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This may be the book with the longest and silliest subtitle:

Convict conditioning: How to Bust Free of All Weakness Using the Lost Secrets of Supreme Survival Strength

Premise: Strength through progressive calisthenics using body weight as told by a former prison inmate.

Actuality: A body-weight approach to fitness. Very sound tips on injury, great explanation of forms (starting with very beginner (e.g. wall push-ups) to cross-fit games exercises (e.g. hand-stand push-ups.) The prison story? Likely fake given the following disclaimer "names, histories and circumstances have been changed partially or completely."

Quick read, sound advice, and realistic work out schedules (emphasis on going slowly as joints, tendons, and ligaments do not strengthen as quickly as muscles.) For some reason the paper book is outrageously expensive on Amazon but the Kindle price was significantly less. Recommended to me by a Fitocracy pal in the UK. I love it.

(Note, I am 43, female, and a recovering couch potato.)

Unique featureDiscussion and photos of early 20th century strongmen. 6 pack abs before the invention of the "crunch"!

This is likely going to join the pantheon of fitness books that focus on body-weight exercises and/or non-gym training.
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...and I feel a bit better.

ruminations and thanks )

In other news, I have begun watching recent movies (i.e. post 2006) - finally caught "There Will Be Blood" which I adored. Looking forward to seeing it again, this time without commercial interruption.

Other reviews:
- If you haven't heard of Lana Del Ray, you may be living under a rock. She's actually an artist named Lizzie Grant who has been repackaged by her management to help sales. Don't let that stop you from listening to her. She's fabulous.


- I read non-fiction almost exclusively and most of my reading lately has been centered around chaplaincy and materials science. Not much general fare. If you enjoy Buddhist writing, I highly recommend the accessible, "Who Ordered This Truckload of Dung? Inspiring Stories for Welcoming Life's Difficulties" by Ajahn Brahm. The subtitle is a misnomer. There are 108 stories that share Buddhist themes, many of them Brahm's personal experience, and an equal number laugh out loud funny.

- Do catch Brian Greene's latest NOVA work "Fabric of the Cosmos" - you can watch episodes on PBS.org and the Quantum Mechanics episode was outstanding.

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