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on 3 March 2013
This book reads like it was written by a high school student. I can forgive that though, and the short amount of time it took me to read. What I can't forgive is the bad information contained within.
Firstly, I agree with the author that she doesn't have a degree in nutrition. Secondly, she alternates between calling it HIIT and HITT, which was not a great start.
Repeatedly throughout the book, you are advised to sprint for 30 seconds and rest for 30 seconds. I have been a keen advocate of HIIT for many years and I can tell you that 30/30 splits are extremely advanced. Only the most advanced participants can sprint for 30 seconds for 12 intervals as suggested. Yet the book suggests you begin with this. Later on you are told that by week 6 you should be doing 60/30 splits. Impossible! Unless you were not working at your hardest, in which case it would not be HIIT would it.
In the benefits section, we are told that HIIT "increases GLUT4" and "increases EPOC," yet the book does not go on to explain what these are. I'm aware of what EPOC is, but I had no idea about GLUT4.
The book is littered with spelling errors and also there are many pictures which I assumed were put in for filler, except the pictures do not even display on my device.
In conclusion, this is the worst book I've ever read and I'm usually generous with my reviews. It's a shame. HIIT is a wonderful method of training, but you won't get anything from this book.