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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William J. Gibbons
William J. Gibbons wrote...
"The New Charles Atlas!"
Jun 16 2004
John E. Peterson is without doubt the new Charles Atlas. His book, Pushing Yourself To Power, is the finest and most comprehensive work ever published on non-apparatus ...
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... training. Not one to make any outlandish claims for himself, Mr. Peterson includes his childhood heroes in the book, such as Charles Atlas and Earle Liederman who have pioneered this form of training.

The beauty of PYTP is the unique way in which John Peterson guides the reader through the combination of many different forms of exercise. The photographs are excellant, the exercise combinations are wide-ranging and thorough, and the health & nutrition advice are up-to-the minute and straight forward.

The book is well laid out and makes for very absorbing reading. The beauty of John Peterson's system of training, known as Transformetrics, is it's simplicity and effectiveness. Experienced weight-trainers with joint and ligament injuries, including those who suffer from lower back pain will find the Transformetrics system extremely benefical and very theraputic.

Transformetrics involves a range of highly effect non-apparatus training methods, such as DVR (Dynamic Visual Resistance), DSR (Dynamic Self Resistance), isometric and isotonic exercises. John Peterson has combined these into the most effective non-apparatus training system I have ever seen (or tried). If you truly desire to possess a strong muscular body, coupled with speed, fitness, stamina, functional strength AND without the injury risks of lifting weights, then PYTP is for you.

Forget the bewildering array of machines, the infomercials, the TV personal trainers, the fad diets and expensive over-priced gyms. John Peterson has created the very finest and most effective non-apparatus training system in the world that will transform your physique faster than you thought possible, and in the privacy of your own room. I know, I have tried them all!

If you are serious about building a strong, healthy, muscular body quickly AND naturally, then do yourself a favor and purchase a copy of Pushing Yourself To Power, by John E. Peterson, the new Charles Atlas for the 21st century.

Do it today. I know you won't be disappointed.

William J. Gibbons, Ph.D.

A Customer
A Customer wrote...
"Another dust collector"
Jun 16 2004
I purchased this book with great expectations. I made my decision based on the author's responsiveness on his personal message board. Unfortunately, a "cult-like" following has ...
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... surrounded this book, which ultimately has clouted many of the reviews regarding its true content.

The book has been advertised to "everyone" (meaning beginners and advanced athletes). This could not be further from the truth. I have worked in the physical fitness field for the past 24 years. I've coached Div II college football for another 9 years. This book does not offer any novel ideas. The information is simply recycled from the past.

Furthermore, the author has labeled the book as a "bodybuilding" guide through natural resistance. He then contradicts himself by claiming the book's content is functional and applicable to athletes. Let's get one thing clear. Bodybuilding is the worst thing that ever happened to athletic strength training. Just because you apply bodybuilding concepts to bodyweight exercise does not miraculously make the book useful for athletes. Whether you train with bodyweight movements, free weights, or resistance machines, bodybuilding is the furthest thing from functional, useful training. Bodybuilding lacks functionality. This book also lacks functionality unless you are training to pose in front of a mirror.

I wish the author would more accurately market his program. Yes, it could be useful to the individual who wishes to begin an exercise program after long periods of inactivity. That's just not the way this book has been promoted.

This book will get lost on my bookshelf or will appear on an online auction site.

- Disappointed Reader from New York

S. Stoller
S. Stoller wrote...
"Fitness for the masses"
Jun 13 2004
This is an update of my previous review from March of this year. I have been following the DVR program and the high volume pushup program since about January. I have ...
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... added the program to my existing weight training program, to see what effect it would have as far as muscle mass, and carry over to weight training. In other words, one of the things I wanted to see was whether doing DVR and pushups would improve my weight training in any way.

I did the DVR exercises from 3-7 times a week and varied the intensity like Peterson says to do so that some days I would go as hard as I could and some days a bit easier. I am a very intense guy, and I will tell you that when I did them all out I mean I did them all out.

I also worked up to 500 pushups a day three days a week doing feet elevated pushups, floor pushups, dips on bars, Atlas pushups with my feet elevated, Hindu pushups and diamond pushups. So I included plenty of the harder two handed pushup types.

