You are Your Own Gym



Once I realized that a big key to fitness and health is building lean “functional” muscle, I’ve been looking for the best approach.

I think I found it.

It’s, You are Your Own Gym, by Mark Laruen.

The tagline is, “Use the body you have to build the body you want.”  What a great concept.

The Business of Building Lean, Muscular Bodies as Fast as Possible

I wanted a fitness routine that I could do anywhere, and I wanted it to be as effective and efficient as possible.  Here’s the big deal: Mark, trains special forces for a living.  In fact, he trains them in record time.

Mark is in the business of building lean, muscular, physically fit bodies as fast as possible.  He uses the latest strength and conditioning principles and sports science to produce better results with only a fraction of the time and with less injuries.  It’s a huge plus that Mark is goaled with getting people into amazing physical shape as fast as possible and their lives depend on it.  It keeps it real, and puts a premium on results.

Mark has really optimized his approach too.  You can get rapid results by working out just 30 minutes a day, four time a week.  Mark also provides motivation techniques and expert training tips and tricks along the way.  You even get a great primer on nutrition.  The icing on the cake is that Mark includes 125 exercises that are visually depicted , and you can use them to work out every part of your body.

Take Your Gym Wherever You Go

What I really like about the book is that Mark’s approach uses bodyweight exercises.  What that means is that you can get lean, strong, and confident without expensive gym memberships, free weights, or infomercial contraptions.  You really are your own gym, so you take your gym wherever you go.  If you want to save money, and get in the best shape of your life, the answers are in this book.  What an amazing game changer.

Your Real Home is Your Body

Your body is your temple.  Take care of it, and it takes care of you.  Mark writes:

“Your real home is not your apartment or your house or your city or even country, but your body.  It is the only thing  you, your soul and your mind, will always live inside of so long as you walk the earth.  It is the single most important physical thing in this world you can take care of.”

Train as Ancient Warriors

Get back to the basics.  Train with techniques that have stood the test of time.  Mark writes:

“You will be training as Achilles did before the battle on the shores of Troy, training as ancient warriors the world over knew was best, training as future SpecOps warriors will to meet their own foes.  Why?  Because it works.”

Train Like Special Forces

This is too cool.  Mark puts into your hands the same exercises that the world’s best get to use.  Mark writes:

“The military’s most advanced forces — from Navy SEALs to Green Berets to Air Force Special Tactics Operators — use these exercises as the backbone to their strength training, and now I bring them to you.  Now, for the first time, men and women outside SpecOps have the opportunity to reach the pinnacle of fitness, with an amazingly small sacrifice of your time.  Clear, concise, and complete, I bring these exercises into your living room, bedroom, hotel room, garage, yard, yard, office, wherever you like.  They are for people of all athletic ability levels, tailored to suit the needs and lifestyles of today’s busy women and men.

Lean, Flexible, and Strong … at Any Age.”

Get Lean, Strong, and Confident

It’s a total fitness program, optimized for rapid results.   Mark writes:

“These programs will increase the strength of important muscle groups needed in every day living, keep your muscles and joints supple and flexible, improve the efficiency and capacity of the heart, lungs, and other body organs, reduce susceptibility to common injuries as well as degenerative heart diseases, and reduce emotional and nervous tension.  The benefits are never-ending.  And success in your fitness program will inevitably lead to success in the other aspects of your life, both work and play.”

Mark has truly created a masterpiece and has given us a gift that keeps on giving.  Check out You are Your Own Gym, and explore what you’re capable of.


  1. Hi JD .. it sounds an excellent book – and all the quotes you’ve given us make so much sense .. we exercise our brain, but our body needs its daily work out too .. probably more so – as we can so easily slip off into eating poorly etc ..

    I could do with getting lean, strong and confident – the confidence is there .. it’s the rest I worry about .. and am dealing with.

    I’d like to check the book out sometime .. cheers Hilary

  2. I love the concept in this book. I am 60 years old, and I like being fit and strong. I practice taekwondo and tai chi, but I would like to incorporate more strength training. This book sounds like just the ticket.

  3. @ Hilary — This book is a gem. I love the idea that it really is a system you can take anywhere you go, and all you need is you, for the perfect workout.

    @ Galen — Tae-Kwon-Do is one of my early passions. I liked doing the jumping and spinning kicks. I’m actually working on my flexibility again.

    I think you will truly enjoy the book. Mark’s insight is both actionable and inspiring.

  4. This program resonates with me. Over the last two years or so, I’ve dropped over 80 pounds & kept it off. To lose the final 50 I used the guidance of a formal program, including a personal trainer. Not once in our six months together did we do conventional weight training. Instead, she used her skill & imagination plus my own weight to craft a wide combo of killer routines. I remain amazed by her creativity–& the results. Scans reveal I not only lost fat, but gained lean mass all over. Whereas I was once a corpulent mass I’m now a fit man who, as I all-too-rapidly approach middle age, doesn’t look too bad–if I do say so myself.

    A vital key to a program such as Mark Laruen’s–indeed, necessary for any fitness program–is discipline. J.D., are you using the program? Eager to hear how you’re doing!

  5. @ Jimmy — That is fantastic.

    Your results have been stellar. The fact you built lean muscle mass is a big deal and it will serve you well.

    I’m out of commission until my hand heals a bit more since taking my fall.

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