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Book Nook: Shape up but don't shell out

YOU ARE YOUR OWN GYM: The Bible of Bodyweight Exercises, by Mark Lauren, with Joshua Clark. Ballantine Books Trade Paperbacks, $16, 171 pp.

Tired of paying for your gym? This book is for you.

Lauren - a certified military physical training specialist who has worked with special operations combat troops (the book's foreword is by an Air Force colonel) - self-published this book last spring. It's since been picked up by a Random House subsidiary.

"Use the Body You Have to Build the Body You Want," its subtitle says. The very buff Lauren writes that techniques used by U.S. Navy SEALs and the like will get you fit in just two hours a week. "Free yourself from the dependence on gadgets, trainers, and common misconceptions," he writes.

THE SCOOP Lauren's program, for men and women at all fitness levels - Push, Pull, Core and Legs - comes with clear photos and explanations.

THE BOTTOM LINE If you can't do a standard push-up, say, Lauren suggests variations. Calisthenics, anyone?

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