Pushing Yourself to Power

Pushing Yourself to Power

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Based on the most effective and comprehensive strength and fitness system ever taught, Pushing Yourself to Power provides you with everything you need to achieve your natural, God-given strength and fitness potential. Whether you simply desire to slim down and shape up, or your ultimate goal is to build your maximum, all-around functional strength, athletic fitness, and natural muscularity, Pushing Yourself to Power offers complete training strategies specifically tailored to your goals.

Author and internationally renowned strength and conditioning coach John e. Peterson shows you how to use the world’s oldest, most reliable, and effective strength-training exercises to create the superior physique, strength, stamina, and power you’ve always dreamed of having.

Whether you’re a beginner or a world-class athlete, you’ll find complete training strategies to take you from where you are today to where you want to be in the future. Precisely illustrated with hundreds of detailed photos, you’ll see clearly how to perform every exercise in all its variations.

If you’re looking for a complete exercise system that will give you the results you’ve always dreamed of, does not require a gym or expensive exercise equipment, and can be done anytime and anyplace—Pushing Yourself to Power is for you!

About John e. Peterson:

JOHN PETERSON, internationally renowned strength and fitness coach and creator of the Transformetrics™ Training System, knows the painful reality of struggling to overcome physical adversity. At the age of four John was a victim of the dreaded disease polio, which left him with horribly misshapen legs that doctors were forced to break and reset—all without anesthesia for the ...

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jdc wrote...
"A masterpiece"
Apr 21 2008
More then the Modern Charles Atlas,this is the guide everyone should have to get and stay in top shape just using your own body!!
James the Just
James the Just wrote...
"Five Star Workout: Body Building the Natrual Way"
Jan 27 2008
Push Yourself to Power is a instant Classic. This book is all you'll ever need to become strong, fit, slim, gain muscle or lose weight. Chapter Three has a special workout for ...
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... those that are out of shape to bring you into fantasic physical condition as rapidly as humanly possible; this one Chapter is worth the price of the book! John Peterson is the Charles Atlas of the 21st Century! This book has 12 chapters and can make you into a natrual body builder or just a person full of energy and fitness that you desire! This book will only build you never hurt nor injure you! You can be or look like a natural body builder using these exercises and lessons and this is the fitness book all martial artists want and need, develop speed, power and flexibility!

Janet Dykstra
Janet Dykstra "jmiyo" wrote...
"An Underappreciated and Very effective Workout"
Jan 22 2008
After a recent back injury, it became apparent to me I had to stricly limit my weight training. My physical therapist recommended John Peteron's book. I read it the first day ...
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... it arrived and have been doing the exercises ever since. The process is amazing! I had no idea you could get such a complete workout, with no chance of further injuring my back. The info in the book is concise, no-nonsense, and presented in an easy-to-understand manner. The exercises are super-effective! Get it and try it. If you are interested in making yourself the best you can be without expensive gym memberships, and using equipment you always have with you; then this book is for you.

J. buckley
J. buckley wrote...
"Best Fitness book ever!"
Jan 04 2008
I have read them all - "Brawn", "Super Squats", "Dinosaur Training", "Combat Conditioning", etc. This is far and away the best fitness-related book I have ever read. I'm a 47 ...
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... year old male. I bought this book 3 months ago and have followed it closely ever since. I feel better and look better than I have in at least 15 years, maybe more.

The exercises are actuually enjoyable to do and when your done, you feel great and energised, instead of that just-got-hit-by -a-truck feeling you get from lifting heavy weights.

Not only am I stronger than I've been in ages, but aches and pains and tightness that I've had for years, and assumed I'd always have, are gone!

It's comforting to know that never again will I have to go to a gym, change a weight plate, look for a spotter, trip over a dumbell, etc. I can perform these exercises anywhere, any time.

I can't say enough good things about John Peterson and his publications. There are a lot of people out there charging a ton of money for a lot less information. If you follow the information in this book, your life will improve greatly. What other endorsement do you need?

Nathaniel Merritt
Nathaniel Merritt wrote...
Dec 24 2007
John Peterson has not only written and presented an excellent book of the best-of-the-best non-apparatus exercises for developing one's strength, fitness, and physique to their ...
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... fullest potential, but he presents the exercises in a clear and easy to follow manner. The exercises herein WORK and work WONDERS if you DO them and do them REGULARLY. John Peterson is obviously powerful and superbly fit, especially so for a man in his fifties With his instruction you too can reach your full fitness potential.

John Peterson learned many of these exercises from Charles Atlas. I was pleased to see that John Peterson acknowledges his debt to Charles Atlas and his system of Dynamic Tension in this book as well as on the Bronze Bow Publishing web-site. I was also very pleased that Mr. Peterson explains to the reader that Dynamic Tension is not isometrics, as so many people erroneously believe. Isometrics are static exercises that increase strength dramatically but not much beyond that. Dynamic Tension--also referred to as Dynamic Self Resistance--is indeed dynamic, meaning one moves throughout the full range of motion of the muscles. Such exercises develop not just muscle strength, but muscle endurance and size. John Peterson is doing an excellent job of keeping the natural Charles Atlas Dynamic Tension method of fitness, strength building, and bodybuilding alive and well. For that he is to be commended and recommended. The legacy of Charles Atlas is too great to allow it to slide into oblivion. John Peterson comes the closest of anyone living--that I'm aware of--to matching Charles Atlas in physique. Since Charles Atlas was twice voted THE WORLDS MOST PERFECTLY DEVELOPED MAN, that's an amazing accomplishment on the part of John Peterson. That fact alone should inspire you to follow his teachings and example.

