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LL Cool J's Platinum Workout: Sculpt Your Best Body Ever with Hollywood's Fittest Star Hardcover – December 12, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-1594866081 ISBN-10: 1594866082 Edition: First Edition

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books; First Edition edition (December 12, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594866082
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594866081
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.7 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #271,691 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“LL Cool J is sharing secrets to his smoking bod in his new book.”—Star magazine
“If you’ve been pretty stagnant in your quest to finally get into mind-blowing shape and fi ne-tune your body like never before, then you must read LL Cool J’s Platinum Workout.”—Oxygen magazine
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About the Author

LL COOL J (TODD SMITH) is a three-time Grammy-winning rapper, television and movie actor, and best-selling author. With 11 consecutive platinum albums, he is considered one of a select few artists who brought rap music and hip-hop culture from the underground to the mainstream. He previously authored the best-selling I Make My Own Rules. He lives on Long Island, New York.

DAVE "SCOOTER" HONIG is a noted expert in boxing conditioning and has worked with champion athletes and celebrities for many years. He lives in New York City.

JEFF O'CONNELL, executive writer for Men's Health, recently coauthored The PowerFood Nutrition Plan. He divides his time between New York City and Emmaus, Pennsylvania.

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Customer Reviews

I would highly reccomend this book for someone who wants to get in shape.
A. Powell
The book is entertaining and the food advice and workout programs are very detailed and easy to follow.
Oliver Q. Winthrop
Yes, you will likely miss a few days here and there, but trust me, the book works.
Graven

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

169 of 169 people found the following review helpful By George R. on January 11, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is a book to help you get into better shape. While the book covers stretching and cardio exercise to varying degrees, it clearly spends most of its exercise routines having the reader lift weights.

The book intends to accomplish its goal of getting you into better shape by doing it in phases, with each one having different goals (too lengthy to go into here). Phase one is the Bronze phase (5 weeks), then the Silver phase (5 weeks), followed by a Gold phase (9 weeks) and finally ends with the Platinum phase (3 weeks), where the goal is to get a body like LL's. An additional phase, the Diamond phase, is included just for the ladies.

There's a ton of info in here on just about every fitness topic and I really liked that throughout the book, there are these "rap session" sections where LL interviews experts in the fitness field and current information is shared- this is a big plus. LL fans will also like the LL trivia that is scattered throughout the book.

One of the more interesting and informative fitness books on the market, I liked it.
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78 of 84 people found the following review helpful By Juilan Uribe on July 16, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I've created a webpage for my own personal experience with LL Cool J's 21 week Platinum workout. It details my experiences, advice, shortcomings, strengths, etc.
concerning this workout plan. Here it is:

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Jason A. Crawford on March 19, 2007
Format: Hardcover
There are three things that I enjoyed about this book:

1. The information provided by real fitness experts

2. The colorful illustrations of each exercise routine

3. The inspirational commentary along with the price

The interviews and expert analysis that LL catalogues in the this book provide excellent

information on how to fine tune your body. The illustration and instruction of each

exercise provides flawless information on which muscles you will be working out while on

that plan. The commentary is over the top as it helps continue to keep you motivated on

your goal and to continue to push yourself to greatness.

There areas I felt the book could improved upon were the following:

1. Provide a workout program for on going maintenance once goal is reached.

2. Provide a pocket size quick reference guide for referencing workout routines, while at

the gym.

3. Provide shorter workout routines for those business folks who only have an hour for daily

workouts.

As the program increases and gets more involved, the demand for time also increases. For an

individual like myself, I am able to go to the gym during my lunch hour as I am usually

press for time in the evenings. Unfortunately the book doesn't provide an alternative. I can't really complain though as I have lost 15lbs in my first 8 weeks.

Overall the book is definitely (4.5 Stars) worth the money for the price. I feel the book provides great information for someone who is new to working out and good reinforcement and reference points for someone who is a gym nut.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By D. H. Powell on January 22, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book has some great down to earth recommendations for getting fit in a serious, but safe way. I read some other reviews that mention the lack of adaptabilty to a home training environment. That is not true. Each workout has at home suggestions for people who are not in a gym situation, though the suggested methods are for gym goers. Also, though LL discusses his on-the-road stories and references his trainer cooking for him, etc. He mentions it to illustrate that he makes the best of sometimes bad situations. In other words, if he can attempt to eat healthy at a diner in the woods at 3am, then surely we can pass on that extra fatty burger at the drive through. His suggestions are very real world savvy. I did not get the impression that his celeb lifestyle facilitated his success in his fitness endeavor. I mean he got off a bus and ran 5 miles in the desert so he could get in his cardio because they couldn't get to a gym?! I wouldn't do that, but I would get up and workout for 45 minutes before i go to my office in the comfort of an airconditioned health club. My only complaint is that the diamond workout for women is at the end of the book and it is a 4 week plan compared to the 22 week plan for men.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Philip M. Malone on August 27, 2008
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I am very happy I purchased this book.

Following LL's (and others') advice I lost 50 pounds initially then put back on 8 pounds of solid muscle. I'm not super buff but I look okay in a tank top. The best part is I only did about 70% of the cardio workouts and 90% of the weight lifting workouts I was supposed to.

The separation of workouts between bronze silver gold and platinum makes it feel much easier to do. You just think damn only 1 more week and I will have finished the bronze workout then onto the silver body! This separation makes you feel like you are accomplishing something... it worked for me.

As you get into the gold phase, the cardio gets pretty tough. If you really want to do the cardio in this workout make sure you do ALL OF IT in the first two phases or else you're screwed in the third and fourth. I never bothered moving onto the platinum workout because I was too embarassed to do 90% of the stuff in the gym (such as sprinting with ruber tubing tying you to a stationary post) and I am not too crazy about cardio (I want huge muscles).

This was a great kickstart for me to getting into shape. I am not following the platinum workout anymore (I followed it almost religiously at for a couple months) but I may return to it later during a cutting phase.

It's the perfect workout for ANYONE that wants to get super cut but if you want to get super buff the platinum workout is only good if you are a beginner. Cardio after lifting weights will help you burn fat like crazy. It did for me. But now that I'm slim I can't burn off so many calories... Cardio isn't for everyone. If you want to be demonically muscular you should try a different workout.
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