECOMMENDED must read materials!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Only One Small Quibble
    I loved the original edition of this book,it was helpful at the time, and is something I return to periodically, when I begin to feel the need to. I will definitely get the new edition, as my 1980 copy is falling apart. And there's my quibble: WHY doesn't the author/publisher come out with a spiral-bound edition? Then the pages would not come loose, it could be laid flat more easily, and make life much better!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Feel Better!
    This book incorporates the full compendium of fundamental stretching movements that many of us may have forgotten as we pursue the newest class at our gym.

    I have had a weak lower back for some years and always search for exercises that help alleviate the pain and stiffness. Bob Anderson's book was perfect for helping me eliminate back pain, as well as speed up muscle recovery through strategic stretching in the evening and morning. I feel sooo much better even after only a few days. I feel that my body has gotten stronger, which is surely the result of muscles that are more flexible and in my own control.

    There is no downside with this book-if you do the exercises, you will surely feel more comfortable and stronger. You will not have any negative effects...Buy it! ... Read more


    16. Get with the Program!
    by Bob Greene
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    Catlog: Book (2002-01-03)
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    Lose weight, get in shape, understand your emotions, and feel good about yourself. These are the interrelated goals of Get with the Program by Bob Greene, best known as Oprah's personal trainer and coauthor of Make the Connection.

    Using this book is like having a personal coach working with you on emotional and behavioral changes as well as diet and exercise. Greene realizes that if you've had trouble losing weight, you need to understand your attitudes and obstacles before any diet or exercise program will work. So phase one of the program is a self-examination regarding changing your life, including written exercises to help you understand your emotions. Phase two adds aerobic exercise, without changing your diet, to rev up your metabolism. Phase three focuses on the emotional connection to eating habits, including identifying emotional eating triggers and working to overcome them. Phase four adds strength training and dietary changes.

    Get with the Program is conveniently spiral-bound, so it's easy to fill in the written exercises and view instructions and photos of the physical exercises. It’s highly recommended for people who have had trouble losing weight and are serious about getting in shape--physically and emotionally. --Joan Price ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Motivating
    Bob Greene's book should not be labeled a diet book, so much as a book about changing one's lifestyle. Using his four-step process, I was able to rejuvenate my exercise and diet regimen and managed to lose about 20 pounds. Much of this was fat, as the fourth phase of Greene's plan emphasizes muscle building.

    This book is probably best suited for beginners. Greene's message addresses losing weight, improving cardiovascular health, understanding why you eat (emotional eating, ala Dr. Phil), and improving self-esteem. Greene also advises people not to eat after 7pm, which I believe may be based on the false premise that a person's metabolism shuts off during sleep. According to Greene's plan, you should change your lifestyle in fours phases: 1) find out where you are at, what got you there, and what you want to achieve; 2) implement an aerobic exercise routine; 3) get to know what emotions are working to cause you to eat in excess of your body's needs; and, 4) build muscle with anerobic exercise.

