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    kbboy is offline Junior Member
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    Default Pushing Yourself to Power BY JOHN E. PETERSON ?

    This book BY JOHN E. PETERSON was recommended to me by
    It is about bodyweight exercise. Worth getting?

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    scotthsmd is offline Senior Member
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    Default Pushing Yourself to Power BY JOHN E. PETERSON ?

    I had it and sold it as a used book on Amazon recently. I found it to be nowhere near as good as Ross Enamait's books, or Scrappers website which has a lot of good workouts on it and is free.

    Peterson's book is essentially like an updated Charles Atlas course, with a few extra exercises thrown in. It contains a lot of isometric and self resistance exercises, with some Dynamic Visulalized Resistence exercises added. These are the similar to the old kung fu muscle tensing exercises that can be found in Hary Wong's book.

    It has a lot of the same type of hype that the old Atlas course had. He's a friend of Matt Furey's and a lot of the hype is similar to Furey's hype about how weights are dangerous and don't produce "functional" strength.

    The book is supposed to be a bodybuilding book that does not require the use of weights, so you need to look at it from that perspective.

    If you're looking for hardcore conditioning to improve your athletic performance, martial art etc. then I would avoid Peterson's book. The book is a real beginners level book in my opinion.

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    Lemon1 is offline Senior Member
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    Default A differing opinion, at least in some particulars...

    If you look at it from the vantage of a beginner's 'general fitness' book, it's worth getting. It's very well put together, with high quality photographs and very 'motivational' prose. The book features variations of the 'Atlas Pushup', which is well worth adding to any bodyweight routine.

    Peterson himself is in incredible shape (assuming that every photo in the book hasn't been airbrushed and retouched), especially for a middle aged man. If he is indeed following the routines and regimes he recommends in the book, he's got something worthwhile - he looks a LOT like Earl Liederman in Liederman's prime, a worthy goal for any man over 30.

    Are BWE routine's superior to weights for conditioning? I don't really care, and neither should you. The superior routine is the one that you enjoy doing and that you will keep up on a regular basis. There's enough variety and challenge in PYTP that a person who likes the idea of training in an Atlas/Liederman/Furey mode will find plenty to keep him busy and happy.

    The book won't suit everybody - I can just imagine Uncle Garm's reaction to it - but I like it and am glad I have it.

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    Tyler Hass, RKC is offline Senior Member
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    Default A good "no equipment" book...

    If you like Matt Furey style stuff, get this book. It includes most of the calisthenic exercises that Matt Furey's book has. Pushing Yourself to Power is essentially an old-style fitness course, like what Atlas and Liederman sold. There are three main elements in the course: calisthenics, self-resistance and "virtual" resistance, which is essentially flexing your muscles while you lift imaginary weights.
    There are some caveats though:
    High carb diet.
    Weird way of doing pistols on toes.
    Complete avoidance of the posterior chain. All squatting is quad dominant, such as the Hindu and his style of the pistol. And he even cautions people on some exercises not to use the lower back. The bridge is the main posterior chain exercise. I consider it a stretch, not an exercise for building strength.
    Fan of SuperSlow and cautionary against fast lifting.

    Caveats aside, it is a pretty good book. I personally am not a fan of self-resistance exercises, so I would just lift weights instead. John Peterson is really big on pushups, so if you like doing them, this will be right up your alley. John is a very strong guy. He can do sets of 30 pullups, 20 standing "evil wheels", weighted HSPU's for reps.
    I've also spoken to John Peterson in person and he is a very nice guy. He's been very supportive of my rings business.

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    firehands is offline Senior Member
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    Default First check out

    Also check out "YOGA FOR MEN ONLY" BY Frank Ruldolph Young. It was written over 25 years ago and is full of these same concepts and contains some very unique exercises that may replace any need for Viagra!

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