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Hardcore Circuit Training for Men

1 rating: 5.0
A book by James H. Mchale

It's not called Hardcore for nothing. This is not a starter program, although many of the exercises could be used in less intense workouts...I liked its simple, illustrative approach and Hardcore message. --Paul Rogers, About.com Weight Training … see full wiki

Author: James H. Mchale
Genre: Nonfiction, Health & Fitness
Publisher: Price World Publishing
1 review about Hardcore Circuit Training for Men

Excellent Training Reference

  • Jun 28, 2010
Hardcore Circuit Training for Men
by McHale and Udu
Price World Publishing

Reviewed by : Dr. Joseph S. Maresca

This book is about high intensity fitness training.
An object of the book is to set forth training modalities
to help with weight loss/maintenance, muscle tone and
superfitness. A major theme of the presentation is
on conditioning. Nutrition is integrated with
the regimen. The rules are to eat little but often.
Eat after exercise and eat raw food to preserve the nutrients.

I find that juicing fresh vegetables is the best to promote
gastrointestinal health , roughage to aid in peristalsis
and overall high nutrient content. Peristalsis involves
successive waves of involuntary contraction
along the intestinal walls aimed at forcing the contents
(usually food) forward. Historically, the Paleolithic and
Mediterranean diets have been excellent in my personal
experience which has been confirmed by extensive readings .

A trainee should warm up for several minutes and
concentrate on the muscle groups to be worked.
There is a reversal of the warm up or cooling down after
intense exercise. This step transitions the body from an
exertion state to a rest state. In my own experience,
an extensive workout should have a winding down sequence
so that the body can make iterative adjustments to the
reduced activity.

There are a series of push ups, back extensions, leg raises
and other exercises. Next, the author presents the kettle bell
exercises like single arm bench presses, Turkish " get ups",
Russian twists and other elaborate sequences.
The kettle bell is a wonderful exercise to enhance torque
movements in the body. I have found the kettle bell useful
for range of motion enhancement/preservation and conditioning.

Extensive sequences are shown for plate workouts, squats,
lunges and barbells. The Swiss ball workout was designed
originally for physiotherapy. The body responds
to the instability of the ball and engages more muscles to
keep you in balance. The exercise may be done best under
supervision- particularly for older trainees and novices.
Extensive cycling and rowing exercises work even more muscles.
There is a section on working out with light weights,
as well the bench press exercises.

Overall, the book is well organized, understandable and
priced reasonably for virtually every household budget.
The presentation would be well-suited for a wide constituency
of readers.

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