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1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the money, 5 Jan. 2014
This review is from: HIIT: High Intensity Interval Training, The Basics and Beyond of the World's Most Effective Training (Get Fit Fast Book 1) (Kindle Edition)
I'm not too sure where to begin with this, I was truly disappointed. By the time you've past the contents page, you're already 14% of the way through the book. The rest took only around 20 minutes to read.

The book mentions mitochondrias quite a lot but does not explain why they are beneficial to us and how HIIT creates more of them over other forms of training. Some of the information provided is also incorrect such as the Gibala method being a 60/60 split. In fact the Gibala method is a 60/75% split. The author also says that under the Gibala protocol, the heart rate should only be raised to 60% maximum, which is also incorrect. 60% is nowhere near intense enough, even for the Gibala method.

From my knowledge on the subject, I know that HIIT is far superior to other cardiovascular training methods, yet this author unfortunately under sells HIIT, by saying that similar benefits are achievable with steady state cardio, only more time would be required to achieve those benefits. This is incorrect. The benefits from HIIT far surpass steady state training. I was left feeling disappointed that the book only marginally touched on the weight loss aspects of HIIT with barely any information being provided. Considering this is the primary reason people exercise, I feel a great more detail should have gone into this.

The author has also made up a term as in the following sentence: "HIIT puts the body into hyperactive drive." By "hyperactive drive," I assume he means EPOC or the afterburn effect - But this is not clarified and I was left scratching my head.

Throughout, the book is badly structured which left the author repeating the same thing several times over, such as the benefits to the heart and the role of ATP in the body. This soon became tiresome.

However, it was the bad pre-workout dietary advice which left me a little perplexed. We are told to eat protein rich foods prior to a HIIT session. Wrong! Protein rich foods should be taken AFTER a HIIT session and not before. You really should be taking in complex carbohydrates before in order to ensure you have energy for the actual HIIT session. HIIT, because it is so intense utilises energy almost completely from carbohydrates. If you don't take in carbs prior to training then your body will undergo muscle wastage, which is exactly what you should be trying to avoid. In addition, we are told at one point to cut out dairy and then later on to eat dairy. So which is it?

The book advises pregnant women not to do HIIT. This is not necessarily true. I would expect an author of a book of this nature to be a little more versed in what pregnant women can and can't do with regards to exercise. There is nothing stopping women during pregnancy from taking part in HIIT, particularly during the early stages and if they were previously well-trained, then they could expect no problems from even vigorous HIIT.

To sum up how I feel, the book makes the following statement: "The high intensity exercise must be done with complete knowledge of the practice. If you do not know what you are doing, it is advised that you choose another activity that you do understand." - Well, isn't the point of buying a book on HIIT to make us understand HIIT by the end of it? In any case, the book fails miserablly in this mainly due to there being no real practical advise actually contained within.

Returned for refund.
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