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Body by Science: A Research Based Program for Strength Training, Body building, and Complete Fitness in 12 Minutes a Week Paperback – January 1, 2009
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About the Author
Doug McGuff, M.D., owns the state-of-the-art personal training facility Ultimate-Exercise. He lectures on exercise science all over the world.
John Little is a columnist for Ironman magazine and the innovator of three revolutionary training protocols, including Max Contraction Training. He and his wife, Teri, own Nautilus North Strength & Fitness Centre and have supervised more than 60,000 workouts.
Learn more at www.bodybyscience.net
Top Customer Reviews
When I read this program it seemed to fit well with what I had been doing. I was of course skeptical of the 12 minute claim as the New Rules program is a timed set of reps across the exercises of about 45 minutes per session. In the New Rules program if you were anal about the timed aspect you would be forced into an anaerobic state of metabolism which I think is desirable in a workout.Read more ›
This Exercise program is designed for two types of people:
1. People already involved in a very active lifestyle, and
2. People who are not capable or interested in spending a large amount of time in the gym.
For people in the Group 1, the authors insist that fitness is best achieved using the S.A.I.D principle; that is, Specific Adaption to Imposed Demands. They teach that fitness for any sport is best achieved by direct participation in that sport or performing sport specific drills. Their weight program is designed to supplement the sport program and is intended to maintain or increase strength while participating in the program. One is able to focus most of their time on the sport specific training without sacrificing a lot of time in the weight room, since a minimal amount of time is actually required to maintain or increase strength. Dr. McGuff uses specific examples of his BMX training as well as examples from other sports to illustrate how the program is meant to be used to augment sports training.
Long distance runners who want or need a higher level of cardiovascular training are not discouraged to "supplement" their strength training with long distance running or sprints. In fact, it is the other way around; those people who need or desire a high level of cardiovascular fitness do not need to sacrifice a lot of training time in also developing or maintaining a significant level of strength.Read more ›
There are a lot of other good points, too, but they are all pretty general and common sense. For example, "The Big Five" (or "Big Three") has been exercise 101 for over a century because of one simple reason: there are really only 5 natural movements that the human body can reasonably perform with weights: Overhead pressing, pulling/pushing down with the lats, pushing out from the chest, pulling into the chest, and standing up to extend the legs. It's also been long understood that the three pillars of weight training are training, diet, and rest: if you're struggling to make gains, you should look at all three instead of just training harder, which can be potentially counterproductive. Again, this should be common sense, but it must be said nonetheless.
However, for a book that's supposed to be so predicated on "science," the science that's presented is often poorly understood or perhaps even deliberately confused to support the author's own selling points and shortcomings of their training system.
Example #1: There is no scientific evidence supporting "Max Contraction," just John Little's marketing. None.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
By far the most profound fitness book I've ever read. Dr. Doug McGuff and John Little dive into the biology of muscle and recommend a no-nonsense approach to health and fitness.Published 3 days ago by Matthew Manciagli
The book is interesting, but I was looking for a strength training book which I could use without bulking up muscles. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Constance E. Roberts
Really great perspective!!! This book contains life changing information. I wrote this review after changing my approach to diet and exercise and I feel good. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Geez da Mur-Roon
This book turns just about everything I ever knew about exercise (and much about health and fitness) completely on it's head. Read morePublished 15 days ago by James Joyner
I haven't bought this book yet, but I will be buying either it or its supplement. So, why am I here? Well, this field is a real mud pit. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Niku ..
This is some excellent information for everyone regardless of age or sex (an enormous amount of in depth detailed info). Read morePublished 21 days ago by David A. McMillon