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  • Paperback: 164 pages
  • Publisher: Dennis Publishing (20 Dec. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781060576
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781060575
  • Product Dimensions: 17.9 x 1.1 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (279 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,207 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ok, Life changing may sound extreme but its true...im more than happy to leave this review and I will explain why.

I have been going to the gym for about 12 months and when I say going to the gym i mean sometimes 4 times a week, sometimes 4 times a month, doing the same 3 set exercises and not making any gains....until I found this book!

Im 38 years old and when I looked at myself in the mirror I thought I looked ok but after looking at Joe's transformation i wanted to give this a go. I made a conscious decision that I would give this 12 week plan a really good go and see what I could do. I took a 'before' photo and it was only then I realised how bad I looked. Trust me... Mirrors lie, photo's don't !!

I took the time to read the book, ordered some supplements and told people what I was doing...a few people laughed and said good luck on that, I bet it doesn't last etc... Which only made me more determined.

For me,the fact that I was following a plan every time i went in the gym just worked... One of the most important factors i took from this book was technique when lifting, focusing on this rather than how much you can lift..which is what the majority of people seemed to be doing in my gym.
The exercises take you through different cycles focusing on variation of reps, weights, supersets etc.. All of which are key to keeping your body guessing and maximising gains.

For me the toughest part of this book was not the workouts,but the discipline in the kitchen. I really struggled trying to keep my protein intake at the max level of 4g per kilo of body weight and early on I wasn't even making the min 2g...it was only after week 8 I managed to find the right meal plans to achieve this.
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First and foremost if you believe this book is a revolutionary workout that is somehow superior to all the others then you are misleading yourself.
I say misleading yourself because the book doesn't claim it is anything revolutionary. It claims to be the workout used by Joe Warner for his 12 week transformation. And that is what it is. It never claims, as far as I have seen, to be new, revolutionary or superior. I wanted to get that out of the way as many people seem to cling on to these 12 week transformations as if buying the book will somehow be the magic fast track way to the body they want without the hard work or diet adherence.

Firstly the transformation. I don't want to take anything away from Warner or Mitchell - truth be told the result is very impressive. But those new to the training world should note - Joe Warner was not in quite as bad shape as the first picture illustrates in my opinion. The before photo is slouched, pale and unkempt. And the after photo is well groomed, pumped, well positioned, optimally lit and tanned. Is there anything wrong with this? No. In fact they openly admit to doing so in the book, detailing how you too can optimise your body for a photoshoot. Is it misleading to newbies...it could be argued yes if they have not followed the books build up. In my opinion this isn't an issue however it was just something worth noting for those who haven't followed the build up to the book.
This doesn't take away from the results, they are very impressive. Even when taking the week 4 photo as the before photo (which I believe would be a more realistic illustration of the start point, although Warner will have improved by this point) the difference between this and week 12 is nothing short of spectacular.
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Well designed excellent book, clear, simple, informative, easy to follow and actually works. Diet is difficult to stick to on shifts but with adjustments does work.
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Seriously - you want to get fit? Cook all your meals from scratch, avoid sugar and refined carbs, join a gym, get a programme and go at least 3 times a week. Make sure when you finish each session you're exhausted from having pushed yourself hard. If you want to do more go for some yoga and meditation, you'll me a more rounded, happier person. Done. Just saved you a load of time and I haven't even charged you. You're welcome :)
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The book is detailed in all in the information needed prior to start the routine. Both the pictures and the text are easy to understand and very much to the point.
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Frankly, I don't understand the raving reviews here and after having had this book for some time, I honestly wonder who the authors are.

Here is just a bit of background. Myself and my boyfriend decided to take the gym a bit more seriously this year and go for a proper workout plan. We’ve never been gym freaks going 5 times a week, but when we do go we work with weights rather than running for an hour on a treadmill. I guess that’s close enough to “average Joe” for the purposes of this review. I was given a "Strong Curves" book, which turned out to be an amazing book but it’s very focused on female strength training. I also own Strength Training Anatomy which is great in terms of describing exercises and how they work certain muscle groups, but that's ALL there is in the book. I thought getting something specifically aimed at giving a proper, defined workout plan will be a good starting point until we learn how to compose our own programs, with emphasis on whatever it is we want to achieve. I bought this book after seeing the incredible reviews – should have known better and read the one- and two-stars reviews first…

Here is what is incredibly disappointing about this book and makes it simply not fit-for-purpose:
1) Contrary to the hype, this book is NOT for the average Joe (and to those saying this is not what the book intends to be, please clarify what the “in just 12 weeks, to turn an ordinary Joe into the cover star of the Men s Fitness magazine” part of the product description is supposed to mean). Exercises even in the first workout are way too hard for what most from-the-street people are capable of. You can't do a full pull-up? Well, bad luck, as it's your first exercise on the first day of training.
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