The end result of 4-5 months of this was that I became very good at doing pushups and DVR exercises. I could basically drop down and do a sets of pushups without any problem whenever I wanted without breaking a sweat. I also became adept at doing the DVR exercises.

However, I did not gain muscle mass. Nor did I get carry over to my weight training, which progressed slowly and steadily during the time. But, not any different than it did before.

I actually have a little better genetics than average, and am able to handle a huge amount of exercise with no problem. I did not have any problems with overtraining at all, and continued to make progress on everything I was doing, and felt good the whole time. So, overtraining was not the cause of my not getting bigger.

Nor was diet, as I actually got a little pudgy in my face since I made sure I ate more than enough that if pushups and DVR were going to help me they would.

My conclusion is that since I was lean and muscular before my experiment the pushups and DVR did not make a noticable change in my body.

They also did not improve my max strength as far as doing one armed pushups go. Doing 500 pushups an day did not make those any easier. High rep calisthenics do not improve maximum strength very much. This has been well established, and no amount of claims to the contrary will change that.

My conclusion is that if you're already in good shape, this program may not do very much for you. If you are not in good shape, once you get in better shape, the program will probably not allow for continuous improvement beyond that point.

You should then cut down on these exercises and move on to something else (if you want to keep improving). Simply adding more and more high rep calistehnics will not do much for you. It becomes a point of diminishing returns and after a while all you're doing is abusing your joints without any real benefit. And yes, you can hurt yourself every bit as badly doing these exercises as weight training.

This is not, in my mind, an advanced bodybuilding program like the book claims. Plenty of advanced bodybuilding programs have alowed me to pack on a lot of mass. This one did not. I believe this a a pretty good program for somebody who hasn't been getting enough exercise. And, there's nothing wrong with that.

I will continue to do some DVR exercises because I think they work well as joint mobility/stretching exercises.

Of course I am just one person and your experince may differ from mine. But I believe you really can't comment on the effectiveness of the program until you've done it for an extended period of time.

Rodney Sparks
Rodney Sparks wrote...
"Dr. Rodney Sparks, DC"
Jun 11 2004
As a chiropractor, I am always looking for a safe and effective exercise program to share with my patients; John has delivered. Also, as a FORMER weightlifter and now avid rock ...
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... climber, I too am looking for an effective and safe training program. Again, John has delivered. I recently had an injury to my left elbow that occured one month before a trip to climb Devil's Tower. I could barely squeeze a tube of toothpaste, much less train for climbing with all of the grip strength that would be required. The final two weeks before my trip I tried John's program. The night before I flew out I tried some pullups to see how much strength I had lost. To my amazement I had lost NONE! One whole month without doing a pullup, and just two weeks of John's DVR's and I was still as strong as before. Needless to say I made it up Devil's Tower, all 867 ft. Now I train for strength exclusively with Pusing Yourself to Power. I still do specific climbing training for technique, but for the functional strength that rock climbing requires, not to mention the tremendous strength to bodyweight ratio needed, PYTP keeps me strong and injury free.

It is hard for a former lifter to have such a profound shift in paradigm, but as a doctor who focuses on the nervous system, I also have an understanding that the body will respond to a stimulus even if it is self applied. Strength is the ability to recruit as many muscle fibers as possible for a given task, and by gaining an incredible mind-muscle connection from this form of training, you can transcend the notion that you must lift heavy weights to get strong. And since nerve force is what recruits those fibers, I have gained an intense training focus from generating my own resistance and stimulus. No matter how much attention I paid to proper form with weights, I still became injured. It doesn't make sense to me to expose myself to possible injury when there is a safer and more effective way to train. For those who just can't believe that self resistance or visualized resistance can be effective, just remember a muscle doesn't know the difference between a stimulus you create or the stimulus from a weight. Your own effort is what makes the difference. You can create the very stimulus that can give you the FUNCTIONAL STRENGTH that a truly healthy body exudes. Thanks for a life changing book.

