Commando Workout: 4 weeks to total fitness

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Ex-commando, now fitness trainer to the stars including Geri Halliwell, Halle Berry, and Pierce Brosnan in his 007 role, provides a plan for everyone who wants to look and feel a superfit action hero

Simon Waterson is the ex 845 Naval Air Commando Squadron physical training instructor, twice decorated for his efforts in the Bosnia campaign who is now a celebrity fitness trainer, working in a team with two other military trainers who will also be models in this illustrated book. For anyone who wants an action hero physique and who is interested in the feats of stamina, strength and bravery of commandos all over the world this book will contain exercises and inspiring anecdotes.

The commandos’ mantra is Improvise, Adapt and Overcome and will help the reader use the programme anywhere, in the gym, street, woods or park. While it will contain inspiring military facts such as what a typical 24 hour ration pack contains, what supplements are most popular etc., the essence of the book will explain how the forces’ training programmes can be adapted to a civilian life. For example, how to build stamina using power circuits will be illustrated with the inspirational example of Bravo 2 Zero and the 300 mile walk to the Syrian border.

Simon is a qualified nutrition expert and has designed an eating plan typical of high energy needs, used in the military.

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Simon Waterson's Commando Workout has considerable claims to be taken seriously amongst the many titles assuring us that finely-toned abs and pectorals are within our grasp. Many books bear jacket blurbs similar to the one to be found here ("four weeks to total fitness"), but Waterson is an ex-commando who trained Pierce Brosnan, Geri Halliwell and Halle Berry (as the jacket tells us). And the evidence of those performers' super fitness is there for us all to see. As James Bond actor Brosnan attests, Waterson's military background makes him the perfect personal trainer, whose high degree of motivation fairly leaps off the pages here.

Waterson's highly impressive grasp of the many ways in which we can regain our strength and fitness is matched by a considerable knowledge of nutrition and sports medicine, and the elements offered here include a solid mind preparation period that will facilitate the all-important body transformation (it's interesting how few health and fitness books stress this crucial element in preparation); there are 30-minute work-outs, and some highly useful outdoor sessions to complement the gym periods. Waterson (who was a Naval Air Commando Squadron member for 10 years) is fully aware that a book may not be enough on its own, and counsels us that we may need an "exercise buddy" to keep us motivated. Particularly useful sections tell us how to adapt exercise to our lifestyle and a series of fat-burning, stamina-building nutrition programmes.

In the end, of course, it's down to us whether or not we manage to dispose of our flab, but Commando Workout is certainly one of the best aids we're likely to find in the battle. --Barry Forshaw

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‘The top UK personal trainer responsible for many a super-fit celebrity body.’ SUNDAY TIMES, STYLE

‘Pierce Brosnan’s personal trainer will get you fit in just four weeks.’ ESQUIRE

Simon will be featured in US Fitness Magazine- circulation 1.2 million- as their celebrity trainer in January 2003

'’Simon's military background reflects strongly in his career as a personal trainer. He is highly motivated and disciplined and has a vast knowledge of nutrition and sports medicine.'
Pierce Brosnan

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