You Are Your Own Gym by Mark Lauren – Review
As a Bootcamp Instructor I’m always looking for new bodyweight exercises with little to no equipment necessary. Naturally Amazon knew this and suggested that I might enjoy this book while I was perusing it’s webpages.
It turns out that You Are Your Own Gym was quite good. You can never tell with fitness books until you open them up and have a look inside. While not having as many new body weight exercises as I hoped it still provides a great reference book for every basic bodyweight exercise.
About The Book
Mark Lauren is an ex-Navy SEAL who continues to train the worlds best Special Forces to this day. He uses a combination of bodyweight exercises and high intensity training methods to create short, sharp and effective workouts.
The book starts with an unusually large forward which provides the user with a bit of insight into the author’s past. This is followed by a little information on short vs long workouts and then some advise on diet.
I found the diet information a little contradictory. He speaks about sticking to unprocessed natural foods but then at the end pushes the importance of have a high carbohydrate high protein shake after your workout. Still the general message is there and it is better than 90% of other fitness books out there.
Great intro. Mark has had quite an exciting past.
Good exercise decriptions and pictures.
Large collection of progressions for each exercise.
The 8-count bodybuilder exercise.
How to do pullups at home with no bar, although I’m still too scared to try it.
Not as many new exercises as I would have liked.
Not enough varieties and bad visual formating on the workout programs in the back of the book.
I would have to give You Are Your Own Gym a 3.5 out of 5. While Mark hits on some great points and provides a useful reference guide, some ideas such as using two bookshelves for dips are just downright dangerous.