Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Fitness Confidential - Review

Since I spend a good deal of time and money reading triathlon and fitness related books, I figured I would review what I read and post it. Of course I needed to have some sort of rating system and this is what I came up with...

1.  PR - This book is worth your time and money. Entertaining, full of useful information, or both. Reading this book may inspire you to set a new PR.

2. Tired Legs - You know that feeling where you just sort of struggle to get through a workout...reading this book is sort of like that. You know you need to finish, so you press on, but you wouldn't say it was your best effort.

3. New Goggles - Save your money for a new pair of goggles and use the time you would have spent reading this book swimming.  Not worth your time or money.

My First Review - Fitness Confidential

Rating:  PR

What I Liked:

  • This book is FRESH and by that I mean it was published Dec. 2, 2013.
  • Entertaining true life stories about famous clients and stories about the author and his adventures in ultra racing...still trying to figure out who the actress was that needed to lose 35 lbs ;-)
  • The book was not muddled up the with boring workout routines or diet plans. Case in point. I LOVE Tony Horton, but his book Bring It wasted a lot of space (and my time) going over stuff I already got from P90X. Fitness Confidential provides a link to the author's YouTube channel so you can actually watch people doing the moves correctly.
  • I found the author's approach to nutrition and weight loss to be reasonable. He recommends that you give up sugar and grains in order to drop weight. I would have thought this was impossible to do and still maintain my triathlon training. However, the author's experience as an ultra athlete shows that it is possible.  
  • The book was an easy read, but still provided a lot of valuable information.

Lagniappe

A little something extra… Fitness Confidential ended with a  recap of the author's successful finish of the Furnace Creek 508. I love a good race report and this one did not disappoint. If you want to know more about the 508, other than that it's a 508 mile bike race, check out the event website…

http://www.the508.com

Next Book

Grain Brain by David Perlmutter, MD.

Published Sept. 17, 2013

"The devastating truth about the effects of wheat, sugar, and carbs on the brain, with a 30-day plan to achieve optimum health.

Renowned neurologist David Perlmutter, MD, blows the lid off a topic that's been buried in medical literature for far too long: carbs are destroying your brain. And not just unhealthy carbs, but even healthyones like whole grains can cause dementia, ADHD, anxiety, chronic headaches, depression, and much more. Dr. Perlmutter explains what happens when the brain encounters common ingredients in your daily bread and fruit bowls, why your brain thrives on fat and cholesterol, and how you can spur the growth of new brain cells at any age. He offers an in-depth look at how we can take control of our "smart genes" through specific dietary choices and lifestyle habits, demonstrating how to remedy our most feared maladies without drugs. With a revolutionary 30-day plan, GRAIN BRAIN teaches us how we can reprogram our genetic destiny for the better."