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BURN FAT, NOT TIME   The ultimate get-in-shape-fast, at-home, no-equipment-required program designed especially for women—from the ultra-fit Special Operations trainer and author of You Are Your Own Gym   Say goodbye to long, tedious hours at the gym and boring, muscle-depleting cardio exercises. Elite trainer and fitness guru Mark Lauren is here to show you that the best—and BURN FAT, NOT TIME   The ultimate get-in-shape-fast, at-home, no-equipment-required program designed especially for women—from the ultra-fit Special Operations trainer and author of You Are Your Own Gym   Say goodbye to long, tedious hours at the gym and boring, muscle-depleting cardio exercises. Elite trainer and fitness guru Mark Lauren is here to show you that the best—and only—equipment you need to get in shape is free and always accessible: your own body.   This quick and easy program will save you time, money, and maybe your life. In less than thirty minutes, three times a week—and with no machinery or weights—you can achieve the toned arms, flatter abs, tighter buns, and killer legs you’ve always wanted. You won’t build bulk, you’ll build strength, and turn your body into a fat-burning machine.   Featuring 120 different exercises in five movement categories—Pulling, Squatting, In-Line Pushing, Perpendicular Pushing and Bending—and with three ascending levels of difficulty, Body by You ensures that you’ll never get bored by the same static workout. And with such a small time commitment—less than one percent of your time every week!—it is a fun program that can be effortlessly incorporated with your work and family plans. With Mark Lauren as your motivational guide and nutritional coach, Body by You will help you meet your individual fitness goals. Ultimately, it’s not about moving through the gym with ease, it’s about moving through your life with ease—leaner, stronger, more confident, and with more energy.


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BURN FAT, NOT TIME   The ultimate get-in-shape-fast, at-home, no-equipment-required program designed especially for women—from the ultra-fit Special Operations trainer and author of You Are Your Own Gym   Say goodbye to long, tedious hours at the gym and boring, muscle-depleting cardio exercises. Elite trainer and fitness guru Mark Lauren is here to show you that the best—and BURN FAT, NOT TIME   The ultimate get-in-shape-fast, at-home, no-equipment-required program designed especially for women—from the ultra-fit Special Operations trainer and author of You Are Your Own Gym   Say goodbye to long, tedious hours at the gym and boring, muscle-depleting cardio exercises. Elite trainer and fitness guru Mark Lauren is here to show you that the best—and only—equipment you need to get in shape is free and always accessible: your own body.   This quick and easy program will save you time, money, and maybe your life. In less than thirty minutes, three times a week—and with no machinery or weights—you can achieve the toned arms, flatter abs, tighter buns, and killer legs you’ve always wanted. You won’t build bulk, you’ll build strength, and turn your body into a fat-burning machine.   Featuring 120 different exercises in five movement categories—Pulling, Squatting, In-Line Pushing, Perpendicular Pushing and Bending—and with three ascending levels of difficulty, Body by You ensures that you’ll never get bored by the same static workout. And with such a small time commitment—less than one percent of your time every week!—it is a fun program that can be effortlessly incorporated with your work and family plans. With Mark Lauren as your motivational guide and nutritional coach, Body by You will help you meet your individual fitness goals. Ultimately, it’s not about moving through the gym with ease, it’s about moving through your life with ease—leaner, stronger, more confident, and with more energy.