    If you already exercise regularly and are knowledgeable of sound nutrition concepts, you may not need this book. However, if you're like me, you may find Greene's book motivational and thus worth the money and time.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Realistic advice on how to get fit
    Let's be clear up front: there are no major breakthroughs or miracles in this book. Most every American alive knows what it would take to get fit (exercise) and lose weight (eat less fat and junk). To a certain extent, therefore, "Get with the Program" is just a re-formulation of the hard facts we all know. What Bob Greene has devised is a realistic and relatively painless way of adopting those healthy practices into your life on a long-term basis. There are 4 incremental stages to the program which are simple and designed for each person to follow at their own pace. This means that you don't have to wake up tomorrow morning, starve yourself and run out the door for 2 hours at the gym. Step 1 is simple: start a minimum of aerobic exercise, basic stretches and some abdominal exercises a couple of times a week. Easy enough. Once you've thoroughly incorporated that into your life, you move on to stage 2 where exercise picks up a little. Not until you reach stage 4 do you begin to actively change your eating habits; that can be months or years later. This is a fitness program that isn't intimidating and isn't going to require you to drastically change your whole lifestyle immediately in order to get results and start feeling better about yourself. This means that a lot of people who haven't been successful in weightloss or exercise programs before are finally going to succeed in making long-term changes to their lives. Again, this isn't a radical fad diet (in fact, the nutritional advice is rather skimpy - follow Greene's principals, but don't hesitate to supplement the nutritional info if you need to)- it's about making gradual changes at a pace you can live with.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Broader Benefits than Other Diet-Exercise Programs
    Excellent book. Practical advice that moves beyond just eating recommendations and exercise recommendations. Covers emotional eating, dealing with needs. Very well rounded and more practical and reasonable than a lot of ther programs. There are nice journal pages also. To improve wellness even more, and to help make good authentic changes--like weight loss, one of the best book I have seen in a long long time is "Effortless Wellbeing: The Missing Ingredients for Authentic Wellness" by Evan Finer. Get with the Program and Effortless Wellbeing combined can really help as a combination. HIGHLY recommended!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent!! It's all about habits
    The key to permanent weight loss is lifestyle change
    and that is exactly what this book is all about. Walk 20 min a day, take the stairs instead of the elevator, jump rope when you walk. Diets alone won't do it...you have to make it a habit to MOVE. You should also check out anthoer great book I just read called "The Power of Positive Habits"...excellent!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive approach to lifestyle change!
    This book is truly excellent. Of course we know if we are overweight that eating right and exercising regularly is the cure to our problem. However, few books address the "why?" behind the problem, the underlying mechanisms of WHY we overeat, WHY we are lazy, WHY we make excuses for ourselves. He starts off by saying "this is not a diet book", which is great because the pressure is instantly reduced. The book addresses your mental state of being, your life goals, stress, and emotional overeating, really forcing you to look inside of yourself. From there, he gradually builds in aerobic exercise, and not until the end are you even considerig food choices. You do not worry about being on a "diet", which is very relieving. You're very unlikely to fail at this program, you can only feel better about yourself! Try it, it literally does change your life! ... Read more


    17. The Get With The Program! Guide to Fast Food and Family Restaurants
    by Bob Greene
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    Asin: 0743256212
    Catlog: Book (2004-01-01)
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster
    Sales Rank: 87844
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    It's not where you eat,
    it's what you eat!

    From Bob Greene, the bestselling author of Get With the Program!, comes a handy portable guide to dining out. With healthy choices from more than 75 fast food and family restaurants, including Applebee's, The Olive Garden, Kentucky Fried Chicken, McDonald's, Burger King, Domino's Pizza, Subway, Dairy Queen, and Taco Bell, now you can feel confident about staying on the Program when dining out with friends or family.

    There are no confusing nutritional charts or graphs -- just simple, honest advice for those of us who enjoy dining out. Each restaurant listing offers Bob's Top Picks for healthy and delicious options, as well as a list of menu items that are not on the Program. With tips on portion control, beverage choices, and balancing fat, carbohydrates, and protein, this is an indispensable book for anyone who dines out once a year or once a week.

    Whether you're on the Program or just getting started, you will turn to The Get With the Program! Guide to Fast Food and Family Restaurants to make smart choices when dining out. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars a great little book!
    I went to the bookstore the other day, and as I was browsing the new releases when I have came upon this little book!
    It is really comprehensive. It would be a great addition to any person's personal diet plan to follow.
    It is not easy to eat healthy when you go out, but with this book you can have the convenience of fast food, still eat well and not give up on your diet goals! I would highly recommend this book! ... Read more


