Wednesday 29 July 2015

The Ultimate Guide To Rebounding Exercise - Richard Bell

The Ultimate Guide To Rebounding Exercise
How To Use A Mini Trampoline Rebounder To Transform Your Health And Fitness
Richard Bell
Amazon Digital Services

To be honest this book was not bad, but it was not great either. After finishing it - it felt sort of ho-hum. Other than chapter 6 on Advanced rebounding exercises there was little in the book you could not quickly find on numerous websites with information on rebounding or use of mini trampolines. Other than this information being radially available on numerous websites the book also included no pictures. For a book on fitness practice I found this highly unusual and extremely disappointing.

The sections in the book are as follows:

Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Rebounding Exercise
Chapter 2 Benefits of Rebounding exercise
Chapter 3 FAQ
Chapter 4 Tips
Chapter 5 Rebounding for beginners
Chapter 6 Advanced rebounding exercise
Chapter 7 Special considerations

I did give this book a 3 out of 5 stars even with my issues, that was in part because the writing is very good, excellent grammar and formatting. But as stated other than Chapter 6 it was really a waste of time. Comparing it to 3 other books I have read on this topic this was the weakest in terms of both content and delivery of that content the complete lack of photo's. The book reads as a collection of information gathered from other sources and with no photo's little effort or work was put into the compilation of the content. If I were you I would just skip this one and try one of the other offerings.

Monday 27 July 2015

The Miracles of Rebound Exercise - Albert E. Carter

The Miracles of Rebound Exercise
Albert E. Carter
National Institute of Reboundology & Health
ISBN 093302019
1980 Edition

It is strange how some books come across our paths. This book was given to me by my 72 year old mother in law. She has been using a rebounder daily for a few months now and wants to get one for us and the kids. But she wanted me to read the book first. And I must be honest going back and reading a fitness book from a fad from the 70's and 80's was a little different. Yet the more that I read the more interested I became. Since then I have read this book twice, looked at a few other books about Rebound Exercise, and yet this older book has some great material, excellent scientific research and I became more and more intrigued.  Doing some research I came up with this timeline of rebounding:

1936 Nissen Corporation creates modern Trampoline
1975 Victor Green patented Small trampoline - Rebounder
1977 pamphlet "Rebound to Better Health"
1979 Albert E Carter publishes The Miracles of Rebound Exercise
1981 Dr Kenneth Cooper research rebounding get 25% more gains than jogging
1981-1985 The Far-Craze Phase of rebounding
1988 publishes "NEW Miracles of Rebound Exercise"
2005 Publishes "Rebound Exercise: The Ultimate Exercise for the New Millennium"

In this book Albert Carter goes through his own history and research and also shares numerous testimonies from people who have used the practice of rebound exercise to improve their lives. Now yes the book is dated and there are some newer versions but Albert and numerous other authors. For example on p. 85 it states "Although most of us have some hidden desire to be like Charles Atlas or Bruce Jenner, we recognize the improbability and are willing to settle for some exercise program that will merely help us endure to the end." Now today in 2015 I am not sure a lot of guys would want to look like Bruce Jenner, but the concept still holds. The other quote that really grabbed me was on p. 102 "Your challenge is to study the concepts of this book and either prove, disprove, or use these concepts for better health."

Table of Contents:
The Often Invisible Obvious
A Dream and a Dreamer
Discovery of a Void
Three Powerful Horses
Rebound Exercises - Past and present
Rebound Exercises and the Lymphatics
Rebounding - A Cellular Exercise
Rebounding to Muscular Strength and Physical Fitness
A Vital Exercise for Vital Organs
Aerobic is Necessary, but
A Safe Answer to Jogging
And The Eyes of the Blind Shall See
Startling Breakthrough in Education
Success Stories

Now having read the book through twice, now I will share my story. I tweaked my knee a number of weeks before writing this review. It was progressively getting worse. I was at my mother in laws and in a fair bit of pain and thought what have I got to lose. So I got on the rebounder in the living room, actually limping to it. Very gingerly I started with the Health Bounce feet not even leaving the surface. I did a hundred bounces very gently and then 100 more - more vigorously. Then I did 100 jumps and 100 twist jumps. When I got off there was no longer any pain. I slept through that night for the first time in weeks without waking up to knee pain. And it felt better for days after.

