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Men's Health Huge in a Hurry: Get Bigger, Stronger, and Leaner in Record Time with the New Science of Strength Training (Men's Health (Rodale)) Paperback – December 9, 2008

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CHAD WATERBURY's novel training methods are used by athletes, bodybuilders, corporate executives, and fitness enthusiasts. Since 2000 he's been writing for the online bodybuilding magazine T-Nation. He has a master's degree in neurophysiology from the University of Arizona and lives in Santa Monica, California.

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Product Details

  • Series: Men's Health (Rodale)
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books (December 9, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605299340
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605299341
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.9 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #614,819 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chad Waterbury is a respected name in the fitness coaching business, largely as a result of his regular contributions to sites like T-Nation and [...]. In fact, Huge in a Hurry is largely a crystallization of the training philosophy that he has elucidated in his articles for those sites. And what Waterbury presents is a logical, practical, empirical guide to strength training, though one that I feel is ultimately incomplete.

The author spends the first several chapters laying the intellectual foundation of his training philosophy. Much of this is information that experienced lifters will already know, but it bears repeating nonetheless, if only to aid the logical flow of the book. The second half of the book consists of various training programs/protocols aimed at different ends. Essentially, the book follows the pattern of many others written on strength training.

The author has been training people for quite a while, and he presents many of his ideas in the context of his own experiences. This is always a positive thing for any kind of practical guide. And it's apparent that Waterbury knows of which he speaks. He quotes peer-reviewed studies to back up most of his larger points, and he holds an advanced degree in the field. I do not take any issue with the author's knowledge; rather I do question some of his conclusions.

Essentially, the author is a proponent of the three-times-per-week, total-body weight training protocol. This is actually a very old-school program that has made a strong comeback in recent years. And it's easy to understand why. The body-part training specialization ad infinitum espoused in the Weider magazines has really veered too far off the track of sanity.
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If you want a change of pace from your traditional workouts, you have come to the right place. If you are tired of the same routine you have been doing for years on end, Huge In A Hurry will provide something you probably haven't done before.

I bought this book because I am a fan of Waterbury's writing and methods. I think he is truly on to something about lifting with heavy weights and doing so in a heavy fashion. If you aren't really set on this technique, try this: Go to your gym and begin another one of your boring workouts. But do something different this time. Increase the weight by 10% or so, and lower your reps to around 4-6. Also, when your lifting the weight, try to move it as fast as possible. Don't think about the lowering phase, just do so in control.

That, in a nutshell, is what this book is about. It has 6 total phases (Get ready, Get big, get bigger, get strong, get stronger, and Get Lean). Many of them last around 16 weeks. It has details on what he recommends to eat after you lift (raisins and whey protein) and how much. I am currently in the Get Ready phase, and i have never felt my heart race so much. The workouts don't take long to do, but they are intense. I think on every workout so far (at least in the Get Ready phase), the workouts only take around 25 minutes or so.

I really don't have any gripes about the book. It is very well put together with photos detailing every exercise. There are also many variations of each workout. And, what I still find mind boggling is that this guy doesn't believe in the bench press! You will still do incline and decline bench, but he doesn't believe the flat bench is good for you.

If you don't believe this book is really as good as it sounds, head on over to T-nation.com to check him out. He writes many articles and puts together some fitness regimens. I can't say enough about how excited I am. You won't be dissapointed!
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I totally agree with some of the negative reviews. I've been fuming over this book for weeks now, trying to think of a succinct way to explain this ridiculous writing style. This book makes me want to pull my hair out. The first 80 pages are pretty much useless, but interspersed every so often are tiny hints of what he's really trying to say. It reads the way Eddie Murphy parodies Bill Cosby's storytelling style. "So you go to they gym and you do blah blah blah. Then, your realize that blah blah blah. Then a gym rat tells you blah blah blah. Then you start to gain weight and get fat. Then another trainer comes to you and says blah blah blah. This makes sense to you. Then you ask blah blah blah, so he responds blah blah blah. Then you lift 100 pounds and are embarrassed. Then your ex-girlfriend sees you and doesn't notice that you're working out. Then you start to think blah blah blah. Then a trainer tells you another theory called blah blah blah". Seriously, almost 90 pages of this, and you can barely figure out which thing is the thing he's saying is good and which is the one he's ridiculing. It sounds like a therapy session - this is the singlemost convoluted writing technique I've ever read, and I'm including books by Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Joseph Conrad.

The subheadings are useless as a way to skim back over things you've already read - they're written "cleverly" like one of those maddening "for Dummies" books. Then, after 90 pages, he has 7 pages of how the workout works - though he doesn't explain very much about the actual technique, certainly not compared to how much detail he goes into when explaining his life story...er...I mean, YOUR life story (see previous paragraph). Then he shows the actual workouts. When I got to them, I saw they referred to "RM".
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