    18. 8 Minutes in the Morning for Real Shapes, Real Sizes: Specifically Designed for People Who Want to Lose 30 Pounds or More
    by Jorge Cruise
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    Catlog: Book (2003-06-30)
    Publisher: Rodale Books
    Sales Rank: 13366
    Average Customer Review: 4.42 out of 5 stars
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    If you have 30-plus pounds to lose, Jorge Cruise--fitness trainer to millions via his Web site, media appearances, and best-selling 8 Minutes in the Morning--promises success with this 28-day program. First, stop sabotaging yourself: (1) "Accept yourself whatever your size" and (2) "Eliminate emotional eating by healing your hungry heart." Aim for a healthy, realistic weight. "Some people are at their best and healthiest weight at size 12, 16, or 24," he writes.Cruise describes how to stop using food to numb pain--instead, seek out nurturing friendships to overcome emotional eating. He echoes the "8 minute" theme of his first book, emphasizing emotional success as well as exercising and eating right. His system of "Cruise Moves"--an easy, 8-minute, muscle-strengthening program--is less vigorous than in his earlier book and is easier on knees and backs, and it requires no equipment. The "Cruise Down Plate" eating plan is a simple way to eat proper portions of nutritious foods without counting calories or eliminating favorites. This motivational, practical book looks slick--full-color on glossy paper--and is a workbook for getting started. Cruise's style is chatty and personal, with anecdotes and photos of people who lost 30 to 75 pounds and are happy with their bodies. Recommended for people willing to change their attitudes as well as their weight. --Joan Price ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars 8 Minutes in the Morning for Real Shapes Real Sizes
    WOW! Where do I start! Everything about this life changing system and book is awesome! And, yes, it truly is a life changing system. It's basic, real, simple and TOTALLY LIFE CHANGING. It's NOT a diet plan that you get on and then get off of. Jorge helps each person change the way they eat (and still eat normal type foods), build an exercise program that is truly basic and yet totally doable (even if you have a lot of weight to lose or struggle with various mobility challenges) and provides a truly awesome online community of folks who are all in the same "boat" (so to speak) and are eagerly there to help each other out frequently! Even with the online community you can still remain anonymous (if you'd prefer). But you can also develop a great group of friends a lot of whom have been where you are.

    The book is written in such a basic format that it's soooooooooooo simple to read and understand. It's also an outstanding reference guide.

    You'll love the CruiseDown plate! It's awesome, too! Come and check it out!

    Have you tried just about everything under the sun and haven't seen the success you want? BUY THIS BOOK! It is truly the BEST thing you can do for YOURSELF which will also have a hugely positive affect on your family and friends.

    Do it for yourself! And we'll be there to help you along the way!!!!!!!! I don't say these things lightly. I say them from my heart. Pick up the book today. Read it from cover to cover (and more than once). Follow the steps...it's a great "recipe" for becoming healthy AND STAYING THAT WAY! You'll truly love how you start to feel even as soon as the first couple weeks of the program. And believe that you truly do lose an average of 2 pounds a week! I was skeptical at first. But the book it outstanding and Jorge did an outstanding job with putting it together (both of his books).

    Check it out today!!!! Start changing your life TODAY!!!!!

    Good luck....and see you on the boards!!!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Get your motivation in gear!
    I (like everyone else) have tried a million things to lose weight. This is a great book for people who need to tap into their motivation and get rid of the excuses holding them back. I love that this book focuses on being the healthiest person you can personally be and letting go of the images of perfection our society tends to generate. One of my biggest excuses was the fact that I was too busy to start an exercise program. But, even I had to admit I had 8 minutes a day to take care of myself and my health. This book also features a simple-to-follow eating plan. I found other plans difficult to follow and tracking every calorie was tiring. With the tips in this book, you can eat anything or anywhere, just apply the basic rules of healthful eating. Overall, I found this book full of information that helped me overcome some of the things keeping me from being healthy and losing the extra pounds. I just started the plan about a month ago and have lost almost 10 lbs so far. By now I have usually lost my motivation, but this book has really helped keep me on track.

    5-0 out of 5 stars With tweaking, it works for nusing moms, too!
    I recently had my 7th child and needed to lose about 35 pounds I've accumulated. But I have a VERY busy schedule (don't we all!) and need a program that doesn't make me leave home for the gym or take too much time from my kidlets. This program fit the bill!

