The Shaolin Workout: 28 Days to Transforming Your Body and Soul The Warrior’s Way
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  • In summary, if you are looking to mix up your exercise routine, this is an excellent book for taking that step in an interesting regime

    • by Charles Franklin
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      Published in 2006, The Shaolin Workout, is a book that features a unique 28-day exercise regime based on martial arts movements and stances. The book is authored by a 34th generation Shaolin monk, and founder of the USA Shaolin temple in New York, Sifu Shi Yan Ming who also serves as the sole model for all pictures in the book. It is currently available on Amazon (paperback, hardback, Kindle) for a moderate price of $14-$20(new) with a free preview chapter.

      The book is divided into three chapters: Introduction (Kung Fu, the Way of the Warrior”) the


      exercise regime (“The Warrior’s Workout) and a final chapter (“Train Farther”). The Introduction summarizes Sifu Ming’s personal history interspersed with a general overview of kung fu and Shaolin.

      Readers will find the whole 28-day regime in the second chapter conveniently divided into four parts consisting of seven days’ worth of exercises. Parts 1 and the first portion of Part 2 cover general stretches that serve as a foundation for the advanced sequences in Parts 3 and 4.

      Each selection in Parts1-4 has an introduction, description and photographs of movements, and ends with a “Meditation” focusing on some

      aspect of physical, mental, or spiritual health. The last chapter is a one-page summary of recommendations of how to continue the regime after the completion of 28 days.

      Pros Sleek, Useful Photography – Unlike most other martial arts instruction books, this book features sleek photographs that detail almost every step of the process allowing for easy learning and practice. Clear Instructions –Unlike other martial arts instruction books, this book has clear instructions that are easy to follow.

      The text is broken up to match accompany photographs which helps when referencing particular movements. Language- Throughout the book, Sifu ...


      • The Shaolin Workout: 28 Days to Transforming Your Body and Soul The Warrior's Way
      maintains an easy-going and sometimes humorous tone throughout the book.

      The text describing exercises is clear and to the point, while also providing helpful tips, facts or potential applications of a movement. The “Meditations” sections are particularly insightful and thought-provoking.

      Cons Customization- This book does a good attempt at attempting to provide low-impact exercises that seemingly anyone can do; however there are many exercises that require quite of bit of flexibility. Readers are strongly advised to have a decent level of flexibility before beginning these exercises.

      Limited Application¬-The goal of this book is not to develop self-defense

      routines; therefore readers who are seeking to learn self-defense techniques beyond the basics (stances, punches) will not find them in this book. In fact, no specific self-defense applications are given although the skills to develop them are practiced.

      In summary, if you are looking to mix up your exercise routine, this is an excellent book for taking that step in an interesting regime. The book’s easy-going language, cool photographs, and inspirational photography are all designed to support the 28-day regime presented by Sifu Shi Yan Ming.

      Current and aspiring martial artists will enjoy the chance to learn (or relearn) traditional and unique martial arts movements.




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