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“Most fitness books suck. This one does not.” (Tucker Max, #1 NY Times bestselling author)

“Engineering the Alpha is THE book for busy people who want to make a change. John Romaniello is my own personal trainer, and I can tell you from experience, he can get you in the best damn shape of your life. PERIOD.” (Gary Vaynerchuk, NY Times bestselling author of The Thank You Economy)

“When it comes to modern fitness authority...all roads lead to Adam Bornstein” (Joe Manganiello, actor, HBO's True Blood)

From the Back Cover

Are you a guy who's interested in building rock hard muscle, erasing your belly fat, boosting your testosterone, and having more mind-blowing sex than you thought possible?

If so, then Man 2.0: Engineering the Alpha was written specifically for you...

In his new book, celebrity trainer and Men's Health expert John 'Roman' Romaniello teams up with expert Adam Bornstein, former editor for both Men's Health and LIVESTRONG. Together, they reveal the secrets they've discovered that will give any man—no matter how old you are—a chiseled body that will turn heads everywhere you go.

You know the kind of body I'm talking about. The kind of body that women seem to drool and stare at when they're at the beach with their girlfriends...

As a former 'fat guy,' Roman struggled for years to find a workout and diet that would give him the body he always wanted. By using the very secrets you'll find in this book—techniques he's spent 10 years perfecting—he overcame his 'fat genes' and boasts a lean and ripped body—the kind that could be (and has been) seen on the cover of magazines.

And the best part is—you don't have to kill yourself to get this body. Man 2.0: Engineering the Alpha will show you exactly how to get the body you've always wanted without starving yourself and without spending 2 hours in the gym every day.

And for all of the guys out there wondering... YES! Man 2.0: Engineering the Alpha will even work for guys in their 30s, 40s, and 50s... Getting lean, ripped, and strong is not just for young guys!

In Man 2.0: Engineering the Alpha, Romaniello and Adam Bornstein present proven, powerful ways for men to improve physical, emotional, sexual, and psychological health. From research in Olympic labs to real-life results with their clients, they are reinventing masculinity and showing every man how to become exactly who he wants to be...

If you're ready to build strong, defined muscles, burn away your belly fat, boost your testosterone, and start experiencing more mind blowing sex than you ever thought was possible—then grab your copy of Man 2.0: Engineering the Alpha now...

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne (April 16, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006222087X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062220875
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (363 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,390 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I purchased this book after reading a review of it on bodybuilding.com.
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The problem I had with this book is that the first half of the book seems to be trying to sell itself and its ideas over and over.
Christopher L. Baldwin
This book is very informational but written in a way that is fun and entertaining to read.
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217 of 246 people found the following review helpful By J. Steinmann on April 28, 2013
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"Why are you reading that?" was the first question that popped out of my wife's mouth when she saw this sitting on our dining room table.

It was a fair question, I guess.

The answer goes like this.

I've been follow Roman's blog/Facebook page for a while, after hearing a couple of Fitcast interviews with him. I like a lot of his ideas, at least on a philosophical level, but I hadn't really ever looked at any of his products. After hearing another interview with him and his co-author (again, on the Fitcast), the idea behind Engineering the Alpha made it sound interesting enough to pick up.

The sales pitch was "a lifestyle book masquerading as a fitness book."

Amore accurate pitch might have been "a fitness book masquerading as a lifestyle book masquerading as a fitness book."

Let me explain. No, there is too much. Let me sum up.

As I understood it, the book was designed to be a guide to transforming your life, using exercise and diet as a vehicle for that transformation. The idea was to structure things based on Joseph Campbell's monomyth concept, which provides a framework for a zero-to-hero kind of journey (and yes, I know, that idea has been disputed, but run with it). By following this model, the book ostensibly would show you how to transform your life into the best possible version of it that you could have.

On paper, the idea is interesting. The execution, for me, was a little disappointing.

While there is a little bit of lifestyle and personal exploration advice, the bulk of this book is really just a diet and exercise book. It's not a BAD diet or exercise book, but that's mostly what it is.
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73 of 82 people found the following review helpful By William P. Kopcha on May 7, 2013
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I became interested in this book after reading an article about Roman on the blog of Tim Ferriss, the author of "The Four-Hour Body," whose work I greatly respect (even if you disagree with some of his conclusions, I think everyone can get behind Tim's goal of arming the general public with the tools to sort out good science from bad science and to evaluate information for themselves based on record-keeping and control of variables). I became very excited to learn that the basic premise of "Engineering the Alpha" was how hormone control can be used to impact various aspects of your health and appearance, since this seemed really interesting and I don't know much about this topic, and bought the book without any hesitation.

Initially, I was quite pleased. The author, Roman, is funny, engaging, and quirky. He has a no-nonsense style that is good at getting you amped up. However, the deeper I got into the book, the more disappointed I was at the lack of substance. There were constant promises about "all of these great things that we'll tell you about later," things about how to the jobs of different hormones and how to influence them and thereby use them to make your life more awesome, only to find that, 2/3 of the way through the book, these were summed up on no more than 10 pages with a paragraph per hormone and some cursory notes (literally, bullet points) on what to do and what not to do in order to maximize (or in some cases, minimize) their levels. It constantly seemed like the author thought his reader would be afraid of anything technical or scientific, which makes the book seem at best fundamental and unstimulating and, at worst, downright nonsensical or like voodoo.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Christopher L. Baldwin on May 3, 2013
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I am not giving this 3 stars based on the info, only the writing style. The problem I had with this book is that the first half of the book seems to be trying to sell itself and its ideas over and over. Seeing as I had already bough the book I was more interested in seeing what it had to say but had to wait until the second half to get to the meat. The writing style also seemed immature like it was written for high schoolers who are just finding out about sex and swear words. Mr Roman's regular blog posts curse and he doesnt take himself too seriously but it seems like like he was told to kick up the that style that is inviting to non-meatheads in his other writing but took it too far.
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40 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Di Maggio Francesco on May 7, 2013
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Maybe I am getting old, but lately I have no luck with books...
Or maybe it is because I had high expectations on this one.
I bought it because of a perfect storm of tweets, articles and advices on the very same day. If so many people/site I was following were advising this book, it must have been good, right?
And the beginning of it, was very promising. Nice style, some geek jokes, pretty cool information.
Yet, something was starting to bother me. I had the impression during the first chapters to read "Men's health" Magazine, with sentences like "A Canadian research shows that men taking X have lower body fat than...".
But I insisted. The book promised to make me an Alpha, so I persevered. And make not mistakes, the authors spend time explaining what is an Alpha and what is not. They tell you the "traits of Alpha", in one of the most boring part of the book.
As I was advancing with the book, success story after success story, promise after promise, I was getting pumped about this program. It must be miraculous, right? Then I realized I was almost at page 100 and still the authors were telling me how cool is to be Alpha and how it will affect me. The book was running out, and still nothing really actionable...
You can imagine that the moment finally it started describing WHAT I had to do to become an Alpha, I felt like I was Moses receiving the tables, or the Greatest American Hero getting finally the instructions for his suit.
And then...Delusion.
Basically the program is the usual calories reduced approach that EVERY personal trainer ever advised.
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