    I started when the baby was 6 months old. In 7 weeks, I lost 15 pounds. I modified Cruise's eatting plan to include one more portion of dairy and meat, but I ate half a plate of veggies at every meal and did my morning exercise reigiously, right after nursing the baby. I realized I was eatting a lot of sugar in the afternoons to give me energy, and I changed my schedule to fit in a nap and snack on whole grain toast instead of cookies. But I still had my little sweet treat every evening, so I never felt deprived!

    I have graduated to Cruise's regular program, as this one now is too easy for me... I only have 20 pounds left to lose!

    Really works for real, busy moms!

    2-0 out of 5 stars A little credit please!
    I found this book to be so simplistic in the exercise department that it was almost insulting. They were not nearly challenging enough and so it made it easy to only do them for 8 minutes because if you had to do them any longer you might fall back asleep from the boredom. The eating plan is sensible and lacked the necessity for calorie counting which was nice. But yet again, he over simplified as if saying,"Well, since you need to lose so much weight that means that you obviously know nothing about nutrition so here's enough to get you by." Overall, I think there has got be a dozen other books out there that are better for your body and based on what really works for gaining a healthier body than this thing. In other words, keep shopping.

    5-0 out of 5 stars It works!
    At age 58, I've battled the weight since a pudgy girl in 6th grade. Now it's a health issue. I purchased Jorge's REAL SHAPES book early in the year, & "went for the gusto" 1/12/04. I have been faithful to his instructions, & have lost 33# with much more to go. It's a sensible plan w/ diet & exercising, & I couldn't be more excited. --db ... Read more


    19. Relax into Stretch : Instant Flexibility Through Mastering Muscle Tension
    by Pavel Tsatsouline
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    Asin: 0938045288
    Catlog: Book (2001-02-01)
    Publisher: Dragon Door Publications
    Sales Rank: 22887
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    Regain the Buoyant Flexibility of a Young Child While Maximizing Your Power and Strength

    "Conventional stretching attempts to literally elongate your tissues, which is dangerous and ineffective. Relax into Stretch simply teaches your muscles to relax into a stretch.If you compare traditional training to a messy hardware reorganization, then Relax into Stretch is an efficient software upgrade.

    While stretching tissues may take years, changes in the nervous system are immediate!Your muscles will start noticeably elongating from your first Relax into Stretch practice—and within months you will have achieved a level of flexibility uncommon in our species."—Pavel Tsatsouline

    —Own an illustrated guide to the thirty-six most effective techniques for super-flexibility

    —How the secret of mastering your emotions can add immediate inches to your stretch

    —How to wait out your tension—the surprising key to greater mobility and a better stretch

    —How to fool your reflexes into giving you all the stretch you want

    —Why contract-relax stretching is 267% more effective than conventional relaxed stretching

    —How to breathe your way to greater flexibility

    —Using the Russian technique of Forced Relaxation as your ultimate stretching weapon

    —How to stretch when injured—faster, safer ways to heal

    —Young, old, male, female—learn what stretches are best for you and what stretches to avoid

    —Why excessive flexibility can be detrimental to athletic performance—and how to determine your real flexibility needs

    —Plateau-busting strategies for the chronically inflexible ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars flexible muscle strength
    This is the best book out there on stretching the safe way with efficient productivity. it is also about strenghtening your muscles. it not only teaches stretching through each stretch movements but give you the background and education to understand the principles of the stretches. once you understand the principles, you can start to create your own varietion of stretches if you know the kinesiology movements of the muscles. the reason i gave this a 4 is because Pavel left out the joint mobility exercises and dynamic stretches that i felt were important to having a healthy muscle. he didn't even explain why he left those out. these stretches sure beats the heck of the american passive stretches that is't effective. this is a great book that has no nonsense information just like his other books.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Easy to understand book on stretching techniques.
    Like other reviewers, I have both Thomas Kurtz's "Stretching Scientifically" and now Pavel Tsatsouline's "Relax into Stretch". The techniques in "Relax into Stretch" are basically the same as passive techniques in "Stretching Scientifically" with a couple new twists, however, I find Pavel's book easier to understand than Kurtz's. Kurtz's book is more complete than Pavel's; it includes dynamic stretches that aren't in the "Relax into Stretch" book. I actually think the 2 books work well together. I was concerned about going through the exercises in "Stretching Scientifically" because I didn't feel my understanding was complete enough to do them safely. Now I feel confident about what I should do. I do have to agree that "Relax into Stretch" is a bit expensive given what it contains, but to me it's worth it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This is the right path to the full dead split.
    This book, like all of Pavel's works, is a great find. Don't let the size of the book fool you; information is packed in more densely than in any "Muscle Media Fitness for Mullets" P.O.S. you'll find everywhere else. This book containes clear, concise explanations of the theories involved, detailed descriptions of the methods used, and illustrations for each stretch. This guide fits in perfect with the rest of Pavel's works; to get the full benefit, you should get "Power to the People" and "Super Joints". Each book compliments the others. Personally, I have gone from barely-able-to-touch-my-toes to rock-bottom-dead-split in 6 months using the techniques described here. That's why I give this 5 out of 5 stars.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Best Pavel book I've read: Good, but not great
    So far, this is by far the best book by Pavel that I've read.

