the footsteps of those
who have tread before you.
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many ways, we are. While no one else in the world shares the
exact same experiences as you do, there are people that you
can relate to. Find someone on this page whose words make
you pause and realize that if they can achieve their goals,
so can you.
Some testimonials are short in writing and others are extremely
long. We try to get to the essence of each one and will post
more as they arrive. Keep them coming and keep up the excellent
Regarding the Mod. 1
"Its been 2 weeks since receiving the workout
CDs. I'm sore as hell. Its definately one of the best put
together programs and the mobility of the CDs are great. Listening
to the count cadence is like a meditation in itself. I'm on
the Round and Round workout and it will be a while till I
can even finish the routine in its entirety. The number of
workouts provided is enough to keep me busy for at least 2
years. With that in mind, the price of the Mod 1 is in
my opinion one of the best buys if not the best purchase
I have made this year. Thanks for putting the MOD 1 together."
"Just finished the workout called "Creeping
Death" from Scrapper's Mod. 1, here are my thoughts:
It was alot harder than I thought. Scrapper does a great job
with the count and motivating you and reminding you to fight
throught the pain. Nothing fancy here just simple yet effective
During the jumprope sprints i found i could push myself and
work harder, because Ihad Scrapper letting me know how much
time was left."
"Forget about Soloflex, Bowflex, fad diets
and all of the other garbage that million of people waste
money and time on. Scrapper shows you how to get in great
shape with nothing but your bodyweight and desire. We all
know that there are a lot of great bodyweight exercises out
there. However, a lot of people have no clue how to get started
and put the exercises together. In addition to going over
how to do a variety of exercises Scrapper takes you through
some actual workouts on his outstanding video series. Just
put the tape in the VCR and follow along in the comfort of
your living room. Be warned though, these workouts are not
your everyday ESPN exercise show workouts. These workouts
are tough and you will either get in great shape or have to
Mike Mahler, Strength Coach and fitness author www.mikemahler.com
As a one time member of the Parachute Regiment
of the British Army I've had the (mis?)fortune to have experienced
a wide range of physical training regimes some good some bad.I
first came across Scrapper's bodyweight routines on a link
from a mixed martial arts forum here in the UK a few years
ago now and I can honestly say they are some of the best workouts
I've ever had military or civilian. For me their simplicity
is one of their best features-as he says no fancy equipment,no
jargon or BS-just you and your own self discipline.
I've used adaptations from his workouts as a supplement to
my chosen sports of rugby,boxing/mma and kayaking and to me
it's a sign of their effectiveness that I've felt the benefit
in each sport as have my training partners and team mates.
All I can say is keep up the good work Scrapper and keep
on coming up with the grade A "beasting" sessions.
FYI - I kept up with you without a problem doing
workout 1 but was sore as hell the next day. When I did your
workout the second time, I was hardly that sore and my energy
is increasing. I think the great thing about your
program is that you have no choice but to get fit in order
to do these workouts. You can get away without being in shape
while lifting weights but you've got to be fit and strong
in order to do the type of workouts you do. After doing your
workouts, I'm thinking about training for Triathlons again.
I think doing your workouts 2 or 3 times per week would be
a perfect addition to training for Tris. I used to lift weights
when I did tris years ago and I think the weight training
may have hurt me rather than helped.
Keep up the good work.
I bought your workout video a couple of months
ago. I love it. I'm 54 years old and run 4 miles around 4-5
times a week usually during lunch. On Mon Wed & Friday
before supper I do your workout #1. It took me two weeks to
do the pushup pyramid. I have a granny walker that I use for
the dips. However, it takes so much strength just to balance
on the damn thing that I can only do one set using the walker
for dips. I do the other 3 sets on a bench. I elevate my feet
on a styro block about 10 inches to increase the load. I can
do around 4 sets of the pullups before my arms conk out. I
think I will try to do more pull up work on the off nights
so I can do the 6 or 7
sets that you do on the video. I have no problem with the
squats. The bootstrappers burn like hell but I
can do them too.
Anyway the other day I ran this 3 mile course with incredible
hills. Most of the hills were too steep to run down. I felt
like friggen superman running up the hills (probably the squats
& the bootstrappers). I averaged 8
min per mile which is good for me considering the hills.
Again thanks for the video ... I'm going to run the 400 &
200 in a state meet in June. I'm sure the workout will trim
several seconds off my time.
Hang in there!
