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on 26 April 2017
Dr Darden as always gives a great insight to rationale, high intensity training. As ever he reviews his methods and comes up with new information, which he backs up with the evidence of results.
Good for long term and brand new trainees.
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on 24 July 2017
Very well explained and simple to put in to practice although like the author says it isn't easy. The upside is that it does work.
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on 28 May 2014
I though it will be a book full of workout guides. Turns out it's another How-To-Live Manual. If that's what you are seeking then it's good enough
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on 6 May 2014
As with most of Dr. Darden's books you can find some of what he has written here elsewhere. E.g. the section on superhydration is almost word for word the same as on his website. More importantly, Darden has taken some of his prior ideas and the concept of negative accentuated training and expanded on them hugely and with great and well documented success. Well worth the read for everyone to understand changes and advances in his approach to training and recovery, but perhaps not as rewarding in some aspects (i.e. repeatability of published work) for people who may have been reading his books and articles for some time.
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on 2 May 2014
Thought inducing book. All claims backed up by extensive studies and scientific facts. Makes you review your thinking and your exercise habits.
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on 31 March 2015
The key to this whole book is Ellington Darden’s 30/30/30 negative-emphasised protocol.
This protocol has three main problems:

1. The purpose is for you to move slowly on the negative element (lowering) of any lifts, pulls etc. Try it. It is unlikely that this movement will be slow and smooth. More likely it will be segmented into go-stop-go-stop etc. This will lead to an increase in force. As you ‘start’ you accelerate; as you ‘stop’ you slow down. Just how good is your motor control?
2. On the slow downward phase you should be moving at the same speed throughout. In practice this does not happen as at the beginning the resistance is lower. If anything you should be slowest at the final phase.
3. Is it possible to have a negative protocol for every exercise? Take dumbbells – you would have to have someone to lift them for you so you ‘start’ at the ‘end’ of the positive/upward movement.
With these three problems, form is likely to suffer.There are other problems with the book – but see the amazon.com reviews for those.
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on 8 June 2014
Good book, good advice on diet, exercises are easy to incorporate into my normal routine, you need to stick with the advice in the book
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on 3 August 2016
looking forward to making good use of this book
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on 1 April 2014
Another master class from Dr Darden.Some of the results of the subjects were incredible.Couldn't but down.This should be on the book shelve of every personal trainer
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on 3 September 2014
Great book to inspire and motivate
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