The New High-Intensity Training Paperback – 27 May 2005
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About the Author
Ellington Darden, Ph.D., is the leading disciple of the HIT training methods of Arthur Jones, the inventor of Nautilus exercise equipment. Darden, for 17 years the director of research for Nautilus Sports/Medical Industries, is the author of such enormously popular books on high-intensity workouts as "The Nautilus Book, High-Intensity Bodybuilding, "and "100 High-Intensity Ways to Build Your Body," along with 40 other fitness books. He currently resides in Windermere, Florida.
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Almost half of the book is dedicated exclusively to exaggerated praises to Jones (the author makes an effort to present him as a revolutionary man and an adventurer with a wonderful sense of humour, but my personal impression was - disappointingly - of an mean, irrational, eccentric, vain, arrogant, stubborn, crude and rude bully). To further emphasize Arthur Jones' "superiority", the author criticises at great length a number of successful bodybuilders (including - surprisingly - HIT "godfather" Mike Mentzer) presenting unflattering stories of a purely personal nature which I personally found very hard to believe.
The other part of the book is dedicated to training. I found it average in terms of information and quite brief, consisting mainly of common sense advice and a few generic "health routines". The author fails (in my opinion) to justify his choices or to present scientific evidence to back up his claims (other than some unverifiable measurements of Casey Viator against a number of non-HIT bodybuilders).
Overall, I found the book to be the personal vendetta - paparazzi style - of a bitter, unsuccessful bodybuilder, whose only means to gain attention is to present unflattering, moot personal stories about everybody else.
Just my 2 cents' worth...
A '0 star' rating is appropriate. The beginning of this frightening book is quite interesting. There is information about the travels of Arthur Jones, creator of Nautilus and credited by many people as the person that discovered the benefits of high-intensity, infrequent resistance training.
Why do I dislike this book? Near page 30 the book becomes a horrible read. Darden seems supportive of Jones' violence. Darden seems like a giggling child describing the 'fun' he had with Jones. He hints that Jones would fight with bodybuilders. Jones would give orders, terrorise, threaten, degrade and humiliate
people. There is an account of Jones challenging somebody to a fistfight at a University lecture. Jones discovered that this person refused to fight in the Vietnam war ('hid out' as Darden describes it). Jones described to the audience how he planned to give him an 'ass-kicking' and tear him apart (literally).
Darden writes about 'sissies' and a violent powerlifter.
Arthur Jones, if these accounts are true, is a mentally ill, psychopathic (perhaps) bully.
My book will be put in a bin.
I recommend 'Muscles in Minutes' and 'Heavy Duty 2 Mind & Body' to people intersted by one set to failure training.
Visit the mike mentzer website to find these.
However the reason, I give it 2 stars is because of the entertaining stories presented in parts 1 and 2 of the book. For HIT, the best book to buy is the one by Mike Mentzer or Dorian Yates. I have both those books and would recommend them over this one.
And finally HIT is not suited for beginners or those new to gym or even for those wanting to lose fat.
Few facts back up his ideas except an array of, I suspect largely ficticous, anecdotal reports. If this amazing training systme worked so well, I find it strange that so few have taken it up, as it claims to require shorter and less frequent workouts.
The Diet section is almost comical.
With out being, rude, it verges on twoddle...
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Some really interesting ideas for training that gets you questioning current thinking. Nicely written and easy to read too.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
been using the work out for the last 4 month now and there great defo a change from my usually work out keep ur body guessingPublished on 10 May 2013 by mark d
A friend kept saying about this book so i thought i'd get it, it's not just a book about working out it also tells many stories of body building and exercise programs, give it a go... Read morePublished on 16 Aug. 2009 by siwel1985
i bought this book after it being recomended to me, i gave the workouts a try an found it really gave me a boost for training.
it was informative an easy to understand. Read more
It's amazing how so many people are so easily offended and simplistic in nature. Those that cannot even handle anything past a straight line approach to life. Read morePublished on 15 Mar. 2006