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A burst of inspiration,
This review is from: The 4-Hour Body: An uncommon guide to rapid fat-loss, incredible sex and becoming superhuman (Paperback)
Reading the 4 Hour Body, the main feelings that you go away with are inspiration and enthusiasm. You really cant help but be impressed by Tim Ferris' approach to this book. Most things in the book he's fathomed out personally through experience, having been given a lead by someone already successful in that area, and you cant help but admire someone who gets up in the middle of the night to eat 4 boiled eggs to see what impact it has on his weight gain or frequently weighs his own poo. Alongside puzzled amusement perhaps, but still admiration.
The slow-carb section, the increased muscle section and the distance running section are all spot on. My own results have been great (albeit not superhuman). They don't involve vast amounts of effort either. A key tenet to the book is doing the minimum required to get a result. Rather than some ker-azy 6 day a week program of 2 hour gym sessions, he claims you can get a great result with, say, 20 minutes of kettle bell swings twice a week, or one gym workout a week. Hence the advice isnt dangerous.
Some of the other sections are a bit spotty. The swimming section basically says, check out this other guy's DVD. The female orgasm part is frankly bizarre. Don't read it on the tube whatever you do.
There are other downsides. Firstly the editing is poor. Spelling errors, formatting errors all over the show. Every measurement is given in both metric and imperial. Fine when discussing weights or suchlike, but when he casually refers to someone as being over 6 ft and 200lb, or mentioning that someone can run over 100 miles, we dont need to know the exact conversions for these. He's tall, he's heavy and he can run a long way, thats we need. It means each page becomes a sea of brackets.
Its also quite hard to fathom an actual programme of activity. As he suggests only doing a certain amount of exercise each week, and on a certain timetable, it means that if I want to, say, learn to swim, improve my running and sort out my podgy belly, the timetables get in the way of each other. It took quite a bit of thought to work out a timetable that suited my needs and was balanced.
But these shortcomings shouldn't stop anyone with a vague interest reading it. You really get the feeling that he's interested in finding out what works, not making out that he's always right. I think if you got off your chair and disproved his theories, and made a new one in the process he'd be a happy man.
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Initial post: 19 May 2011 13:49:31 BDT
Mr. Mar D. Clarke says:
A great review with some useful insights into the book.
I'm about to read his book, what was the day plan schedule that you figured out? You seem to know your stuff based on the review and I'm lazy so I figured I'll do as Tim does and source my question to somebody that knows more than me. :-p
Thanks in advance for putting up with my cheeky nature and answering back.
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