103 of 110 people found the following review helpful
on November 20, 2010
I originally bought this book because I was looking for the next step in my healthful lifestyle. I have been looking for a comprehensive book on the world of fitness modeling, especially the diet and workout side of things. This book was thoroughly disappointing to me. I feel as though I PAID for 200 pages of advertisement. I feel as though she is doing a disservice to women of iron everywhere. In addition, this book makes her come across so self-absorbed, she goes on and on about how amazing she is and there are probably a hundred pictures of her in this book. My fiance is a personal trainer and he also thinks this book is laughable because of the lack of information on the actual diet and exercise part of fitness competition. I am saddened that she had this opportunity to make this huge impact on the fitness community and she took the opportunity to really just advertise herself and her products.
52 of 57 people found the following review helpful
on December 18, 2010
First of all, let me say that i really like JNL. She's very inspirational as far as her story goes...being nearly 200lbs and still being a fulltime mother of two...wow. the fact that she was able to accomplish what she has when she didn't have time OR money (at that point in her life), is amazing in itself, and because of that i REALLY wanted to like this book...i mean REALLY wanted to. i waited and waited for it to become available...checking amazon daily, then when i finally got it...very disappointed. The entire first half of the book is her saying, "i'm going to show you how to do this...i'm going to show you how to do that", and you keep turning the pages and waiting for this information to come, and it doesn't. I found myself yelling at this book going "WHEN?!?! WHEN are you going to show me?!?!" Plus it IS plug after plug after plug of her website and products. I admit, i'm a subscriber to the website...which i have unfortunately been too lazy to cancel. the emails with "fitness tips" consist of "buy the ab circl pro" "subscribe to my fitness program" "buy my book"...there are NO tips, just sales pitches. But i digress, there ARE some good recipes in the book, and even some decent workouts, but they are the basic lifting type workouts that come in just about every book. Look, i KNOW a BOOK will not give me her body, i KNOW that motivation really has to come from within, but i was really hoping that this book would give me some insider fitness tips that maybe the others don't. I was also hoping that it might talk more about her struggle with trying to BECOME fit while being a full time mom, and the mental roadblocks she had to overcome on her journey, and more "before" photos too, those help me mentally A LOT, but there's just one, the same one you alway see and it's very grainy...no such luck. in all honesty, i found "Never Say Diet Again" by Chantel Hobbs to be MUCH more inspirational with workouts that are just as effective. THAT is a GREAT fitness book!
47 of 55 people found the following review helpful
on November 27, 2010
SAVE YOUR MONEY!! This book was not helpful to me at all. I read alot of fitness books and this was the worst. Maybe if you are a beginner and don't know anything it can be helpful, but if you know even just a little this book is not for you. It was really a book for Jennifer to call herself a super fitness model over and over again! Egomaniac!! And she plugged her products and website on almost every page. Really, save your money unless you want a picture book of JNL.
46 of 57 people found the following review helpful
on December 26, 2010
So, I saw this book at my local B&N and skimmed it over. I thought it was cute, but it was a little big and full of pictures. A couple days later, I went back to the B&N and bought it. I decided that since I gravitated back to it, then there must be a reason behind it. So, I read the entire book in one day. And I must admit that some of the reviews were right. She did mention her products, her websites, and products that she endorsed repeatedly. She also repeated herself often. However, and this is a big however, I got a lot out of the book. For anyone reading it, I suggest you take her suggestions and use your own products. Buy your own soft bedding, robe, and throw. Find a protein powder, supplement, and exercise machine that resonates with you. Take the advice for what it's worth, but don't go out and buy everything that she's recommending. I have to say that I plan on following the diet and exercise plan , because it is simple, and doable. In fact, she could have left out everything else but the chapters on rest, diet, and exercise, and the book would have been perfect. And let's face it, how many women have a body like her? Not Tosca Reno...not Chantel Hobbs (although I love her)...I'm just saying.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on December 12, 2011
I bought this as a gift for my girlfriend who is currently training for her own fitness competition, and the other reviews made it seem like this would be an invaluable source of good information.
I could not have been more wrong, this book is basically one long fluff piece. No revelations in the autobiography department, nothing groundbreaking in the business advice section. Diet advice is pretty common-sense stuff, and the workouts are the typical women's magazine no-effort-necessary garbage. Her advice on supplements basically boils down to 'buy everything by BSN,' who just happens to be her sponsor. Then the book closes with an invitation to sign up for her personal training/life coach business, for $750/month or something absurd, where she'll tell you the REAL secrets of being a fitness model.
