- Paperback: 496 pages
- Publisher: Dragon Door Publications,U.S. (21 Jun. 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 190603009X
- ISBN-13: 978-1906030094
- ASIN: 0938045717
- Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 2.5 x 27.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 774,534 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Purposeful Primitive: From Fat & Flaccid to Lean & Powerful-Using the Primordial Laws of Fitness to Trigger Inevitable: From Fat and Flaccid to Lean Laws of Fitness to Trigger Inevitable Paperback – 21 Jun 2008
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Executed with the requisite tenacity, intensity and precision, Purposefully Primitive methods can and will favourably alter the compositional makeup of the human body. Primitive tools and simple modes are used to power sparse methods. We force the body to favourably reconfigure itself by generating physical and psychological fierceness during training. Commonsense nutritional strategies and Old School training tactics are synchronised and placed within a periodised timeframe.The three interrelated Purposefully Primitive disciplines (weight training, cardiovascular training and nutrition) need to be regularly and routinely practised in a balanced and proportional fashion. Lock down all aspects of the program and within seven days of full implementation tangible results appear; by the end of the first month, body composition (the fat-to-muscle ratio) undergoes a dramatic turnaround; those who commit completely for 90 days undergo a total metamorphosis. No matter how deep a physical hole you are currently standing in, 90 days of maniacal discipline and teeth-gritting effort will enable you to utterly and completely change the shape, texture, efficiency and hardness of your body.
About the Author
Three-time World Master Powerlifting Champion, Teenage National Olympic Lift Champion, Marty Gallagher coached Black's Gym to four National team titles and in 1991 coached the United States squad to victory at the World Powerlifting Championships.Marty's highly-acclaimed 230+ weekly Live Online columns for Washington Post.com created a legion of followers for his Purposefully Primitive Fitness philosophy. Over the last thirty years he has had over 1,000 articles appear in two dozen fitness publications.
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Marty is one and Dan John the other.
An awesome book that I would, if I could, give everyone in the world one when they first touch a weight.
The world of weights and nutrition- would be a far more balanced because of it.
Ian Duckett trainer author bodyindesign.co.uk
Starting with the iron master profiles, Gallagher looks through history at several characters who he has encountered in his career. In these profiles you get a snapshot of the lifter’s careers and a brief presentation of their training regime. These profiles include characters who post ridiculous Olympic lift totals in their teenage years and a legendary man who invented partial rep training by digging a pit and squatting at different depths out of it, all the while playing a round of golf. Whilst there are a few novel training methods, the majority of these beasties are power lifters who train in the same way. The interesting ones are the ones who are different. The similarity is somewhat boorish and ultimately the author makes up for this by fluffing out the power lifting profiles with some meathead anecdotes- more on these later. On the whole though, this is the most rewarding section of the book. After presenting the masters, the author gives you an outline of a training system.
This structure of profile then system continues into nutrition, cardio and the mental training sections. The nutrition profiles are intriguing; this is a very small section however and could really have been covered in more details. The cardio profile is really poor. The profile is of some lunatic who invented an infomercial type cardio device. The mental profiles are actually quite interesting. Usually you get some mumbo jumbo about giving it 110% and leaving it all in the gym, but here you are given the profile of a Soviet theorist who came up with a method of visualising in order to better prepare and execute the work of his athletes. It is another interesting section. These profiles are really Gallagher’s strong point and looking back on the book, the part I valued the most.
It is a mammoth text however and in addition to all of these profiles he attempts to pull it all together in to a system. It falls apart however because what could have been a very useful resource for understanding how to utilise the techniques of the greats gets abandoned. What you get in its place is a pretty standard piece of strength training introduction work. You get a short lifting technique handbook- which incidentally had pretty poor technical advice-, a couple of essays about workouts that were written for magazines, some nutrition ideas, some cardio plans and some workouts. The problem is a complete absence of structure.
What he should have done was use the profiles as a platform to showcase the virtues of different approaches to training. Once done he could have he pulled it together with a range of specialisation programs or principles which would fit in with a lifters circumstances. For example, are you struggling with your dead lift whilst your squat skyrockets, well here is what Ed Coan did why not try it. In essence, you learn from the masters.
The end product however is a big book which doesn’t make much sense. It’s not a history book, it’s not a system, and it does not have a program per se. There are lots of little different pieces. In addition, the training methods he does outline are totally power lifter dominated, so having outlined a couple of other masters from fields like Olympic lifting and bodybuilding, he then jettisons it all and just says power lifting is the key.
The author’s style also makes it hard to like what he has written. He is clearly a bit of a meathead and on several instances outlines situations where he and his thick headed friends bully the uninitiated. The style of the author grates on me too. Anybody who constantly quotes Plato, Aristotle and Tolstoy is clearly trying to prove that he is not an idiot, but the anecdotes betray the reality. I would also query the tag line of the book, ‘from fat and flaccid to lean...’ There are several instances where the authors understanding of what is an acceptable level of body fat are shown to be suspect. In one photo we are shown a veritable heifer of a man with the tagline, ‘look at the firmness.’ The man looks like a stick of butter with a beard.
In conclusion, I would recommend this book for a flick through the profiles of the iron masters. These really are compelling. However, the author has wasted a chance to compile a text of real value. He could have given us a text which had derived systems from the masters for given circumstances on where you are in your lifting career. Instead the book is totally disjointed. The gems are there, but they are all in the profiles. Borrow it, but don’t buy it.
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