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Once you get past the fluff, a worthwhile program
on August 26, 2006
I've never been a big fan of Dr. Phil, so at first glance this book didn't appeal to me.
Once I started reading it, however, I saw a good, solid program that was based on real scientific principles and methods that have worked in the real world. The workouts are supposed to be 30 minutes each, not so ridiculously short that they seem too good to be true, but not so long that most average people with careers and families would shy away from them.
The strength training workouts can be done in the home with minimal equipment or in a gym. They're based on multi-joint movements like squats, pulldowns and bench presses that work a lot of muscle at once. In that respect the book's recommendations aren't that much different than what you'll find in Lou Schuler and Alwyn Cosgrove's The New Rules of Lifting. The program is not as sophisticated as what you'll find in Schuler and Cosgrove's work, but the basic idea is the same. It's just written for a different audience.
The interval cardio workouts might be best suited for machines, but there are other ways to do them, too. As is the case with the strength training, the idea is to work harder, not longer.
It should go without saying, but it's important to stress that you'll get out of it what you put into it. The workouts aren't long, but to get the most out of them, you need to give them your best effort.
As long as you're willing to work, there's no reason you shouldn't get results.