Item description for Superfit: Royce Gracie's Ultimate Martial Arts Fitness and Nutrition Guide (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu series) by Royce Gracie, James Strom & Kid Peligro...
"Royce Gracie has teamed up with James Strom, fitness coach for Keyshawn Johnson, Serena Williams, and the University of Southern California Trojans, to create a customized program for martial artists. This unique program of strength training, cardiovascular routines, flexibility exercises, and nutrition includes step-by-step, full-color workout plans for beginner, intermediate, and black-belt practitioners. Provided are guidelines for working out solo or with a partner, information on complete nutritional programs for different body types and martial art styles, and injury-prevention tips. This book is appropriate for beginning martial artists wanting to sharpen their bodies and minds, black-belt instructors looking for new ways to improve and motivate their students, or anyone interested in building a body of extreme effectiveness."
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 8.25" Height: 10" Weight: 1.75 lbs.
Release Date Feb 1, 2004
Publisher Invisible Cities Press Llc
ISBN 1931229333 ISBN13 9781931229333
Availability 0 units.
More About Royce Gracie, James Strom & Kid Peligro
Royce Gracie shocked the world when he entered the Ultimate Fighting Championship (the largest pay-per-view eventat that time) in 1993 as a 170-pound unknown-easily the smallest man in the competition-and defeated much larger opponents in record time. He went on to win two more UFCs and now runs the Gracie Academy in California.
Royce Gracie currently resides in San Francisco, in the state of California.
Reviews - What do customers think about Superfit: Royce Gracie's Ultimate Martial Arts Fitness and Nutrition Guide (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu series)?
Fit for life Nov 1, 2007
This book will give you the essentials to handle anything from everyday life to an all out fight or training session at the dojo.
Excellent for adding to your current workout! Oct 29, 2007
This book is a very good way to add some variety to your workouts, stretching and overall fitness. Good luck with your training.
Lightweight Aug 28, 2007
Unfortunately, I think I lot of other reviewers are smitten with the Gracie legacy and not judging the book on its own merits. If it were written by John Q. Nobody, they'd probably be more inclined to give a dispassionate and fair review. As a martial artist with 10+ years experience, I was looking for a training program that would help me prepare for competing.
Pros: The Gracie Stretch routine is a nice set of stretches to do on a daily basis. It has a lot of stretches specific to hip flexibility which is important for fighters. Though a lot of the same information and positions can be found with much greater details in the book, "The Martial Artist's Book of Yoga". Whether the GSR alone is the price of the book depends on you.
There is some nice information on plyometrics, isometrics, tapering which are some modern concepts that would be of interest to someone looking to take their workouts to the advanced level. Though by no means is the detail on these topics extensive.
Cons: The 'meat' of this book could be condensed to a pamphlet. (In fact, I photocopied the GSR and shrunk it down to fit on a single page so I could use it in the gym without looking like a newbie.) Most of the book is dominated by oversized glossy photos of Royce performing the various stretches and exercises, which for most intermediate and advanced athletes could be sufficiently listed by title alone. The ratio of pages devoted to photos to text is easily 12:1. The few pages devoted to the "Gracie diet" are laughable (12 oranges for breakfast?) and not nearly sufficient to tailor to your body type and specific nutritional needs.
Most lacking is any talk of actual fight training. Bag work, pad work, and sparring are never mentioned. Not even once. Where do these all fit in to the Superfit program?
Summary: My opinion is that this book suffers the same watering down effect of many books that attempt to appeal to too broad an audience. By broad I don't mean beginners and advanced fighters, but non-fighters as well. Replace all the photos of Royce with those of any other recognizable athlete and it would be the same book. Even then it is only a cursory overview of a professional athlete's training regimen. I suspect that Royce, still competing, isn't going to give away all his secrets just yet. Maybe he'll release a better edition after he retires.
OUTSTANDING BOOK!!! Aug 12, 2007
This wasn't just a great book for me but I let other people who aren't fighters look at it and they thought it was great as well. Not only does it provide you with some great workout routines but it also develops a concious mind about different types of excercise effects and drawbacks as well as nutritional aspects to really peak your physical fitness.
Must Buy if your a fighter May 13, 2006
The exercise with the weights is nothing special because it's stuff you would know already if you were ever in a gym, but the other stuff, like the conditioning and everything is great. The ab routines are killer, and if you are a fighter some of the ab routines are done like jiu jitsu moves, so they are great for you. The stretching routine can't be beat, it is very good. The Gracies have a certain way to doing their own thing. When it comes to their nutrition, they eat a lot of fruit and only 3 times a day, sometimes only twice a day. If you wanna follow that you can, but after finishing a hard workout you really should eat more than 3 meals a day. Very good conditioning book, I suggest it, to anyone trying to get in shape, and any fighter who is looking for other things to add to their conditioning.