He is definitely in phenomenal shape especially for being 48. However, he's spent years and years lifting with heavy weights and odd implements as well. I doubt he's focused on bodyweight only workouts for years and years.
And yes, I value my health and strength very much. But I don't care who you are, $197 for one book/manual seems outrageously priced. And it only covers bodyweight exercises. If it was a yearly program that included bodyweight and weight exercises, and a slew of other info, I could see spending $197.
Remember, the $197 was the most basic package you could get. It came with the manual and two free gifts including a CD and nutrition book.
The next package is $497 and includes the above, a DVD showing the exercises and a bunch of free training books (Dinosaur Arm Training, Dinosaur Back Training, etc. - 7 total).
The best package is $697 and includes all of the above and a few additional goodies.
Now, just a few weeks ago, Brooks was selling two packages (one for $297 and one for $497) that included all the Dinosaur newsletters and Dinosaur Training book along with some VHS tapes and CD's. That was a bit pricey too, but I found it more realistic since you get six year's worth of newsletters and a few different books.
All in all, I'd have to say that his stuff is very expensive, especially when he is supposed to be writing for the guys who train in their garage, basement or backyard with cheap or FREE equipment.
Hey, I'd love to check out his bodyweight manual and even the DVD showing the exercises. But I just can't see paying $200 or more for that. I just can't see it being the "be all end all" to my training. How many people would give up their weights and odd implements to do bodyweight only stuff? And even if you don't give that up, how much bodyweight stuff are you going to include to feel that you get your money's worth out of the program?
I'm not knocking Brooks. I think he has GREAT stuff. But this time, I think his pricing is way off base.
For $97, I could get John Berardi's Precision Nutrition package with five books, DVD's and more. Now that, I would gladly pay.