I am looking forward to getting our rebounder and maybe even one for my standing desk at work and getting on it the 3 to 5 times a day recommended and seeing what happens. As Carter said you need to either prove, disprove or use the concepts presented. My own limited use and my mother in laws testimony both prove it, so I suggest you track down one of his book read it and give rebounding a try! You really have nothing to lose but maybe your pain, your discomfort and you can gain greater health and wellness.

The only hard part is all of his book currently are out of print and no ebook editions seems to exist but we can hope for either a reprinting or ebook versions again soon.

Books by Albert E. Carter:
Rebound to Better Health
The Miracles of Rebound Exercise
New Miracles of Rebound Exercise
Rebound Exercise: The Ultimate Exercise for the New Millennium

Thursday 23 July 2015

A Day Without A Rosary

A Day Without A Rosary

I biked to work today. So I packed all the stuff I usually have in my pockets in my bag. I missed picking up my Rosary. I only noticed when I went to pray it while having my tea. I now feel like a solder without his armor. For the rest of the day I will be aware of the space in my pocket. But I am saying my prayers and reading my bible and as always will trust in God.


I might need to pick up a few more from Real Life Rosary and leave one at work and one in each bag I use. 

Monday 13 July 2015

The Warden-Watch - A.R. Horvath - Book 1 The Annals of Myrtle and the Blood King

The Warden-Watch
Book 1 The Annals of Myrtle and the Blood King
A.R. Horvath
Athanatos Publishing Group
ISBN 9781936830732
eISBN 9781936830749 

I have read a few books by Anthony, A.R. Horvath over the last 8 years. I have always been impressed with his writings, but there is something about this one that really grabbed me as a reader and kept me glued to the pages. Also I am looking forward to sharing this book with my children when they get a little older.

This story may seem like a strange mash-up, it had Big Foot, Dracula, a young boy who gets caught in a great adventure, angels, demons, and the legacy of Jesus Christ. Casey is a young boy out exploring his back yard when he sees a shadow that does not make sense, using a bit of cunning, and a few ticks he has collected in his bag he ends up catching hold of a Big Foot, only to be whisked away into their realm. But even there things are not always as they appear.

This story is tightly written. Casey is an interesting young hero and his Great Great Great … Aunt Myrtle has a story most would not believe. The pace was great and it ends with a killer cliff hanger ending.

I do not know how many books Horvath has planned for this series but I can only hope it is a few because this one was a great read!

Books by A.R. Horvath:
Birthpangs Series

The Annals of Myrtle and the Blood King Series
The Warden-Watch

Books as Anthony Horvath:
Chronos and Old Facts
The Golden Rule of Epistemology and other essays
We Choose Life
Polite Company and Other Stories
The Knight in Black Tuzedo
Mordecai's Dilemma
For No Reason at All
Roots and Fruits

Author Profile and Interview with Anthony Horvath

Wednesday 8 July 2015

Top Ten Books Second Quarter 2015

Top Ten Fiction and Non-Fiction Books Second Quarter 2015

This has been another good quarter. 33 books read not counting what I reread with the children. I have been reading with the kids almost every night before bed and helping them develop reading habits. There have been a few great reads this quarter both in fiction and a lot of great reads in non- fictions books. So here they are The top ten books of the second quarter 2015!