John Bigelow
John Bigelow wrote...
"Not for everyone, But for some it's the Ultimate"
Jun 09 2004
For some time I have been reading the reviews that have been written about this book, and I have decided that it is time that I offer my perspective. First of all, this ...
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... book is without a doubt the most comprehensive program on natural bodybuilding without the use of weights or equipment of any kind that I have ever read. The author delivers an incredible number of exercises for each and every body part that is beautifully photographed with well-written details outlining how to perform each exercise. The fact that the author has himself modeled for each of the exercise photos in this book speaks volumes to me about the effectiveness of his training methods. And when one considers that this man is in his fifties and that the vast majority of the twenty- and thirty-something-year-old men reading it would be more than pleased to have a physique like his, that tells me that the man obviously knows what he is talking about and teaching.

I personally am in my early forties. I make my livelihood as an airline pilot. The methods Mr. Peterson teaches are invaluable for me personally, but let me address another issue. Although the vast majority of the reviews posted about this book have been resoundingly positive, once in a while someone posts something negative, saying that Mr. Peterson has jumped on Matt Furey's bandwagon to intentionally slam weightlifting. I find this to be ludicrous. While Mr. Peterson credits Matt Furey and many others in the creation and development of his own Transformetrics Training System not once does he ever state that a person should never lift weights. What he does do, however, is offer an incredibly effective alternative for those who don't have access to either a gym or weights or who have been injured by the "cumulative effects of weight training," as Mr. Peterson so eloquently states in Pushing Yourself to Power.
I know whereof I speak personally. Fifteen years ago when I was in my mid twenties, I would have thought Mr. Peterson's advice against heavy weight training to be absurd to say the very least. But over the course of the last decade and a half there were more and more times when I would arise from a night's sleep in the early morning and feel stiff and sore just as Mr. Peterson states in PYTP. I can't tell you how many times I felt pain and stiffness in my joints and lower back. In fact, for a long period of time I literally got to the point where my pain and stiffness were so commonplace that I forgot what it felt like to be pain-free. Was I strong from all of my weightlifting? You bet I was. I could bench press well in excess of 400 pounds and curl well over 200 pounds, but I was hurting.

Then I heard about Matt Furey's Combat Conditioning book. From there I read about John Peterson's Pushing Yourself to Power. The major difference between the two books is that while Matt Furey teaches you how to become superbly fit, John Peterson takes it a step further to teach you how to sculpt and build a beautiful physique as well, using nothing more than your own body. To say that Mr. Peterson's methods are for beginners only is absolutely ridiculous. At no time in my life have I been able to perform as many pull-ups and hand stand push-ups as I can now at age 41 by following Mr. Peterson's methods. Not to mention that I am totally pain-free and able to work out at almost anytime and anyplace. One other thing that has become obvious is that my body has taken on a much leaner and harder look based upon the observations of personal friends. However, I too have noticed a dramatic increase in my muscular definition achieved primarily by following Lesson 3 on DVR exercises from Mr. Peterson's book.

Am I saying this book is for everyone? Obviously not. But if you want to achieve a perfectly developed physique without pain or injury that is often associated with heavy weight training, then I can't believe you could possibly do better than Pushing Yourself to Power.

Macduffee wrote...
"Perfect for people on the move"
Jun 03 2004
As a professional airline pilot whose livelihood requires that I stay in top shape, I can personally say that I found "Pushing Yourself to Power" to be singularly the best book ...
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... of its type on attaining incredible levels of strength and fitness that does not require lifting weights or going to a gym. As is clearly evidenced from this long list of reviews, the vast majority of readers consider this book to be stellar. I join them. As a former weightlifter who knows what it feels like to suffer constant joint pain from heavy lifting, I assure you that this book delivers on all cylinders. It has complete instructions on how to achieve anything you want from basic fitness to super strength all without injury. Its photos and instructions are so clear and precise you just can't go wrong. And although Isometrics are featured, this book goes far beyond that and gives you the most comprehensive approach to natural bodybuilding I have ever read. A definite must read.