    "Relax Into Stretch" gives a much better presentation of the principles and practice of his stretching philosophy, and is better constructed for the beginner and for those wanting to know how to structure a progressive stretching plan... than Pavel's prior "Beyond Stretching" book did.

    I think this book is still a bit heavy on amusement and a bit light on scientific details, but it is easy to understand and based on sound, verifiable principles. With some careful practice, a person could benefit a lot from this material, but a beginner without some prior knowledge should go slowly at first.

    However, this book does a poor job of showing variations for people that need specific help in different ranges of motion, or who are particularly inflexible or who have had joint injuries.

    I got my copy of "Relax Into Stretch" for half price, which I feel is about right for the amount of material you get.

    The "Relax Into Stretch" video is nice for comparison, and to see various movements demonstrated, but is also light on content and explanation. I think the book has more to offer than the video if you are a reader, but the video is cheaper and will get you started if you aren't.

    For a more reasonably-priced source of absolutely excellent material on PNF and Isometric stretching with loads of variations and detailed explanation, check out "Stretching & Flexibility" by Kit Laughlin, or "Overcoming Neck & Back Pain" by Kit Laughlin.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great Manual, bad book!
    This book is a great manual for different stretches. And deals
    with some basic information. But still this book lacks of things
    needed for people who wants look further into stretching.

    If you'r a martial artist or athlete, then spend your money on
    something else. But if you aren't into somekind of physical
    training, then it's a great book! ... Read more


    20. Triathlon Training in Four Hours a Week
    by Eric Harr
    list price: $18.95
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    Asin: 1579547486
    Catlog: Book (2003-05-16)
    Publisher: Rodale Books
    Sales Rank: 3821
    Average Customer Review: 4.86 out of 5 stars
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    The Transforming Power of Triathlon

    Training for a triathlon will get you in the best shape of your life, not to mention give you a new and exciting fitness pursuit. More than that, it will change your life in ways you never imagined.

    In 1994, when Eric Harr decided to train for his first triathlon in the U.S. Virgin Islands, the extent of his exercise was walking to the local mango stand for lunch. That one simple step set in motin dozens of other positive steps. Eric began eating better, had more energy, and grew more sensitized to the joys of everyday life.

    You hold in your hands the key to unlocking a healthy, passion-filled life. All the motivation and practical advice you need to train for and finish a triathlon is within these pages.

    Four separate training programs to accommodate every fitness level

    A complete list of all the gear you need, with money-saving tips on how to get it for less

    A 40-minute stretch-and-strenghten workout you can do at home--plus an abbreviated 10-minute workout for those days when you're pressed for time

    A complete menu plan with delicious, healthy meal choices to fuel your active body

    Strategies to stay motivated and injury-proof your body

    Discounts on triathlon gear, race entry fees, travel expenses and lodging

    A minute-by-minute guide to your race day
    ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars So, SO Much More Than a Triathlon Training Guidebook
    I have been reading Eric Harr's column in The New York Daily News for many months now. I am a very big fan of his, so I decided to pick up his new book, even though I have no aspirations to finish a triathlon. I knew there would still be lots of information in there for me. That's because he always writes for a wide audience; he makes things apply to us all. That's why I love his writing.

