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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

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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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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: 8.7 x 0.6 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #528,185 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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I really love the LLCJ program, but I have to warn any female who is interested in it that I'm only now (week 13 of 22, 3rd week of Hypertrophy workouts) starting to lose scale weight using it.

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**Program Overview (through Week 14)**
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Week 1 has you cleaning up your kitchen and diet first. There are no workouts.

Weeks 2 and 3 of the program are done on strength and cable machines at maintenance calories and have very little cardio. They are designed to build up a baseline of fitness and neuromuscular adaptation before the Strength, Hypertrophy, and Fat Loss segments kick in.

Weeks 4 and 5 increase weight and volume slightly for muscle endurance and transition you to free weights more and more.

Then you go into a 4 week strength phase (Weeks 6-9) with very low reps and heavy weights. Again, no scale weight loss there for me, although I could see and feel my muscles getting firmer.

Week 10 is an Active Rest week where you can pick your own activities.

Weeks 11-14 focus on hypertrophy/muscle gain building on the base of strength and endurance you've acquired. More cardio and slightly lower calories happen here, and the lifting volume is greatly increased. Workouts take longer, too. This is where I'm at in the program now, and it's where I'm finally feeling and seeing the fat loss accelerate.
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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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