1. The Scorpion Rules - Erin Bow
2. The Little Prince - Antoine ds Saint-Exupery
3. Ambiguity Machines: An Examination - Vandana Singh
4. Elephants and Corpses - Kameron Hurley  
5. Ballroom Blitz - Veronica Schanoes
6. The Secrets of Droon - Tony Abbott
The Hidden Stairs and the Magic Carpet #1
Journey to the Volcano Palace #2
7. Stop That Frog! - Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver - Here's Hank Book 
8.  Welcome to Shadowhunter Academy - Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan - Tales from Shadowhunter Academy #1
9. The Lost Herondale - Cassandra Clare and Robin Wasserman - Tales from Shadowhunter Academy #2
10. The Whitechapel Fiend - Cassandra Clare and Maureen Johnson - Tales from Shadowhunter Academy #3

1. Bench Press - Sven Lindqvist
2. The Art of Persistence: Stop Quitting, Ignore Shiny Objects and Climb Your Way to Success - Michal Stawicki
3. Hidden Strengths: Unleasing the Crucial Leadership Skills You Already Have - Thuy Sindell and Milo Sindell
4. A Personal Mission Statement: Your Road Map to Happiness - Michal Stawicki
5. Fit Dad Cooking: A Tasty Tale - Mark Campanale
6. Learn to Read With Great Speed - Michal Stawicki
7. Grit in Your Craw: The 8 Strengths You Need to Succeed in Business and in Life - Robert Luckadoo
8. Master Your Time in 10 Minutes a Day: Time Management Tips for Anyone Struggling with Work-Life Balance - Michal Stawicki
9. Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health - William Davis
10. The Fitness Expert Next Door: How to Change Your Life in 10 Minutes a Day - Michal Stawicki

Relates Posts: 
Top 10 Fiction Books 1st Quarter 2010
Top 10 Fiction Books 2nd Quarter 2010
Top 10 Reading Goals for 2010
Top 10 Fiction Books 3rd Quarter 2010

Top 10 Fiction Books 4th Quarter 2010
Top Ten Reading Goals For 2010 - Recap

Top 10 Fiction Books 2010
Top 10 Picture Books of 2010
Top 10 Non-Fiction Books of 2010

Top 10 Graphic Novels for 2010
Top Ten Reading Goals For 2011

Top Ten Fiction Books 1st Quarter 2011
Top Ten Fiction Books 2nd Quarter 2011
Top Ten Reading Goals for 2011 Update
Top Ten Fiction Books 3rd Quarter 2011 
Top Ten Fictions Books 4th Quarter 2011
Top Ten Fiction Books 2011
Top Ten Reading Goals 2011 - Recap
Top Ten Reading Goals 2012
Top Ten Fiction Books 1st Quarter 2012
Top Ten Fiction Books 2nd Quarter 2012

Top Ten Fiction Books 3rd Quarter 2012
Top Ten Fiction Books  4th Quarter 2012
Top Ten Fiction Books 2012
Top Ten Non-Fiction Books 2012
Top Ten Reading Goals 2012 - Recap
Top Ten Reading Goals 2013
Top 10 Fiction Books 1st Quarter 2013

Top 10 Fiction Books 2nd Quarter 2013
Top 10 Books Second Half 2013
Top Ten Fiction Books 2013
Top Ten Non-Fiction Books 2013 
Top Ten Books First Quarter 2014
Top Ten Books Second Quarter 2014
Top Ten Books Third Quarter 2014
Top Ten Books Fourth Quarter 2014
Top Ten Fiction Books 2014
Top Ten Non-Fiction Books 2014
Top Ten Books First Quarter 2015
Top Ten Books Second Quarter 2015
Top Ten Books First Quarter 2015
Top Ten Books Second Quarter 2015
Top Ten Books Third Quarter 2015
Top Ten Books Fourth Quarter 2015
Top Ten Fiction Books 2015
Top Ten Non-Fiction Books 2015
Top Ten Books First Quarter 2016 

All Top Ten Lists on Book Reviews and More

Statistics Books Read By Year:

80 - 2015 - January-June
130 - 2014 
88 -  2013
176 - 2012 
163 - 2011
302 - 2010
142 - 2009
98 - 2008
83 - 2007
191 - 2006
151 - 2005
60 - 2004
52 - 2003
97 - 2002
50 - 2001
41 - 2000
71 - 1999
73 - 1998
131 - 1997
101 - 1996