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Ignore the first third then read
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.