Praise for Pavel’s The Naked Warrior
The Naked Warrior Book Review by Steve Maxwell
“How many times have we seen someone perform a skill that appears to be magical? How many people do we know, or know of, who seem to be able to naturally do things that we can’t do?
The temptation is to shrug our shoulders and acknowledge their natural abilities, talents, and other inborn gifts. That is, until someone calls it. Until that someone can observe it, break it down, and describe it to the rest of us in a way that makes it possible for us to reproduce the ‘magic’. That someone is Pavel. In his book, The Naked Warrior, Pavel presents us with a clear system for building a strong body that can perform acts of useful strength, the kind of strength that men have always needed to win when winning meant living another day.
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Pavel is a racehorse who cannot only tell you exactly why a racehorse runs fast, but how you too can run like the racehorse. Pavel is a racehorse who can ‘call it’. And he calls it in The Naked Warrior.”
The Naked Warrior Book Review by Steve Maxwell, MS, RKC Sr., Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Champion, Maxercise.com
The Naked Warrior Book Review by Nick
“Pavel, of all your books, I like this one the best. The program is very simple and very effective. Perfect for the military. At the same time, you put a lot of effort/detail into describing different aspects of the program. No doubt, the years of having to deal with people attempting to complicate something simple motivated you there. In fact, it is the part of the book I like best. You can go back through the book many times and still get new perspectives on something like GTG from the different stories/descriptions.”
The Naked Warrior Book Review by Nick Nibler, CrossFitNorth.com
“The Naked Warrior is outstanding as a complement to Pavel’s other books or standing alone. The ‘Grease the Groove’ section alone makes this book worth owning. I have read articles on this concept, but The Naked Warrior explained it so well and in great detail. It also echoed what I have learned during my martial arts training: consistency and intensity are better than marathon workouts that leave you exhausted with sloppy technique.
For martial artists and practitioners of police defensive tactics the two featured exercises in The Naked Warrior will greatly enhance striking and kicking. The One-Arm Pushup and the One-Legged Squat (Pistol) are the closest thing to actually striking and kicking that strength training has to offer.
For martial artists who don’t wish to weight train or just don’t have the time The Naked Warrior program is the way to go to enhance strength.
Those who do weight train will want to include the Naked Warrior program into their training as well since the benefit is great while time, cost and convenience are non-factors.
The ‘byproduct’ of the high tension concepts outlined in this book is the martial artist will learn more about the use of muscle tension in motion than he will during the majority of martial arts training.
Tension, in it’s proper degree and application is of paramount importance, it is not only a factor in strength, but in speed and endurance as well. The section on Power Breathing explains the relation between strength and breathing like most martial art instructors don’t or cannot.
There is finally a scientific explanation on many of the breathing exercises and techniques that abound. As is stated in the book, ‘strength is a technique.’ You can practice martial skills without the information offered in The Naked Warrior, but you risk not operating at full potential.”
The Naked Warrior Book Review by George Demetriou, Modern Warrior Defensive Tactics Institute, NYC
The Naked Warrior Book Review – “Pavel… your sections on tension and breathing de-mystify the concept of ‘centering’. Many practitioners of Oriental arts emphasize the mental path to power generation. The majority of Westerners cannot relate to that. You have made it a physical skill and described it in such a way that anyone can practice it and readily improve… This book, as with The Russian Kettlebell Challenge… will catch like fire in the tactical community.”
The Naked Warrior Book Review by Name withheld, Instructor, Counter Assault Team, US Secret Service
The Naked Warrior Book Review – “This book has caused me to completely re-evaluate the way I look at calisthenics… Education is a wonderful thing and in this book you have most certainly educated me, as you will educate thousands… The great detail you include works, as I often receive a great deal of e-mail asking for more detail. Even those of us who have cranked out hundreds of thousands of reps in various drills don’t really know what we are doing at a micro level. The detail allows us to scrutinize our performance and make adjustments to improve performance.
