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The Big Picture: 11 Laws That Will Change Your Life [Kindle Edition]

Tony Horton
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Part Tony Robbins, part Mehmet Oz, here is fitness guru and creator of P90X Tony Horton’s wake-up call for readers—a motivational and practical guide to creating a better life and a healthier body.

One of America’s best-known and most-loved fitness gurus, "master of motivation" Tony Horton shares his philosophy that will help you live your best life. In his first non-workout book, he offers 11 Rules that provide a clear path and purpose for achieving life goals and obtaining optimal health.

Written with his trademark irreverence, candor, and take-no-prisoners approach, The Big Picture shows you how your physical health is intricately linked to your mental, financial, and family health, and overall happiness and contentment—and how the same skills and principles that work in the gym work in every area of life. Tony shares stories of the hard-won battles he’s faced—many of the same life challenges experienced by his fans—from childhood bullies and problems at school, to financial troubles and being overweight.

Enlightening and practical, The Big Picture can help you how to slim down, feel good, and live better.



Editorial Reviews

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“If you really want to GO FOR IT, in life or in fitness, Tony Horton is truly your guy. Not easy, but it’s not supposed to be. He’s as good as it gets, at the high end.” (Chris Crowley, New York Times bestelling coauthor of Younger Next Year)

“…Tony lives it--he beat the odds, took charge of his life, and changed his future. In The Big Picture, he shows you how to create breakthrough success in every area of your life.” (Brendan Brazier, Professional Ironman and author of Thrive)

“As a society, our collective bad habits and poor lifestyle choices are killing us softly. In The Big Picture, Tony provides us with a roadmap to change….This is an inspiring, motivating book that will make you feel accepted and understood, while also making you laugh out loud.” (John M. Ratey, MD, Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School)

“…Tony gets vulnerable and allows us to peek into his journey to success, sharing valuable tools on how to succeed at anything and be happy, healthy, balanced and fulfilled while doing it. A very fun and inspirational read from a guy who has helped so many people transform their lives.” (Darin Olien, Creator of Beach Body's Shakeology)

From the Back Cover

What does your big picture look like?

P90X creator Tony Horton is known by millions of fans for his take-no-prisoners, straight-talking approach to fitness. When you do his programs, put in the time, and follow his advice—you get results.

Now Tony Horton is bringing his energetic, no-nonsense style to help you improve your life outside the gym. In The Big Picture, he shares his philosophy for living a happier, healthier, more successful life—a philosophy that transformed him from an out-of-shape, aimless kid to one of the most sought-after personal trainers in history.

Tony's 11 Laws are the basis for his best-selling workout programs. In The Big Picture, he shows you how to put them to work in the rest of your life. Using eye-opening examples from his own journey as well as inspiring stories from the people he's met along the way, Tony shows you how to identify the life you want—and walks you through the path to creating it.

This is the self-improvement book for people who want results, not hand-holding. Whether your Big Picture goal is a better job, a better relationship, or a better life—if you make the commitment and do the work, Tony will lead you to success.


Product Details

  • File Size: 518 KB
  • Print Length: 275 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0062282395
  • Publisher: HarperWave; Reprint edition (February 4, 2014)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DB3D35M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,407 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I've been a fan of Tony Horton since Power 90, P90x, and now am half way through P90X3. When I saw this book announced on Facebook, I downloaded it to my kindle and finished reading it within a few hours.

The structure of the book is about Tony's "11 Laws," more like the principles he recommends for a better life. It isn't too in depth, more like a roadmap than a detailed guide. Nothing he said surprised me-- it certainly sounded like Tony. You'll recognize some of his one liners from the DVDs (for example a whole chapter on "do your best, forget the rest"), and some other insight on how is attitude toward yoga evolved. Also interesting is insight such as how he developed these programs for "in home" use (he was a trainer to Hollywood/music stars; they can't go to the gym or go for a run around the block -- they have to work out in their living room!).

This book is definitely centered around fitness, and reads almost like a beefy intro you might read before opening the plastic on a DVD to get you motivated -- with perspective and balance.

Overall, it was an interesting and easy read, filling in and adding color to what we thought we already knew about Tony.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Tony You Think You Know... February 6, 2014
Format:Hardcover
... is Tony.

Disclaimer: I work with both authors of this book and have known Tony since we began working together on P90X. As I always tell people who ask: the guy is the genuine article. What you see is what you get.

What you don't get, however, in videos and on TV sound bites is his depth. This book brings it out, with clarity, thanks to his partner, my long time colleague, who is the single most talented writer I've had the pleasure to work with. Now in his mid 50's, Tony both looks and acts decades younger. This isn't just because he works out and eats well. It's in his mindset. Our brains drive our bodies, and Tony's defined time the way he has because he believes in life and engages it every step of the way. This book brings that side out, like no workout program can ever hope to do. If you're really after the big picture: body, mind, and spirit, this book is essential reading and the perfect accouterment to whatever workout program you happen to be doing, whether it's Tony's or someone else's.
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48 of 59 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I admire Tony Horton as a fitness instructor, but..... February 9, 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Tony's great as an trainer, and I really respect how he has (and continues to) transform lives. He is the epitome of being fit and aging well, as also clearly someone who is genuine and happy in life.