    I was right.

    Triathlon Training in Four Hours a Week is indeed a book any person will benefit from. It has something for everyone, even those who do not want to do a triathlon. For example, it lays out 20 common excuses one might give not to do a triathlon ("not enough time," "too overweight," etc) and then Eric Harr provides compelling solutions to those things...in a way that applies to us all. I love this man.

    Eric Harr has a remarkable ability to make it sound it like he just sitting next to you coaching you through this. His book is motivational yet extremely easy to read as well being personal. He has given us a gift by writing this book.

    The workouts and the philosophy in the book DO work and not merely because of the dietary guidelines and workout schedules. Eric Harr's philosophy can and will change your life if you take it to heart.

    The only problem I have is with the title: Triathlon Training. Of course, it's a great book for that, but this book is so much more than a triathlon book! It's an AMAZING GUIDE!! It's packed with important wit and wisdom about health, nutrition, stretch training, aerobic workouts AND living life to the fullest, bonding more with your friends and family, being more confident and having more fun. I do like the back cover saying "The Transforming Power of Triathlon."

    I am buying copies for everyone I know. If they decide to "take the leap" and do a triathlon, great. If not, they will love this amazing guide to living a happier, healthier, fitter, more enriching life.

    This is a stellar book and I would highly recommend it to anyone.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Much More Than Meets the Eye
    This book should be titled "Training to Live a Better Life (by Doing a Triathlon)" The author talks about excuses we all give about fitness -- and how to overcome them. He explains how to use exercise to live a better life, rather than simply burn calories. He advises you to view workouts as a golden opportunity to "bond" with those you love every week. He explains how, when you finish your triathlon, mentoring others can be rewarding for you...and for them. He provides inspirational stories about people who did this and how it transformed "much more than their waistline." There is also tons of nuts-and-bolts information in this book, too: how to choose the right running shoe, how to avoid injuries, how to get properly fit on your bike, how to execute the proper swim stroke, how to choose gear without over-spending, how to eat, how to lose fat, etc, etc, etc.

    I believe triathlon is going to be taken up by hundreds of thousands of Americans because of this book. And we need that right now. Nice work, Mr. Eric Harr. And thank you.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great 1st Tri manual
    I just finished my first triathlon this month, used this book to get me started and keep me motivated. It has different training levels for different people, great workouts and stretches, even advice for what to eat while training. There's also a bunch of inspirational stories and reminders which are very helpful for novices. Great raceday tips and checklists too! Like some of the other readers, I used this book to get me started and now i'm searching for more triathlons!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Book Didn't Just Change My Life...It SAVED My Life!
    I was recently diagnosed with Type II Diabetes, after being overweight and eating too much sugar for years. This was a devastating blow to me, emotionally and physically.

    My doctor actually suggested I pick up a copy of Eric Harr's book -- to work my way slowly back to exercise. I began with the basic, Level I program in the book and it was a nice, gradual process. I am feeling so good these days. My doctor says my "good cholesterol" is up and "bad" is down. I've lost 14 pounds and I am aiming for my first triathlon in 3 weeks.

    I feel like Eric Harr's book has saved my life, because I used to hate exercise and I always ate poorly. Now, I'm on a new track because of this book. I can feel myself LIVING again.

    If you want to change your life -- and have fun learning how to be healthy again -- buy this book. It is a lifesaver.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book!
    This is the perfect book for the beginning triathlete or even the recreational/working triathlete. The book focuses more on using your head for training instead of joining your local running club for sprint sessions, and I can claim to that. A clydesdale swimmer for 12 years, I was suddenly lapping everyone by the 'chest push' advice and felt like I was cruising in the water with little effort. The book focuses on spiritual efficiency, and building on what you can do with your god given abilities rather than a mentality of tendon crunching, muscle wrenching, lung bloating and crying god training. ... Read more


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