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Man 2.0: Engineering the Alpha: Unlock the Secret to Burn Fat Faster, Build More Muscle, Have Better Sex and Become the Best Version of Yourself by [Bornstein, Adam, Romaniello, John]
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"Most fitness books suck. This one does not."--Tucker Max, #1 NY Times bestselling author

"Engineering the Alpha is THE book for busy people who want to make a change. John Romaniello is my own personal trainer, and I can tell you from experience, he can get you in the best damn shape of your life. PERIOD."--Gary Vaynerchuk, NY Times bestselling author of The Thank You Economy

"When it comes to modern fitness authority...all roads lead to Adam Bornstein"--Joe Manganiello, actor, HBO's True Blood

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The cutting-edge programme to reinvent your body, pump up your brain power and ramp up your sex life from the world’s leading experts on natural hormone optimisation.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 17206 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Digital (26 April 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CFLEEWW
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars 40 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #72,139 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I had high hopes for this book. It didn't cover much in the way of new ground but if you haven't heard of intermittent fasting its not a bad primer. There are lots of chapters of twaddle that in the end is simply padding. If you have been following lean gains / eat stop eat then I would suggest there is nothing here for you. If those names mean nothing to you then give the book a try. It's style is painful but there is a valuable message buried in the babble.
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The online fitness community has come a long way from the meathead gym bunny exercise machines of the 80s, and this isn't reflected in the content of fitness magazines, as the authors are keen to point out. This is one of the few books to build a combined diet and exercise programme based on what we know about hormones (insulin, cortisol, HGH, etc), and not the over-simplistic (and false) "calories in, calories out" calculations.

So far, so good.

However, I have to criticise the content. The first 60% of the book consists of a marketing pitch for the programme; as such, it is almost content free. It is a blend of sales jargon, Joseph Campbell woo-woo mystique, pop culture, leavened with a fair amount of swearing. As such, clearly aimed at a teen audience.

The second part is the programme. It goes over the calculations needed for your diet in detail, with example menus - in body builder style, such as eight egg omelettes! This is followed by the exercise routines, involving mainly free weights, but some gym machines, and I think it would require a gym to follow (for a spotter, etc). There is minimal cardio.

So, a mixed review. I'm not 100% sure of the science, but it is considerably better than a lot of these. I'm confident that the programme will be effective, even though I haven't followed it. But you still have to get through the juvenile first part. Perhaps a two or three page appendix could usefully be added to summarise all the science?
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The first 50% of the book is sales hype without any practical application. When you get into the detail I failed to see how this could be applied to any normal persons life. The information was confusing (eggs which have both fat and protein in them only appeared in the protein section of the book), the working out of calorie numbers and diet plans was far too difficult to actually stick too.

The FaceBook group they talk about has not been active for years and the authors do not respond to questions on Twitter. This book had the opposite effect on me that it is intended to. I put on weight afterwards.

This book was a huge waste of money and set me back a long way by making things appear far more complex than they are.
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Received my pre-ordered copy with great expectation.

What a no roughly disappointing book.

- the writing style tries to be informal and somewhat irreverent but comes across as immature and poorly written and somewhat sales-y or gimmicky

- the format is abysmal. Facts are hard to find amongst the meandering and often ranty prose

- Veers off into subjective opinion. In particular the character traits of an alpha male

The problem with this book lies somewhere between the feeling that the book is somewhat padded out with fluff and the awful tone of voice leaves you feeling. Ripped off.

Inevitable comparison will be made to Tim Ferris's book 4 hour body. Whereas Tim's book was structured, dense with information and filled with practical tips - this book is the antithesis of that.

Most damning is that the tone of voice is so douche-y it makes me wonder about the authors themselves.
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Good book. Some fussy, expensive foods though. And would have preferred exercises that didn't require a gym as well. But overall, made good notes, now to collate and summarise them. Wirth it.

EDIT: Making notes now from my highlights, Phase II: Adapt - under macronutrient breakdown, carbs on non-workout days is 0.3g/lb of LBM. So that's about 50g for me. next page for some reason, it explains it again in a different way (bizarre and needless) and again it's LBM * 0.3 for carbs. Only thing is, on the example meal plans for Roman and Steve on the next page, each has MORE carbs on non-workout days than the workout days, Romans increase carbs on non-workout days to 153f, Steve increases carbs on non-workout days to 148g.

This makes no sense. any help appreciated.

EDIT 2: tweeted Roman, he replied within minutes - that's damned fast: "use the formula and ignore the meal plan. I'm sure there was some editing mix up".

Cheers fella.
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By Lyndon80 on 24 April 2013
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Man 2.0 is hyped to be the book that we all, as men, want to read. It claims to have the answer to all our problems and has the power to re-build and mold us into the best versions of ourselves, a version better than we ever thought possible.
Through the science of hormone optimization and a nymphomaniacal focus on the importance of sex, this book delivers some solid advice for anyone wanting to move towards a healthier lifestyle. However, the holy grail of masculine development this is not. With its marketing and hype this book positioned itself to be alongside ground breaking books such as the four hour body. However, its failure to deliver leaves it wallowing in the realm of just another fitness book.

This book is essentially a Men's magazine that's been fluffed out a bit. If you enjoy that stuff then buy it, you'll love it. But then again you might as well buy a magazine and save yourself a couple a quid!
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