Scrapper, thank you very much for posting you
workout routines. I'm an intermediate level martial artist
from NYC and since I started your basic routine, I lost 20
lbs, I'm stronger, and I have more endurance. I have
also noticed that my pain threshold has increased, and I'm
not as injury prone as I once was.
There isn't much more that I can say but thanks for sharing,
and may GOD bless you abundantly.
I've been doing your work outs religiously for
a couple of months now and I gotta say they are the best thing
to happen to me in a long time. I'm down from a 34" waist
to a 32", I've lost about 10 lbs of fat, I've trimmed
my love handles, I upped my pull up pyramid to 5 and back
down with good form, and I've got my wife doing a very trimmed
down version of the #1 and she loves and hates it all at the
Keep up the good work man and thanks again.
Just wanted to drop you a quick line, this is
an excellent overall bodyweight exercise (bootstrappers).
Since, injuring a hamstring a couple of months ago in an open
Judo session, I have added this to my personal workout routine
and I am seeing results. I am able to get on the wrestle with
our team, do judo and even lift weights again.
When training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu I used
to have to sit out at least once during sparring because of
extreme fatigue and poor wind. Recently, I was unable to train
jiu jitsu for 8 months. A few months before my return to the
mat, I began to do Fish's video workout a few times a week.
When i came back to BJJ I was in much better mat shape than
when I was rolling regularly. No more sitting on the sidelines.
My cardio, muscular endurance, stamina, stregth, and overall
fitness level have greatly improved as a direct result of
As a Captain in the United States Army, and
as former amateur wrestler, who competed at both the high
school and Division I college Ievel (at both the University
of Notre Dame and at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point),
as well as a practitioner in the martial art of Brazilian
Jiu-Jitsu , I am able to train longer and harder thanks to
Fish's workouts. These workouts are short in duration and
high in intensity have gotten me in excellent shape! I have
lost weight, gained strength and become much better conditioned
for my sport.
I started attending the class in May 2001 as
part of mandatory PT by my command because I had failed the
run portion of the PRT. My time at failure was 13:35 for 1.5
miles. I attended the class on base for about a month, maybe
a month and a half, then had a mock PRT. My run time had dropped
from the failing score to 10:56. While that was my main reason
for attending the class, I didn't forget to notice the fact
that I had lost approximately 10lbs, and gone down a couple
of inches. I started off the class not able to do any pull-ups
at all, now I can get at least 10. My push-ups and sit-ups
increased significantly as well.
The only thing I can say is thanks Fish. See
you in class.
My name is Jenice Gomez and I had my son in 1996; one year
later I still looked pregnant. At 217 lbs. I had had enough.
I made a New Year's resolution in 1997 that I was tired of
being the size that I was, I was absolutely fed up with feeling
and looking FAT!!! Basic Training by Fish was introduced to
our gym in February of 1999. In a little less than a year
I have lost 32 pounds and gained muscle and strength that
the aerobics classes never gave me. I feel better about myself
and how I look and my husband definitely notices that I'm
Basic Training is the only thing I do for myself each day.
Fish is a great motivator and always took the time to help
no matter how busy he was.
Thank you Fish,
My name is Patrick Chell. I'm 30 years old, 5' 8" (5'
9" on a good day) and weigh 194 lbs. I lift weights 3
- 5 times a week but I'm fat and I know it. I knew that I
needed to change something in my workout routine to help me
drop from the 22% body fat that I was carrying. I had heard
that there was a class offered by a guy named "Fish"
at the base gym and that it was pretty hard. A couple of people
at my command had tried it and vowed never to go back after
only one class. I figured, what the hell, it can't be that
hard, I'm in pretty good shape. Boy was I WRONG!!!
I had never hurt so bad in my life. Two-a-days in football
during high school didn't hurt me as much as Fish's Basic
Training did. However I stuck with it and within a month I
had dropped 4% of overall body fat. I stuck with the class
for almost 9 months before transferring to another command
and I kept getting in better and better shape. Not only did
I get better in Fish's class but my strength levels in the
gym went up as well.
Thanks for everything Fish,
I started the Basic Training class after publishing a story
in our base newspaper in January. I knew that I wanted to
do something to try and get myself back into some resemblance
of shape. I had let myself get over 200 lbs. And I was tired
of it. I was always tired and lazy and didn't feel too good
about anything. I had heard that the class was tough that
the instructor was tough and that it was near impossible.
