The 20-Minute, No-Gym Workout That Will Transform Your Body!
By Jay Cardiello
With Pete Williams
Celebrity Trainer Jay Cardiello Creates
No-Gym, Anytime, Anyplace 20-Minute Workout
Only Requirement: A 4X4 Foot Space
Beach-body, here you come. The days of long, repetitive, joint-pounding running and weight training workouts are over. Welcome to celebrity trainer Jay Cardiello’s new, fast, and super-effective 20-minute full-body cardio and strength training program that can be accomplished anytime, anywhere, just 4 times a week. The only requirement: a 4X4 foot space, about the size of an elevator.
CARDIO CORE 4X4: The 20-Minute, No-Gym Workout That Will Transform Your Body! (Rodale Books, May 2012, $21.99, Paperback; ISBN: 978-1609614027; $21.99) is the highly anticipated first book by “Jay Cardio,” so dubbed by rapper 50 Cent with whom Cardiello lived, traveled and chiseled for 4 years. The secret behind Cardio Core: It combines elements of Pilates, Yoga, boxing, martial-arts, surfing, and even break dancing into a potent workout blend, a program he has honed over the years, working with everyone from athletes to tight-on-time celebrities. Cardiello is certified in strength and conditioning, personal training and nutrition.
His goal is what he calls “3-D Fitness.” Cardiello trains the body across all three planes of motion, eliminating “imbalances” by strengthening the many small stabilizer muscles of the hips, shoulders and midsection. The not-so-secret benefit is “a strong foundation that’s lean, powerful, resistant to injury and aesthetically pleasing.” Cardiello calls his program focus “Prehab”–so that you don’t end up
CARDIO CORE 4X4 highlights:
· More than 200 color photos clearly demonstrate the nearly 100 variations of exercises. Names like “Speed Skaters,” “Charlie’s Angels,” “Kiss the Sky and Knee Dives” make the patterns easy to remember.
· Cardiello spends twice as much time training your posterior (lower back, glutes, hamstrings and calves) than your anterior (chest and biceps)—and he explains why.
· The four important pillars of success: spiritual, emotional, nutritional
· “The Big Seven” nutritional rules.
· 40 “Fit & Food Tips” that provide bite-size take ways.
· “Anytime Exercises” that can be accomplished while brushing your teeth, at a desk, in a car or train, or while standing in line at the grocery store.
· How to build muscle to resist injuries from sitting in an office chair for prolonged periods of time.
About the Authors
Jay Cardiello, CSCS, (http:/cardiellofitness.com) launched his coaching career after 13 surgeries following a devastating track injury when he was a college student 15 years ago. He first created the core concept as a summer strength-training coach for the Cincinnati Reds where he was only permitted 20 minutes a day to work with the team. A position at New York’s Clay Fitness led to his working with 50 Cent and other tight-on-time celebrities and executives. Cardiello has appeared on numerous television programs, including The Real Housewives of New York, 50 Cent’s The Money and the Power, the Today show, Good Morning America, Extra, and MTV. He is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and Shape and has been featured in numerous media outlets, including Men’s Health, Self, Elle, Details, InStyle, Women’s Health, the New York Times and Men’s Fitness. He and his wife live in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Pete Williams (http://www.petewilliams.net) is the author and co-author of numerous books, including Mark Verstegen’s Core Performance (Rodale, 2004), Brody Welte’s Paddle Fit (Vook, 2011), Mike Veeck’s business motivational book Fun Is Good (Rodale, 2005) and his own The Draft: A Year Inside the NFL’s Search for Talent. An avid triathlete, his work has appeared in the New York Times, Sports Business Journal, the Washington Post, Men’s Health and Triathlon Life. He is also the creator of EnduranceSportsFlorida.com and the host of the Fitness Buff Show, an online video and radio program focusing on training and high-performance living. Williams started his career as a USA Today sportswriter covering Major League Baseball. He lives with his wife and their two sons in Florida.
I received a copy of this book for review and was not compensated, the opinions expressed are my own.
You can’t deny 50 Cent was well ripped while on the road, thanks in part to Jay Cardiello it seems. There are definitely lots of color photos, though some of the exercises were a little confusing because they seemed to be lumped together with more than one set of names for the photos. I’m not sure that I would call this a truly anyplace workout – only because I wouldn’t do some of the exercises in a grocery line, but I get the main point – take this book on the road and exercise while traveling, in your home, etc. Overall the book is easy to follow and gives the reader some canned exercises to follow in a no-muss, no-fuss format. I wouldn’t suggest completing all of the exercises for the overall newbie to working out, but there are enough variations given that most people should be able to find something they can complete.