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on Jan. 09, 2011 :
Boot Camp Fitness For All Shapes And Sizes certainly lives up to it's name. It's a no-nonsense guide that provides more than enough evidence to support that being healthy and the steps that need to be taken to get there are vital.
I really like the level of detail that is provided such as specific instructions on how to take your measurements so that you can track your progress and how to regularly test your improving fitness.
Weinstein also provides a great technique to deal with the creeping doubts that are so often enemies of attempts to lose weight and get fit.
And despite the 'boot camp' analogy Weinstein's program is aimed at all body types, sizes and levels of fitness and leaves the reader with the feeling that wherever you are starting from you can make progress.
(reviewed long after purchase)
William R. Klemm
on Nov. 28, 2010 :
Inspired by his boot camp Army recruits, Lt. Col. Bob
Weinstein (U.S. Army, Retired) lays out a "complete" program for physical fitness. Unlike virtually all other fitness books, Weinstein addresses the psychological and even spiritual changes that are so helpful in motivating a person to "be all you can be," as they like to say in the Army.
Weinstein points out that his program is a health insurance
policy, one where your premiums will be made up of healthy
eating, regular exercise and healthy thoughts. His program
might not lower your insurance premiums. Given the new
Obama-care bill, I guess nothing will. But if you do what
Weinstein says, you have really good odds of being healthier and happier.
The book not only provides physical exercises, but shows how lifestyle, attitude, and personal values are important to healthy living. There is a spiritual dimension to this book which may not resonate with some readers, but I encourage them to consider that personal values are absolutely essential for providing the motivation to stay with any program involving diet and exercise.
Col. Bob challenges readers to "war game" their health. The
essence of the game is to assess where you are in degree of
health, develop a boot-camp remediation plan, and make it
happen. He won't accept denial. He points out that 90% think most people are overweight, but only 40% admit that THEY are overweight. To test whether a person is in denial, the book provides a simple "Health/Lifestyle Test."
A big emphasis is placed on weight loss, with the appropriate emphasis on limiting calories -- no fad diets
needed. The book doesn't provide recipes, just points out
the obvious: eat less in total, and eat fewer proteins and
The section on exercise begins with effective debunking of
common myths about exercise. The actual program is not what
you would expect from a drill sargeant. Lt. Col. Weinstein insists that exercise should be fun. He provides fitness criteria based on pushups, situps, and 2-mile run/walk time. Army standards for pushups and situps are significantly more than most people can do initially.
An extensive array of exercises are explained and clearly
illustrated with photographs. One of the best features of
these exercises is that no equipment is needed for any of
them, except for resistance bands. The only dumbells are
those who don't take Col. Bob's advice.
The book includes advice for creating corporate wellness
plans. Bottom line: wsellness programs save the company
Weinstein runs boot-camp workouts on the Fort Lauderdale
beach. That sounds like a fun way to get started on
life-change. In case that is not feasible, by all means get
started with this book.The success stories from his camp
graduates are inspiring.
Speaking of inspiring, its hard to beat the quote from
psychiatrist William James that Col. Bob uses as the book's
theme: "Most people never run far enough on their first
wind to find out they've got a second."
Bill Klemm, Col. USAFRes (Ret.)
"Memory Medic," http://thankyoubrain.com
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on March 24, 2010 :
This book is honest, brisk and to the point about a great many things we face while trying to get fit in this day and age.
Whether you're looking for a certain chapter on something or you go through the whole book, there is something in here for everyone and I found it refreshing that it was written in a plain way that will appeal to every reader. It doesn't sugar coat our needs while getting into shape or the causes. It's a hard dose of reality and a welcome one.
(reviewed the day of purchase)