But, as a writer and philosopher on life he leaves much to be desired. This book is light and airy, and makes for easy reading. But I was hoping for something a bit more profound and thoughtful; some "aha" moments. I was hoping to be challenged. I just read Bruce Lee's "Tao of Jeet Kune Do" which had such deep philosophical insights, and lines you would re-read.

This book, on the other hand, is poorly written and seems stretched to its limits to reach a couple hundred pages. He adds like a page of "Happy? Yes/No" chart for the hours in the day, simply to fill up page space. He adds interviews with his workout collaborators that literally go something like this:
Tony: "Hi Stepahanie. Isn't it fun designing our workout programs?"
Stephanie: "Yes, Tony."
Tony: "Good answer! How fun"
Stephanie: "Really fun!"

I'm not joking. That exchange goes on a couple of pages. Tony is simply not a good writer (no reason we should have expected him to be).

So, if you want to get into shape, turn to Tony Horton. If you want to be motivated to eat well, turn to Tony Horton. If you want to become better at other aspects of your life, turn to Dale Carnegie.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read! February 5, 2014
Format:Hardcover
I've gotten into the best shape of my life with Tony Horton for the last 11 years, but he's also taught me so much by his example. He not only gets it, but he's a great teacher for others who are open to learn. He's fun and engaging; passionate about health & fitness, and that comes across loud and clear in his writing. His 11 Laws challenge thinking about LIFESTYLE, not just a quick health fad. He is real, and he explains in a very applicable way how to LIVE healthy and balanced. If your life has felt a bit out of balance and you need a (fun) teacher to show you how to see the "Bigger Picture", get this book and gift one to your friend. :) Then read with an open mind. You won't be the same!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Love Tony Horton, But He's Not A Writer July 25, 2014
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Tony Horton. He seems to have an impression on people. My fiancé can’t stand him. He says “When I want to work out, I want to work out, not have some dude crack corny jokes at me.” I, on the other hand, adore him. When I want to work out, if someone’s cracking corny jokes, it means I get to have fun while being productive, which is just great news all around!

But the thing about Tony Horton is: he’s a fitness trainer. He’s a performer. But he’s not a writer. And while he did have me laughing out loud at his corny one-liners, he didn’t inspire me that much. It’s not that he didn’t have good ideas. It’s that he didn’t present them as well as he could have. There are just certain things writers know: how long to belabor a point, when to give an anecdote and when to give explanation, what order things should go in, how to put what you instinctively know into words and concrete steps.

I downloaded this book to my Kindle, and for some bizarre reason, an error occurred when I was halfway through it. I tried to turn the page, and it said that I had to get onto the cloud and re-download it. I just decided to throw in the towel. Tony Horton seems like an enjoyable person to spend time with, but if you want to read a motivational book, I wouldn’t waste your time with this one.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Tony tells it like it is and provides a very interesting read even ...
Tony tells it like it is and provides a very interesting read even if you've been a Hortonhead for years. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Dylan
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Doesn't really contain new information.
Published 3 days ago by Sherry A Marlow
5.0 out of 5 stars Uncle Tony, You are THE man!
Nice easy read, lots of fun and tony keeps the mood light and energetic. Not the most well written book, but I am not going to get hung up on trivials... Read more
Published 20 days ago by Pauly G.
5.0 out of 5 stars 11 laws you will love
So many great points to live a healthier and happier life. Looking to live like the man? He shows you how. Thank you Tony Horton.
Published 22 days ago by Justin R. Volkman
5.0 out of 5 stars Top shelf for workout buffs
Excellent
Published 27 days ago by James V. Zarlenga
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read. Lot of insight from a very inspiring ...
Great read. Lot of insight from a very inspiring dude.
Published 27 days ago by M@M
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read - different outlook on how to live your life.
I really enjoyed reading this book. It was nice reading how Tony started in his career and how he developed the 11 "laws" that make up the Big Picture. Read more
Published 2 months ago by L. Boyd
5.0 out of 5 stars Tony is a great motivator.
Tony is my favorite. If you love P90x you will love this book. Eat right, exercise, get your head right and everything else will fall into place. Must have read.
Published 2 months ago by Michelle
5.0 out of 5 stars GO FOR IT
The book lives up to its title, 100%. This is sound advice from a self-made man.

Be forewarned: the book is written in Tony-Horton-speak. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Suz
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent!
Inspirational and entertaining. A great easy to read and understand book about nutrition,fitness, life and balance. I highly recommend this book.
Published 3 months ago by Marie Lautz
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More About the Author

Tony Horton is the creator of P90X, the bestselling fitness program in America. His training techniques have produced amazing results for clients such as Rob Lowe, Ewan McGregor, Bruce Springsteen, Usher, Sheryl Crow, and many professional athletes.

He is the author of two workout books, Bring It! and Crush It!, and he recently launched his own healthy-food delivery service, Tony Horton Kitchen. He lives in Santa Monica, California.

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