30 review for Body by You: The You Are Your Own Gym Guide to Total Women's Fitness

  1. 4 out of 5

    Dawn

    A dearth of affordable gyms has led me to look for alternative options and as this was the only body weight (or calisthenics) book I could find at my local library, this is where I'm starting. The author of this book has spent some time training members of the military and despite a book created specifically for woman, he still ends up with a bit of the macho attitude that can go with that. As per usual with every exercise book I read, I skimmed the beginning pep talk portions. Honestly, I alrea A dearth of affordable gyms has led me to look for alternative options and as this was the only body weight (or calisthenics) book I could find at my local library, this is where I'm starting. The author of this book has spent some time training members of the military and despite a book created specifically for woman, he still ends up with a bit of the macho attitude that can go with that. As per usual with every exercise book I read, I skimmed the beginning pep talk portions. Honestly, I already have the book in my hands and I'm reading it, I don't need the sales pitch. The plan itself seems to be relatively easy to follow, it is possibly more complicated than I was expecting with interval times and creative items needed to complete the exercises. I was thinking more of Charles Atlas on the beach rather than doors and tables. There are only 5 types of exercises, with progressively difficult versions as you get stronger. The sets are minimal and the entire workout would take less then 30 minutes, 3 days a week as recommended. I have entirely ignored the nutritional advise at the end of the book as it was not what I was interested in.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sydney

    I have lost 94 pounds with diet and exercise since January 2012. I was getting tired of my 2 and a half hours of daily cardio and strength training and would skip for weeks at a time, and my weight loss would slow or stop. I had You Are Your Own Gym but it looked too advanced for me, and I was scared. Then I saw this book. I read through it one evening and was very motivated. Mark Lauren's philosophies on cardio and strength training were refreshing and made sense. I decided to give his program I have lost 94 pounds with diet and exercise since January 2012. I was getting tired of my 2 and a half hours of daily cardio and strength training and would skip for weeks at a time, and my weight loss would slow or stop. I had You Are Your Own Gym but it looked too advanced for me, and I was scared. Then I saw this book. I read through it one evening and was very motivated. Mark Lauren's philosophies on cardio and strength training were refreshing and made sense. I decided to give his program a try for two months. I'm about to start my second week and I'm already seeing the changes in my body. I really like how the exercises progress gradually. There are some really advanced moves in the book that I thought I'd never be able to do, but the way he works you up to them makes it possible. I've already recommended this book to my family and friends. Another positive about the book is that Mark Lauren has a youtube channel and a android/iphone app ($1.99 charge) that shows you exactly how to do the moves if the illustrations aren't enough. This is a very good exercise program.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Leslied

    I liked this much better than his first book,which was far to bootcamp/how big is your ...well you get the picture - for me. This one has plain simple and hard body weight exercises and a simple time management plan to go with it. The diet section is not all about supplements and eating 5 almonds or 10 pieces of lettuce. It too is simple and common sense. I actually have no excuse now not to get into better shape. Darn it!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Valerie

    Mark Lauren is my favorite trainer. I follow his methods in my own training, and his work has tremendously influenced my training approach with clients. I like that this book takes the woman's body and the way we gain strength and power into account. Highly recommended! Mark Lauren is my favorite trainer. I follow his methods in my own training, and his work has tremendously influenced my training approach with clients. I like that this book takes the woman's body and the way we gain strength and power into account. Highly recommended!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Keldrmilne

    randomly picked this book up at my local library. The simple approach to strength training appealed to me, especially the time commitment, as well as the logic and effectiveness of other interval-type training programs I have done. This seemed like it would get me to the next level in terms of strength and tone. I am now 7 weeks into the program; still on Cycle 1, but plateaued enough to step it up to Cycle 2 soon. I like how the exercises build off one another and progress in difficulty, but at randomly picked this book up at my local library. The simple approach to strength training appealed to me, especially the time commitment, as well as the logic and effectiveness of other interval-type training programs I have done. This seemed like it would get me to the next level in terms of strength and tone. I am now 7 weeks into the program; still on Cycle 1, but plateaued enough to step it up to Cycle 2 soon. I like how the exercises build off one another and progress in difficulty, but at your own pace. I have noticed significant improvement in strength and my body had toned nicely (which my partner has also noticed). My body type will never build big muscles, but I am and will continue to grow stronger than I look, thanks to this simple but effective manual. My body feels good and strong which is a really confident boost, without the pressure of having to look a certain way or fit someone else's model of health/fitness. As per some other reviews, I think people interested in strength training will have read other better books re. diet and nutrition. I have noticed that my calorie (esp. protein) intake has needed to increase since starting this program, b/c it is really working to build/tone muscles. My only other critique would be that there could be more/better photos re. correct form (i haven't checked any of the on-line resources), to make sure exercises are performed safely. I'm pretty careful, and have done other programs that have given me good idea of how not to hurt myself. All in all, this is a good fit for me.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Tanja