22 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on March 11, 2011
What a huge disappointment this book was. On the flip side, thankfully I bought the Kindle edition so I did not spend $44.00.**UPDATE the book price dropped since my initial review to around $15.00** I have never read a book by someone more in love with themselves. One 5 star reviewer seems to think that JNL's competition in the book writing arena is writing all her bad reviews. I don't think so. I am a mother in my 40's, not a competitor and let me just say that it is VERY obvious that JNL has one goal, to be VERY wealthy. Let's start with the book price. $44.00, really? That is ridiculous. Secondly. her book reads like a series of magazine articles, and with some not so good points. Within every chapter is a tidbit of information on the subject at hand, then you are invited to her shopjnl website for more info. Like an audiobook on cellulite. For $39.95. Or an audiobook on tanning, $39.95, or supplements, $39.95. All together she has 13 audiobooks as of this writing. If you were to buy them all, you'd be spending $519.35. How about just writing a good book JNL. Seriously disappointing. Next is the content. In the hair care section JNL says to use coconut oil as a deep conditioner. Great idea except she says to first wash and lightly condition your hair. Any hairdresser can tell you that you should not precondition your hair prior to a deep conditioning treatment. I felt as though she was making up ideas to fill the pages of her book, then to redirect you to her website to buy more information. In the exercise section, she states that you should always do weight training before cardio. Every professional trainer from Jillian Michaels to Jackie Warner to Bill Phillips says otherwise (and their books actually contain substance that doesn't cost extra). Then we have the tooth whitening section, she likes whitestrips. Wow, let's write a book with drugstore beauty fixes. Not to be sarcastic, it's just that this book is so filled with hype and tidbits of info, it is a huge waste of money.
Bottom line, this book has very pretty pictures of a woman who obviously is very full of herself. Her advice comes across as information from magazines and nothing more, no real science here. If "Biggest Loser" is considering hiring her, I would be very disappointed to have to watch her every week.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on August 20, 2013
I wish I had this book when I was competing, the money & time I could have saved would have helped me work out smarter not harder. JNL makes valid points about nutrition, training & keeping your mind in check when you are training for a show or just looking to achieve a fitness model look. The pictures are motivating, recipes are delicious & her motivational quotes are original. Thanks for taking the time to write this book JNL, I will be referencing to it when I compete again next year. :)
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on September 20, 2014
After 20 minutes into this book I requested a full refund. I am so sad that a former overweight mother of two has forgotten how hard it is to manage financially, mentally, and physically. I spent money to find information and inspiration. This book just requires you to spend more to learn more! Jennifer Nicole Lee has written a book to brag about how she is the 'greatest fitness star, world wide fitness model, world renowned fitness expert', etc. etc. etc. In the first pages she thanks her parents for how good looking she is (give me a break). Further into the book she writes "To hear my personal story with all the details, and to really get to know me, please visit my instant downloadable audio seminars at www.SHOPJNL.com and click on “My Story.”" (39.95) I have already purchased the book, so I would like to know the story NOW. Her tips are simple: go to the store and buy a solution, go to the dermatologist and buy a solution, and go to my website and buy the solution. I scrolled through the rest of the book and saw that the diet tips can be found in any magazine. Please save your money, there is no inspiration here.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on August 20, 2013
I am over 50 and owe my current level of fitness and success as a fitness model to JNL and this book. Yes, I know, you may have heard some of the advice in this book before.Of course you have-- but did you follow it? The power of this book and JNL in general is that she has the power to truly motivate you to make the changes to your lifestyle that are required and to stick with them. This diet is not a restrictive, boring one that you will tire of after a few days or weeks. This is a map for a healthy and fit lifestyle. Yes, there are alot of pictures, but personally, I find THAT motivating! I am not interested in looking like a man or an old lady for that matter. JNL demonstrates the fit, sexy and healthy woman that we all want to be. Thanks, JNL!!!!
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on December 27, 2010
I thought this might be different. I read a lot of fitness/exercise books and this was nothing special. I read first two chapters and did not find any real information in that. I ended up returning book for a refund.