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LL Cool J's Platinum Workout: Sculpt Your Best Body Ever with Hollywood's Fittest Star Hardcover – December 12, 2006
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
concerning this workout plan. Here it is:
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
3. Provide shorter workout routines for those business folks who only have an hour for daily
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.
**Program Overview (through Week 14)**
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Some of the recipes in this book are okay, but the only way you'll look like LL is if you hire his trainer.Published 3 months ago by Steven R.
If you stick to the workout program, which is actually quite varied and thus fun because it's not repetitive, and you eat a half decent diet you will experience fantastic results. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Bought it for me kids in high school - they still use it for their workouts.Published 12 months ago by BJM
Great book! This is my second time in life purchasing the book. When I first got the book it seemed difficult to do the exercises. Read morePublished 12 months ago by othello Debar
Bought this when it was released as a gift and the recipient loved it. I'll review it because I had the chance to flip through it before wrapping it. Read morePublished 12 months ago by R. Watts