    I must first admit that I did not read this cover-to-cover, as I would be hard pressed to read any fitness book in such a manner. A novice exerciser might consider reading the book in its entirety, but I have been around the exercise trend roller coaster for a while and am skeptical of any approach that claims it is the only exercise you'll need to achieve optimal health. A word to the wise novice however: just because the authors despise traditional cardio does not mean you must. The best exerc I must first admit that I did not read this cover-to-cover, as I would be hard pressed to read any fitness book in such a manner. A novice exerciser might consider reading the book in its entirety, but I have been around the exercise trend roller coaster for a while and am skeptical of any approach that claims it is the only exercise you'll need to achieve optimal health. A word to the wise novice however: just because the authors despise traditional cardio does not mean you must. The best exercises in my opinion are those that you as an individual enjoy. Also, a newbie should take the nutritional advice with a grain of salt. Want nutritional advice? Read books on nutrition. (And in my opinion, eschew any approach that stigmatizes any micro or macronutrients to achieve lasting weight loss.) All those disclaimers aside, the section of actual exercises was helpful. I was specifically looking for a book to help me improve my strength doing pull-ups and push-ups, and the respective progressions in the book give me lots of ideas how to strengthen myself for those specific moves. Sorry, authors--for squatting and deadlifting, I'm going to continue to do so with gym weights when it suits me.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Alexis

    I liked this, although the organization could have been better. There was a lot of flipping back and forth. And there could have been a more explicit explanation of the course of workouts itself. It's like, all of a sudden there are charts with weird terms on it. Also, 2 photographs are not enough to explain some of the exercises, especially when so much of the efficacy and progress depends on proper form. I was hoping, even expecting, that there would be a series of videos showing them. But his I liked this, although the organization could have been better. There was a lot of flipping back and forth. And there could have been a more explicit explanation of the course of workouts itself. It's like, all of a sudden there are charts with weird terms on it. Also, 2 photographs are not enough to explain some of the exercises, especially when so much of the efficacy and progress depends on proper form. I was hoping, even expecting, that there would be a series of videos showing them. But his youtube stuff is scattered and nothing is specifically labeled as Body by You (to make it easy to find amidst the men's stuff) (and there are even fan videos of people demonstrating the men's stuff that commentors are thinking the uploaders for citing this same problem) and the bodybyyou.com site advertised in the book is listed as domain-for-sale now. I know these are basic exercises you can look up but you want a. ease of looking up when trying to fit different exercises in the specific time, and b. a reliable authority figure--do you have any idea how many videos there are teaching different squat techniques? (Update: I realize now some of the exercises had a qr code if you have a smart phone, but the links are broken as of now.) It's also hard to find a link to pdfs if you want to print out your own cycle worksheets but you can still get them from the publisher's website: http://content.randomhouse.com/assets...

