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I haven't read it. I know the exercise is based on the research that muscles take 4-7 days to fully recover from eccentric loading.
I couldn't do it though. Working out means so much more to me then just the workout. It literally makes me who I am every single day. I absolutely despise off days, but I overemphasize recovery/prevention training because of its' importance.
I just got the book a couple of weeks ago, and am doing that workout now. For me, I want to get the best workout for me in the least amount of time. I work full time, have two kids, go to school (dance classes) three nights a week and have a husband that's deployed. And a puppy. I don't have time to do a lot of strength training (beyond the bodyweight exercise I get in the gym) I just don't.
My prime workout is dance classes, I do sprints on Tuesdays (tabatas on the bike), and I do Body By Science once a week on the weekend. I love it. It amazes me how much I can work out my body in 15 minutes. It might not be for everyone, but for me I feel like I'm getting some good results from working out without spending a lot of time in the gym.
Just my 2 cents.
sigpic "Boy I got vision and the rest of the world is wearing bifocals" - Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
I've been advised against it because larger, faster, more compound moves are better... (Think Crossfit), but I was really intriguied by the concept..There's been some other threads on this if you look around...
I bought BBS and "Slowburn" together because I wanted to compare the two. I have finished reading SB and have tried the workout a couple of times. So far so good. I'll start reading Body by Science this week and see what the differences are.
I consider it a great book. I find if I miss a week I have even better strength gains when I return.
I disagree with Tarlach about John Little. The man has written books for 30 years regarding strength training. He is one of only a few trainers that actually puts his clients in a bodpod to monitor their results. Both McGufff and Little come out of the mentorship of Mike Mentzer.
Static contractions do one thing. They stress the muscle to promote growth. You still have to "train" your muscle by using it.
One of the main concepts behind BBS is the optimization of the stimuli. Although using machines with a cam is one of the ways to accomplish that, not having access to them doesn't stop you from elevating the level of the stimuli using other techniques from the book, but it's less than optimal.
I personally go to Gold's Gym at the moment and their equipment doesn't have cams, yet BBS still works for me.