Book Reviews of Escape Your Shape : How to Work Out Smarter, Not Harder (2 Fitness Favorites from Exercise Guru)

Escape Your Shape : How to Work Out Smarter, Not Harder (2 Fitness Favorites from Exercise Guru)
Escape Your Shape How to Work Out Smarter Not Harder - 2 Fitness Favorites from Exercise Guru
Author: Edward Jackowski
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ISBN-13: 9780743211444
ISBN-10: 0743211448
Publication Date: 5/2/2001
Pages: 288
Rating:
  • Currently 3.2/5 Stars.
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3.2 stars, based on 33 ratings
Publisher: Fireside
Book Type: Paperback
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reviewed Escape Your Shape : How to Work Out Smarter, Not Harder (2 Fitness Favorites from Exercise Guru) on + 29 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
I think this book has hit it right on the head! I am an hour glass and did step classes at least 3 times a week for many years. Not only did I NOT slim down, I gained size in my thighs. This book just makes sense to me...I need to change my type of exercise. So far, I have noticed my thighs slimming (but not my abs, so I need to work on that a bit more)
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Helpful Score: 2
Ugh...yeah. No. I think this advice is really mis-guided and am not going to escape my shape the way this guy suggests! There is definitely better advice out there.
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Helpful Score: 2
i bought all his book and actually trained WITH HIM and it was horrible... we would work out 4 days a week, 2 hours a day, for about a year.. and i saw no real improvement. i think it was a load of crock. the only improvement i saw was that i can lift more weights and do more squats... but my weight wasnt budging. after leaving him, i worked out on my own and in 1hr a day, 4 days a week, i dropped 20 lbs and have drastically improved in every aspect...

i'd stay away and recommend reading military exercise books, they show you faster results!
reviewed Escape Your Shape : How to Work Out Smarter, Not Harder (2 Fitness Favorites from Exercise Guru) on
Helpful Score: 1
I enjoyed the book "Escape your Shape" very much.
It was laid out very nicely with each "shape" of
the body having its own chapter and exercises.

I have an hourglass figure shape and I have been
doing the wrong kind of exercises. I learned I
should do no resistance exercises as this will
only bulk me up.

Read the book and pick out your bodies shape and
make sure you are doing what is exactly needed
to tone/or loose weight for YOU.

It all makes sense and the best exercise the book
states is jumping rope. I didn't know that!
reviewed Escape Your Shape : How to Work Out Smarter, Not Harder (2 Fitness Favorites from Exercise Guru) on + 81 more book reviews
This, as all diet and exercise programs, is dependent upon you. Personally, I think it will make more of a difference for women than men but it does provide a guideline for both.

Having played sports since I was 11 years old and throughout school, I fell into the exercise craze of the 80s, 90s and today with furvor to maintain my fitness. I was athletic and fit but never quite svelte or shapely. This showed me what I was doing wrong and I do agree with it. It balanced my body by working harder on things that I ignored and less on things that I overused as a kid. This routine gave me a waist for the first time EVER! I had always been more of a "blocky," athletic build and I am curvy. Funny. People used to describe me as "sturdy" or "athletic," now I am my hourglass shape and CURVY! I only lost 10 pounds but that wasn't my goal as much as CHANGING my shape.

You can modify the workout to increase cardio (I ran instead of walked the intervals) and I used 8 pound weights instead of 5 pound b/c 5 was too light for me. The interval training is one that is becoming more and more popular b/c it really does torch calories. While the routine does b/c boring, once I hit that plateau, I just kept CORE in once a week and my off day routine in once a week, while adding other activities on the other days.

I don't think it is the definitive answer; that is only found in the program that works for you. I did find this book extremely helpful for what I wanted to do.
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The Individualized Fitness Prescription for Your Body Type. (and body shape--hourglass, spoon, ruler, cone)
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has helped me fine tune my workouts according to my body type. Good info and the exercises are not difficult. Just got to be consistant.
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Interesting concept