John Brown
John Brown wrote...
"Overhyped to say the least"
Jun 03 2004
John Peterson has put together a visually appealing product with excellent production quality. Unfortunately, I was not looking for a picture book. Although this book could be ...
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... suitable for a beginner, it is clearly over-hyped.

Peterson has jumped on the "weight training is dangerous" bandwagon. Crossing the street can also be dangerous if you do so with your eyes closed. Whenever an author labels other training styles as "dangerous" there is usually an alternative motive. Common sense, gradual progression, and intelligent training make all forms of exercise safe. To label weight training as dangerous is borderline ignorant. Should I mention Jack LaLanne? Has weight training hampered his health and longevity after 90 years?

According to Peterson's logic, all competitive athletes should resign due to the "dangers" of competition. On the flip side, Peterson is so bold to label this program as ideal for "world-class athletes". He contradicts himself. I suppose all pro athletes should drop their weight programs and begin training with Peterson's book?

Another clear con of the book is the repeated reference to movements such as the "Furey Pushup". Matt Furey did not invent the Hindu Pushup. As a teenager, we performed this style of pushup over 30 years ago! It appears that Peterson has picked up with the snake oil salesman tactics of Furey.

As for the actual exercise program, Peterson has marked it towards the "beginner" or "world-class athlete". This book is clearly geared towards the beginner. It consists of basic isometric movements. This style of training lacks movement, one integral component of athleticism. I wouldn't hold your breath and expect to see professional athletes abandoning their strength programs for Peterson's "Tiger Movements". This book was written for the middle-aged man who is out of shape and needs a beginner's program

There is nothing wrong with that, but let's please stop praising this book to be something that it is not. If you need a low intensity beginner's program, this book is fine. If you are already in shape, and need further challenge, this book simply does not do as promised.

Very disappointed reader.

Charles Haddox
Charles Haddox wrote...
"Best one-stop handbook for real exercise results"
Jun 03 2004
Pushing Yourself to Power is about a real man, writing about real physical fitness. Peterson's life-story is inspiring, and his program teaches how to use ...
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... movement-under-tension (for those who know the subject, these exercises are not mere "isometrics"!) to build strength and muscle. The author's clear statement about his personal beliefs are a genuine bonus. For those who have exhausted their joints and tendons with machines and heavy weight-lifting, Peterson's book is a breath of fresh air! Particularly impressive is the author's salute to Charles Atlas' proven exercise techniques, Matt Furey's conditioning methods, and the author's own well-developed sense of how to strengthen and maintain manly muscles. A gem of a book!

A Customer
A Customer wrote...
"Much more than isometrics - A complete fitness work."
Jun 02 2004
I received Push Yourself To Power several months ago. I basically collect books such as these and most aren't even worth the postage. John Peterson's book is the best ...
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... collection of exercises for bodyweight and beyond I have ever seen.

The exercises are not isometric but rather involve complete movement of the muscle under tension.

The chapters are clearly marked. For example if you wanted to exercise your chest, you would simply turn to that chapter and pick what exercises interested you. There are so many exercises, it is hard to get bored.

I have seen results with this method which is pretty amazing considering I have been a gym rat for over 20 years.

All in all well worth the money!

Michael wrote...
"Depends what you are looking for"
May 26 2004
John Peterson's book offers a comprehensive bodyweight exercise program. This book is a great introduction to bodyweight training. He goes above and beyond Furey for a fraction ...
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... of the price, and is available on his message board to answer questions. This book targets a different audience than many of the "bodyweight gurus". I am more interested in MMA so the book wasn't exactly what I was looking for.

If you want to gain absolute strength via bodyweight exercise, stick with Pavel's (dragondoor.com) Naked Warrior.

If you want to condition yourself for mixed martial arts, stick with Ross Enamait's Warrior Fitness program (warriorforce.com).

If you want to waste money, go with the crooked Furey.

If you are looking for a general fitness program, go with PYTP. Peterson is a genuine man, with a quality product. It just wasn't what I was looking for (based on my specific goals). Nothing wrong with the quality of info.

Kindest regards,
Michael - Canada

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