As for the spec ops warrior, this is great! There are so many times when you are unable to bring weights with you and you have to rely on cals to get you through.
This new learning on cals allows us in the field to still train for great strength with only our bodies and that’s like money in the bank! For example, I am going on a 10 day trip with no weights and I will most certainly do The Naked Warrior workout while I am gone! I can’t wait to get started!
The Naked Warrior Book Review – “Pavel, just finished your new book The Naked Warrior. This book, more than any other, has cleared up many concepts that I thought I was already 100% clear on such as G.T.G, strength and skill. For years I have told people that at one point conditioning and skill become the same thing if you condition yourself correctly. Unfortunately, most do not. You have done a great job explaining that point in this book. Even if someone had no intentions of using the two excellent exercises outlined in the book they could still benefit greatly from its content. When Jeff Martone was at my house I showed him boxes full of books/tapes I have collected from other authors. There is only one reason they are in the basement and not on the book shelf… That is Pavel Tsatsouline.”
—Steve Baccari, co-author of Power behind the Punch: Kettlebell Conditioning for Boxers
The Naked Warrior Book Review – “Pavel, I have grown to expect exceptional strength training information from you. The Naked Warrior exceeded my expectations. It is simply OUTSTANDING!!! I am very impressed with your attention to details on the exercises. You asked if they are excessively detailed. I would say that they are exceptionally detailed! The POWER is in the DETAILS!.. Congratulations on another tremendous product!”
The Naked Warrior Book Review by Brad Johnson
The Naked Warrior Book Review – “As a diehard weightlifting competitor throughout the past 40 years, I at first viewed the bodyweight-only approach of THE NAKED WARRIOR with some trepidation. Imagine my surprise when discovering Pavel Tsatsouline’s latest work stresses real STRENGTH TRAINING, employment of a limited amount of key major muscle group movements, and a high intensity, low rep format! Indeed, by deriving the best features of proven power building programs from all weightlifting disciplines, gymnastics, martial arts, and other “heavy” exercise modes, Mr. Tsatsouline has redefined strength-conditioning for the 21st century!
Recently retired from 32 years in public education, I used to agonize over the archaic athletic training which was witnessed on a daily basis; coaches simply led their charges through hours of mind-numbing, ineffective calisthenics, “tradition” since centuries before. Now, Pavel’s research can yield a much more condensed, result- producing package. The NAKED WARRIOR routine has the potential to save teams huge blocks of much needed time, will not drain their athletes’ energy, and saves from any strain on the usual tight budget – no new equipment, definitely no assembly required!!!”
The Naked Warrior Book Review by John McKean, six time All-Round Weightlifting World Champion
The Naked Warrior Book Review – “If I was stuck on a desert island (or somewhere else with no access to weights) I’d hope that Pavel Tsatsouline would be there to help keep me in shape. With The Naked Warrior, Pavel has moved the art of exercise without weights to a new level. I like both the exercises he has selected and the approach he advocates for training on them. Now, whether you have weights or not, there is no reason not to get into top shape!”
The Naked Warrior Book Review by Arthur Drechsler, author “The Weightlifting Encyclopedia”
The Naked Warrior Book Review – “The NAKED WARRIOR is one of Pavel’s best work yet!!! I find that Pavel’s easy to understand, no nonsense approach in the NAKED WARRIOR will help one become the best they can be. In addition, the tools Pavel explains in the NAKED WARRIOR will help my Olympic style weight lifters gain the core strength they need to put additional kg on their totals. Thanks Pavel for such a great work!! ” The Naked Warrior Book Review by Mike Burgener, Sr International weightlifting coach
Questions from athletes in our gym.
Question: Do you recommend the book Naked Warrior? Yes; I have a copy on the bookshelf here at home.
Question: Is there a dragon door program for special forces? Yes; check out the book Naked Warrior as it has many programs that are great for Spec Ops – SF guys.
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