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You Are Your Own Gym--Bodyweight Exercises
« on: September 19, 2013, 12:41:45 PM »
http://www.marklauren.com/

After ten years working local freight and cycling 90 miles a week, I was in decent shape for a truck driver. Then the economy dropped through the floor and I ended up a line driver, sitting on my butt 12-14 hours a night five and six nights a week. Fast-forward three years and I was horribly out of shape. I had all the flexibility of a coma patient and nearly as much aerobic capacity as a terminal emphysema sufferer. I had even lost my regular bid where I was getting home every morning and the company was sending me out for a week at a time, so I was staying in hotels and struggling at times to eat properly. I had an old Soloflex at home, but what good was that doing me six hundred miles away? I needed a workout I could do anywhere, it needed to be fairly short in duration and needed to have maximum impact. Oh, and it had to be something that could take me from coma patient to functionally fit.

Then I found Mark Lauren and his book "You Are Your Own Gym". (Mark's Bio) I checked out what people were saying online, I looked at his videos on youtube. I took a shot at trying to go at it from the book alone. I struggled, not sure I was setting up the program properly. I overreached my abilities, I got frustrated. I believed in his program, I just needed better guidance especially since I was at such a disadvantage.

Fast-forward a year, Mark came out with a video. "You Are Your Own Gym" on three dvds. One for the novice, one for intermediate, and one advanced.

I have been working on the novice for over sixteen weeks now. You may think to yourself, "Well, it must not work because he hasn't advanced." Not at all! As I said, I started in a big hole. Frankly, that I haven't injured out (I'm 48 years old and packin' a now-shrinking belly) is in itself testament to the level-headedness of his program. The novice program has challenged me for four months now. I'm getting to the point that, instead of merely being able to do the exercises and hoping to make it through, I'm starting to be able to focus more on how hard I can push. I hope to start the second disc probably the first of next year.

So what has sixteen weeks got me? Up two inches on my chest, down four inches on my belly, and down two inches where I wear my pants. I haven't measured my arms, but my biceps and triceps are looking much better. My wife says I'm getting my "bike legs" back too. 

I encourage anyone who has seen the P90X commercials and been tempted to try it, but felt that due to age or fitness level it just was too much--give Mark Lauren a good hard look. Check out his youtube videos. See what people say about his books. I really like that he's not a screamer, there is little hype. His approach is very much "stay in the game, rest if you have to but get in the game; keep showing up".

http://www.youtube.com/user/MarkLauren2
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Re: You Are Your Own Gym--Bodyweight Exercises
« Reply #1 on: September 19, 2013, 01:24:40 PM »
Thanks.  That seems like a good program.
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Re: You Are Your Own Gym--Bodyweight Exercises
« Reply #2 on: September 20, 2013, 12:35:08 PM »
Thanks.  That seems like a good program.

I think it is a great no-nonsense program. No hype, just hard work and results in time. No miracles.

A few random things about Mark: his military background is in the Air Force as an air combat controller. He ended up an instructor at one of the schools they go to.  He's also an accomplished Thai boxer. You can watch him KO a guy in Thailand, about one minute into the second round. It's on his youtube channel.
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Re: You Are Your Own Gym--Bodyweight Exercises
« Reply #3 on: September 20, 2013, 01:46:22 PM »
I highly recommend yoga myself. I know a lot of guys aren't into it — but being the only guy at yoga class isn't really a BAD thing! However, the first time I went to an actual yoga CLASS, I went with girls I knew so I wouldn't feel like the creepy guy sitting next to the playground in a van with no windows.

You can use DVDs and other methods to learn it, but here where I live, I have access to free classes and/or "pay what you can" (where we each toss in $5) several nights per week.

The best way I can describe yoga is that it is essentially lifting weights, stretching, getting a full body massage, and visiting the chiropractor all in one workout.

