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on 15 December 2015
I got this book to brush up on my HIIT knowledge, as I'd had great results with it in the past but haven't really done much of it recently. It all started coming back to me pretty quickly, and even taught me some new stuff. It's a very enjoyable read, which is unusual for a book on exercise. I find most are either very dry and purely scientific, or are too opinion-based, often relating to the author's personal experiences. James Driver manages to strike a good balance, backing up everything he states with plenty of evidence, but conveying the information in a motivational tone that makes you want to put it into practice. His passion for the subject comes through loud and clear.

Overall, I'm very pleased with my purchase. It reminded me why HIIT is the best method for burning blubber, and gave me some new ideas to try out. Another thing I like about it is the author doesn't try to force a "best" way down your throat. In other words, he acknowledges that not everyone enjoys the same exercise modes, and so basically allows the reader to decide what routine is "best" for themselves, according to his or her own preferences. As long as the principles are employed, do the activities you like best and enjoy the results.
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on 10 February 2013
High Intensity Interval Training by James Driver is a Highly Informative Text and worth reading.

I lost 7 stone weight mainly through diet and not exercise. When I lost the weight I started looking at my fitness and from time to time we need to vary our exercise regieme for optimum fitness and this book was reccommended to me by a friend. I'm glad he did.

For me, I didn't need to know the science behind why HIIT works but it's here if you need convincing. I liked the way the book informed what needed to be done, how to do it and the various ways of doing it so even a novice like me could understand and take action.
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on 12 November 2014
Extremely engaging throughout. If a book can be judged on whether or not it will change your habits and can actually improve your life, then this book is right up there.
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on 15 March 2016
Great book for beginners and advanced. It walks you through the concepts and leaves you with a complete understanding, enabling you to create and progress with your own training routines. The nutrition section is gold.
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on 11 November 2013
I'm currently studying with a look to becoming a personal trainer as such I'm going through a lot of books on types and methods of physical training. Being a distance runner I've always been a bit skeptical of any training method that claims you can get all the physical training you need in half an hour, so I decided to read a book that would give me an insight into the types of training and give me some ideas for it. I bought this book on the kindle as it was very cheap and seemed in line with what I was looking for.

This book is very short, despite that, however about 10% of the way into the book I almost came close to putting it down and never picking it up again. The book is badly written and the initial parts of the book read more like anti continuous training (CT) propaganda rather than an introduction to HIIT. The means of referencing actually started to wind me up as it was impossible to follow the methodology applied with reference 10 being stated before reference 8 and so on. Some of the claims that are made in order to justify the authors love of HIIT and discrediting of CT are just not true (statement about calories consumed relating to fat burning, the point of the statement is that a smaller percentage of a larger number is always going to be greater than a larger percentage of a smaller number, clearly not the case 20% of 200 is not larger than 50% of 100) this combined with the occasional meaningless graph that has no legend and no values on the axis grated on me. Finally the obscene overuse of exclamation marks made me feel like I was reading fan fiction rather than a serious book on an introduction to a type of training.

All of that said, the book had massive turn around after the first 33%. At this stage the author starts to talk about HIIT, the means to doing sessions, rough programs and lay out of sessions. The means and ways that you can actually apply HIIT. It suddenly became a very good read, well laid out and discussed, even the exclamation marks died down to acceptable levels, it was almost as if a different author had taken over. That part of the book is well worth reading and actually bumped the score up to 3 stars, if the initial part of the book hadn't existed I would probably have given if it 4 to 5 stars. I'm now using the training and feel it is beneficial, this book has given me a great insight into the means to incorporating HIIT sessions into my training and in time I'm sure I'll be able to use it for other peoples training.

As my title says, just ignore the first third of the book, then read, you'll get a lot more from it and be less likely to get annoyed with it.
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on 4 February 2013
Proof it were needed that it's straight forward and simple to get fit. But no one said it would be painless! A great book with the facts set out in a plain and simple manner.
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on 8 May 2012
I currently train using these methods and just HAD to get this ebook. I'm glad I did and can thoroughly recommend you do the same. It's all about being consistent and applying the techniques regularly. Using HIIT techniques Ive actually lost 3 stones in weight in under 2 months as mad as it seems - I certainly burnt a few calories!

Add in some weight lifting and you are going to get toned and looking pretty sexy at the same time :)
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on 30 October 2013
If a book is judged by whether it causes the reader to change the way he or she thinks and subsequently acts, this book fully deserves this 5 star rating.

My interest in HIIT started when I saw Michael Moseley's Horizon programme on the subject. However, the advice given by my local gym didn't work for me and I soon stopped using the system. This book came at just the right time, it is the perfect length and with the level of background science it has motivated me to include HIIT in my programme.

The first few sessions were very painful but because the book had prepared me for that I kept going. I can already feel the benefit and I look forward to the challenge of my HIIT sessions.

James Driver explains how HIIT is a system that can be used by anybody because whatever your fitness level you have your own personal maximum effort.

I am now reading Gretchen Reynolds "The First 20 Minutes" which is the perfect follow up text.
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on 15 November 2012
A very good book. Easy to read and understand HIIT but in a further edition more about Fartlek, please and some information regarding higher risk of injuries in HIIT / Fartlek compared to CT and prevention of injuries.
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on 1 April 2015
It's one of the best fitness books i've read. This book gives a clear understanding of HIIT without going over the top and leaves you wanting to get out there to give it a try, The science, i'm happy to say, backs up the hype and this book takes an overall critical view of the studies and is fair to other forms of training too. It is this 'detached' approach which convinced me because the author is not simply trying to over-hype something here. Recommended
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