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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Avery Trade (April 10, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1583333045
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583333044
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,239,960 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jason Ferffuggia is one of the most highly regarded strength and conditioning coaches in the fitness industry. For more than a decade, Jason has provided countless MMA and other athletes with cutting-edge training programs, helping them gain in muscular size, strength, speed, and overall performance. Ferruggia is a regular contributor to Men’s Fitness, Maximum Fitness, MMA Sports Mag, and many other publications. He lives in New Jersey.

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Customer Reviews

I purchased this book because I liked the previous writings of Jason so much.
Tom Peeters
Ferruggia lays out a system that will simultaneously develop brute strength, powerful endurance and plenty of mobility.
Chad Waterbury
A great value, clearly written, with lots of practical and specific, detailed advice.
RCO

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Tom Peeters on June 2, 2008
Format: Paperback
I purchased this book because I liked the previous writings of Jason so much. A few years ago, I read his book "Tap Out" and since then I modified my training with excelent results.

I was very excited when this "new book" arrived and was expecting to move to even more advanced traininglevels.

It turns out than the new book is the exact same text as the previous one I got a few years back.

So, for the trainingprogram itself, I still give 5 stars. However, buying a book I already have was very disappointing.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By RCO on September 5, 2008
Format: Paperback
Bought it to prepare for the US Sr. Nationals in taekwondo, although it applies to athletes in many disciplines. An eye opener. I was still running miles, using the stairmaster, etc. Have done this since wresting in high school in the mid 80's.

Jason clearly explains a much more effective and rational training protocol, and also covers topics like making weight, diet, and stretching. A great value, clearly written, with lots of practical and specific, detailed advice.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By B. Jarvis on May 27, 2008
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This is a good book, with some good ideas as far as different workout ideas. My review is simple and to the point. My biggest complaint is that the author offers little to back up what he says. Most of his arguments are based on the "trust me I'm a pro" concept. Which is great for picking up pointers but not so good when trying to compare this book to others. For example their is a whole chapter devoted to what supplements work and which ones are bogus. However, he never gives any real reasons as to why the supplement s that are no good are so bad. Overall I would say this is a nice book to have but there are others which are far better.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Issa on June 2, 2009
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My biggest gripe with this book is the author's WAY oversimplified discussion of aerobic vs. anaerobic training. His whole argument is aerobic training is a waste of time for the MMA athlete, which is inaccurate and potentially harmful. Like any athlete, the mixed martial artist needs a high level of aerobic fitness as a base for almost everything he or she does, and you're not going to get that just by doing intervals, etc.

Conditioning expert Lyle McDonald has written: "Rowers, whose even lasts roughly 6 minutes or so do the same, an enormous amount of aerobic work for the same reason. Sure there's an anaerobic component but it's typically done in fairly small amounts to 'sharpen' the athlete right before their event. The predominant training is aerobic.
Tangentially, you might keep that in mind the next time you read an article about how a mixed martial arts guy (who may be doing repeat rounds of 4-5 minutes with a short rest) should be doing nothing but interval work for conditioning. Because, simply put, the guy with the bigger aerobic engine will outperform the guy running on higher anaerobic capacities. The aerobic guy will not only recover better between rounds but, since he can generate more energy aerobically during the round, he won't gas as fast. Which isn't to say that fighters of any sort should be doing nothing but or enormous amounts of aerobic work mind you; both extremes are going to result in poor performance. But I'm getting off topic."
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Patrick O'Malley on December 8, 2008
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in no way am i writing this for Jason Ferruggia, this book speaks for itself.

If you train you would know that the tools needed to win are high, the price of glory is never free.
this book allows a person man or woman to train with the tools and common items found around the house to improve ones strength and quickness. He gives a list of email addresses to buy simple things to use as well.

I am not a gym rat by any means, but this book teachs you to fill a sand bag or pull a weight sled and train at home vs spending $$$ money $$$ at a high priced gym only to wonder around not knowig what to do next, and at a fraction of the price.

his book fills you in on supplements that dont work, to exercises that will work the smallest muscles in the body keeping you healthy and able to prepare for a fight.

If you're serious about fighting, get this book and train, when ready, join a good MMA school in your area and you will be miles ahead of your class and will impress them all with your quickness, and strength.

This book is 5 stars all the way!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A-game on September 17, 2010
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Love this book just wish they could have went with color pics and better book paper!
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By Occam razor on December 22, 2008
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This book was nice as he outlines quality workout methods. Sections dealing with body weight, sandbag, and other outside the gym techinques are particularly helpful, as these are harder to find and I discovered a few new things to try. The book is made of poor quality pulp, but that keeps the price low which is fine by me. I would also add that while the tactics would help those doing MMA, it isn't that specialized and is a nice reference for any althelete or weightlifter who wants to shake things up.
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I bought this book when it first came out. I'd read some of the author's previous work on his blog, and some of it chimed with my own attitudes.

Let's look at the subtitle:

"An Insanely Effective Strength and Conditioning Program for the Ultimate MMA Warrior"

It's not insanely effective. Lifting weights and going out for a jog for your MMA S&C is just as effective as this.

If you note, many of the 2008 reviews of this book were done immediately after it's release. And are 5 stars. And say "I was a bit disappointed with this but.....blah blah blah...." This was due to the now commonplace tactic of "review stacking". For more examples of this, see any of Tim Ferriss' book reviews. The fact that these early reviews gave it 5 stars while listing caveats should tell you someting.

Few people know that Jason wrote an earlier e book about the same subject. Many things in this book are lifted directly from that earlier work.

This book has nothing but that crappy fitness industry mantra of "Intervals are awesome, steady state activity sucks." If you look at the traditional methods of physical prep for boxing or muy thai, these just do steady state running all the time, because you just can't do intervals all the time.

In addition to this, at the time of the books writing, it is doubtful the author was ever involved in any kind of combat sport prep at all. Maybe that's changed now, but the real MMA trainers are working with real MMA guys, and I've never seen any MMA fighter mention the author was involved in his training.
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