  8. 5 out of 5

    Grace Major

    You Are Your Own Gym by Mark Lauren is a book written to answer the excuses many people use for not having an active lifestyle. He removes all of the excuses in his book and focus on getting the reader to focus on using his body to maintain an exercise regimen. He does not focus on food and does not offer any quick fixes to fitness. He offers a realistic approach to exercising. What I found interesting about this book is that although he writes that all you need is your body to exercise many of You Are Your Own Gym by Mark Lauren is a book written to answer the excuses many people use for not having an active lifestyle. He removes all of the excuses in his book and focus on getting the reader to focus on using his body to maintain an exercise regimen. He does not focus on food and does not offer any quick fixes to fitness. He offers a realistic approach to exercising. What I found interesting about this book is that although he writes that all you need is your body to exercise many of the exercise does require some for of tools like a broom stick, a towel, boxes, etc. etc. so althouh no gym is required you do need some items to complete the exercises. The book is a good read without alot technical terminology. Another great aspect of this book is that it is believeable...there are no before and after touch up photos and no misleading promises. Although some of the authors claims is questionable because some of topics is controversial for example, how much water an individual should drink. If you can get past the slight mixed messages in some areas, this book is a great wealth of konwledge. I recommend it!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sarah B

    This is my favorite exercise book. It helped me a lot to get into shape. I was already doing cardio but I wanted to add some strength training too. I wasn't ready to use weights yet but with this book you don't need any. You just use your own body to do various exercises. The exercises go through phases...each one starts out simple and as you progress they get more challenging. For some of them you will need something to hold on to though, something sturdy and easy to grip that won't move. This This is my favorite exercise book. It helped me a lot to get into shape. I was already doing cardio but I wanted to add some strength training too. I wasn't ready to use weights yet but with this book you don't need any. You just use your own body to do various exercises. The exercises go through phases...each one starts out simple and as you progress they get more challenging. For some of them you will need something to hold on to though, something sturdy and easy to grip that won't move. This can be a bit challenging but I've made it work in the past by using doorways or the railing on a porch. Even though I've progressed to using free weights now I still do a lot of the exercises in this book. It also only takes ten minutes a day, every other day ( or 3 days a week). This book really works if you stick to the exercises in it!

  10. 4 out of 5

    John Dixon

    Mark's first book was pretty universal, but the exercises were adjustable and base performance required more strength. This is a lot of the same material adjusted to a woman's typical strength and body composition. He does really adjust his whole take on fitness to a woman's perspective though (vs. military special forces). I'm super impressed with both books. Mark has super hero like physical fitness. His down to earth guides can take you from a reasonable athlete to a fit and trim comfortable i Mark's first book was pretty universal, but the exercises were adjustable and base performance required more strength. This is a lot of the same material adjusted to a woman's typical strength and body composition. He does really adjust his whole take on fitness to a woman's perspective though (vs. military special forces). I'm super impressed with both books. Mark has super hero like physical fitness. His down to earth guides can take you from a reasonable athlete to a fit and trim comfortable in any activity while eating what you want (sometimes more than you want because you're having trouble getting enough calories). I can't recommend his recommendations on fitness highly enough for men or for women. Take it seriously, you only get one shot at this life.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne Earley

    I'm just starting out, but the philosophy of this book appeals to me. It's based on You Are Your Own Gym, and from what I gather, I'm not even close to being about to doing the easiest stuff in the original book. I'm beginning of a journey to lose pounds and inches and gain strength and health, and I think this is going to be an important piece of my plan. I'm just starting out, but the philosophy of this book appeals to me. It's based on You Are Your Own Gym, and from what I gather, I'm not even close to being about to doing the easiest stuff in the original book. I'm beginning of a journey to lose pounds and inches and gain strength and health, and I think this is going to be an important piece of my plan.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Clarissa

    I'm going to give this a shot. Most of the work I've been doing lately is a 5-6 day a week schedule that is entirely too time consuming with two kids (one in band and one on multiple sports) that require rides to and from their events. I'm going to give this a shot. Most of the work I've been doing lately is a 5-6 day a week schedule that is entirely too time consuming with two kids (one in band and one on multiple sports) that require rides to and from their events.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Cinette Santangelo

    "Less than 30 minutes, 3 times a week, for the best body of your life!" No equipment required, (other than your furniture) and no expensive fitness pass. I'm in! It has progressive exercises in 5 different categories, and you work through them as you can. "Less than 30 minutes, 3 times a week, for the best body of your life!" No equipment required, (other than your furniture) and no expensive fitness pass. I'm in! It has progressive exercises in 5 different categories, and you work through them as you can.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Debra Byrd

