Fast Muscle Building Programs – Mi40x

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  • MARKUS says:
    98 of 105 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Decent entry level fitness book. But …………, December 30, 2002
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    MARKUS (Dayton, OH USA) –

    This review is from: The Men’s Health Hard Body Plan : The Ultimate 12-Week Program for Burning Fat and Building Muscle (Paperback)
    I recently bought this book in hopes of supplementing it with another Mens Health book, ‘The Testosterone Advantage’. First off, the book is nicely written and laid out. I agree ,though, with other reviewers who thought the book was nothing new and right from the pages of Mens Health. There are a lot of different exercises and a diet plan. The workout choices are great but I have yet to try the diet.
    One reason I have not completely bought into the book is because many factors in this book completely contradict the previous book I have been using (The Testosterone Advantage). For instance this book advocates aerobic activity for fat loss. It also has a high carb to protein diet. The Previous book condemns aerobic work all through it and has a high protein, low carb diet. This and many other factors have left me in a world of confusion. You would think that two books endorsed by the same company with the same affiliations ( Lou Schuler) would have some sort of continuity. Wrong!!!Come on Lou, men wanting to get in shape need references they can count on.
    This book will work and so will the other for the beginner or someone who is out of shape.
    I have found both from personal experience and from friends that almost any diet and exercise routine will work in the early stages if they are adhered to. It is when you get past the the beginner stage that a regimine proves itself. Until Mens Health writers get on the same page, they will never truly advance past entry levels.
    I have used the previous book and have lost a lot of weight. Twenty five plus pounds to date. If I had bought this book first I would say the results would have been similar. As I said almost anything will work in the early stages.
    If you are a beginner buy it. Intermediate or advanced, forget it.

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  • Anonymous says:
    54 of 57 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Not a bad plan; Not fantastic, either, August 18, 2001
    By A Customer
    This review is from: The Men’s Health Hard Body Plan : The Ultimate 12-Week Program for Burning Fat and Building Muscle (Paperback)
    Written in the style of “Men’s Health” magazine, this book purports to give you a 12 week plan designed to improve your body. And it supposedly is written so that the beginner, advanced, or intermediate athlete will find the program right for him. The problem with it, is like many articles that appear in “Men’s Health,” this book is written to espouse certain beliefs the authors may have about weightlifting (they tell you to eat substantially less protein, for example, than you’ll read in any other program), and in general, it’s not quite clear that this book really is for anyone but the beginner. If this helps someone get their butt off the couch and start lifting, fine. If you’re anything but a beginner, you’ve probably read better articles in “Muscle and Fitness” or any other book that targets you. “Men’s Health” in general doesn’t seem to really take into account the needs of the non-beginner, and that’s a problem in all of their books. Still, there’s no “bad” information here, per se. In fact they’re virtually endorsing what veteran lifters know as HIT (High Intensity Training), which is almost a shock based on the traditionally bland and unsophisticated approaches of the magazine. This sounds like I’m trashing the book, but I’m really not. If you’re a 30-something who wants to get in shape, this is a good book for you. If you’ve been lifting for more than a year, you’ll probably find a lot of this pedestrian and uninspiring.

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  • Anonymous says:
    20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great book, December 9, 2000
    By A Customer
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    This review is from: The Men’s Health Hard Body Plan : The Ultimate 12-Week Program for Burning Fat and Building Muscle (Paperback)
    What I like best is that, as in a magazine article, the author quotes various professionals, including trainers, physiologists, and dieticians. The recommendations seem based on the latest research. That’s refreshing for a subject that seems to have so many myths, tricks, and old wives’ tales. Example: To build muscle, you should eat a huge amount of protein, right? Not really. This book explains why.
    At the same time, the book doesn’t have a science fetish; it doesn’t lecture or pontificate. Instead it’s practical and concise. An easy read with just enough humor.

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