calisthenics for beginners

Calisthenics for Beginners is an illustrated guide to three workout programs that progress in technique and intensity, as you build up strength and fitness, using simple movements that require nothing more than your own body weight. This all-inclusive training plan won’t require you to join expensive gyms or visit Argos to buy a load of equipment that you’ll never use.

Calisthenics is used by weekend walkers to athletes of all fitness levels to professional sports stars to get fit. The endlessly adjustable workouts can meet you where you are at current fitness levels, and build fitness using a series of simple movement patterns. The book features 35 dynamic exercises with progressions, modifications and variations as needed. Matt Schifferle is a certified Calisthenics coach in Colorado, USA.

7 minute workouts (with quick results)

7 minute body plan

7-Minute Body Plan is a simple fun book packed with workouts that only take less than 10 minutes, yet are highly effective and need no equipment. The book also includes 24 simple plant-based recipes and motivational messages. Just pick a workout for your particular goal: T-shirt-ready arms, love my legs or sSuper health fix. Then learn the quick and easy exercises, that you can do for the rest of your life. The benefits of doing these exercises include:

  1. Burning excess body fat
  2. Strengthening your bones
  3. Increasing your energy levels
  4. Improving circulation
  5. Improving your co-ordination
  6. Improving your posture
  7. Reducing anxiety & insomnia
  8. Strenghening your immune system
  9. Giving you glowing skin

Lucy Wyndham-Read is a qualified personal trainer, with over 20 years experience. Her unique exercise videos on YouTube have over 1 million subscribers (her 7-day challenge to lose belly fat has over 46 million views, making it one of the most-shared fitness videos ever).

50 easy Pilates exercises for everyone

Pilates for everyone

Pilates for Everyone is a fun and simple book containing 50 exercises that anyone can try to become more flexible, strengthen the core, improve posture and even relieve back pain. Regardless of age, size, gender or physical ability, this book shows how to take advantage of this popular form of exercises. You’ll find a complete workout plan to find your comfort zone and test your abilities, from the comfort of your home home. Then you’ll discover:

  1. 50 Pilates exercises with at least 3 variations/modifications
  2. 15 sequences to combine the exercises
  3. Tips on how to add Pilates exercises to your life

Step-by-step photography from a diverse group of models demonstrate all exercises with possible variations, to find the best way to suit you and your physical abilities. Once you’ve found the movements that suit you best, you’ll begin to notice positive changes in your body, as you become stronger and more confident. Other physical activities will become more managable and have renewed confidence in everyday capabilities. Micki Havard is a Pilates instructor and wellness coach.

get fit & healthy (using nature’s gym)

nature's gym

Nature’s Gym is book to help you get fit in the outdoors, each page has advice on how to use the elements, whether you’re walking against the formidable wind or dancing in the rain. Reinvigorate daily routines, enjoying the warmth of the summer sun or the crisp chill of autumn air. Never walk dogs in very warm or hot weather – read this book to keep your dog safe for more tips.

Tailor your fitness by personalising your ‘nature’s gym’ routine, and keep motivation soaring through weather changes, with a kaleidoscope of nature’s own playlists. And for the adventurous, there are tips on taking charted paths on remote landscapes. Includes success stories to inspire, and eco-friendly practices to respect our planet. Expand your horizons, and step outside the confines of the gym: let the sky be your ceiling, and the natural ground your new ‘state-of-the-art’ flooring!

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