I have a friend who refuse to check it out who is into hard core hiking and having some troubles with his foot after an 800 mile hike. I keep telling him it would help and would make him a stronger / faster hiker but he refuses to listen. So I told him to get a product called "yoga toes" (hahaha) to stretch out his feet, which he did and is saying that it helps quite a bit — and still won't listen to me about the benefits of yoga.
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Re: You Are Your Own Gym--Bodyweight Exercises
« Reply #4 on: September 20, 2013, 03:10:16 PM »
i hate yoga, but it works.

i'll have to check this guy out, but i have been doing p90x and it is really good. back in the day people were in great shape with only body weight exercises. we can still do this today.


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Re: You Are Your Own Gym--Bodyweight Exercises
« Reply #5 on: September 23, 2013, 10:05:54 AM »
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...back in the day people were in great shape with only body weight exercises. we can still do this today.

You mean back before McDonald's came along?

HAHAHA

I have heard great things about P90X. Anything you do that's "exercise" will do the job I've found. The trick is finding something you can stick with and enjoy — and the time to do it regularly.
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Re: You Are Your Own Gym--Bodyweight Exercises
« Reply #6 on: September 23, 2013, 10:36:49 AM »
I have heard great things about P90X. Anything you do that's "exercise" will do the job I've found. The trick is finding something you can stick with and enjoy — and the time to do it regularly.

time would be my biggest issue/complaint with P90X. most of the workouts are an hour, and the yoga (which i haven't done, probably will try that out now that physical test is done) is around 1h30m. i'm not saying i expect to get in great shape for 20 minutes a day, but it is something to consider with this program.


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Re: You Are Your Own Gym--Bodyweight Exercises
« Reply #7 on: September 25, 2013, 10:01:47 AM »
The "pay what you can" tuesday / thursday night yoga classes I go to (occasionally now) — are only an hour long and they kick my ass pretty hard.

I find it to be the right length because it starts out feeling nice and stretching (and being the only guy at yoga class of course) — but around the 40 minute mark when we are into the hard stuff, I am feeling like death warmed over (and looking like a fool in a room full of yoga pants)... Followed by a nice cool down session where I could pretty much fall asleep on my yoga mat.

I've also done the HOT yoga classes (temperature, not a reference to the yoga pants) — and I swear I lost 5lbs during one of those I went to on a lunch break with a friend. It was 90 degrees outside that day and I remember feeling like I walked into an air conditioned building when I went OUTSIDE from the yoga studio that day.
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Re: You Are Your Own Gym--Bodyweight Exercises
« Reply #8 on: September 29, 2013, 10:10:48 AM »
I have heard great things about P90X.

I heard great things about P90X as well, my former room mate (early 40's, just retired from active duty) bought the dvd's, got on the diet and was doing well, right up until he pulled his back so bad that he nearly required hospitalization. P90X is just too high impact for me.

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Re: You Are Your Own Gym--Bodyweight Exercises
« Reply #9 on: September 29, 2013, 04:45:45 PM »
I'm training to compete in the Reebok Spartan races, each day they email & post to Facebook an exercise. It varies in intensity and focus. I've found it useful as I haven't plateaued.
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Re: You Are Your Own Gym--Bodyweight Exercises
« Reply #10 on: September 29, 2013, 05:26:45 PM »
I heard great things about P90X as well, my former room mate (early 40's, just retired from active duty) bought the dvd's, got on the diet and was doing well, right up until he pulled his back so bad that he nearly required hospitalization. P90X is just too high impact for me.

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it is intense. it's definitely not a workout that you decide to do after sitting on the couch for years. i've been slowly making my way through it. some of the workouts i couldn't even finish up until a few weeks ago. it took me several months to get to the point where i feel like i can keep up with everything they're doing.


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Re: You Are Your Own Gym--Bodyweight Exercises
« Reply #11 on: December 04, 2013, 09:50:31 AM »
Insanity was pretty intense for me. There were definitely times during the training when I could feel Mr. Quit shouting inside my head. I personally liked it better than P90X because of the no-gear requirement - just way easier to go out to the studio and do.