    Better organized than most. Writer is a bit on the bombastic side, but there's probably an audience that loves that. Information appears solid. Better organized than most. Writer is a bit on the bombastic side, but there's probably an audience that loves that. Information appears solid.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Stacy

    Picked this up for $1.99. Overall, I'd say it was worth it. I really like the exercises and how you can move through them gradually. I like that there's no equipment other than a hand towel (for Let Me Ins and sometimes the squats)--which makes it easy to do these exercises virtually anywhere. If you're one of those people who find doing even a few push-ups too hard--even when you're modifying them--these are a great way to work your way up to them. The only issue I have with this book is that L Picked this up for $1.99. Overall, I'd say it was worth it. I really like the exercises and how you can move through them gradually. I like that there's no equipment other than a hand towel (for Let Me Ins and sometimes the squats)--which makes it easy to do these exercises virtually anywhere. If you're one of those people who find doing even a few push-ups too hard--even when you're modifying them--these are a great way to work your way up to them. The only issue I have with this book is that Lauren makes some stupid comments about cardio. He says not to do it at all--pretty much going against every single doctors' and medical experts' advice ever. Yes, if you do too much cardio, it's possible to burn muscle. You also burn muscle if you eat too little. But let's face it: most of us need SOME cardio. Are resistance training exercises important? Absolutely. But SO many studies have been done that it's pretty safe to say a combination of cardio and resistance training is the best way to go. And a recent study showed that cardio helps your body get rid of fat in your organs. When you're overweight or obese, your liver can store fatty tissue, and that can wreak havoc on your metabolism. And your heart--you need cardio for good heart health. So... just a word to the wise. I started off with just these exercises for the first two weeks. I didn't feel like I did much at all during my first work out, but the next day, my thigh muscles were so sore I could barely walk down a flight of stairs. But I noticed no difference in how I felt, and I sort of missed riding my recumbent bike. So I started again, and that's when I started to see a change. So for me, a combination of cardio and these resistance training exercises has worked best. The cardio keeps me more alert and has pretty much gotten rid of my mind fog. The resistance exercises have slimmed me down somewhat and have definitely made me stronger. I knocked off two stars for the cardio comments. I think they're dangerous. But the exercises are really good, and it's great that you don't need special equipment, which makes this a cost-conscious and effective program.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    I started this book feeling really positive about it. The author was saying all the right things and had such a refreshing take on weight loss compared to other books I've read on the topic. However, as someone who is very overweight, once I got to the chapters detailing the workout moves I realised it wasn't a practical option for me. Initially he just spoke about using your body weight as your only piece of "equipment" and while doors and tables don't qualify as equipment either it just isn't I started this book feeling really positive about it. The author was saying all the right things and had such a refreshing take on weight loss compared to other books I've read on the topic. However, as someone who is very overweight, once I got to the chapters detailing the workout moves I realised it wasn't a practical option for me. Initially he just spoke about using your body weight as your only piece of "equipment" and while doors and tables don't qualify as equipment either it just isn't a safe way for any heavy person to exercise. There are just too many ways it could go wrong or I could get hurt so I decided it wasn't for me. If you are someone who has maybe only 10-20 pounds to lose or you just want to drop a dress size this could definitely work for you. One good thing about it is that it expertly explains why gym memberships are a waste of money for most people.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Denice

    Great Quick Read! I loved the layout. The style of the writer was straight forward and direct. Everything was easy to understand and supported by facts and data. The pictures are extremely helpful to demonstrate the exercises. Great job!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sandra

    I think it's very informative and does a good job at addressing some excuses that we use to avoid working out. I liked that the author provided different variations of some workouts and I'm glad to say that I no longer see myself as a beginner where body weight workouts are concerned. I think it's very informative and does a good job at addressing some excuses that we use to avoid working out. I liked that the author provided different variations of some workouts and I'm glad to say that I no longer see myself as a beginner where body weight workouts are concerned.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ula Richardson

