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The last fitness book you will ever need
on 10 May 2006
As a qualified personal trainer, I am always looking for new and effective ways to train my clients and myself. I came across this book while on holiday and devoured it at a single sitting. It's quite a slim volume and the writing style is friendly and easy to follow.
The principles behind superslow weight training are well established and based on sound science. Where this book excels is in making those principles accessible to ordinary people.
The author describes the programme in a way that makes obvious his years of experience in teaching it to ordinary people - complete with "most common ways people cheat" sections on each exercise and useful tips to make the most of the workouts.
Having tried out the programme my colleagues and I are complete converts. Any programme that gives you a full body workout in just 15-20 minutes once a week and lets you do away with cardio definitely has my vote.
I only have 2 concerns. The first is that the nutrition plan, while based on sound sports nutrition science, is rather restrictive. People may choose to follow this plan to the letter or just use their own common sense.
More importantly, the second concern is that the concept of working to total muscle failure is not something the body naturally wants to do, and for a complete beginner with no experience of "normal" resistance training, this system may be difficult to take to at first. Thank goodness there is still a role for us personal trainers! But for anyone with experience of resistance training I'd say, "Go out and buy it" and you may never need to buy another fitness book again.