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on 11 October 2013
Rooney's book is billed a text which gives trainees a variety of options when it comes to cardiovascular training. These will yield better results in less time than the more traditional approaches to cardio. His model relies on interval training which allows a trainee to abandon the hamster wheel approach to cardio and instead go for something that is not only a little bit more fun, but also more efficient. Whilst Rooney provides lots of examples of programs I feel that this text does not provide enough to justify its purchase. If you look beyond these examples what he provides gives the trainee enough to design their own protocols which will allow them to target their specific goals. Content wise the book is very light. Moreover the book itself is more a picture book filled with pictures of chubby men wearing tight shirts! I received it at 11am and returned it at 6pm, so infer what you will.

The book's outstanding section is its opening one which outlines the basis of how the warrior system will work. It is from here that the book grows. The next section is pretty standard American self motivational bull, hard to avoid in the field. The warm up and `pre-hab' routine would be useful if I had not come across it before. It looks to be lifted from the work of the Cressey crew. All in all this section is a bit of a waste. Not enough is explained. Not once am I told why I should foam roll or when I should stretch. Experience tells me that these are very important aspects and they would be found in a comprehensive text. Such a text would allow me to take the warm up programs outlined and pick what was applicable to me at a given point based on the information provided. What we have here is just a how to manual.

The meat and bones of the book is the section which tells the reader all about the different systems Rooney has been working on. They are good, but he gives too little basis for the reader to be able to make decent judgement about crucial aspects of program design. Instead he opts for more pictures of how to do his circuits. Astoundingly he fails to mention how to fit these circuits in alongside a strength, hypertrophy or sports specific program. I would imagine the majority of his readers will be wondering how. Worst of all, this section does not link in with the first at all. The first told us why interval training was more efficient. A good second section would tell us how the program will work and when to apply it. Not only this but it would tell us how to sensibly program in interval training sessions without compromising gains in other areas. Remember, for most, cardiovascular exercise and conditioning are pursuits complementary to a primary goal, be it strength work or boxing etc. Rooney offers us none of this potentially useful information but does give us more pictures of guys in favourable lighting conditions.

The final section is put together by John Berardi and comes replete with the usual nonsense about training nutrition. An example being the theory that carbohydrate and fat should not be ingested at the same time- widely established as nonsense. As a beginner program its acceptable but beyond that its garbage.

Overall the book is big, but content wise it is very light and this is the problem. I was hoping for a book which would provide an account of how to program in interval training alongside sports or other training commitments. What I got was a good introduction and lots of pictures. The ideas are there but you have to infer them, and the only reason I am able to do so is because I have a lot of experience with the subject matter. There really is not anything great here. If you are similar to me in your levels of experience then have a look at the book but do not buy it. It will give you some ideas. If you are a beginner do not, it will distract you and fill your mind with nonsense about how to progress sensibly.
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on 25 November 2012
I am a bit bummed that I purchased this book as it just doesn't deliver. It contains way too many pictures and offers basic/general information about training and nutrition, which is something one can easily find in web forums. On top of that it was fairly pricey. I can't recommend this to anyone except to a beginner.
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on 20 May 2012
Buythis book if U've access to Heavy kettle bell, sandbags, tall punchbags, a prowler, massive tyre, battle ropes..........just to name a few. If u want to use this book for home workouts...well look elsewhere. There is one bodyweight chapter, just one.
Being said that, its a brilliant book for people who are looking to get into fighting shape or fitness.
Precise color pictures and good reasoning behind each workouts. there is even a 12 week plan to follow, a brilliant one.

Great book for that price!!

There is:
Energy Circuits
Hurricane Training
Barbell, Dumbbell and Kettlebell circuits
Body Weight Circuits
Strength Circuits
Core Training
Performance Evaluation
Prehab and Warmups
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on 27 November 2012
It seems like a great book, but it's almost unusable on the Kindle due to formatting. I'm seriously considering buying a hard copy as well.
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on 17 June 2012
Have bought a few exercise related books & always look closely at reviews first before buying. Was a bit put-off by title, but gave it a go. When it came, very impressed. Large size book, packed with loads of useful and clear information. Excelent, large colour pictures of the exercises and routines on every page. A good mixture of familiar and new routines. Looking forward to the results others have said it can produce if you stick to them.
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on 6 June 2012
This book is superb as it teaches you not only how to train your body but also how to train your mind. It will teach you how to stay motivated to achieve your goals. As well as showing you loads of workout scenarios, it also teaches you how to properly warm up to prevent injury and also the science behind the workout structures. A must have for anyone who is a fitness enthusiast or someone who needs that extra bit of support.
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on 11 November 2012
Awesome book - The training system is written in clear and precise language with pictures . I found the system would be ideally for supplementing my brazilian jiu jitsu training to improve my performance if I decide to compete in the future. I would highly reccommend this book.
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on 21 August 2012
Really good book,in depth stretches which is quite unusual and very detailed pictures and explanations on various techniques and training methods.

Fitness is changing and thanks for bringing me up to date.

Keep up the good work
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on 28 April 2012
I've read a lot of books on strength & conditioning, fitness and nutrition. Some of course are better than others and I refer to them from time to time when I wish to refresh my memory on some point or other. Warrior Cardio is absolutely nothing like any other book I have ever read. It has everything a trainee or indeed a personal trainer could ever want. It covers the basics of fitness and how the aerobic and anaerobic energy systems work - in fact the guest writer (Dr Tony Caterisano) explains it in such a way that you cannot fail to understand it, whatever your background. The book goes on to guide you through mental preparation for training and physical preparation for training. Once you are ready to start training you are provided with warm up and cool down systems and you are skilfully guided through a variety of training protocols all of which have detailed instruction and explanation to help you choose the right workout for your needs. There are helpful cheat sheets to aid your training. The section on nutrition is written by the very talented Dr John Berardi (Precision Nutrition) and gives exceptional guidance on how to eat to maximise your training potential and your body composition goals. This book is like having your very own elite Strength and Conditioning Coach with you at all times - don't miss this opportunity to surpass your highest imaginable goals. This book will put personal trainers out of business!
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on 15 June 2012
An excellent resource for any personal trainer or indeed anyone who wants to learn dynamic and sports functional ways to improve their own fitness levels!! a great book!! buy it!!!
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