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"I recommend it without reservation." - Coach Dan John, CSCS
 
"This book is a winner. What sets it apart is that it is so approachable and clear to everyone." - Georgie Fear, RD, author of Lean Habits
 
"The definitive guide to getting fit, for men who don't believe they can do it." - Doctor Wendy Welch, MD

"There is no one I know who's in a better position to help you get from where you are, to where you want to be!" - Lou Schuler, Men's Health & author of The New Rules of Lifting

"Really, really smart!" - "Mighty" Joe Stankowski, Fitness Advisor, Men's Fitness

From the Author

Control what you can control, and manage the rest!

Roland Denzel lost 110 lbs over 10 years ago, and has kept it off! Today, Roland is a nutrition coach, personal trainer, kettlebell coach, and fitness and nutrition writer.

Galina Ivanova Denzel co-owned the #1 gym and personal training studio in Bulgaria, and today runs a Training & Restorative Exercise (tm) practice in Southern California. Galina has helped 1000s of people lose weight and keep it off!

Together, they put all of this experience into practice, with an easy to use system that puts you in control of your life again!
  • Simple, home based workouts
  • Habit based, not diet based, so it works with any eating style, whether it's the paleo diet, the primal blueprint, vegetarian diet, or a plant based diet.
  • Only change things when you need to change them, there's no need to overturn your whole life!
  • The cookbook section is filled with easy recipes that even your non-dieting family will love!
  • No expensive supplements required!
  • Won't disrupt your family!
  • Access to downloadable & printable workout logs, charts, and guides.
  • The Kickstart gets you going right away, so no need to skip to the end!

A LABOR OF LOVE!

The day Man on Top went live on Amazon.com, Galya reminded me that we started the book in a December, too. Yep, four years ago, in December, Gal came to the States for a visit. A little jet-lagged, over coffee in our local Starbucks, we wrote out the outline on scraps of paper. Four years later (after falling in love, her move to the USA, our wedding, and what seems like a million writing sessions) we are done, and Man on Top is published!

EXPERIENCE

Man on Top combines my experiences with my own weight loss, losing over 100 pounds, andkeeping it off for over ten years, with Galya's experience running a gym, training 11 year's worth of clients, and successfully counseling dieters on weight loss.

Our book is exactly the information that I wish I had 10 years ago; information that would have saved me the stress of wondering what to do, what to eat, when to eat it, and what to do when I hit a stall. That's a lot to think about, and to be honest, I made things a lot more complicated than they needed to be back then. The truth is that when I was ready to lose weight, way back when, I dove into a super low calorie, low fat, Spartan diet head first, and I didn't have to! Oh, and I thought hours of running per week were necessary!

Man on Top is the kind of plan that I wish for everybody! Everybody who wants to get in shape, that is. It's a plan that starts off easy, with small, simple changes to your routine, and only adds more changes when you really need them. Often, even small changes can have a big effect on you!

We've all heard the expression "less is more," right? I'm not going to say less is more, but I will say that sometimes, doing less NOW makes it MORE likely that you will succeed in the long run. Why? Small changes, introduced over time, make good habits easier to form and more likely to stick.

LET ME TELL YOU WHAT'S IN 'MAN ON TOP,' OKAY? 
  • A 12 week training program, plus the bonus Kickstart program that can start on day one. That's right, no need to read the whole book just to get started!
  • 50+ recipes that are simple and nutritious. In addition, they are recipes that your family will love, so don't worry! No one has to suffer; not you, not them!
  • Simple, home based workouts. Sure, you can go to the gym if you like it, but you can also save time and money with our simple training plan that starts with bodyweight exercises, and adds just a few inexpensive fitness tools over time - all for less than you'd pay for most gym memberships!
  • A Life section that shows you which small changes you can make for the biggest bang for your weightloss buck.
  • No expensive fat burners, shakes, HCG injections, or diet foods required! 
We're very excited and proud of Man on Top. It's a true labor of love, as you can see by our story, and we hope you enjoy it or know someone who will.

Roland and Galya
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Fit Ink Publications (December 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615729711
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615729718
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #772,206 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Hi, my name is Roland Denzel, and I used to be fat.

Like I said above, I used to be fat, but now I'm not. I lost a lot of fat and a lot of weight, and I've kept it off for over ten years now. In those ten years, I've learned a lot, and my quest to get fit and trim has morphed into a passion for fitness and nutrition that I didn't know I had hidden inside of me. That passion has led to competing and training in Kettlebell Sport, in addition to becoming an IKFF certified kettlebell coach.

As someone who's always been passionate about food and cooking, I'm proud to say that my weight loss journey has also spawned an interest in healthier eating. I'm a self-taught cook, unless you count Sunset Magazine and Julia Child, but a large part of my nutritional education comes from Precision Nutrition, where I got my certification as a Precision Nutrition Coach.