Regarding body-weight only and it's ability to transform you... my brother turned himself from a guy in decent shape to a terminator-like machine in approximately a year using exclusively body weight until his reps were beyond what I have ever even imagined of myself. At that point, he was doing hundreds of pull-ups/push-ups/sit-ups/squats with different style tweaks mixed in with other targeted exercises. Then he added weights to add a bit more bulk. Proof is in the pudding... and he proved to me that nothing is necessary to make your body into a machine other than hard work. Quote from him that stuck with me: "If you can't lift your own body weight, why go blow money on machines. You just need to get off your a$$ and work hard." Continued with something bout like this... once you can move your own body just about however you want for as long as you want, you can go blow money or just find stuff to use like Rocky.
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Re: You Are Your Own Gym--Bodyweight Exercises
« Reply #12 on: December 08, 2013, 06:45:19 AM »
I am a big fan of Tabata's.
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Re: You Are Your Own Gym--Bodyweight Exercises
« Reply #14 on: February 03, 2015, 11:57:08 AM »
http://www.marklauren.com/

After ten years working local freight and cycling 90 miles a week, I was in decent shape for a truck driver. Then the economy dropped through the floor and I ended up a line driver, sitting on my butt 12-14 hours a night five and six nights a week. Fast-forward three years and I was horribly out of shape. I had all the flexibility of a coma patient and nearly as much aerobic capacity as a terminal emphysema sufferer. I had even lost my regular bid where I was getting home every morning and the company was sending me out for a week at a time, so I was staying in hotels and struggling at times to eat properly. I had an old Soloflex at home, but what good was that doing me six hundred miles away? I needed a workout I could do anywhere, it needed to be fairly short in duration and needed to have maximum impact. Oh, and it had to be something that could take me from coma patient to functionally fit.

Then I found Mark Lauren and his book "You Are Your Own Gym". (Mark's Bio) I checked out what people were saying online, I looked at his videos on youtube. I took a shot at trying to go at it from the book alone. I struggled, not sure I was setting up the program properly. I overreached my abilities, I got frustrated. I believed in his program, I just needed better guidance especially since I was at such a disadvantage.

Fast-forward a year, Mark came out with a video. "You Are Your Own Gym" on three dvds. One for the novice, one for intermediate, and one advanced.

I have been working on the novice for over sixteen weeks now. You may think to yourself, "Well, it must not work because he hasn't advanced." Not at all! As I said, I started in a big hole. Frankly, that I haven't injured out (I'm 48 years old and packin' a now-shrinking belly) is in itself testament to the level-headedness of his program. The novice program has challenged me for four months now. I'm getting to the point that, instead of merely being able to do the exercises and hoping to make it through, I'm starting to be able to focus more on how hard I can push. I hope to start the second disc probably the first of next year.

So what has sixteen weeks got me? Up two inches on my chest, down four inches on my belly, and down two inches where I wear my pants. I haven't measured my arms, but my biceps and triceps are looking much better. My wife says I'm getting my "bike legs" back too. 

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http://www.youtube.com/user/MarkLauren2

This is very simalr to one of the programs I teach I like these kind of workouts dynamic resistance is a great thing. What is also nice is this kind of workout puts very little stress on joints making it easy for people who are out of shape or have injuries to do. Plus you can do them on the road if you travel a lot.

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Re: You Are Your Own Gym--Bodyweight Exercises
« Reply #15 on: February 03, 2015, 12:54:35 PM »
T 2.5 is my favorite ...2 and a half minutes of strenuous pulling and squeezing and I have my shoes on and I'm in shape
(round is a shape) ...plus I have about 50 pounds of food storage on board.
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Re: You Are Your Own Gym--Bodyweight Exercises
« Reply #16 on: February 03, 2015, 01:03:57 PM »
T 2.5 is my favorite ...2 and a half minutes of strenuous pulling and squeezing and I have my shoes on and I'm in shape
(round is a shape) ...plus I have about 50 pounds of food storage on board.

Exercise is not for everyone. Everyone has a shape they like some people like round some people want look like Arnold when we was training for mr universe some what in between as long as you have a shape.

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Re: You Are Your Own Gym--Bodyweight Exercises
« Reply #17 on: February 03, 2015, 01:07:21 PM »
Exercise is not for everyone. Everyone has a shape they like some people like round some people want look like Arnold when we was training for mr universe some what in between as long as you have a shape.

I've been on TV for exercise programs often,perhaps you have seen me as "BEFORE"
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