    Risky The pictures all look so very risky. It's not worth all the hassle with doing these exercises with doors and furnitures that weren't build for the purpose of exercise. Great ideas but not something I would do. Risky The pictures all look so very risky. It's not worth all the hassle with doing these exercises with doors and furnitures that weren't build for the purpose of exercise. Great ideas but not something I would do.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Maureen

    motivating exercises with increases as get stronger and also nutritional news and include a few menu suggestions

  21. 4 out of 5

    April

    It's hard to say how I feel about this book yet. I need to implement the way of working out into my life to see if it truly is as effective as he says it will be. I look forward to trying though. It's hard to say how I feel about this book yet. I need to implement the way of working out into my life to see if it truly is as effective as he says it will be. I look forward to trying though.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    Seems like a good concept but the utilization is a joke.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jule

    cool training program, something to incorporate into the weekly routine :)

  24. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    I've been following this program for four weeks, and I really like it. I realized my goal was to be stronger. This exercise plan has offered enough variety to keep me interested, and it makes me feel good to be able to do more as I get stronger. I've been following this program for four weeks, and I really like it. I realized my goal was to be stronger. This exercise plan has offered enough variety to keep me interested, and it makes me feel good to be able to do more as I get stronger.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Belinda

    Alright! I'm getting a head start on 2015's resolutions (such a cliche). I wanted to find a workout that I could do anywhere, and would really get me fit. And I've got to say, if this program provides the results it promises, I'm pretty impressed. I started the assessment yesterday - just an assessment! - and am already sore. But I love how scaled it is, and do-able. So it simultaneously gives ambitious goals, and a modified version so there are no excuses for giving up. If the program started w Alright! I'm getting a head start on 2015's resolutions (such a cliche). I wanted to find a workout that I could do anywhere, and would really get me fit. And I've got to say, if this program provides the results it promises, I'm pretty impressed. I started the assessment yesterday - just an assessment! - and am already sore. But I love how scaled it is, and do-able. So it simultaneously gives ambitious goals, and a modified version so there are no excuses for giving up. If the program started with something like pushups, which I cannot do, I would quit day one (speaking from experience). But by scaling it back so that pushups can be both a genuine goal, and later become just a footnote in your fitness plan, that makes it much more accessible. No more excuses on the road either. Heck, in many ways I think it'd be easier in a hotel! Finding a sturdy door in my house was damn-near impossible, but I appreciate that it encourages ingenuity. And it's a lot cheaper than a gym membership. Gotta love that. I took away a star for not really having sources, especially on the "diet" (aka eating right) portions. (Okay, I don't read the sources, but it's nice to seem them and appear legit rather than just a diatribe and agenda.) And as other reviewers have mentioned, he dogs too hard on other fitness plans- claiming that rather than being AN option, he's the ONLY option. Which just isn't true... But I'll give the star back if at the end of next year I can do even a single pull-up. Or even a legit push-up. That would be nice! :D

  26. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    MY THOUGHTS LOVED IT Every January, I try to get back into shape and this year I think I found the perfect book to help me out. I can't get to a gym and with a bad back, some exercises are just impossible for me to try. I am now working through this program and I find that it is really easy to do. No special equipment, no special things, just a door and some floor space to make the whole thing work. You can make the exercise as easy as you need it to be and for anyone with injuries, it is easy to MY THOUGHTS LOVED IT Every January, I try to get back into shape and this year I think I found the perfect book to help me out. I can't get to a gym and with a bad back, some exercises are just impossible for me to try. I am now working through this program and I find that it is really easy to do. No special equipment, no special things, just a door and some floor space to make the whole thing work. You can make the exercise as easy as you need it to be and for anyone with injuries, it is easy to work up to doing more repetitions as the author recommends. I have found that my strength is increasing and I can easily work in these movements. I really recommend that you find a very stable door - I use the fire door between my house and garage. I was afraid that using one of the other interior doors would be too much of a strain on the hinges. I really don't mind doing these movements and the whole program reminds of a fitness class that I took in college that had me in the best shape ever. I really recommend this easy to use guide to getting you back into shape.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly

