I'm struggling on whether or not I should add this to my account because I definitely did not read all of it; only the information that was relevant tI'm struggling on whether or not I should add this to my account because I definitely did not read all of it; only the information that was relevant to me. I've been following the back pain program for a few days now and I've noticed a huge improvement.
I'll update later as to whether or not it pays off in the long term.
I really liked the Jack Nicklaus story, by the way....more
Read this first: This is a good book with great dieting advice from one of the most reputable guys in the industry, Alan Aragon, made interesting andRead this first: This is a good book with great dieting advice from one of the most reputable guys in the industry, Alan Aragon, made interesting and entertaining and layman-like by a reputable author, Lou Schuler. What follows is a rant on one aspect of the workout program portion of the book. But keep in mind, it's only one portion. The rest of the book is quality, and it's well worth a read.
For those in the know, I'm only saying that because I want Alan to mod-rep me (even though I haven't posted in years). Phil185. I'll be waiting...
No, but seriously. Well-formatted with solid advice, especially for dieting. I'm following the guidelines to the diet program as we speak and it's hard for me to believe that there are any other, better options out there. Read the book. You won't regret it.
Now, for the rant.
I would've given it 5 stars if it wasn't for the (almost purely nonsensical) idea that you should do any sort of core exercise before squatting or deadlifting or performing heavy free-weight compound exercises, especially if this book is aimed at beginners who are just starting to train--which is likely given the end-of-the-year release date, presumably designed to attract 2015 Resolutioners.
Actually, I would be okay (well, less PO'd) with that idea if the basis for it weren't this: "Most of us, left on our own, will do our core training at the end of the workout. If we do it last, it means we assign to it the least importance. I think it makes more sense to do those exercises early, right after the warmup but before the first heavy lifts of the day." The thing is that, if a workout calls for core work, most people will do the core work. If they don't, it's their loss. The reasoning shouldn't be that the authors consider their audience lazy. The reasoning should be rooted in actual scientific evidence. And I think that, if your goal is lean muscle, heavy compound exercises are more important than core-specific exercises, so it would follow that you assign the compounds more importance, not less.
So let's take a look at one of the claimed benefits of starting with core work: "Doing core exercises before heavy lifts also, I think, activates key stabilizing muscles without exhausting them to the point that they can’t do their job when you need them most."
I just want to highlight two important snippets from the above quotes: "right after the warmup," and "I think." The first one shows that the core work is not actually considered a warmup; the second one shows that the author isn't 100% sure that "key stabilizing muscles" won't get exhausted if you do core work, which is a risky claim to make when you're considering a general audience whose bodyweights could range from 80-350+ pounds. Maybe a 60-second plank wouldn't exhaust a 110-pound teenage girl, but a 300-pound coach potato? Whole other story.
My point is that the warmup sets for any barbell exercise does the job of "activating key stabilizing muscles" just fine without running the risk of exhausting them. Quoting Starting Strength: "Specific warmups, like the unweighted and empty bar sets of the barbell exercise itself, also serve to warm, mobilize, and stretch the specific tissues involved in that particular movement. This is important for injury prevention." (Page 290 of the 2nd Edition).
My advice would be to do the core work after the heavy compounds, not before.
But again, I'm nitpicking a small piece of an otherwise quality book....more
I forgot to add this because I "read" it in audiobook, which isn't really reading no matter how bad I want it to be. I hear that we only retain somethI forgot to add this because I "read" it in audiobook, which isn't really reading no matter how bad I want it to be. I hear that we only retain something like 10% of the information we hear, so I'll probably revisit this book at some point (along with DAMNED)....more
This review is hardly going to be about the book, but here it is anyway:
People who post one-star reviews for books and then rant about them are stupidThis review is hardly going to be about the book, but here it is anyway:
People who post one-star reviews for books and then rant about them are stupid. That's me paraphrasing Kurt Vonnegut, and it's definitely true here. God damn, guys, it's a book.
I'm not going to make fun of you for not liking a book. I'm not going to call you stupid.
I called you stupid because you wrote a one-star review that claims that everyone who actually likes the book is a vapid waste of humanity. I liked the book. I don't like to think that I'm a vapid waste (but, really, who knows?). The point I want to make is that people should just let it be. Stop hating things so much....more
Very interesting. Long. And tedious at times, assuming that facts about court cases don't really interest you.
Otherwise, I would put this on par withVery interesting. Long. And tedious at times, assuming that facts about court cases don't really interest you.
Otherwise, I would put this on par with Edmund Morris' biography The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt in terms of its ability to capture your interest. Where it beats Morris, however, is in its refusal to recognize Roosevelt as the "unerring" cultural god that he's become. Instead, Goodwin worships Taft. Which is good and bad. The good is you get to learn something about Taft. The bad is that, just like with Morris, you don't really trust her. Taft had to have been a dick at one point, just like another reviewer said. Just once, he had to have been a complete dickbag, even if it was on accident.
And really everything about McClure's (and the muckrakers who were a greater beneficiary to society and the Progressive movement than I ever learned in school) is gripping and informative.
There were some good parts. That's what I want to say first.
Next, I think this might have had some potential if I was a thirteen-year-old girl. I sayThere were some good parts. That's what I want to say first.
Next, I think this might have had some potential if I was a thirteen-year-old girl. I say that as honestly as I can.
This is what this novel was like: going on a really cool roadtrip with the most annoying person you know. The roadtrip has to be pretty fucking awesome for you to like it, or to want to go on another one. I can confidently say that at this point I don't want to go on another one, and I'm left wondering if Palahniuk forgot his audience doesn't consist solely of thirteen-year-old girls....more