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

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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 o
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Paperback, 176 pages
Published January 1st 2013 by Ballantine Books
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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!
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 ...more
Val
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!
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 ...more
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 ...more
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
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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
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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 ...more
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.
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.
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
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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
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Lucy
I intend to try the exercise plan, but the nutritional info I'd already learned elsewhere, and the acidic/alkaline blood part made me roll my eyes. I guess every health/exercise/diet book has to have SOME bogus "science" in it somewhere.

I did notice that the dive-bombers exercise and all of the bending movements look suspiciously like yoga poses.

Only one plug for his doorway bar (I guess the equipment-free exercises are only *mostly* equipment-free).
Robin
Interesting book. Many of these things I've heard before, but some of it was new. I'm still skeptical of the results from bodyweight exercise alone, but we'll see. The book, by itself, was a good read for anyone interested in health & fitness.
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
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Julie
Great ideas for short, progressively difficult weight training without machines or props. Unfortunately, my good intentions to do some of these things didn't lead to action. Maybe later?!
Freya
I loved this book! It's really great, because there's something about nutrition and then MANY exercises(different levels, increasing).
Vero Frost
Ich habe höchstwahrscheinlich nicht jeden einzelnen Satz aus diesem Buch gelesen, aber damit 3 Monate lang "gearbeitet", weswegen ich es als "gelesen" gelten lasse.
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
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Keri
I was looking for a good way to do some strength training and the ability to get exercise when the weather is not so great. This book was recommended by a friend who has really gotten herself in shape. I have not really used it but have read it and it seems reasonable. I feel that some of the ways of doing things does not work well for my home environment though.
Jessica
I am just about to start week 2 of my 1st cycle. I really like his voice in this book and the way he presents the info. Very easy to understand and quick to read. The exercises themselves are quick, but boy can you feel it! Can't wait to see how I advance in this journey.
Jessica
This is a great book. I am currently doing the exercise program!
Nilya
Feb 14, 2013 Nilya rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Looking forward to augmenting my fitness routine with some body weight exercises. The nutrition sections informative but the meal suggestions are a little meh how many hard boiled egg whites can a girl eat a day?
Judy V
Great theory! Love the work outs. I will be workin this program for the nex twelve weeks. Mark Lauren is a genius!
Shi Huang
good information and very helpful. Will give this to my sister who constantly making excuses not to get in shape.
Jenn
This sounds like a realistic approach. I guess I'll have to follow up in 2 months and see what I think then.
Cindy Winder delong
Excellent book. I borrowed this from the library and I like it so much that I'll be buying the book.
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