There is an exercise apparatus called the Bully X-Treme that is fraudulently using the name and likeness of John Peterson to promote and sell their product. Keep that in mind if you are thinking of purchasing a Bully X-Treme. Keep in mind also that such an apparatus in not necessary in the least. (If you're interested in isometrics, John Peterson also has an excellent book available that deals exclusively with isometrics titled The Isometric Power Revolution. This book contains recent advances in the understanding of isometrics that further increase their effectiveness in building great strength rapidly.)

Pushing Yourself To Power contains sound up-to-date nutritional information, excellent methods of mental focus, motivation, and mind-over-matter in muscle building, profiles of great athletes who used the exercise methods contained in this book--athletes such as Charles Atlas and Rocky Marciano--as well as the very best-of-the-best of the non-apparatus exercises. (Exercises used by the Special Forces by the way.)

I've been doing these exercises for thirty-four years, since I was twenty. I gained seventy pounds of muscle over a five year period from age twenty to twenty five. There is no reason on God's earth for you to waste your money, time, and living space on barbells or any other exercise gadget such as a Bow-Flex. You have already been divinely bestowed with the finest exercise machine in existence: your own body.

The exercises presented in Pushing Yourself To Power will take you as far as you wish to go, especially with the free personal advice John gives his readers at his message board on the Bronze Bow Publishing site. For those of us who are fans of the late Charles Atlas and his marvelous system of Dynamic Tension, I speak a word of gratitude to John Peterson for keeping Atlas and his legacy alive in this exciting and highly readable book. The exercises work, and work wonders. They will continue to work wonders as long as humankind, and men such as John Peterson, endures. Continued Divine blessings to you John!

Nate Merritt

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Achieve More "Barefootking" wrote...
"Perfect workout/Buy this book now"
Oct 11 2007
My personal experience has been one of complete satisfaction. I do the stretching and chest workout (which includes Furey squats)every morning I can. Takes about 15 minutes and ...
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... I do it in my kitchen or living room. No driving to a gym, no special equipment, waiting for gym rats to get off of a machine as they leave their sweat.
Furthermore, it has produced results. My wife looked at me and said that I was ripped. Now I've done it all: high volume weight lifting, powerlifting, hi intensity training, gym memberships, protien shakes, get-ripped pills, you name it. I used to spend more time getting ready and getting to the gym than I do in my workouts.

Buy this book. It's spiral bound, travels wherever you want. You devise your own workout and push yourself at your own pace. If you want Richard Simmons to dance with you and tell you what to do, this is not for you. If you listen to your body it will tell you when to push harder and when enough is enough.

Actually, I didn't like the format, but I understand why he wrote it this way. He covers body parts rather than formulate complete template workouts. At first this seems like a bummer, until you realize he's giving you tools that you must use to shape yourself. Because he doesn't know you, he's never met you, he doesn't know which tool (excercise) will work best for your body type for how many repetition and how many times a week. I finally understand that I will be doing these excercises for the rest of my life. Hope I look as good as he does when I'm an old man like him. By the way, go to his website. He has updated his haircut. Hahaha.

m b
m b wrote...
"The utlimate STRENGH book"
Jul 21 2007
A very good book if your into hard pushup, pullup routines as well as Peterson's very own Tranformetrics routine. I gave the book five stars because I feel that the book is ...
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... very thorough in explaining itself as well as the fact that it does seem to work. However, at the same time I would suggest that if your looking for a book on bodybuilding, this is not the one to get. This book is on physical fitness only. If your after strengh, this is the book to get. If your looking for a "big" look this is not the book to get. Although you will improve in shape and size by following the book, it is not designed to build looks. Its designed to build strengh and fitness.

ron watson
ron watson wrote...
"The only book you'll ever need."
Jun 04 2007
Large books like these have a tendency to close unless you keep them open. A spiral edition stays open. Buy the spiral edition. You will be really pleased. I have read ...
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... and bought reading material for 30+ years. Mr. Peterson is the most interesting writer of exercise. He is a testament to his system. He is over 50 and has a built that 20 year olds would envy.
There is just the right amount of nutrition info but not too much.
His description and instruction is very detailed, not like others who only have a starting and finishing photo.
If you do not collect or spend a lot of time reading exercise books for entertainment, you will have all you need with just this purchase.

Dale J. Bellard, Jr.
Dale J. Bellard, Jr. "daddydale30" wrote...
"Critics need get the facts straight first"
Apr 12 2007
This book is a wealth full of information that tremendously describes nutrition, muscle, and mind wellness. He is not ripping off Charles Atlas, to the contrary, he has brought ...
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... a new twist to the fitness culture. If one would just truly try the exercises, they would see that dramatic results. We are looking for functional strength. Stuff that can be used everday, not the bodybuilder strength that will not get you out of a burning building shouldering your loved ones. People just need to open their minds and see that weights aren't the only way to build strength.

M. C. Jimenez
M. C. Jimenez "My Vice" wrote...
"Best book on body weight exercise"
Apr 11 2007
This is one of the best books on bodyweight exercise out there. PYTP is full of exercises for every body part. Some of the exercises use simple items such as boxes for a fuller ...
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... stretch when doing pushup, or a bar for pullups, but the majority of exercises don't require any equipment at all.

That's the part I enjoy the most. Like many people, I have very little free time to enjoy a workout. I can close the door of my office, and knock out many of the exercises right at my desk. By the time I go home I got a good chunk of my workout done. I even do some of the abdominal exercises wating for my train!

Mr. Peterson also includes a very logical, well thought out section on nutrition. We all know we have to eat healthier, but Mr Peterson presents it in an interesting way.

I've also read The Miracle Seven and his new book, Isometric Power Revolution. With these books, you can design any kind of routine that will make you stronger, healthier and will get you whistled at on the beach.

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