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Full Body Band Workout – New Training Manual

It’s finally live on Amazon, Full Body Band Workout and if you want to get the best deal, Friday and Saturday, April 17 and 18, it will be FREE. Yep, FREE.

If you have Kindle Unlimited or Amazon Prime, you can get it for free right now. In order for Prime to get it free, it has to be your monthly selection and borrowed from your Kindle itself. If you order it from the website you’ll get dinged. I know…

Full Body Band Workout - fast, simple, inexpensive tone, condition, endurance, strength
Full Body Band Workout – fast, simple, inexpensive tone, condition, endurance, strength

I’ll fill you in more on the details later, but here’s a quote for you, from the Preface:

The Full Body Band Workout is a way to get a complete full body workout with extremely limited equipment. This allows you to get many of the same benefits of weighted strength training and bodyweight only exercises while providing additional resistance.

Done correctly and with intent, it can be every bit as effective for toning, gaining muscle and strength as other types of working out and exercising. You can focus on making gains, maintaining gains, increasing strength or endurance, or even use it as a great 10 minute warmup for your other exercise programs, including cardio and strength training. That’s something worth trying for yourself to see if you get that positive warmed-up pumped feeling that leaves you stronger and with more endurance.

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Ice Climbing Training Manual UnPublished

In case you weren’t aware, I unpublished “Ice Climbing Training: In Season Program” last week. That means I took it off the list of available books on Amazon. I am still bound by the publishing contract, so am unable to sell it on my own sites, or on any other book sales site, like B&N.

Ice Climbing Training manual - my good friend and climbing partner Todd Gilles on the sharp end
Ice Climbing Training manual – my good friend and climbing partner Todd Gilles on the sharp end

Why unpublish Ice Climbing Training Manual?

That’s a good question, but the answer is complicated. When I first published it, I had a few sales and no reviews. Sadly, Amazon really only cares about sales and reviews statistics, and if you don’t have much of either, you could do a search “Ice Climbing Training” and my book would appear on page 10, after 9 pages of “hello kitty ice cube trays” and other miscellaneous nonsense.

I could have easily done what other best-selling authors on Amazon do, which is to buy reviews for anywhere from $5 (not legit) to $500 (legit) each. I chose instead to do the “Free Flash Sale” and offer the book for free for one day, with a day notice. I did this for my “Weight Training Secret Manual: 8 Hacks to Beat the Plateau” and got about 400 “sales” in the first 12 hours.

First in Kindle Category - Weight Training Secret Manual
First in Kindle Category – Weight Training Secret Manual

I tracked my links to the flash sale, and about 3000 individuals in my targeted “book buyers” “free book downloaders” “ice climbers” lists got to see the link for the free book. When the 24 hours of free were up, I had gotten 33 “sales” and at that point in time I decided to pull the book from Amazon and drop it. No interest.

Ice Climbing Training Manual Issues

Yes, I had a little bit of feedback. Here’s a general overview.

  • There was no actual ice climbing in the book.
  • There were no insanely intense radical circus trick exercises.
  • The exercises had nothing to do with ice climbing.

Well, right up front it was an in-season program. That means the majority of your extreme efforts should be in the actual climbing. You don’t want to get totally pumped out in the first 5′ of climbing because you were doing sets of 100 with a 365# Captains of Crush Hand Gripper. That would be awesome in the off-season program, but don’t do stuff like that in-season.

I don't suppose you use your shoulders at all while ice climbing?
I don’t suppose you use your shoulders at all while ice climbing?

An in-season program is designed to maintain gains made in the off-season, especially in the antagonist muscles, which don’t get anywhere near enough work in-season and eventually weaken, leading to higher potential for injury. A marathon runner will often train chest, back, shoulders and hamstrings in-season to assist in their long running training. It’s the same deal here.

I’m sure there are other factors involved, such as my lack of fame, but the fact remains that (surprise surprise) it actually costs me money to market my books and sell them, and I can’t afford to market this one when no one appears to want it.

That being said, I’m doing a Kindle Countdown Deal on all of my books starting late this week and going into next week. In a Countdown Deal, your book starts at $.99 and works its way back to the original price over a few days time. It’s in your best interest to get it early.

That last one was a little outside my usual box for you folks, right? It’s a dystopian young adult romantic triangle with zombies, and has great reviews, if that’s your thing.

Anyway, I will see how sales and reviews go for this group. Particularly for Finding Time to Train, and Summit Success, which have been a little low in the rankings for lack of reviews. I have mentioned a few times the review issues with Summit Success ARTICLE HERE, and will do so again in an upcoming article on my mountaineering pages.

Summit Success: Training for Hiking, Mountaineering, and Peak Bagging - Available Sept 23 on Amazon
Summit Success: Training for Hiking, Mountaineering, and Peak Bagging – Available Sept 23 on Amazon

If things don’t change for those two books I’ll have to pull them both as well. Time will tell. Thanks again though for all of you who have bought and read my books, and especially for those of you who have given me your honest heart-felt reviews.

Big Fat Mountain – Kilimanjaro and Obesity

I ran into a listing on Kickstarter (a startup funding pool website) for Big Fat Mountain – a documentary by Kara Richardson Whitely about her journey past obesity by taking up hiking and eventually climbing Kilimanjaro (one of the Seven Summits Quest). I’ve done Kili, and it was a long hike, and I think it’s an awesome goal for someone trying to regain their youthful health and fitness.

She also wrote a book about her ongoing transformation – Fat Woman on the Mountain: How I Lost Half of Myself and Found Happiness

I haven’t read it yet, but think I’ll add it to my queue. This sounds like it could be a really cool story about how mountaineering and the Seven Summits Quest could be the best motivation some people need to truly transform not only their bodies, but their minds, hearts, and spirits.