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The Gym-Free Journal Book Review

Posted on April 12, 2014 by Margaret Schlachter

I recently received a copy of the new book by fitness author Brett Stewart, The Gym-Free Journal to review. Brett Stewart is known in the fitness world and has authored dozens of book including the 7 Weeks to Fitness Series and Ultimate Obstacle Race Training: Crush the Toughest Courses. His knowledge in the fitness industry is vast and he recently came out with The Gym-Free Journal.


I have had a chance to read through it, in honesty most of it is the actual program and built in journal. The book starts with an overview of the book, answers to common questions regarding the fitness in general. It answers almost all the answers a new exerciser would ask. At the back of the book the exercises included in the training routines are explained as well as some black and white photos. I must say, the photos are a bit underwhelming but get the point across for the reader. For a better visual description best would be doing Youtube searches online before doing the exercises. But overall, if you are familiar with exercising and have a base, every exercise should be familiar.


The bulk of the book is dedicated to the actual training program. The basis of the program is a 3x a week routine, with each workout lasting about 20 minutes. Simple enough for anyone to follow. The exercises are broken up into sets and the program gets progressively harder through the 90 days. Almost all the exercises can be completed in your living room or backyard. The only movement that requires any equipment are the pull-ups and chin-ups. It would also be advisable to buy a medicine ball or sandbag for a few movements, but they can also be completed with just your bodyweight. But otherwise the book offers you a program that after purchasing the book will cost you little to nothing in terms of equipment. Each day also includes a food log to track your nutrition. Stewart lays out some simple nutritional guidelines to help anyone follow. On the days without planned exercise there is space to list other activities or life events that might impact health overall.


For the beginner this is a simple and easy to follow program, for the more advanced athlete I recommend adding this program to your routine already. But all levels can get at least ideas for quick and easy workouts to help as the book states, “get you shredded”. Personally they are great ideas for those times I am on the road or away from a gym. Whether I jump into the full 90-day program is yet to be seen but The Gym-Free Journal is a nice addition to my fitness library.




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