Wanting to reach a wider audience and empower men to train with limited equipment at home or the office, Jon has authored two best selling books Basic Training: A Fundamental Guide to Fitness for Men and Beyond Basic Training: Fitness Strategies for Men, both published by St Martin's Press. 


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5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely A Winner!, October 17, 2000

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Nicole Smith (New York City, NY USA) - See all my reviews

This review is from: Basic Training: A Fundamental Guide to Fitness for Men (Hardcover)

I have been in the Health and Fitness field for 13 years as a Fitness Instructor, Personal Trainer and Health Club Director in NYC. Over the years I have seen many many books on the subjects of How to get in shape, How to build a better body, and How to start a work-out program etc. come over my desk. Jon Giswold's book, Basic Training for Men is head and shoulders above the rest. This book is intelligent and highly readable. It speaks to us as we need to hear the information, clearly and accurately, while anticipating then resoving any questions and excuses before we even hve time to realize they were there. I like this book because it takes you from A (out of shape, unmotivated, lost amongst an onslaught of conflicting information) to Z ( an understanding on how our fitness goals can be achieved with a step by step plan). Jon delivers this book in a way where we don't feel pressured, judged or overwhelmed but nurtured and supported on our journey to our ultimate fitness goals.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Basically very soft-core, June 8, 2004

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Charles Sutherland (Indy, IN USA) - See all my reviews

This review is from: Basic Training: A Fundamental Guide to Fitness for Men (Paperback)

The author and photographer here have a sense for the same kind of soft-core male anatomy shot that makes catalogs from major clothing firms sell so well. There are very stylish and polished black-and-white photographs throughout the pages, not necessarily demonstrating the particular exercises, but in those kinds of poses that range from the high art (a chiseled black man standing against a white background holding up a big gray globe, various angles of stretches and the kind, etc.) to the "we're just having fun" shots of men running across a field or other similar photographs. Don't get me wrong, there's nothing wrong with these, and there is nothing overtly pornographic about these photographs, just rather titillating and artistically edging toward to the sexual.
This is not a book that is purchased for the exercises per se, as the workouts and nutrition information and other stuff, while basic and good, are not particularly inspired. The inspiring part is the layout, designs and photographs. There are workouts listed that probably make for decent programs, but they don't really have the promise of turning a mid-30s body like mine into the image of the Greek gods in grayscale that adorn these pages. Still, I do find that I am more "inspired" to work out in the hope, going ever more to the unreachable dream, that my physique might be more like theirs.
Still, I like having this book, and hope to purchase their second book. Just for the articles, you know.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for beginners, January 17, 2004

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This review is from: Basic Training: A Fundamental Guide to Fitness for Men (Paperback)

I bought this book never having been to a gym, or doing any exercise. If you were the kid in PE that no one picked or find the exercise techniques and terminology confusing, this book is for you.
It also covers skin care and general health concerns. Definitely a book written by a gay man for gay men. It's great.
I started using his basic work out a week ago and already have noticed results. He also encourages you to work out alone if you want and tells you exactly what you need. He gives clear examples of the exercises with pictures.
I'm looking forward to reading his 2nd book!

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