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The Men's Health Hard Body Plan : The Ultimate 12-Week Program for Burning Fat and Building Muscle Paperback – November 18, 2000
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BIGGER SHOULDERS! BULGING BICEPS! RIPPED ABS! A LEANER TORSO! STRONG LEGS!
Get the Body You Want in Just 12 Weeks-- Guaranteed!
For fast, effective results, look no further than The Men's Health Hard-Body Plan-- because you won't find this information anywhere else! Based on solid scientific research and exclusively developed by two leading exercise and nutrition gurus, The Men's Health Hard-Body Plan features:
* Three cutting-edge 12-week full-body muscle plans
Choose the level that's right for you and start pumping
* Revolutionary Quick-Set Paths to Power
Get fast results without spending half your life in the gym
* A sensible eating plan to keep you fueled
The Hard-Body Diet allows you to eat six times a day, so you'll never be hungry! It includes hearty recipes for every meal, plus dozens of snack suggestions and fast-food take-out options
Clear step-by-step instructions and accompanying photographs ensure that you'll have no trouble following the Hard-Body Plan. And a 3-week rotation of exercises means that you won't get bored, either. Easily customized to meet your specific goals, this plan is the ultimate guide to building bulk and shedding fat.
GOODBYE TO LOVE HANDLES AND SAY HELLO TO A BODY THAT WILL MAKE HEADS TURN!
Top Customer Reviews
One reason I have not completely bought into the book is because many factors in this book completely contradict the previous book I have been using (The Testosterone Advantage). For instance this book advocates aerobic activity for fat loss. It also has a high carb to protein diet. The Previous book condemns aerobic work all through it and has a high protein, low carb diet. This and many other factors have left me in a world of confusion. You would think that two books endorsed by the same company with the same affiliations ( Lou Schuler) would have some sort of continuity. Wrong!!!Come on Lou, men wanting to get in shape need references they can count on.
This book will work and so will the other for the beginner or someone who is out of shape.
I have found both from personal experience and from friends that almost any diet and exercise routine will work in the early stages if they are adhered to. It is when you get past the the beginner stage that a regimine proves itself. Until Mens Health writers get on the same page, they will never truly advance past entry levels.
I have used the previous book and have lost a lot of weight. Twenty five plus pounds to date. If I had bought this book first I would say the results would have been similar. As I said almost anything will work in the early stages.
If you are a beginner buy it. Intermediate or advanced, forget it.
At the same time, the book doesn't have a science fetish; it doesn't lecture or pontificate. Instead it's practical and concise. An easy read with just enough humor.
It offers a 12 week program of exercise and diet designed to get a man in shape. If you follow it, it will be in better shape than when you started. It's that simple.
On the negative side, the program focuses on looking in shape. I believe in functional fitness, defined as being able to do what is necessary in different situations. I had a friend follow this program and while he looked in shape, he couldn't run 3 miles in less than 25 mins. nor swim, nor do 15 pullups or various other tests that I devised.
This book is good if you want to be "eye candy," but if you want to be physically ready for anything, there are better books.
I disagree with a previous poster about the "all or nothing" approach being bad. Making a couple of small changes to one's lifestyle isn't going to do anything for the typical male. Men are motivated by visible results and results are gained through consistent hard work and that's what this book advocates. This might not be the typical female mindset, but this book wasn't written for women. "Men's" Health ... get it?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book has some great workouts. There are so many different workouts and exercises here. It really is a great book for mixing up your workout.Published 9 months ago by Adam F
Husband bought this book while we were getting in shape and getting healthy. It's a great book with great ideas. The book is huge and lots of stuff in it. Very helpful.Published 22 months ago by Mary Allen
The workouts are top notch. I highly recommend them.
The diets are terrible. It advises a high carb, low protein, low fat diet -- which is just awful advice. Read more