All of the things that I heard were true. Fish can be a complete
ass sometimes. He would be the first to tell you. But it's
all for the end result. The first class was a nightmare. I
couldn't hang. But come to find, few (if anyone) can. Fish
ran us through the mill. A warm-up run, stretching and then
a hour of mind and body numbing exercises. The regulars: Push-ups,
8-count body builders, jumping jacks. Then a few things that
I had never experienced: Boot Strappers, grappling push-ups,
and sun gods. The first class was one of the toughest things
I! had ever put myself through. I came home during the first
week after work and collapsed on the couch and slept usually
until the next day. But after a month of coming to class three
days a week, I started to get the hang of it.
The thing that I realized that made the difference was that
it didn't matter if I could or couldn't keep up with the other
people in the class. All that mattered was that I came out
and gave 110 percent every single exercise. The changes would
come in time. Today, I've upped my schedule to five days a
week. I feel like crap if I miss a day. I'll work out my schedule
at work to make it five days a week. I may have to get up
at 430 in the morning to get it done. But I do it. It's addicting.
Once the changes take effect and you can go through the class,
you're motivated to see how far you can take yourself. I have
probably only missed 5 days total in almost 4 months. And
the results have come. I have lost almost 30 lbs. since I
began the class. But along with that I have gained muscle,
endurance and stamina. I couldn't complete the class in the
beginning. But now I can go throu! gh it, still pushing my
self harder and harder. And recover after class is over, more
rapidly. I can keep up with just about anyone in the class.
And if I can't, then I will just continue to push myself until
I can. I make gains everyday. The day will come.
If you're considering taking this class, do it. It's not easy.
Nothing worth anything in life is. Fish, Pete and Quinton
will not hand you anything. You have to work for it. But if
you stick with it, and push yourself every time you come.
The results will show.
"Be strong, Get stronger"
My name is Richard Snyder. I'm 33 yrs old, 5' 7", weigh
196 lbs., and get out of breath mowing the lawn. I don't take
my shirt off at the beach and have to buy new clothes because
I'm starting to feel like the inside of a tube of toothpaste.
Squeeze me and see what comes out.
I heard about Fish's class from a friend at work. He invited
me come out for class quite a few times over a two month period.
From what he described, I could tell it was hard work and
I came up with all kinds of excuses not to go. I was sure
if I just started jogging at lunch I would eventually get
over that hump and capture a little of that high school glory.
At the end of those two months I was back up to 182 lbs. and
was ready to try anything, even Fish's class.
I was nervous the first day I went to Fish's Basic Training
Class. I didn't know if he was going to yell and embarrass
me or piss me off so that I'd never come back. Turns out I
had nothing to worry about. Only two things were required
of me. A water bottle and 100% effort all the time, every
time. The first one is easy. In the four months I've been
going I've never forgotten my water bottle. The second one
was just a little bit harder. Turns out I didn't know what
100% effort was.
In the beginning, at the first sign of pain due to muscle
fatigue I'd give up. I used the excuse that I lift weights
every morning and I didn't want to strain a muscle or do something
that would prevent me from working out. Fish gave me a little
of his personal attention. Trust me, you don't want Fish's
personal attention. In my case, I accepted Fish's "encouragement"
and re-tooled my brain to focus more on completing the task
at hand, rather than the temporary pain of physical exertion.
I now have a complete understanding of what 100% effort is.
None of this would have been possible if I had quit. I kept
coming back to class because I didn't want 196 lbs. to come
Let me expound a little on what 100% effort has done for me.
I now employ the focus and energy that I gained in Fish's
class to my morning weight lifting routine. I've improved
my overall strength and increased my maximum weight sets by
20 to 30 lbs. I now weigh 162 lbs. and can run a mile and
a half in 9 minutes flat. I still have a long way to go to
where I want to be, but I now know how to get there. And that
spare tire? Now looks like baby training wheels.
If you think Fish's class is about ego and macho mechanics,
think again. It's about teamwork, motivation and mental toughness.
Even in a large class you'll find out that Fish takes a personal
interest in everyone who puts forth an honest effort to improve
themselves. Whether it's providing advice after class or reading
material to improve your level of understanding on physical
fitness, he is there for your benefit. Don't waste his time
if you are not serious.
One final item. Fish does all the exercises with you. Currently
two classes a day. If you think you can kick his butt in class
because of your aerobic kick boxing background, forget it.
Its' not an option you want to explore.