I lost 75 pounds - It's really not that simple, although it sounds good in my elevator speech. "I lost 75 pounds" is enough to start a conversation.

I did lose 75lbs, of course, but I've since added some muscle, and today I'm about 200 pounds, but leaner than when I was at my all time low of 160. Yes, I lost fat and gained muscle, so the actual weight loss claim is problematic. In fact, if I go by pure weight and my all time, but short lived, high of 275, I've lost 110 pounds!

You can read some of my other work at TheFitInk.com and MealSurvivor.com.

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Really good read. One thing I really liked was pictures of real people. Not that the author (and the others featured) don't have impressive transformations, but it was nice seeing people that you could aspire to look like (or sometimes people who look like where you've been) rather than the shiny perfect looking models in most books.

I really liked the focus of the book. Its not so much that there's any brilliant new secrets, but there's definitely a different focus than most 'diet' books. One that rings true and helps you believe you can make the changes required, because you don't need to become a completely new person to achieve your goals.

Plus its inspired me to finally start logging my food, something I've (consciously or unconsciously) fought tooth and nail to avoid in the past. Ironically the discussion of calorie bombs, and Tuna Casserole in particular came right as my wife was putting one in the oven for dinner, so 5 mins before it was cooked I jumped up and volunteered to make us both a nice salad to go along with it, and instead of the 2nd and 3rd helpings I usually can't resist (its by far one of my favorites), I was able to keep to a single helping, not through willpower but because I'd managed to fill myself enough that it wasn't a battle.

Thanks for writing this, highly recommend. Would make a great book for people who have struggled or just don't know where to start. I can see the workouts being really great for someone who hasn't done anything, because they're not sure what to do. Lots of really great advice that makes something that usually seems daunting into something that seems very very achievable.
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This is one of the most practical and personal books on fitness and fat loss I've ever read.

It's practical because Roland doesn't promise instant results or magic workouts that blast this and trim that. Instead he shows you real people doing real exercises based on basic human movements.

It's personal because along the way you learn about Roland's own inspiring 'fat to fit' story (including how he got the girl, lol) and the stories of how some of his friends did the same thing.

There's no magic here. "Man On Top" is about working hard, eating well, and being realistic about goals and direction. There aren't fitness models parading around doing exercises you can only dream of. There aren't recipes that taste like cardboard with the instructions to eat this for 21 days. What's in the book is a terrific story about Roland's personal transformation and some honest and dare I say simple advice about getting strong, losing fat, and being fit. And as Dan John says, "Simple, not easy."
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If you are looking for a way of life that is natural and enjoyable ...this is it!! This boiok was obviously written by two people who believe and practice this way of living. It's easy to follow and the recipes are awesome. It's a change you will want to make.
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If you're serious about getting in shape this year and are looking for an easy guide to help you achieve your goals, and more importantly, maintain them when you do achieve them, this is a great book to start with.

Man on Top features practical and achievable advice and tips to help you on your journey. Yeah, starting to work out and changing up your diet can be daunting. Especially if you're making a significant diet overhaul. But with this book, you can start with some simple tweaks at first -- tweaks to your diet that you may hardly notice -- and then continue improving as you go.

The workouts aren't overwhelming, easy to do, and are clearly instructed. Plus, they're also easily modified for all skill levels and abilities. There's no need to give up because you can't do a push up.

Roland speaks from experience, and through he and Galya's multitude of hours in the kitchen, they've found and published recipes that are not only healthy and easy to prepare, they taste good. Working out and eating clean shouldn't be a task that consumes your life. Following a lot of the protocols in this book helps make sure of that.
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I am a personal friend of Roland and Galya; they are both amazing people. I was excited when I got a copy of their book and jumped right in. It is written by normal (yet wonderful) people for normal (you and me, average Joes) people. I really liked the fact that I could move through the book at my own pace, especially since I'm not a big reader. I also really like the personal stories and touches they include.

I know that Roland and Galya have a heart to improve the lives of others by teaching them about real life success strategies for good health. There are no gimmicks, fads, hidden secrets or Wonder foods here, just back to the basics health and nutrition. If you want to start a life journey back to health and fitness, this book is your handbook and guide to get there. Thank you guys for putting this together and God Bless!
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When I read this book I couldn't help but chuckle. Roland is a fitness expert who still remembers what it's like to be "normal". He woke up one day and decided that he no longer satisfied being fat and unhappy and he changed how he lived. "Man on Top" is like sitting across from the author and having him tell you in plain language the very best advice a man can give on how you can change your lifestyle habits to unleash the best you that you can be.

The book is intended for middle aged adults, ideally with some fitness experience (limited is fine). It's not intended to make you super skinny or super buff. It's intended to give you a road map to a better life.
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