    A great book with tons of myth busters about fat, muscle and dieting. And all the information you need to start working out - at home, without a gym or equipment - and start feeling great. Wonderful information! Being a Weight Watcher leader, I like to keep up with current research and trends. I have been using Lauren's strength training exercises for the past month or so and have seen results in my stamina and muscle strength. I have traditionally done low-impact aerobics or kick boxing with add A great book with tons of myth busters about fat, muscle and dieting. And all the information you need to start working out - at home, without a gym or equipment - and start feeling great. Wonderful information! Being a Weight Watcher leader, I like to keep up with current research and trends. I have been using Lauren's strength training exercises for the past month or so and have seen results in my stamina and muscle strength. I have traditionally done low-impact aerobics or kick boxing with added weights, followed by core strength training. What Mark teaches is nothing new or creative, but it is highly effective. I like his down to earth approach. His instructions are super clear and specific, exactly what you need to know so you don't injure yourself. The photos are very clear and extremely helpful. This is all I do now and it is awesome! I am building more strength than ever before and more endurance than when I did aerobics or dancing. I actually can't wait to workout because it doesn't take much time (10-30 minutes) and I am seeing and feeling the results.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Mary Ruth Kamp

    I'm new to body weight work outs but though this book is really simple, I find it great. It offers doable toning/muscle strengthening exercises without needing to go to the gym or have any special equipment which I love. I'm feeling stronger already! One thing that I read that I absolutely was impressed with - the reminder and encouragement to women to be the healthiest and strongest they can be and to love their own bodies - and NOT to grasp onto a body image that is impossible for their body t I'm new to body weight work outs but though this book is really simple, I find it great. It offers doable toning/muscle strengthening exercises without needing to go to the gym or have any special equipment which I love. I'm feeling stronger already! One thing that I read that I absolutely was impressed with - the reminder and encouragement to women to be the healthiest and strongest they can be and to love their own bodies - and NOT to grasp onto a body image that is impossible for their body type. The myth of the "perfect" body - being whatever is in the media today.... not possible for everyone and not even healthy. Way to put that message out there (and coming from a man...to boot!)

  29. 4 out of 5

    Josh

    Do you have a floor? table and chair? door? If yes, then you're all set with this book. It lists exercises and a program to show you which exercises to do, when to do them, and how many to do. As this book is the sequel to _You are your own gym_, I think that upon graduating from this program will let you slip right into the middle of the earlier system. This book is nicely illustrated. The nutrition section is okay. I found the introduction fairly uninspiring; for me there was too much pandering Do you have a floor? table and chair? door? If yes, then you're all set with this book. It lists exercises and a program to show you which exercises to do, when to do them, and how many to do. As this book is the sequel to _You are your own gym_, I think that upon graduating from this program will let you slip right into the middle of the earlier system. This book is nicely illustrated. The nutrition section is okay. I found the introduction fairly uninspiring; for me there was too much pandering to stereotypes I notice in television/magazine advertising.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Amy Bai

    -A good way to replace daily cardio when running out of time. -Did not read it from cover to cover, but picking moves that work for my stage. -Some of the moves are too advanced.Most important thing is that this book keeps you motivated, so you do not stop training yourself to be better!Body by You: The You Are Your Own Gym Guide to Total Women's Fitness -A good way to replace daily cardio when running out of time. -Did not read it from cover to cover, but picking moves that work for my stage. -Some of the moves are too advanced.Most important thing is that this book keeps you motivated, so you do not stop training yourself to be better!Body by You: The You Are Your Own Gym Guide to Total Women's Fitness

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