Review of “You Are Your Own Gym”

I recently read You Are Your Own Gym by Mark Lauren. It is a pretty good book. It is full of bodyweight exercises. Very little of the moves require any equipment. I checked it out from the library and got through it in a couple of days while reading it on the bus.

The intro chapters are really good. He goes into motivation, diet and fitness in general. There is a good description of the cycle your body goes through when you process sugar and carbs in food. He also addresses a lot of misconceptions about fitness, particularly about women and weight training. At some point I will also address those misconceptions as well.

The only issue I have is that he comes up with his own names for most of the exersises, so there are some naming conflicts with the rest of the world. What the rest of the world calls a squat thrust he calls a “four-count bodybuilder”. I have seen that name used to refer to a squat thrust, but it is not too common. He uses the term “squat thrust” to refer to performing a squat with a heavy object, and pressing the object when you reach the top. I would have called that a squat press. It is one of the few moves that require equipment.

He was an instructor for Special Forces. I find it a bit odd that he keeps referring to his time in “the military”, and never states which branch he was in. I think he was in the Air Force, since he mentions Pararescue and he makes a reference either to “Lackland” or “San Antonio”. If this guy had been a Marine, he would mention it several times and probably end each chapter with “Semper Fi”. I am not going to belabor this point, but why he never uses the term “Air Force” on his site or in the book is strange. I only know that Pararescue is part of the Air Force after googling it.

All in all, I recommend this book.

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