PRODUCT REVIEW: This Manual (physical product) came out in 2006. There is also an ebook version of this product available. At this time, I believe the eBook version is the only version being offered due to the popularity of having instant access to the material.
Written by Zach Even-Esh.
The physical manual is 273 pages in length (as I’m assuming the eBook version is) and currently costs $67.00 if you opt for the digital format (eBook).
After the Table of Contents, Warning – Disclaimer and brief Intro, Chapter 1 starts on page 7.
In Chapter 1, Zach discusses the advantages of creating your own gym.
Right off the bat, Zach’s passion literally jumps off the page!
This cat oozes inspiration and intensity.
I have no doubt that he was a GLADIATOR in another life time.
He’s referencing sweat, busting your butt, the Rocky movies, “The Eye of the Tiger” and this is all on the FIRST PAGE!
I’m ready to do some bullet dodging, sledge hammer swinging, tree climbing workouts right away.
Zach points out that we should be training movements and not exercises.
I like it.
And I’m only page 8.
In Chapter 2, Zach discusses styles of training (this manual is targeted at grapplers, wrestlers, MMA fighters but can DEFINITELY be utilized by trainers and coaches who run fitness classes).
We read a lot about the benefits of body weight training, sets and reps and the need for conditioning.
Zach emphasizes “DO NOT CONFUSE SPEED AND BEING UNDER CONTROL FOR A SLOPPY, OUT OF CONTROL REPETITION.” – this is a great reminder for boot camp participants or athletes who are just trying to keep up with the group…but using sloppy form.
“Dropping the weights on the downward portion of the rep eliminates half of the rep, which then makes half your set a waste of time. ”
The same analogy can be used with full body exercises like: push ups, dips, squats, pullups, etc.
By not controlling the eccentric portion (or going down deep enough), boot camp participants are eliminating half of the rep…
In chapter 3 (Physical Preparedness), Zach discusses how to develop superior physical conditioning and how the focus should be upon bringing up any weak areas of the body.
We get some sample GPP (general physical preparedness) workouts like forward and backward sled dragging, combined with pull ups and push ups.
Another GPP workout is done in circuit fashion for 3 rounds and looks like this:
1) Recline pull ups
2) Situps with a medicine ball
3) Suspended chain push ups
4) Walking lunges with body weight
Actual sets and reps are listed with each workout.
Next, 12 more GPP workouts are listed utilizing body weight, truck pushing, kettlebells, dumbbells, and more.
I have used most of these methods at one time or another in my boot camp.
And it’s amazing how much the ladies love pushing cars or trucks, using sledgehammers and kettlebells.
The men, of course, love this type of training as well.
Good times continue with:
- 16 killer variations of the push up to jack up your upper body and develop dominating pushing strength and power
- The ultimate sandbag strength endurance workout that will give you lasting strength that never quits.
- Using body weight and a pair of dumbbells you will develop full body endurance that never quits! Check it out on pg. 26!
- top 6 list of bodyweight movements that will you and your boot campers stronger and more powerful, guaranteed!
- 9 energy system workouts that will have you in the best shape of your life in no time. Be ready, these are friggin’ tough but you’re still going to love them!
“Energy system” workouts utilize a Basketball Court or open space (the park is great).
One of the workouts looks like this:
- Sprint around entire court x 1 lap
- 10 push ups, 10 squats, 10 knee tucks on ground
- sprint around court x 2 laps
- 10 lunge jumps, 10 plyo push ups, 10 knee tucks on ground
- sprint around court x 3 laps
- 10 hindu push ups, 10 hindu squats
- sprint around court x 2 laps
- v ups x 10, rotational push ups x 10, squats x 10
- sprint around court x 1 lap
- staggered hand push ups x 10, v ups x 10, split squats x 10
The aim of this type of training is to improve your conditioning and is especially brutal.
Use caution with your beginner and intermediate boot campers!
This manual is packed with mini workouts that, for me, are great for those advanced boot campers or athletes who always finish the main workout first and then ask “What’s next?”
Simply point to the dry erase board or hand them a piece of paper with 1 or 2 of these mini workouts written down and they will be toast.
You won’t have to worry about your “what’s next?” boot campers or athletes again.
There is workout after workout that you can use right away in your boot camp or athletic training camp.
Equipment needs are minimal (kettle bells,dumbbells, ropes, sledgehammers, tires, chains can be utilized).
The manual ends with a bonus “underground exercise index” that shows pictures of the exercises as well as an informative “Q & A” about this type of training.
The Good: This is a must have for boot camp trainers, coaches or anyone who works with people who want to try new methods while improving their fitness levels.
This training is especially great for boot camps and group workouts.
The physical demands are high (and scalable) and this type of training is guaranteed to be embraced by your group.
They will love telling their friends, co-workers, family members about how they flipped tires or swung sledgehammers.
And this is wonderful free advertising for your business!
There are bonuses and upgrades options galore – check them out and you can determine for yourself whether or not you want them.
I have both the “Underground Secrets of No Rules Training” AND the “Underground Secrets of Stone Training” manuals (bonuses) and have thoroughly enjoyed them both.
The Bad: I have the physical manual and I would like to see a page number associated with the chapter in the table of contents so I don’t have to flip around searching for information. I’m not sure if the eBook has the same problem.
Rating: 4 out of 5