Two new books on the market claim success in seven weeks, lucky sevens have it this year possibly. As always there was no compensation for this review and the opinions expressed are freely my own.
I have not yet completed the 7 weeks to Getting Ripped or 7 Weeks to 50 Pull Ups plan and to be honest the pull up plan scares me, its all pull ups! The self evaluation test was a fail, even at 6 weeks postpartum I remember I couldn’t do a pull up to save my life before being pregnant. So where do pull up failures start? Page 101 the prep level program which gladly allows for the lat pull down machine, something I know I can do. I have enlisted my husband who can do about 10-12 pull ups consecutively to join me in this pullupathon as soon as my abs are healed from their split, so check back to see how the pull ups progress.
On to 7 Weeks to Getting Ripped. I love that the book starts with Q&A just like 7 Weeks to 50 Pull Ups – and hits on hot topics such as women getting ripped and bulky – not going to happen, its even difficult for men to achieve- balanced nutrition, avoiding injury and resting. Shocker of shockers though Level I week 2…Pull-Ups!!
Yes, I think I will have to actually complete these two books in this actual order or fail miserably at getting ripped. Author Brett Stewart touts this as the ultimate weight free, gym free training program – however there was a medicine ball and I am not sure for either book where you can do chin ups and pull ups in the home without installing a bar. Yes, technically you could hit a park, but the parks near me do not have chin up bars and I can’t reach the cross section on the swing set – though my 6’6 husband can easily jump up and grab hold to do pull-ups. I remember old school parks had chin up bars, maybe somewhere in my town I can find one….
Back to the book, it definitely hits hard – it is dry and cut, to the point and you most definitely will get ripped. The exercises are simple and effective, but maybe not too fun. If you are like me and get bored easily with repetitions and prefer more movement this might not be a good fit for you. By more movement I mean group fitness classes. Since these are how I earn a living I have come to prefer them to the hours I used to spend in the gym. Many of my Power Yoga classes employ the same exercises shown in the 7 Weeks to Getting Ripped book, but in a flowing sequence – which is why I know this book will work, I have seen the results in my students using similar exercises over time.
If you want to avoid the high cost of gym membership, need a book that is simple to read, provides detailed breakdown of exercises and crisp photos – these are your books.
“7 Weeks to 50 Pull-Ups: Strengthen and Sculpt Your Arms, Shoulders, Back and Abs by Training to Do 50 Consecutive Pull-Ups” ($14.95)
The go-to resource for strength-building.
“7 Weeks to Getting Ripped: The Ultimate Weight-Free, Gym-Free Training Program” (January 2012, $15.95)
More than 100 exercises and 250 instructional photos that will transform your body – no gym required.
I received no compensation for this review, the opinions expressed are my own and given freely.