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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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  • 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: 10.8 x 8.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,525 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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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When I first received the book I started reading it.
Trini P. Martinez
If you want a great bod get the book follow the diet and workout like a bible and you're guaranteed results.
hwansolo
I think it's very important to keep track of each workout and each set, weight used and reps.
followthetao

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105 of 117 people found the following review helpful By J. Evans on July 16, 2009
Format: Paperback
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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39 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Jon on December 10, 2008
Format: Paperback
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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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By followthetao on November 24, 2009
Format: Paperback
I am almost 46 years old and hands down this is the best muscle building routine that I have ever done. I am what you call a hard gainer. I have tried other muscle building workouts over the years and have never had much success with any of them. I would do these routines blindly for months and months and since I wasn't getting any results, I would eventually just get bored and quit. Its crazy but the gym is full of these people. When you come back after a lay off you see the same people and they never look any different. It's like repeating the same mistake over and over again foolishly believing that today would be the day that their routine is miraculously going to work.

This book is loaded with tons of useful information and I still can't believe it only costs around 16 bucks. The routines are easy to follow and you will never get bored as you seem to always be doing something different.

I think it's very important to keep track of each workout and each set, weight used and reps. How else are you going to track your progress and know if you are getting stronger if you don't keep track? You don't need to wait months to see the results. Strength normally supersedes growth so if you were only able to do 6 reps last week on a given exercise and you did 8 today, you are stronger.

I have the routines copied on to a clipboard that I carry around the gym with me so that when I do my sets I can record the results. Sometimes when I have left it on a machine near me to do another set, I have seen other guys leaning over to try and get a peek at what it is that I am doing. The best part for me is that when I finish my last rep on my last set I pick it up one last time, record the results and then head straight for the door. You should see the looks I get.
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